At the first joint hearing between the Senate and House Homeland Security Committees on homegrown terrorism threats, witnesses from the Obama Administration refused to connect the Fort Hood attack and Little Rock shooting as acts of terrorism.
Since 9/11, there have been only two successful attacks on the homeland. In 2009, there was an attack at Fort Hood, where Major Nidal Hasan murdered 13 people and injured an additional 32. Earlier that year at a Little Rock Army Recruiting Center, Army Private William Long was fatally shot by a homegrown Islamist terrorist Carlos Bledsoe. The Obama Administration classified the Fort Hood attack as "workplace violence" and the murder of Private William Long was listed in state court as a criminal offense and not a terrorist act.
Congressman Jeff Duncan, who participated in the hearing, had harsh words for the Obama Administration. "We've got to be able to identify the enemy if we're ever going to defeat terrorism," said Duncan. "By tiptoeing around the threat of radical Islam, the Obama Administration directly places American lives at risk. The Fort Hood and Little Rock shootings are not simple violent crimes. They were motivated by ideological adherence to radical Islam and should be treated as acts of terrorism against the United States. The assailants involved in these horrendous attacks should not be tried as common criminals, but as terrorists, traitors, and enemy combatants."
The Obama Administration has built a reputation for refusing to emphasize the threat that Islamist extremists pose to the United States. Unlike the 9/11 Commission Report's use of language identifying "jihad" 126 times, "al-Qaeda" 36 times, and "Shariah" twice, the 2010 report "Protecting the Force: Lessons from Ft. Hood" completely omits these terms. On Thursday, the Administration released its report on empowering local law enforcement to recognize threats to the homeland without once mentioning the threat from "Islamist extremism" or "radical Islam."
"How can the Administration successfully meet and defeat an enemy it refuses to acknowledge?" said Duncan. "Now is not the time to be politically correct, but rather the occasion to have a candid conversation about the threats facing our country. Our government must acknowledge the enemy as Islamist extremism if we ever hope to craft a strategy to defeat it successfully."