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Army orders financial benefits for 2009 Fort Hood shooting victims

The Associated Press is reporting that dozens of soldiers and surviving family members of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting are receiving additional Army pay that they felt was long overdue.

The announcement from Army Sec. John McHugh on Thursday comes a week after 36 Purple Hearts were awarded to victims and relatives of the deadliest shooting on a U.S. military base.

Thirteen people were killed in Nidal Hasan's terror attack and 31 others were injured.

McHugh said the Purple Heart recipients will receive extra hostile fire pay and other compensation. A group of soldiers are still seeking more money from the government in an ongoing lawsuit.

The Army spent years refusing Purple Hearts to Fort Hood victims because Obama's appointees in the military contended the shooting was an act of workplace violence and not terrorism.


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Army finally rules Fort Hood an act of terror

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Michael Dorstewitz is reporting that the U.S. Army told Congress in a letter Friday that the circumstances surrounding the 2009 Fort Hood massacre resulting in 13 dead and 32 wounded at the hands of then-Maj. Nidal Hasan was an act of terror.

The decision puts to rest a more-than five year battle by victims and members of Congress to set aside the Defense Department's previous ruling that the tragedy was an act of workplace violence, according to McClatchyDC.

It also opens the door to giving the victims the recognition they deserve -- Purple Hearts for the military personnel, and Defense of Freedom awards for the civilian victims -- together with any benefits that may accrue with the recognitions.

"The Purple Heart's strict eligibility criteria had prevented us from awarding it to victims of the horrific attack at Fort Hood," said Secretary of the Army John McHugh in announcing the decision. "Now that Congress has changed the criteria, we believe there is sufficient reason to allow these men and women to be awarded and recognized with either the Purple Heart or, in the case of civilians, the Defense of Freedom medal. It's an appropriate recognition of their service and sacrifice."

Members of Congress who worked on the issue were overjoyed by the decision.

"This is fantastic. This is the greatest day for these victims," said an upbeat Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, who has worked on legislation to secure the awards since entering Congress in 2013. "It became common sense to call this 'terrorism.' From day one, but Barack Obama and the administration didn't want this to happen, to have an 'act of terror' on their watch."

Williams and Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, each represent parts of Fort Hood, and worked together on legislation to pave the way for the revised ruling.

"I introduced the first bill on this three weeks after it happened," said Carter in an interview. "I'm extremely happy for these victims. This guy considered himself a terrorist."

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Purple Hearts for Fort Hood, Little Rock victims rolled into defense funding bill

Bridget Johnson is reporting that In May 2012, Barack Obama threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act because, among other reasons, the bill would have awarded Purple Hearts to the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting and Little Rock recruitment office shooting.

"The Administration objects to section 552, which would grant Purple Hearts to the victims of the shooting incidents in Fort Hood, Texas, and Little Rock, Arkansas," the veto threat stated. "The criminal acts that occurred in Little Rock were tried by the State of Arkansas as violations of the State criminal code rather than as acts of terrorism; as a result, this provision could create appellate issues."

Years later, persistent lawmakers have gotten the Purple Hearts for these victims of terrorism into the compromise NDAA for Fiscal Year 2015.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act in September 2013, with companion legislation introduced in the House by Fort Hood Reps. John Carter (R-Texas) and Roger Williams (R-Texas). Cornyn's bill never made it out of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Now that the provision has been rolled into the NDAA it's even broader: Fort Hood and Little Rock victims would qualify, in addition to any other acts of terrorism on U.S. soil retroactive to 9/11.

The provision requires that attacks inspired or motivated by a foreign terrorist organization be treated as an attack by an international terrorist organization for the purpose of awarding the Purple Heart. Specifically, the attacker would have to have communication with a foreign terrorist organization before the attack.

On June 1, 2009, Muslim convert Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, who had spent time in Yemen and was an avowed jihadist, killed one soldier and wounded another in a drive-by shooting on a military recruiting office in Little Rock. He pleaded guilty to murder, avoiding trial and the death penalty, and was sentenced to life in prison.

Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major who had email communications with senior al-Qaeda recruiter and Yemen-based cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, was sentenced to death for the Nov. 5, 2009, massacre at Fort Hood in which 13 were killed and 29 wounded. He is currently on death row at Leavenworth while the appeals process plays out.

