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Hasan’s ‘Workplace Violence’ Show Trial Begins

From the Associated Press:

Maj. Hasan: Evidence will show ‘I am the shooter’

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and PAUL J. WEBER | August 6, 2013

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood targeted fellow soldiers in a meticulously planned attack that included stockpiling bullets and researching Taliban leaders calling for jihad, a military prosecutor said Tuesday during the opening day of the long-awaited trial.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan spent time at a shooting range and purchased a pistol and extender kit to hold more ammunition before carrying out his plan to "kill as many soldiers as he could" while avoiding civilians, Col. Steve Henricks told jurors. The shooting, which killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others on the sprawling Texas military base, remains the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation.

But it was just ‘workplace violence.’

Henricks alleged that Hasan didn’t want to deploy after getting his orders about three weeks before the shootings, and that "he came to believe he had a jihad duty to murder to his fellow soldiers." The American-born Muslim later told a doctor at the base that, "’They’ve got another thing coming if they think they are going to deploy me,’" Henricks said.

But when it came time for him to speak, the 42-year-old Hasan — who is acting as his own attorney — countered prosecutors’ detailed portrait of the attack with a simple statement: "The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter."

So why are they having a trial?

In writings and in previous court statements, Hasan indicated he wanted to argue that he carried out the shooting to defend the Taliban from American attacks — but the judge denied that strategy.

So his only defense has been denied? So, once again, why are they having a trial?

During his 2-minute opening statement Tuesday, he touched on his religion, saying: "We are imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion. … I apologize for any mistakes I made in this endeavor."

His statements highlighted the complexity of the military’s case. Hasan wanted to plead guilty to several counts of murder and attempted murder, but military rules prevent guilty pleas in death-penalty cases. Prosecutors are pursuing a death sentence, which are often overturned in military courts…

They are almost always overturned. So why even push for the death penalty?

A cynical person might wonder if this trial hasn’t been handled this way under orders from Mr. Obama and Eric Holder. Who have done everything in their power to turn these terrorism trials into show trials. To give these Muslim extremists a soapbox, while pretending they just want to show the world we can try them fairly.

The trial is playing out amid high security at Fort Hood, where armed guards stood in doorways and 15-foot stacks of shock-absorbing barriers obscured the view of the courthouse

Clearly the government wants to guard against any further ‘workplace violence.’

Over the next several weeks, Hasan is expected to question witnesses and possibly present his own evidence — which will likely turn the trial into a faceoff between the gunman and his victims…

Which a cynical person might suspect is the goal here.

The defendant is paralyzed from the waist down. He requires 15- to 20-minute stretching breaks about every four hours, and he has to lift himself off his wheelchair for about a minute every half hour to avoid developing sores…

Boo hoo. It’s a shame someone didn’t put him out of his misery.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Hasan’s ‘Workplace Violence’ Show Trial Begins”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    William Tecumseh Sherman would have whacked this guy inside of six minutes, Why are we doing this crap? Cui Bono?

    • Petronius says:

      Yes, GBJ, there is some irony there.

      Lincoln’s war on the Confederate States was waged on the most brutal terms imaginable. The only rule was expediency.

      Yet the very people who hurry to say “It served them right” are the same people who insist upon due process with all the trimmings for this self-confessed Islamic terrorist — for an Islamic jihadist who for all practical purposes has no connection to anything American.

  2. Noyzmakr says:

    “In writings and in previous court statements, Hasan indicated he wanted to argue that he carried out the shooting to defend the Taliban from American attacks — but the judge denied that strategy.”

    Not that I give a damn about this POS, but since when does a judge get to tell people what their “defense strategy” can be? I mean, if he wants to claim talking butterflys made him do it, what business is it of the judge?

    I’m just wondering out loud.

    I’m also wondering why, as Steve has, there’s even a trial. It appears to anyone still conscious that this guy has admitted proudly proclaimed his participation in the crime.
    Just march him outside and spend $0.75 worth of lead on him already. Preferably in the gut so he can slowly bleed to death in the parking lot while the public tosses burning korans at him. Then post that on YouTube.

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