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House Proceeding 02-02-10 on Feb 3rd, 2010 :: 0:48:30 to 1:05:15
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John R. Carter

0:48:30 to 1:05:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John R. Carter

John R. Carter

0:48:38 to 0:48:58( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: thank you. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i hail from central texas and i'm very, very proud to say that i have the largest military facility in the world in my district, fort

John R. Carter

0:48:59 to 0:49:19( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: hood, texas. and if you're in the army, you know where fort hood is. in fact, i think if you find any 20-year veteran of the army, you'll find out they've been to fort hood. some of them once, twice, three, four times, because it's a huge traing post and it is a great place, as they call it, in

John R. Carter

0:49:20 to 0:49:40( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: central texas. it had a great disaster happen to it on november 5 of last year when major nadal hasan attacked and killed 13 soldiers and wounded 43 others.

John R. Carter

0:49:41 to 0:50:02( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: before two courageous police officers, responding to this violence at fort hood, came and basically shot the man and brought him down. one of them getting shot in the process. and they got him captured.

John R. Carter

0:50:03 to 0:50:24( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: he's now the subject of much discussion around this house of representatives. and by the way, i don't know if anyone noticed, i was very surprised at the state of the unn to see those two officers sitting right up here with the first lady of the united states and i was very surprised also that they weren't introduced to the house.

John R. Carter

0:50:47 to 0:51:07( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: but i want to us first realize what happened at fort hood. and everybody says, oh, come on, i know what happened, sure, you listened to all the reports, but today i was talking with the mayor of one of the -- the county seat of bell county, fort

John R. Carter

0:51:08 to 0:51:29( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: hood sits in two counties, bell and corial county, fort hood is hundreds and thousands of acres. it straddles the county line between those two great counties. the mbined population of those two counties is over 300,000 people. so, this is a growing growth

John R. Carter

0:51:30 to 0:51:51( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: area of texas and much of that growth that is in the western part of bell county, that growth is military folks that have retired and come back to live close to fort hood or they're presently serving in the military in some form or fashion or they got out and went to work for something that is related to

John R. Carter

0:51:52 to 0:52:12( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the military in central texas. we are a military community. we love our soldiers. i would argue that no place on earth does more for the families and soldiers at fort hood, texas. i love to tell the story of being at a rotary club meeting back in 2003 or 2004, i don't remember what it was, but i know

John R. Carter

0:52:13 to 0:52:34( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: that the fourth infantry division was deployed overseas from fort hood at that time and it was about march, maybe somewhere around that time, when i was going to make a talk to that rotary club, it's a huge club, meets in the morning, hundreds of people were there. and one of the rotarians got up and said, ladies and gentlemen,

John R. Carter

0:52:35 to 0:52:55( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: i want to soldiers are deployed, baseball season is starting, our coaches for our little league, politico and other kidded play baseball are over fighting aer with to protect our freedom and we need coaches. so the up to us rotarians to stand in for those fathers and

John R. Carter

0:52:56 to 0:53:19( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: mothers who will not be able to coach their kids. now that's the community that thinks outside the box to make sure that the kids of the families of these deployed soldiers can live as normal a life as they can while their soldiers are deployed. i wanted to tell that you story, members, because it tells you the heart of the fort hood

John R. Carter

0:53:20 to 0:53:40( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: community in an easy story. but when i was meeting with the mayor today, you don't realize the ramifications of something like what this major hasan did. first, he very quickly realized after the shooting and theays and weeks that came after the shooting that you had a lot of

John R. Carter

0:53:41 to 0:54:02( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: soldiers saying to themselves, wait a minute, this guy wasn't in some other army, this guy was in my army, he was in the same uniform i wear and he shot my brother and sister soldiers and killed them. and he was targeting soldiers to

John R. Carter

0:54:03 to 0:54:23( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: kill them. now, that plays upon the psyche of soldiers. now, let me explain to you how important this is at fort hood, texas. because we have the fourth infantry division that deploys out of there, three corps command and the first cavalry division as well as various other organizations, all of

John R. Carter

0:54:24 to 0:54:44( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: these folks have been deployed multiple times. the people that are stationed at fort hood are war fighters. and they have been involved in this war since its inception. and they will continue to do their duty which is a great strain upon their families and a great strain upon these individual soldiers but they do

John R. Carter

0:54:45 to 0:55:05( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: it because it's the right thing to do and they knothat. these are a great generation, these are hero, real, true heroes. and, you know what? just doing any job that's that stressful that many times

John R. Carter

0:55:06 to 0:55:26( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: repetive, whereas upon you're getting shot at or blown up, so this is a highly stressed, highly strung-out community. when this happened at fort hood first responders from all the surrounding communities headed to fort hood, swat teams headed

John R. Carter

0:55:27 to 0:55:51( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: to fort hood and if you recall, if you were listening during the play by play as it was being developed, you heard people say, there are some who say there were three shooters they're looking for the other two. well, what i didn't realize

John R. Carter

0:55:52 to 0:56:13( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: until i was talking to the mayor is, i think 26 miles from fort hood, he said, that they -- because they didn't know that the other shooters had gotten out of the post and were loose in the community, they locked down all the schools where there were soldiers' children just in case this was a plan to spread

John R. Carter

0:56:14 to 0:56:35( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: out and kill family members. and so we had some high school down to elementary school children locked down in the schools and we were keeping people out and their parents couldn't pick them up and the first responders' communication systems were overwhelmed with

John R. Carter

0:56:59 to 0:57:19( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: multiple four and five a high schools which are our largest high schools in texas, they were locked down. i tell you all this because i want you to know that this was a truly, not just a traumatic event for the army, this was a traumatic event for the people who support the army and for the families who support -- who are supported by the people who

John R. Carter

0:57:41 to 0:58:01( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: all of a sudden the doors were locked in his school and his ma couldn't pick him up or her ma couldn't pick her up. now, and then they start hearing why, there's been somebody shot over at fort hood. now, all these kids have soldiers at fort hood. who are their parents.

John R. Carter

0:58:02 to 0:58:25( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: some of them have two parents that are soldiers at fort hood. now there's got to be here in the hearts of these little -- fear in the hrts these little kids and they want to know what happened and when school's out and people are talking about it and they're watching it on television and they're trying to figure out what happened, and i'm sure parents tried to sit down and

John R. Carter

0:58:26 to 0:58:46( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: explain it, where they calmed the little children down. but i'm going to argue tonight that a recent report that was put out by a commission, was appointed by the obama administration, to tell us about the incident at fort hood, i

John R. Carter

0:58:47 to 0:59:08( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: would say, if you read that report, or you explain that report to little kids who were locked down at fort hood, you wouldn't even know that mr. major nadal hasan -- nidal hasan ve every indication that he was a radical islamic muslim

John R. Carter

0:59:09 to 0:59:30( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: terrorist because the not discussed in this report. and it should be. i don't know who pulled the strings on this but i know who's responsible and that's the administration. we learned all kinds of things the army needs to do differently, all kinds of things

John R. Carter

0:59:31 to 0:59:53( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: they need to talk about, the chain of command, yada, yada, yada, as my college-aged girl would say, but we didn't hear anything about radical islam, we didn't hear anything about this because, i would argue, and i think there are people across this country that are arguing, that it was because the political correctness.

John R. Carter

0:59:54 to 1:00:14( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: political correctness. excuse me, at some point in time it's just good intelligence, good police work to look at the -- what makes up the chances are the next terrorist attack and to ignore it and to act like it --

John R. Carter

1:00:15 to 1:00:36( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: you can't talk about it, because you might hurt somebody's feelings, i tried sitting here tonight t rember as far back as i could, and i don't know how many ye munich olympics was, but that was a radical muslim terrorist attack and every attack since that time has been a radical muslim terrorist attack, so why

John R. Carter

1:00:37 to 1:00:57( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: can't we talk about the fact that our enemy seems to be, good intelligence seems to tell us, is radical islamic terrorists? why in the world can you write a report about a guy who walked

John R. Carter

1:00:58 to 1:01:18( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: down a peaceable line, some of the people checking in from being at war, some people checking out to go to war, doing theirveryday duty of getting through that process a process in, process out this guy walks down the line, shooting soldiers in uniform.

John R. Carter

1:01:19 to 1:01:40( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: shouting out, allah achbar, god is great. which is a part of the declaration of that religion. i'm not talking about religion, but you can't talk about, you can't figure it out. so to write a report with this many americans killed, where they should have been safe, and

John R. Carter

1:01:41 to 1:02:04( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: this many americans wounded wherthey should have been safe, and not mention the profile of the guy that did the shooting, and to give me the excuse when i ask the question, well, we're afraid it will mess up their murder case. let me tell you, i'll state this again for the record.

John R. Carter

1:02:05 to 1:02:26( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: if you've got a law degree, and you're supposed to be able to practice law and you can't prove a murder case where you've got 200 eyewitnesses, you need to send your law degree back to law school and turn in your bar card because you're an ineffective lawyer. there are at least 200 people that witnessed this guy shooting these folks. so i mean, give me a break.

John R. Carter

1:02:27 to 1:02:47( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: they don't have any problem tots prove this case. that's not a reason not to talk about who did the shooting or who is alleged to do it. i'm an old judge, use the term alleged, that's fine, but they don't talk about who is allege to have had done the shooting or what kind of person that

John R. Carter

1:02:48 to 1:03:10( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: was. what do we know about him now that i have to give our news organizations credit? we know he acted erratically for months before the attack, that he promoted radical islamic views while at walter reed hospital, they exchanged -- that he exchanged emails

John R. Carter

1:03:11 to 1:03:32( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: with a yemen cleric which we read about every day in the newspaper, one of the now major promoters of terrorism. those -- no action was taken against him when he would have debates with other members of the military and his position was, what our soldierwere doing in iraq and afghanistan

John R. Carter

1:03:33 to 1:03:53( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: was worse than what terrorist attacks do. or the 9/11 attack. that the 9/11 attack doesn't equal america's war fighting efforts. and nobody reported him? in fact, they promoted him? to get him out of their hair,

John R. Carter

1:03:54 to 1:04:14( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: to move him to another duty station so they didn't have to put up with him. and it was all about islamic terrorism and yet our government writes a report, just failed to mention it. and what's really amazing, really amazing to me, mean,

John R. Carter

1:04:15 to 1:04:37( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: there are a lot of people pointing fingers at me and saying, that guy is a right-wing backo, i won't shy away from the right wing part of it, i'll shy away from the wacko part, but i'll tell you, who else has raised this question? kind of interesting. "time" magazine has raised the question.

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