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FBI director: Hasan inspired by al-Qaida

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Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:11 pm

Fort Hood’s 2009 shooting was inspired by al-Qaida, FBI Director James Comey said during a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, questioned the bureau’s director at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, where 13 people were killed and more than 30 were wounded. Cornyn’s office released a transcript of the questioning. When Cornyn asked Comey if he believed former Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was inspired by the known terrorist organization, Comey responded, “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.”

Cornyn then thanked him for his “straightforward answer.”

“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, and a little bit of Orwellian talk,” Cornyn said.

An amendment was added to this year’s House version of the National Defense Authorization Act that would reclassify the shooting as terrorism. A similar amendment is expected to be added to the Senate version as it goes through markups this week.

This legislation also would provide the victims of that shooting with awards and compensation currently unavailable to them because of its designation as workplace violence.

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