One year ago on this day a Muslim U.S. Army officer known by co-workers for his militant Islamic views killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Ford Hood in Texas.
Now an association of first-responder officers who say the nation and its political leaders have ignored the lessons of that attack is sponsoring an alternative to today's official memorial service.
The International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association, or ICTOA, a non-profit founded by members of the New York Police Department, says the Nov. 21 event at 2 p.m. at the Killeen Conference Center in Killeen, Texas, is a "competing memorial" to honor the dead and wounded. It will be followed by five speakers "who will expose what our nation's leaders are afraid to share with the American people."
With the theme "Diversity starts with the truth," the event will feature former jihad terrorists Walid Shoebat and Kamal Saleem; ...