Fort Hood Massacre
The farce that is the courtmartial of mass killer Major Nidal Hasan is wending on its way with the military judge restricting evidence of Hasan’s jihadi motives:
Prosecutors will not be allowed to enter evidence that Nidal Hasan intended to commit jihad in his mass murder spree at Fort Hood nearly four years ago, the judge in the court-martial ruled yesterday. Col. Tara Osborn also struck from evidence the correspondence between Hasan and al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, although she did allow prosecutors to use records of Hasan’s Internet usage and search histories at the time of the shooting.
For my sins no doubt, I have spent the last 31 years as an attorney. I have done more than my fair share of criminal defense during that time. I cannot express adequately just how ridiculous this ruling of the court is. Hasan has already admitted in open court that he was the shooter and that his motivation was jihad. I can only assume that the true motivation behind the court’s absurd ruling was the same motivation that caused the administration to classify Hasan’s multiple murders as being workplace violence.
This courtmartial circus is merely the culmination of Hasan’s entire involvement with the Army during which he may as well have been wearing a sign saying “ENEMY COMBATANT”. His superiors knew that Hasan was at best deranged and at worst a soldier for the jihadis. The soldiers that Hasan murdered did not die because Hasan made any attempt to conceal what he was and is, a jihadist, but because his superiors cravenly did not wish to stand up against him for fear of harming their own careers and being accused of anti-Islamic bias.
NPR of all places has an excellent report showing that before he was assigned to Fort Hood from Walter Reed, that his superiors knew that Hasan was a likely threat:
When a group of key officials gathered in the spring of 2008 for their monthly meeting in a Bethesda, Md., office, one of the leading — and most perplexing — items on their agenda was: What should we do about Hasan?
Hasan had been a trouble spot on officials’ radar since he started training at Walter Reed, six years earlier. Several officials confirm that supervisors had repeatedly given him poor evaluations and warned him that he was doing substandard work.
Both fellow students and faculty were deeply troubled by Hasan’s behavior — which they variously called disconnected, aloof, paranoid, belligerent, and schizoid. The officials say he antagonized some students and faculty by espousing what they perceived to be extremist Islamic views. His supervisors at Walter Reed had even reprimanded him for telling at least one patient that “Islam can save your soul.”
Participants in the spring meeting and in subsequent conversations about Hasan reportedly included John Bradley, chief of psychiatry at Walter Reed; Robert Ursano, chairman of the Psychiatry Department at USUHS; Charles Engel, assistant chair of the Psychiatry Department and director of Hasan’s psychiatry fellowship; Dr. David Benedek, another assistant chairman of psychiatry at USUHS; psychiatrist Carroll J. Diebold; and Scott Moran, director of the psychiatric residency program at Walter Reed, according to colleagues and other sources who monitor the meetings.
But psychiatrists and officials who are familiar with the conversations, which continued into the spring of 2009, say they took a remarkable turn: Is it possible, some mused, that Hasan was mentally unstable and unfit to be an Army psychiatrist?
One official involved in the conversations had reportedly told colleagues that he worried that if Hasan deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, he might leak secret military information to Islamic extremists. Another official reportedly wondered aloud to colleagues whether Hasan might be capable of committing fratricide, like the Muslim U.S. Army sergeant who, in 2003, killed two fellow soldiers and injured 14 others by setting off grenades at a base in Kuwait. Continue reading
Hattip to Ann Althouse. Major Nidal Hasan on November 5, 2009 at Fort Hood murdered 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded 29 others. Since that time his trial has been pending. And pending. And pending. The latest development? The military judge presiding over the case has been removed. Why? Because, pursuant to regulations, he ordered that Hasan be forced to shave his beard.
Although the military judge here stated that [Hasan's] beard was a ‘disruption,’ there was insufficient evidence on this record to demonstrate that [Hasan's] beard materially interfered with the proceedings,” the unsigned ruling said.
“Taken together…. the decision to remove [Hasan] from the courtroom, the contempt citations and the decision to order [Hasan's] forcible shaving in the absence of any command action to do the same could leave an objective observer to conclude that the military judge was not impartial.” Continue reading
Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. Outraged victims and the families of the slain of the murderous rampage of Major Nidal Hassan at Fort Hood in 2009 have created the above video attacking the Obama’s administration’s denial that this was a blatant act of terrorism and labeling it work place violence.
