A conservative military watchdog is glad that relatives of victims of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, along with some of the wounded, want the government to pay a price for letting a dangerous man serve on active duty.
Thirteen people and an unborn child died, and 31 others were wounded in the gunfire at Fort Hood before Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan was shot, ending the massacre. More than 80 claimants are seeking $750 million in damages, as the lawyer representing them says the Army “acted in total disregard” for the safety of soldiers and civilian employees by allowing Hasan to serve on active duty.
Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR) welcomes the lawsuit and urges the Pentagon to examine its policy of diversity.
“Diversity as a highest priority is at the root of what happened with Nidal Hasan and the fact that he was promoted and sent to Fort Hood, even though it was very evident that he was a jihadist, that he was, as he called himself, a ‘soldier of Allah,'” she contends. “This was a dangerous person — and instead of dealing with him, he was sent to Fort Hood.”