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Rayman reports: "The soldier who killed 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood nearly four years ago will go on trial Tuesday."

U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan appears before Fort Hood Chief Circuit Judge Colonel Gregory Gross. (photo: Pat Lopez/Reuters)
U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan appears before Fort Hood Chief Circuit Judge Colonel Gregory Gross. (photo: Pat Lopez/Reuters)


Trial of Nidal Hasan, Accused Fort Hood Shooter, Begins

By Noah Rayman, TIME

06 August 13

 

Representing himself, the former army psychiatrist will cross-examine his own victims. The trial, held four years after the attack, gives the major a chance to air radical views

he soldier who killed 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood nearly four years ago will go on trial Tuesday.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who has said the United States is at war with Islam will be representing himself in court, faces the possibility of a death sentence in the military trial for the killing spree at the Texas military base.

According to prosecution, Hasan, then a 39-year-old psychiatrist in the Army, walked into a waiting room for soldiers undergoing routine processing on Nov. 5, 2009 and began firing a semi-automatic pistol, killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others. A responding civilian police officer ultimately shot Hasan, who is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his injuries.

"When people can finally start reporting on the actual evidence that's introduced in this trial, people are going to see how incredibly brutal this was, and incredibly heartbreaking," said Geoffrey Corn, a professor at the South Texas College of Law and retired Army lieutenant colonel. "This is a heartbreaking case."

Hasan has embraced radical Islamic views and made a point of publicizing them. He has not denied that he was the murderer and has claimed that he was defending the Taliban leadership.

Last week, he provided Fox News with mostly unpublished transcripts of a past interview with Al-Jazeera in which he renounced his U.S. citizenship and accused the United States of waging war on Islam.

Hasan also grew a beard in jail, which he said was a symbol of his Muslim piety, in violation of military rules on decorum. The beard led to months of legal wrangling.

By representing himself, Hasan, who has twice fired his court-issued attorneys, will be able to cross-examine the very victims he fired on and, if he chooses, testify on the stand.

"Everything else about his conduct during the process leading up to this trial suggests that he will want to give a speech. And if he does it's likely to be highly inflammatory and disturbing," said Eugene Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School.

Hasan faces overwhelming evidence against him, including 270 witnesses called up by the prosecution, according to the Los Angeles Times. But experts say that if he is found guilty and then sentenced to death, the lengthy appeals process could delay his execution for years if not overturn it altogether. No active-duty soldier has been executed since 1961.

Prosecutors have charged Hasan with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Corn said that, while prosecutors could have sought to charge Hasan under specific federal terrorism laws, the charges of premeditated murder provide a more reliable path to sentencing which is less prone to appeal.

"The most effective way of getting there is to stick with the simplest charge, which is premeditated murder," he said.

The government has refrained from characterizing the shooting as an act of terrorism, citing intent to ensure a fair trial. Victims are suing to change the designation and receive accompanying military benefits.

FBI investigators were aware of communication between Hasan and the radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki prior to the attack. In 2011, al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.

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-3 # HowardMH 2013-08-06 10:16
FOUR YEARS, 4 YEARS! Why did it really take the government 4 Years to start the trial?

All this time, this bastard has been drawing his military salary now totaling about $300,000 while he sits in jail.

4 Years, talk about military and government total incompetence. I wouldn't be surprised if he is found innocent.

“Hasan also grew a beard in jail, which he said was a symbol of his Muslim piety, in violation of military rules on decorum. The beard led to months of legal wrangling.” When I was in the military in the 50s, 60s and 70s a problem like that was fixed in about 30 minutes. No wonder we lost the war in Iraq, and are losing the war in Afghanistan with the bungling incompetence of the military and the politicians.
 
 
+5 # RedLeaf 2013-08-06 10:38
Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice-President of the Nationanl Rifle Association speaking at a press conference on 21 December 2012 proposing a National School Shield Program to place armed security guards in schools following the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut..." The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun."

Fort Hood Military Base, Texas - could you possibly find a site with more fully trained armed "ggod guys' than this, and yet 13 dead, 30+ injured, and the suspect is brought down by a civilian police officer. Not a real strong argument for armed security in schools...
 
 
-1 # JSRaleigh 2013-08-07 21:28
Quoting HowardMH:
FOUR YEARS, 4 YEARS! Why did it really take the government 4 Years to start the trial?

All this time, this bastard has been drawing his military salary now totaling about $300,000 while he sits in jail.

Quoting RedLeaf:
Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice-President of the Nationanl Rifle Association speaking at a press conference on 21 December 2012 proposing a National School Shield Program to place armed security guards in schools following the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut..."The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun."

Fort Hood Military Base, Texas - could you possibly find a site with more fully trained armed "ggod guys' than this, and yet 13 dead, 30+ injured, and the suspect is brought down by a civilian police officer. Not a real strong argument for armed security in schools...


Soldiers do not go armed while in garrison in the United States. That's why it took CIVILIAN police officers to stop Hasan.
 
 
+3 # Citizen Mike 2013-08-06 12:09
Interesting, here we have a mad psychiatrist, like Hannibal Lecter! And he did not hide his interests, he was open about his involvement with enemies of America! Why was this guy not detected earlier and shown the door?
 
 
0 # Rick Levy 2013-08-06 19:54
Political correctness.
 
 
0 # frankieben 2013-08-06 15:02
Why wasn't Maj. Hasan stripped of his rank?
 
 
0 # JSRaleigh 2013-08-07 21:33
Quoting frankieben:
Why wasn't Maj. Hasan stripped of his rank?


Due process under the UCMJ. He has not yet been convicted.

IF/When he is convicted, his sentence will most certainly include being stripped of rank, forfeiture of all pay & allowances, and a Bad Conduct Discharge and confinement until his execution.

But it all has to be done in an orderly, military manner in compliance with Army Regulations.
 

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