They point out that the accused shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, consulted by email with top al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki about whether an attack against American soldiers was justified to “protect our brothers.” Until his death in an airstrike in 2011, Yemen-based Awlaki was considered one of the United States’ top enemies.
The debate over the so-called Ground Zero mosque near the former site of the World Trade Center in New York has raised public interest in, and opposition to, other proposed or recently built mosques and Islamic centers throughout the country.
In areas where Muslim migration or immigration has been significant, some citizens have attempted to discourage construction of new mosques. Few come right out and cite the threat of terrorism; more often they seem to resort to time-honored NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) tactics such as creative interpretation of zoning ordinances, claims of decreased property values, or claims of real or potential problems with traffic, noise, etc.
Before I go any further, I want to make it clear that I understand the need to be vigilant regarding the potential for violent subversion, as well as the dangers of taking such a politically correct approach to militant Islam that people hesitate to report obvious suspicious activity for fear of being labeled bigots (as seems to have happened in the Fort Hood massacre case).
A Defense Department Review has found that doctors overseeing the training of the Fort Hood shooter continually voiced complaints concerning his strident views on Islam and inappropriate behavior. At the same time Nidal Hasan was promoted and received positive performance evaluations.
In telling episodes from the latter stages of Hasan’s lengthy medical education in the Washington, D.C., area, he gave a class presentation questioning whether the U.S.-led war on terror was actually a war on Islam. And fellow students said he suggested that Shariah (shah-REE’-yuh), or Islamic law, trumped the Constitution and he attempted to justify suicide bombings.
Yet no one in Hasan’s chain of command appears to have challenged his eligibility to hold a secret security clearance even though they could have because the statements raised doubt about his loyalty to the United States. Had they, Hasan’s fitness to serve as an Army officer may have been called into question long before he reported to Fort Hood.
Instead, in July 2009, Hasan arrived in central Texas, his secret clearance intact, his reputation as a weak performer well known, and Army authorities believing that posting him at such a large facility would mask his shortcomings.
The Army knew not only that Hassan was a Jihadist sympathizer, but that he was also a substandard doctor:
The more we learn about this story the more unbelievable it becomes. NPR is reporting here that starting in the Spring of 2008 officials held a series of meetings during which one of the subjects of discussion was whether Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan was psychotic.
Starting in the spring of 2008, key officials from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences held a series of meetings and conversations, in part about Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused of killing 13 people and wounding dozens of others last week during a shooting spree at Fort Hood. One of the questions they pondered: Was Hasan psychotic? Continue reading
Lots of disturbing facts coming out as to information possessed by the Federal government about the alleged shooter Nidal Malik Hasan prior to the Fort Hood Massacre.
1. Internet postings: At least six months ago Hasan came to the attention of law enforcement authorities regarding internet postings about suicide bombings.
2. Attempts to contact al-Qaeda: US intelligence officials knew for months that Hasan was attempting to contact al-Qaeda operatives. Apparently the Army was informed of these attempts by Hasan to contact al_Qaeda. The inquiry was dropped last year because the feds decided that there was no indication he would become violent. (I guess they were wrong about that.)
3. Comments made to fellow officers: Colonel Terry Lee who worked with Hasan makes clear in the above video that Hasan was not shy about making pro-jihadi comments to other officers. At Walter Reed he gave a lecture to dozens of doctors in which he said that non-believers in Islam should be beheaded and boiling oil forced down their throats (presumably before the beheading), in addition to being condemned to Hell. For good measure he also said that unbelievers should be set on fire, although after the the boiling oil and the beheading that strikes me as redundant. I find it difficult to believe that Hasan’s superiors would not have been aware of this type of behavior by him.
4. Attempts to proselytize: Hasan was disciplined at Walter Reed for attempting to proselytize his Muslim faith to patients and colleagues. Continue reading
Isn’t it interesting that President Obama is pleading for us to “not to rush to judgment” concerning the Fort Hood Massacre that was executed by Malik Nidal Hasan who is an extremist Muslim. Yet President Obama called out the National Guard to protect abortion mills when George Tiller the Killer was killed by a deranged man and not a pro-life advocate?
Double standard you think?
Yeah. But just remember that this is the same administration that called “right-wing” groups such as pro-lifers as a threat to national security and not one mention of extremist Muslims or Muslim organizations that operate within the United States or abroad.
