After nearly four years of delays as Maj Nidal Hasan mocked the Army and the military’s judicial system, the Ft. Hood shooter’s trial began today. Hasan gave a brief opening statement in which he confessed to trying to kill as many American soldiers as he could.
“Evidence will show I was on the wrong side of America’s war and I later switched sides,” Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is representing himself, declared during a two-minute opening statement in a heavily guarded courtroom on the base.
“We in the mujahideen are imperfect beings trying to establish a perfect religion,” Hasan added. “I apologize for any mistakes I have made in this endeavor”
It was a jarring opening argument from a Muslim fanatic who has admitted killing 13 of his countrymen and wounding 32 others, and claims he did it to protect Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
A son of Palestinian immigrants who grew up in Virginia, Hasan also does not deny shouting “Allahu akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!” – before committing the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base.
The Obama administration classifies Hasan’s rampage as “workplace violence,” a politically useful designation that allows the administration to claim that there have been no terrorist attacks on American soil on its watch. The “workplace violence” designation also deprives survivors of their due military benefits and medals.