Victims blame US government for 2009 Fort Hood Shooting

Posted at 7:23 PM, Aug 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-30 08:49:43-04

Families and law experts are calling on the United States government to admit the role they played in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting.

"Our current Congress chooses a culture of selfishness and greed," explained Keely Vanacker. "Which is not to sacrifice their own personal political gains and motivations."

Vanacker and her sister, Kerry Cahill, spoke to News Channel 25 after Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death.

Their father, Michael Cahill, was the only civilian killed in the shooting. The sisters say they just want people to accept responsibility and fulfill their purpose.

"There were multiple failings that caused this," said Cahill.

The Cahill family is not the only family that is calling on the government to admit their guilt. Eighty-three Fort Hood shooting victims have filed a $750 million dollar lawsuit against the government for the incident.

Retired Army JAG COL John Galligan agrees with the families. He believes the Army missed all the warning signs Hasan gave them.

"November 2009 could have been prevented. There were a lot of red flags and the army missed every one of them."

Galligan has been working closely with Hasan. He says the government was not only negligent before the shooting, but during the trial as well.

"I feel the court ruled against him, I believe his defense team abandoned him. And he was essentially left in the courtroom alone," said Galligan.

After Judge COL Tara Osborn ruled Hasan can't use the defense of thirds, Galligan says Hasan felt defeated. Which is why, according to Galligan, he showed little reaction during the trial.

But Galligan is confident that Hasan will have a successful appeal. He referenced the recent trial of SSG Robert Bales. Bales plead guilty to killing 16 people and was consequently sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Hasan was not allowed to plea guilty to any of the charges against him. 

"If you look at the death penalty in the military, once again we will realize that it is selectively and prejudicially used in a discriminatory manner. Pretty soon the only people on death row are going to be Muslims and African Americans."

However, with Hasan's deteriorating health, Galligan believes he will die in jail before the appellate process is exhausted.

He says if Hasan dies while an appeal is open, his conviction will be set aside, and all of the rights and privileges will be restored.