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Major Nidal Hasan Guilty on All Counts in ‘Workplace Violence’ Incident

Prosecutor to seek death penalty in next phase of the trial.

by
Rick Moran

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August 23, 2013 - 12:22 pm

The man who screamed “Allahu Akbar” while murdering 13 soldiers at Fort Hood in an incident the Army characterized as “workplace violence” has been found guilty on all counts in a military court.

USA Today reports:

A 13-member panel, or jury, of high-ranking officers voted unanimously to convict Hasan, 42, on a slew of premeditated murder and attempted murder charges for killing 13 people and injuring 31 others in the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at the U.S. Army base in Texas.

As the verdict was read, Hasan had no visible reaction.

Nor was there any outcry from the audience, which included relatives of the victims. Military judge Col. Tara Osborn had warned against any outbursts.

Several family members, however, left the courtroom with tears in their eyes.

The panel, which took only about seven hours to convict Hasan, now turns to the sentencing phase of the trial to decide whether to recommend putting him to death by lethal injection or have him spend the rest of his life in prison. Prosecutors are expected to call 16 witnesses over two days during the sentencing phase.

The 17-day court-martial of Hasan included 89 prosecution witnesses who described in vivid and graphic detail how Hasan entered a medical processing building on Nov. 5, 2009, and opened fire on unarmed soldiers and one civilian with a FN 5.7 semiautomatic handgun, reloading high-capacity magazines several times and firing 146 rounds.

Hasan, a Virginia-born Muslim who represented himself, was mostly passive throughout the trial, cross-examining only a handful of witnesses, calling none himself and opting not to make a closing statement. From his opening statement Aug. 6, he admitted to being the gunman and pledged his allegiance to the mujahideen, or holy warriors.

The case had been besieged by delays and bizarre twists, including the dismissal of the original judge during a dispute over to allow Hasan to grow a beard. Hasan also fired his defense team and chose to represent himself.

He did not call witnesses or testify, and he questioned only three of the prosecutors’ witnesses.

Through media leaks and statements to the judge, the American-born Muslim signaled that he believed the attack was justified as a way to protect Islamic and Taliban leaders from U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The prosecutor proved conclusively that the attack was premeditated. It’s hard to see how Hasan can avoid the death penalty.

Don’t bet on the Army changing its designation of the attack as “workplace violence.” If they were to designate Hasan’s rampage as a terrorist attack, it would trigger a series of required actions by the military, including an increase in benefits to survivors. And it would also allow families to collect a lot more money in a civil suit that many survivors are planning to file now that the trial is over.

But the woman who confronted Hasan as he was leaving the scene of the massacre and exchanged fire with him sounds more optimistic about a change in determination.

Munley said she hopes the end of the case and the overwhelming evidence presented by prosecutors prompts military leaders to reclassify the incident from “workplace violence” to an act of terrorism, which could generate more benefits and money to victims and their families.

If Hasan is executed, it will be the first death sentence carried out by the military since 1961, when Pvt. John Bennett was hung for the rape and murder of an 11 year old Austrian girl.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Put him to death - but do it like the KGB did. You knew you were condemned to death but the KGB might let you linger for a few weeks or months - but the head shot always came - you just didn't know when that was going to happen. Then one night....




BANG!




...and Hasan gets to meet his maker - the Judeo-Christian God of course! But not for long!
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"Don’t bet on the Army changing its designation of the attack as “workplace violence.” If they were to designate Hasan’s rampage as a terrorist attack, it would trigger a series of required actions by the military, including an increase in benefits to survivors. And it would also allow families to collect a lot more money in a civil suit that many survivors are planning to file now that the trial is over."

"Workplace violence"? These people are utterly beneath contempt and totally without honor. Do they call the Boston Bombings a case of "marathon violence" or "sporting event violence"? How about 9/11, do they call it a case of "passenger violence"?
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The trial judge forbade any mention of Islam or Jihad as a motive for the shooting.

I’m not sure if this was just to enforce the current Obama & Co. and Army's ludicrous PC position that this was an incident of “workplace violence,” having nothing at all to do with Islam and terrorist Jihad attacks, was merely a way to prevent Hasan from turning the trial into a platform to spout Islamic propaganda, or both.

In any case--to their eternal shame and, I'm sure, to the glee of Jihadis everywhere--not dealing with and recognizing "Allahu Akbar" Hasan’s blindingly obvious Islamic, Jihadi motive not only keeps the Obama & Co./Army’s policy of willful ignorance and total denial of reality going, it also inflicts further injury on those killed, the survivors, and their families, by denying them the honor of receiving the Purple Heart, awarded to U.S. soldiers injured in combat with the enemy, as well as all of the other increased military and VA benefits that go with being injured in combat.

