Judge to Ft. Hood Killer: Shave or Be Shaved
Accused Ft. Hood mass murderer Nidal Hassan appeared in court again this week, again showing flagrant disregard for US military regulations.
Maj. Nidal Hasan appeared in court Wednesday sporting a beard as he did during a court appearance last month. The beard violates Army regulations, but Hasan said it is an expression of his Muslim faith.
Other notable expressions of Hasan's faith: He is said to have shouted "Allahu Ackbar!" while firing on innocent men and women on the military base. He was in contact with the late Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical Islamist preacher and US citizen who exhorted Muslims to wage jihad against the world.
The judge, Col. Gregory Gross, held Hasan in contempt of court for keeping the beard and fined him $1,000. Fort Hood spokesman Chris Haug said Gross gave Hasan the choice to shave on his own or be forcibly shaved sometime before his court-martial begins Aug. 20.
Hasan, 41, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shootings. He faces the death penalty if convicted.
Until last month, he had been clean-shaven every time he attended court.
The beard is a stunt. Shave it.