If anyone is like me, you are probably wondering why in the world, there continues to be an ongoing trial of Major Nidal Hasan. In my book, the no-longer “alleged” Ft Hood shooter, but the “admitted” Ft. Hood shooter is about to have a long, drawn out trial. Back in June, Nidal Hasan said that his defense was going to be that he was defending the Taliban. He has never denied doing the shooting. In fact, in his opening statement on Tuesday, he said, “Evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter.” So why the long, drawn-out trial of an admitted murderer of 13 and one that wounded nearly three dozen others?
The judge in the case Col. Tara Osborn ruled that Hasan could not plead guilty to lesser charges. That does not explain why his confession on Tuesday should not immediately bring the trial to an end, and a sentence be given. However, According to CBS News:
The court-martial proceeding has been authorized to consider the death penalty, and Hasan faces a panel of 13 senior Army officers that will hear evidence and render a verdict in the case.
The panel must unanimously convict Hasan of murder in order to sentence him to death, but even a unanimous death penalty conviction would likely face years, if not decades, of appeals.
In addition to that, Hasan also stated on Tuesday that his only regret was that he was among “imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion.”
“I apologize for any mistake I made in this endeavor,” he added.
The unrepentant Hasan obviously cared nothing for the families of those he had inflicted immense pain. Where are those supposed “moderate” Muslims regarding Hasan’s actions and his statements? Only the crickets are heard as he made those statements. So much for the “religion of peace.”
There is a $5 million cost of a trial that could take months to complete. It’s already taken years to be heard!
However, that just isn’t enough for this soulless jihadist. Oh no. Diane Sori also points out:
And adding insult to injury is the fact that when military judge Col. Tara Osborn ruled that this most vile man could defend himself, and thus call the victim’s families and those who survived his rampage to the witness stand to be cross examined…allowing Hasan to taunt and ridicule those whose lives he changed forever…this became NOT a trial for murder…in fact for 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder…but a stage for proselytizing and in defense of Islam and NOTHING more for this man is guilty as charged…and NO prolonged expensive trial is needed to prove it.
Proselytizing and defending Islam even though the media and the Obama administration still refuse to acknowledge that Islam had anything to do with the murders, even though Hasan has claimed that he shot his victims in defense of the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan.
Can’t get any more Islamic or jihadist than that now can you.
Apparently no one regards the victims or is interested in bringing justice to bear. It’s all about protecting and coddling the perpetrators of the crime. We hear about what a miserable childhood they had, or their psychological condition. Perhaps they were bullied in school, or they didn’t have this or that. Those things are merely excuses for one’s bad behavior.
However, what of the families of the victims? Purple hearts aren’t given out due to the Muslim-in-chief’s declaration that Hasan’s murderous jihadist rampage was “workplace violence.” No specific medical aid and benefits have been given due to the same reason.
In the meantime, Hasan continues to be paid by the American taxpayer while he is on trial. Apparently that figure is above $300,000 at this point. Where will that money eventually go? Will it be sent to other jihadists so that more American deaths result? Why is the man continuing to be paid at all? He’s not serving in any capacity, and furthermore he has demonstrated that he is willfully not adhering to the code of conduct by blatantly rejecting to shave, even after a US Army judge ruled that he must do it!
In the meantime, Hasan desires to receive the death penalty. I know many people would view it as a martyr’s death. I don’t think that at all. I think that going through all of this process, when a man has openly and unrepentantly declared he murdered those people, is merely a slap in the face to the United States and to the families of the victims. His confession of guilt should result in immediate sentencing, without appeals and bring a swift execution.
The last military serviceman to be executed was Army Pfc. John A. Bennett, put to death on April 13, 1961, following his conviction of rape and attempted murder of an 11-year-old girl. Five service members are currently on death row.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.