Members of the military would no longer fear being accused of "profiling" for reporting dangerous jihadist or other extremist actions and comments if an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), HR 5136, by House Republican Conference Secretary John Carter is approved by the House and passed into law.
Carter, who represents Fort Hood, Texas, introduced the amendment as stand-alone legislation last December following the radical Islamic terrorist attack on Fort Hood which left 14 dead and 30 wounded. The former Texas judge has now submitted the proposal as an amendment to NDAA.
U.S. Army Major Malik Nidal Hasan, the suspect in the killings, reportedly gave repeated warning signs of pending violence, but other service members did not report or take action on the threats due to fear of reprisal for violating unwritten rules of "political correctness." Members were afraid of being accused of "profiling" based on religious and ethnic grounds, which could be a career-killing offense.
"If a military service member believes any person poses a clear and present danger to the military or the public," says Carter, a former Texas judge, "they need to be assured that reporting the danger or taking decisive action to prevent an attack is protected under the same Whistleblower regulations as those for reporting suspected sexual harassment or mismanagement of funds or resources."
"Never again should we allow all the glaring warning signs of a Major Hasan to be ignored," says Carter. "This bill should close the door on excuses for preventative action, and should help us all recognize that we cannot allow political correctness to cost another American life."
AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5136: SEC. 5l. PROTECTED COMMUNICATIONS BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND PROHIBITION OF RETALIATORY PERSONNEL ACTIONS. Section 1034(c)(2) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:(C) Ideologically based threats or actions of another member that the member providing the information reasonably believes could be counterproductive or detrimental to United States interests or security.''