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Fort Hood: Tea party ‘hate’ claims are not true

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Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:30 am

A Fort Hood investigation concluded that allegations about a briefing citing Christian and tea party organizations as hate groups were false.

The issue was brought to the attention of Fort Hood leadership Oct. 18, and an investigation was initiated, said Fort Hood spokesman Chris Haug.

Despite no evidence, some media outlets reported accusations from anonymous soldiers that a West Fort Hood predeployment briefing included information stating soldiers who donated to evangelical Christian or tea party organizations were supporting hate groups and would be prosecuted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The reports caused U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, to release to the media last weekend a letter he sent to Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, Fort Hood’s senior post commander, to provide input regarding the validity of the claims.

Fort Hood officials have denied the claims were true since a commentator for Fox News Channel wrote about it Wednesday.

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