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House Proceeding 02-02-10 on Feb 3rd, 2010 :: 1:21:00 to 1:26:50
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John R. Carter

1:20:57 to 1:21:17( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: was commissioned by secretary gates, think i, is a tremendous disservice and disappointment, and i yield back to judge carter. mr. carter: i thank my friend for yielding. i thank my friend for visiting these two bills that we've got out here. i tried a whistle blower case back about mid 1990 sometime, very interesting case, won't go

John R. Carter

1:21:00 to 1:26:50( Edit History Discussion )
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John R. Carter

1:21:18 to 1:21:39( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: into the details, but it involved some organizations that were major political players and major financial players in texas and a little small accountant who made a right statement but stepped on some toes so they fired the guy, when the truth

John R. Carter

1:21:40 to 1:22:02( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: was he was telling them -- that there was a lot of money they were losing. and it showed me why we had whistle blower laws. so the one guy who discovers a wrong can be comfortable and go in to right that wrong witho

John R. Carter

1:22:03 to 1:22:25( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: fear of retaliation of getting fired because he told about something that the big boys didn't like. well, we've got this military whistle blower protection enhancement act that protects military personnel from any negative action for reporting any regulation or law violation, proposed protection for

John R. Carter

1:22:26 to 1:22:46( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: reporting ideologically-based threats or actions, a service member reasonably believes could be counterproductive or detrimental to the united states interest or security. basically what we're saying to the ordinary soldier, to sold -- to a soldier that was going through medical school to mr. hasan to the soldier that was stationed with mr. hasan when he

John R. Carter

1:22:47 to 1:23:07( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: was a second lieutenant and then a first lieutenant, and then a captain, and as he got promoted to major, that somebody didn't have a fear that something would happen to them -- to their military career if they reported this guy was talking radical ideas to service people.

John R. Carter

1:23:08 to 1:23:31( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and, you know, this wasn't -- he wasn't preaching religion to them, he was talking that blowing people up was good, fighting a conventional war against terrorists was bad. i mean, that's the kind of way he was talking. this has nothing to do with the muslim religion, it had to do with terrorism being the right

John R. Carter

1:23:32 to 1:23:52( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: way to straighten out america. excuse me, he was educated by the united states military, kills me to hear that. so, i hope we can get some action on it, i hope we can get it written into law and we'll be working on it and feel confident, i have a lot of folks that are co-signers of that bill.

John R. Carter

1:23:53 to 1:24:13( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: this other one is pretty simple, too, really. what we had, and i can say this almost without -- and i don't know the names and backgrounds of every one of these soldiers, but i talked to several of them and the general consensus is, everybody that got shot was

John R. Carter

1:24:14 to 1:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: either a -- was either -- had just come back from iraq or getting ready to deploy again to either iraq or afghanistan. d the reason there were mixed units that day at that center is because norm alley you go through as a group as they deploy, but these were the guys who were absent for some purpose, they were on the traing range, something else, so they had to go make up by

John R. Carter

1:24:35 to 1:24:56( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: getting all their paperwork shuffled to get ready to deploy. that's why you heard, it wasn just one outfit that had al the deaths, it was multiple outfits around the army, because there were multiple outfits stationed at fort hood. anyway, i would argue these were warriors either returning from

John R. Carter

1:24:57 to 1:25:17( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the war or going to the war. and the enemy soldier, terrorist , disguised in a uniform of the united states military walked into our warriors as they were peacefully getting ready to process paper and started killing soldiers.

John R. Carter

1:25:18 to 1:25:39( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and i would argue that's -- i do argue that's a combat situation. whether you're killing our soldier in afghanistan or iraq or whether you're killing a soldier in a center in fo hood, if your intent is to kill soldiers, to keep them out of the war against terror, you are killing -- you are an enemy combatant killing our soldiers. therefore they should be treated

John R. Carter

1:25:40 to 1:26:03( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: with combat respect. that should be -- this incident should be like we did for the -- what happened at the pentagon when it was attacked at 9/11. we declared that to be an incident in combat in the war on terror and the people who did heroic acts there received the appropriate medals and the appropriate benefits for being

John R. Carter

1:26:04 to 1:26:25( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: injured or killed in a combat zone. i think fort hood and the incident that happened th major hasan should be a combat zone -- be declared by -- and i'm trying to do it by statute, but it's been done by an act of the defense department and i think it's time for it to be done. there are a lot of purple hearts

John R. Carter

1:26:26 to 1:26:47( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: that are awarded. there are a lot of folks that should get civilian medals, there were active duty civilians in the misfires, and there are benefits that attach to being killed in combat and i think these people ought to get it. just because they just got back from another country, but they

John R. Carter

1:26:48 to 1:26:50( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: got shot in our country by an enemy soldier, i would argue

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