Major Nidal Hasan, the confessed Ft. Hood shooter that killed 13 Americans and injured nearly 3 dozen others has been on trial. Why the trial still goes on after his confession is beyond me. However, one thing is clear and that is Barack Obama doesn’t want Nidal Hasan’s actions to be labeled as jihad or terrorism. He’s called it “workplace violence,” which is an insult to anyone’s intelligence and a slap in the face of the victims and their families. However, the attorney for the victims says that both Barack Obama and the Army is engage in twisting the rules in order to avoid calling Nidal Hasan a jihadist.
I received this email today from Neal M. Sher, attorney for the victims of Nidal Hasan’s murderous jihad attack at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009.
As the attorney for the victims of the Ft. Hood massacre, and their families, I can say unequivocally that at every turn the Administration and the Army have twisted rules, regulation and common sense into pretzels to avoid acknowledging what Hasan himself has admitted prior to the attack and now in court: that he is a committed and devout jihadist who is fighting for an enemy.
The question which needs an answer: in light of his admission why has he not been tried for treason, as was Bradley Manning? While his crimes are most serious, he’s not a mass murderer.
Because Obama will not label Hasan’s actions as terrorism, it keeps victims and their families from getting the benefits they need for their injuries. It also keeps Purple hearts from being awarded as well.
What it doesn’t do is stop the flow of money into Nidal Hasan’s bank account.
Nidal Hasan has been treated with kid gloves by the Army during his preparation for trial. Though he was ordered to shave his beard, he rejected to do so, even making his court appearance with a full beard.
There is more to this than is being made public. One wonders what is taking place behind the scenes of the Nidal Hasan trial.
UPDATE: The Blaze is reporting that several key pieces of evidence were blocked on Monday that prosecuters say would explain the mindset of jihadist murderer Nidal Hasan.
Prosecutors had asked the judge to approve several witnesses and various evidence to support what they allege motivated Maj. Nidal Hasan to kill 13 people and wound more than 30 others at the Texas military base. But the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, blocked nearly all of it.
Osborn barred any reference Hasan Akbar, a Muslim soldier sentenced to death for attacking fellow soldiers in Kuwait during the 2003 Iraq invasion. Prosecutors wanted to prove Hasan’s attack was a “copycat,” but the judge said introducing such material would “only open the door to a mini-trial” of Akbar.
She also said such evidence would result in a “confusion of issues, unfair prejudice, waste of time and undo delay.”
The judge said prosecutors also couldn’t introduce three emails, ruling that the needed redactions would make them irrelevant. The contents of the emails were never disclosed, but the FBI has said Hasan sent numerous emails starting in December 2008 to Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born Islamic cleric killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.
The judge also told prosecutors that they couldn’t cite Hasan’s interest years ago in conscientious objector status and his past academic presentations. Osborn said such evidence was too old and irrelevant.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.