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Was Fort Hood massacre an act of terrorism?

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The Army will reevaluate the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood to consider whether it should classify it as an act of “international terrorism,” NBC’s affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth reports.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, whom the secretary of the Army described in a recent letter as a “homegrown violent extremist,” was sentenced to death in August for killing 13  and wounding 32.

The victims are not eligible for Purple Hearts (or the financial benefits that accompany them) as long as the Army says Hasan acted independently of a foreign terrorist organization.

Nonetheless, in his letter to GOP Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina, Army Secretary John M. McHugh says: “I have directed my staff to conduct a thorough review of the record of trial in the court martial of Major Hasan to ascertain if those proceedings revealed new evidence or information that establishes clearly the necessary link to international terrorism.”

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