Fort Hood Massacre Victims Sue US Government

As reported by the Associated Press, victims and surviving family members of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre have filed a lawsuit against the US government alleging negligence and shirking of responsibility.  They claim the government is attempting to avoid liability by referring to the attack as “workplace violence” rather than terrorism:

The lawsuit alleging negligence by the government said that the Defense Department is avoiding legal and financial responsibility for the killings by referring to the shootings as “workplace violence” rather than as a terrorist attack.

The 148 plaintiffs — many of whom apparently filed unsuccessful claims last year — are also saying the government knew for years that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, currently on (much delayed) trial for murder in the attack,

was a fanatic Islamist extremist who supported jihad, suicide attacks and violence.

For his part, Hasan has managed to drag his trial out for years, most recently by growing a beard.