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FBI Director admits Hasan Ft. Hood attack terrorist inspired

WASHINGTON D.C. (KXXV) - For the first time, a high ranking official in the Obama administration has confirmed the Nidal Hasan attack on Ft. Hood in 2009 was terror related.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) questioned FBI director James Comey at a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the attack at Fort Hood.  Director Comey said he agreed with the assessment that the Nidal Hasan’s actions were inspired by Al Qaeda.

"Do you agree with the intelligence community’s assessment that Hasan was inspired by Al Qaeda to conduct that attack?” Cornyn asked.

“Yes, sir.  Based on everything I’ve read, again, I wasn’t in office at the time, but I’ve read about it since, and I do,” Comey answered.

“I appreciate that straightforward answer," the Senator replied.  "It seems almost obvious, but for some reason people want to call it workplace violence or other things that just strike me as flat wrong and misleading."

Cornyn introduced the "Honoring the Ft. Hood Heroes Act" last year to designate the attack a terror act and enhance medical and financial benefits for victims and their families.
 
Local congressman John Carter (R-TX 31) and Roger Williams (R-TX 25) sponsored companion legislation in the House. Currently, victims of that shooting have not received the same awards and benefits as their counterparts who are wounded or killed either through enemy action or a terrorist attack, because the perpetrator did not fit the Pentagon’s definition of an international terrorist.

UPDATE: On Thursday, May 22, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill contains a provision that local congressman John Carter and Roger Williams helped put it that would make the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting eligible to receive the Purple Heart under newly passed criteria.
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