Hasan has since asked self-proclaimed caliphate Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to make him a citizen of the Islamic State.

"While long overdue, this is welcome news for the wounded, the family members of the fallen and the entire Fort Hood community who came under terrorist attack 5 years ago," Cornyn said in a statement to PJM. "This close-knit community has endured great loss in recent years, and I am pleased we are now one step closer to delivering this important piece of justice to the victims and their families."

A Senate aide told PJM that once passed, which is expected before the 113th Congress is over, Cornyn will begin pushing the Pentagon to award the Purple Heats as soon as possible.

Will the White House pull out the veto threat again?

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the administration's position on the provision this time around.

"There are a lot of measures that are included in the NDAA," Earnest said. "I haven't heard about that particular provision, but I can get back to you and let you know if we have a position on it." He didn't reveal that position at Thursday's briefing.

The $585 billion defense funding bill passed the House today 300-119. It heads to the Senate for approval, with language already negotiated between the two chambers by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.).

The bill as a whole will meet some criticism in the upper chamber thanks to its pork, but is expected to pass next week.

"This has been a top priority for my Texas colleagues and me ever since the tragic attack in 2009. I am relieved that the victims and families of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting are finally nearing justice and closure," Carter said in a statement.

"I remain disappointed that the president has not taken action or fulfilled his promise that he made to the victims five years ago," the congressman said. "I urge the president to forego any further politics on this issue and keep his promise by signing the NDAA into law. The victims of this terrorist attack have suffered long enough!"

Williams called the House passage "a huge step in the joint efforts to help victims of the Fort Hood terrorist attack, and I'd like to thank Rep. John Carter and many of our Texas colleagues for their endless support."

"Our nation's leaders must uphold our solemn commitment to provide for troops in harm's way – whether at home or abroad," he said. "President Obama has neglected those whose lives were taken and forever changed that day. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation gives President Obama yet another opportunity to honor his pledge to take care of our American soldiers who were victims of terrorism."


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So much for "workplace violence"

Cross-posted in the "Obama purges the truth about Islam and jihad" thread.


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Fort Hood shooter sends letter to Pope Francis espousing "jihad"

Catherine Herridge is reporting that convicted Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan has written to Pope Francis espousing "jihad," in his latest correspondence aligning himself with radical Islam.

Despite efforts by the Defense Department to label the 2009 massacre as "workplace violence," Hasan has described himself several times, and again in the new letter, using the acronym "SoA," or "Soldier of Allah."

Hasan directed his attorney John Galligan to mail the undated, six-page, hand-written letter to the pope. A copy of the letter -- titled, "A Warning To Pope Francis, Members Of The Vatican, And Other Religious Leaders Around the World" -- was provided by the attorney to Fox News.

Hasan appears to make multiple references to the Quran in the letter, and includes a bulleted list of guidelines for "believers."

In one subsection titled "Jihad," Hasan praises "The willingness to fight for All-Mighty Allah," describing it as a test that elevates the "mujahadeen" who "are encouraged to inspire the believers." He states that "fighters … have a greater rank in the eyes of Allah than believers who don't fight."

There is no reference in the letter to the Fort Hood massacre for which Hasan was convicted on 13 counts of premeditated murder, and 31 counts of attempted murder, but no terrorism charges. Hasan currently is on death row at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

In late August -- as part of ongoing reporting on homegrown terrorism, "Fox Files: The Enemy Within," which included a special investigation into Fort Hood -- Fox News obtained a separate Hasan letter where he pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Asked to comment on the latest letter, Hasan's attorney said it "underscores how much of his life, actions and mental thought process are driven by religious zeal. And it also reinforces my belief that the military judge committed reversible error by prohibiting Major Hasan from both testifying and arguing how his religious beliefs" motivated his actions during the shooting.

Neal Sher, an attorney representing the Fort Hood families and their relatives, also said Hasan is "thoroughly dedicated to jihad." The lawsuit against the Defense Department and Justice Department now involves 150 individuals.

"His jihadist leanings and willingness to commit jihad were known for years before the 2009 atrocity," