Former prisoner of war, Shoshana Johnson called out former JAG officer Tom Kenniff for irresponsibly suggesting that terrorism was the most likely cause of the Ft. Hood shooting Thursday.
Appearing on CNN’s Larry King Live, Kenniff said that the shooting’s probably happened “to commit acts of terror, and to instill fear on the military installation.”
“That’s crap,” responded Johnson. “Maybe the fact is that you’re a Jag officer, and you have no idea what it’s like to be in combat.”
The discussion became heated as the two questioned the other’s experience. “Maybe the fact is that you’re a Jag officer, and you have no idea what it’s like to be in combat,” said Johnson.
“I spent a year in Iraq, ma’am. Have you ever been to Iraq?” Kenniff shot back.
“I’m a POW. I got shot,” said Johnson as her temper flared.
Johnson, the first African American woman to be a prisoner of war in US history, was held prisoner in Iraq for 22 days after a gunfight in the city of Nasiriyah. She was shot and both of her legs were wounded during the firefight.
But Kenniff was undeterred. He wasn’t about to give up on pushing the idea that the Ft. Hood shooter was possibly a terrorist. “We shouldn’t rule out that this could possibly be a terrorist attack,” Kenniff told Larry King. “I mean, look at what we know. This was an act of terror in the true sense. I mean, it’s killing for the sense of killing. It’s aimed at American military personnel. It takes place on a very prominent American military base.”
“The first thing everybody is thinking, or should be thinking is that this was an act of terror,” said Kenniff.
This video is from CNN’s Larry King Live/em>, broadcast Nov. 5, 2009.