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Fort Hood shooting initially labeled as 'terrorism,' despite shift to 'workplace violence'
by Catherine Herridge
The Fort Hood massacre was immediately labeled by the government's primary counterterrorism center as a terrorist attack, a former top security official testified Wednesday -- even though the Defense Department would later describe the 2009 shooting in the context of "workplace violence."
"The day after the Fort Hood attack, the National Counterrorism Center entered the attack of Fort Hood as a -- in the worldwide incident terrorist database -- as a terrorist attack, the day after. ... The NCTC called it terrorism the day after the attack," Michael Leiter, the former head of the NCTC which is the government's central hub for threat analysis, testified. He spoke before the House Homeland Security Committee.
Leiter, along with other witnesses, were part of an oversight hearing on the April Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three, and the Fort Hood shooting, which left 13 dead and wounded more than 40 others.
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