By now, the trial of Fort Hood gunman Major Nidal Hasan should have concluded with him beginning a life sentence—or awaiting a more appropriate sentence—at Fort Leavenworth. As this issue goes to press, the court martial is in full swing. Some quite remarkable statements have been heard in the courtroom that should push Army leadership toward the correct decision regarding the victims of the horrific events of 5 November 2009.
Immediately after the shooting that claimed the lives of 13 soldiers and wounded more than 30 others, the incident was classified by Department of Defense and administration officials as workplace violence. According to several media outlets, this resulted in survivors being ineligible for thousands of dollars in benefits they would have received had the shooting been classified an act of terrorism.