I wonder if the rightwing bloviators are going to put the Army’s feet to the fire? Perspirin’ minds wanna know… after all, they claim that they’re waging a “Global War on Terror“… so, Fort Hood WAS the front-line, kids…
The Austin American Statesman reported that a court-martial found US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan guilty of all charges and sentenced him to death for his murder of 13 people at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center in Fort Hood (near Killeen TX) in 2009 after deliberating for two hours. At the time of the incident, he opened fire, killing 13 fellow soldiers and wounding more than 30. Witnesses testified that Hasan, an American-born Muslim, screamed “Allahu akbar“ (“God is great” in Arabic) as he sprayed bullets with a laser-sighted handgun. Ranked by the number of victims, this crime was the largest of all such incidents at American military bases.
During the trial, the defendant refused the assistance of legal counsel. He clashed with all the defence attorneys assigned to him. According to lawyers who worked with Hasan, he provoked the court; he didn’t hide the fact that wanted the death penalty. He didn’t even try to defend himself and behaved provocatively. He refused to speak to the court. The media called Hasan’s trial a “revolting spectacle”. Previously, he stated repeatedly that he committed the mass murder, which is equivalent in the USA to terrorist attack, in retaliation for the wars fought against his fellow Muslims by American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hasan wanted to be executed, in order to “die as a hero”, as a man sacrificing his life for his ideals.
The last time that an American military court martial handed down a death sentence was in 1961. Hasan now becomes the sixth man on death row at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth (north of Leavenworth KS). The death sentence sets off an automatic and lengthy appeals process, typically lasting a minimum of four years. For it to take place, a military execution would require the approval of the Fort Hood commanding general and the US President.
28 August 2013
Voice of Russia World Service
This crime is one of the few that merits the death penalty. Hasan killed more than one person, furthermore, he did it on a military installation targeting American soldiers, and thus, it was an act of violence against the American state. Too bad, it’ll take forever for all the mandatory appeals. He’ll be a martyr to the Islamists, but for no one else in the Islamic world… don’t forget, just as “Born Agains” don’t represent the bulk of real Christians, the Islamists aren’t in sync with the majority of those in the Ummah. That’s the way it is…