For me, although different in kind, in terms of its severity this major injustice ranks right up there with France's infamous Dreyfus case.
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I want him to suffer. But the desires of families involved should come first. It should definitely be called a terrorist incident. They should insist on that and I would require that the general who spoke about diversity at their memorial service should be put in the stocks.
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The death penalty is too easy. Give him life, and make sure he has nothing but bacon for breakfast, baby-back ribs for lunch, and pork chops for dinner. Make it top quality, as well. Let him choose death of his own volition.
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Indeed, life, even without the pork, is good enough. Better than enough. Leavenworth is not a picnic.
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No it isn't.
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The good news is that upon this conviction he is no longer entitled to any further pay or benefits due a current or former US soldier. He is also no longer entitled to the rank of Major. Henceforth it is Mr. Hasan or more appropriate, that scum sucking POS Ft. Hood shooter.
I'm somewhat conflicted as to the ultimate outcome. A death sentence means probably years of appeals and delays and a continuing forum for Hasan to spout his radical Islamic rhetoric. I'd almost rather he be sentenced to life in a Federal penn and turned loose in general population. Would make for a quicker and more permanent solution all around. Or just turn him loose at a well publicized location and let the target practice commence. It is after all Texas. Seriously, I wish the survivors and families of the slain could have some opportunity to get some of their own back. Never happen of course, but one can wish.
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If I gave him the honor he is due, I would be in prison too.
I think his every meal should contain pork products, or asian dog meat.
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In the eyes of the Progressive Left ...

... Caucasians are NEVER the victims of racism.

... formerly "colonialist" nations are NEVER the targets of terrorism; such attacks are either the random acts of random individuals ... or are "deserved" responses from people they "oppressed".

To admit otherwise is anathema, for it would result in a departure from the Progressive faith and might require a paradigm shift to embrace conservative principles.

Progressives ... a cult of self-flagellation for the sins of their "fathers", perpetually seeking to force the rest of us to join them.
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If the Army has a 'life without possibility of parole', that is what he should get. At hard labor.
He doesn't deserve the martyrdom he seeks.
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He deserves the sentence of death.

The Army, regardless of the illegal command influence by Obama that was apparently promulgated through his completely pliant Defense Department Secretaries and accepted by the Wesley Clark wing of the Army command structure, will hang Nidal Hassan like the dog that he is.

Not a martyr, but a shamed and despised animal is his fate.
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Cruel and unusual punishment applies to the living. After he's dead we can bury him with pig carcasses or feed him to swine. He isn't worth keeping alive, even if "martyrdom" is what he seeks.
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He deserves to face a firing squad. If morons want to regard him as a martyr that's their problem, not ours.
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Hasan will not get the death penalty. The One has already sent that message.
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Here's the beginning and ending of the verdict, even though convicted: it was a disaster for America, a travesty of injustice, by dint of the fact that the underlying cause for the killings was not even allowed to be mentioned: Islamic jihad!

In other words, an Islamic jihadist was convicted like any multiple murderer in the US, but not for the crime he committed. So, imagine a man being sentenced for killing 10 women, but the public/jury was not allowed to hear that he killed them due to his history of sexual sadism. That he specifically chose women as his targets due to his ADMITTED rage towards his mother etc. Instead, he had a mental breakdown for no apparent reason and that is that.

Now, just like the Black killers who murdered the young man from Australia, imagine their trial and not allowing the discussion of race, and the evidence emerging of his/their rage against Whites to be entered as a factor. You get the picture....they just killed out of 'boredom'...blah, blah....

Similarly, the Ft Hood killer could not be identified as a 'soldier for Allah', for to do so would have entered into the public record - and discussion - precisely what has become verboten: Islam is the underlying cause of jihad and is NOT a 'religion of peace', but a political/theo war-like ideology which is a danger to the west - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/18/the-purging-an-omerta-re-islam-terror-within-americas-power-centers-eviscerates-nsas-domestic-spying-say-what-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

The cause and effect of PC omertas will result in many more deaths, and therein lies the real crime. The red/green alliance has silenced America (the west) into accepting that Islam is compatible with the west, as a result of the bugaboo of 'Islamophobia'.
Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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If this scumbag is executed the press release should be very terse. Just state that Mr. Hasan has been executed and leave it at that.
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Let's have this Muslim animal executed as soon as possible. It's an insult to even think about American taxpayers supporting him with housing, food, and a modicum of medical care for the rest of his expected natural lifespan, after what he's done to American taxpayers.

The reason for his passivity during the trial, aside from that absurdly permitted beard-growing scene stealing episode, is that he wants to become a martyr.....so, there's somewhat of a conflict between granting that animal its wish versus the cost and enduring insult to all taxpaying Americans in maintaining that animal in its kennel for the rest of its lifespan under Federal protection.

I go for pragmatic, immediate execution. Be done with it.

That traitorous Major/Muslim animal is a War Criminal.....but that's another topic, isn't it?

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He's guilty. He has no rank now.
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Put him to death - but do it like the KGB did. You knew you were condemned to death but the KGB might let you linger for a few weeks or months - but the head shot always came - you just didn't know when that was going to happen. Then one night....




BANG!




...and Hasan gets to meet his maker - the Judeo-Christian God of course! But not for long!
47 weeks ago
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The old "You're free. Go." And later that week you are found trampled to death by pigs?
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