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Fort Hood Terrorism Attack: Jury Finds Nidal Hasan Guilty

August 23rd, 2013 - 11:48 am

“Major Nidal Hasan, who Army prosecutors said was on a Jihad mission to kill soldiers, has been found guilty of all 13 counts of premeditated murder for the attack on U.S. soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009,” NBC-DFW reports:

The military jury also found Hasan guilty of 32 counts of premeditated attempted murder.

Both votes were unanimous by the military panel members in his court-martial hearing.

Under military law, Maj. Hasan’s conviction on at least two counts of premeditated murder makes him eligible for the death penalty.

In order for Hasan to face the death penalty, the jury’s 11 men and two women had to find him unanimously guilty of at least one count of premeditated murder as well as another murder charge. The military court system hasn’t executed an active-duty U.S. soldier since 1961.

Time for the man who had “Soldier of Allah” on his business cards to meet the 72 virgins.

Incidentally, note again that mealy-mouthed lede from NBC-DFW: “Hasan, who Army prosecutors said was on a Jihad mission to kill soldiers.” It wasn’t just Army prosecutors who said this; Nidal did as well, as Mark Steyn noted earlier this month:

Linking to it from their homepage, my colleagues at National Review Online promoted it with the tag: “Thirteen people lost their lives with dozens of others wounded. And now the man responsible wants to claim it was workplace violence.”

That’s not true — and actually it’s grossly unfair to Major Hasan. He’s admirably upfront about who and what he is — a “Soldier of Allah,” as he put on his business card. On Tuesday, he admitted he was a traitor who had crossed over from “the bad side” (America’s) to “the good side” (Islam’s). He has renounced his U.S. citizenship and its effete protections such as workplace-violence disability leave. He professes loyalty to America’s enemies. He says, “I am the shooter.” He helpfully informs us that that’s his gun. In this week’s one-minute statement, he spoke more honestly and made more sense than Obama, Gates, Casey, the Armed Forces Court of Appeals, two judges, the prosecution and defense lawyers, and mountains of bureaucratic reports and media coverage put together.

But poor old Hasan can say “Yup, I did it” all he wants; what does he know?

Unlike the Zimmerman trial, Major Hasan’s has not excited the attention of the media. Yet it is far more symbolic of the state of America than the Trayvon Martin case, in which superannuated race hucksters attempted to impose a half-century-old moth-eaten Klan hood on a guy who’s a virtual one-man melting pot. The response to Nidal Hasan helps explain why, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, this war is being lost — because it cannot be won because, increasingly, it cannot even be acknowledged. Which helps explain why it now takes the U.S. military longer to prosecute a case of “workplace violence” than it did to win World War Two.

But as with the Zimmerman trial, the jury seemed to understand what was going on in the case of Nidal Hasan, despite the immense efforts to obfuscate reality through political correctness. That’s a slightly hopeful sign, I guess.

Update: At Hot Air, Allahpundit adds, “By the way, Hasan will get to speak at length next week during the sentencing phase, so if you’re keen to deny him a jihadi propaganda opportunity in death, know that he still has a much bigger one waiting in life.” As Allahpundit writes, “Pull the plug.”

Otherwise, as Glenn Reynolds quips, give Hasan a sex change in prison. Heh, indeed.™

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