President Obama and his administration represent a world view that is un-American with values that only Moloch would love. Catering to the politically correct sympathies and dogmas of modern liberalism while demonizing pro-life organizations that only seek to protect the most vulnerable among us.
Let’s pray for a one term Obama presidency and a strong candidate to emerge to represent the best of most Americans.
To read more about the Fort Hood Massacre click here.
To read more about the murder of George Tiller the Killer click here.
To read more about President Obama demonizing Pro-Lifers the same day that George Tiller the Killer was killed click here.
To read more of the Obama Administration categorizing Pro-Life groups as terrorists click here.
To read more by Ralph Peters of the New York Post on President Obama’s response to the Fort Hood Massacre click here.
13 have been killed and 38 wounded at the Fort Hood army post in Texas. The alleged shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, is dead, and two alleged suspects have been taken into custody. This is a major story and details are sparse. May the souls of the dead victims rest in peace. More details as they become available.
Update 1: Dead gunman thought to have been a mental health professional, a psychiatrist. I have heard on Fox that he was assigned in the past to Walter Reed.
Update 2: Gunman was thought to have been a drug and rehab specialist who obtained his license to practice psychiatry in 2005. According to the Army Times he was promoted to Major on April 22, 2009.
Update 3: More details here about the gunman.
Update 5: Gunman had received a poor performance evaluation at Walter Reed. He was upset about a forthcoming deployment to Iraq.
Update 6: Colonel Terry Lee who had worked in the past with Hasan says that the gunman had made statements that Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor. He is being interviewed on Fox. The Colonel also said that Hasan thought that after Obama was elected the war in Iraq would come to a swift end and he became frustrated that this did not occur.
Update 7: The two suspects taken into custody have been released. I am hearing that they may have been attempting to subdue the gunman and were taken in for questioning about the incident. Good! That makes it much more likely that this is the work of just one deranged individual rather than a conspiracy.
Update 8: Now the local Congressman in whose district Fort Hood is located is stating that he has heard that another suspect has been brought in for questioning.
Update 9: The gunman’s name according to some reports is Nidal Malik Hasan and not Malik Nadal Hasan as initially reported.
Update 10: Here is info on the gunman on the Virginia Board of Medicine Practitioner Information page.
Update 11: According to a cousin of the gunman interviewed on Fox, Hasan was born and reared in this country. He has always been a Muslim and is not a recent convert as was initially reported. He joined the military against the wishes of his parents. He complained about harassment to relatives that he alleged that he received from fellow soldiers in the Army because of his pro-Muslim views.
Update 12: Lieutenant General Bob Cone, the commanding general in charge of Fort Hood, at a press conference announces that Nidal Malik Hasan was wounded and is in custody, and was not killed as was initially reported. He is also stating that Hasan was the sole shooter, and that no one else appears to have been involved. He says that the slain and wounded soldiers were in an enclosed area awaiting medical and dental treatment. A female civilian police officer shot and wounded Hasan. She was wounded by Hasan and is in stable condition. (Soon to be celebrated by the nation as a heroine I think.)
Update 13: NPR has this report:
A source tells NPR’s Joseph Shapiro that Hasan was put on probation early in his postgraduate work at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He was disciplined for proselytizing about his Muslim faith with patients and colleagues, according to the source, who worked with him at the time.
Update 14: Hasan is the son of Palestinian immigrants, both deceased.
Update 15: Reports that Hasan had come to the attention of federal law enforcement authorities six months ago because of internet postings advocating suicide bombings. This seems to be the post in question:
“There was a grenade thrown amongs a group of American soldiers. One of the soldiers, feeling that it was to late for everyone to flee jumped on the grave with the intention of saving his comrades. Indeed he saved them. He inentionally took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam. So the scholars main point is that “IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOUR INTENTION IS THE MAIN ISSUE” and Allah (SWT) knows best.”
Take this report with a boulder of salt until it is better confirmed. However, if the authorities did believe that Hasan was posting on internet sites advocating suicide bombings six months ago, why didn’t the Army take steps to keep him away from troops, especially troops heading for Iraq or Afghanistan?
Update 16: The brave female police officer who took Hasan down is Police Sergeant Kimberly Munley. She pumped four bullets into the gunman in spite of being shot by him.
Update 17: Hasan shouted Allahu Akbar ( God is Great) before beginning his rampage.
Update 18: Information about some of the victims here. May they now be enjoying the Beatific Vision.