February 12, 2013

SOTU Flashback and Fast-Forward: Fort Hood Heroine Now Feels ‘Betrayed’

Former Fort Hood police sergeant Kimberly Munley, one of two officers who helped stop Major Nidal Hasan’s deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas in November 2009, and who was a guest at President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address (something the Politico chose to remind everyone of just yesterday), now says, according to ABC News, that “Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of.”

Excerpts from ABC’s web story in anticipation of a Nightline report tonight follow the jump:

“Betrayed is a good word,” former Sgt. Munley told ABC News in a tearful interview to be broadcast tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”

“Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of,” she said. “In fact they’ve been neglected.”

There was no immediate comment from the White House about Munley’s allegations.

Thirteen people were killed, including a pregnant soldier, and 32 others shot in the November 2009 rampage by the accused shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, who now awaits a military trial on charges of premeditated murder and attempted murder.

… Munley, since laid off from her job with the base’s civilian police force, was shot three times as she and her partner, Sgt. Mark Todd, confronted Hasan, who witnesses said had shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire on soldiers being processed for deployment to Afghanistan.

As Munley lay wounded, Todd fired the five bullets credited with bringing Hasan down.

Despite extensive evidence that Hasan was in communication with al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki prior to the attack, the military has denied the victims a Purple Heart and is treating the incident as “workplace violence” instead of “combat related” or terrorism.

… Munley and dozens of other victims have now filed a lawsuit against the military alleging the “workplace violence” designation means the Fort Hood victims are receiving lower priority access to medical care as veterans, and a loss of financial benefits available to those who injuries are classified as “combat related.”

The “workplace violence” designation partly explains why Obama, his administration, and his campaign claimed until the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that there had been no major terrorist attack on American soil during Obama’s presidency. What utter horse manure. It probably also explains why the administration desperately tried for weeks to portray Benghazi as some kind of spontaneous protest instead of the terrorist attack it obviously was.

Though this story has only been up for six hours old according to Google (as of 8 p.m. ET), the Politico and the Associated Press haven’t covered it yet. By the time the State of the Union speech is over tonight, both may decide to sweep it under the rug as old news. We’ll see. That wouldn’t be the case if a person in a similar position was claiming to have been betrayed by a Republican or conservative president.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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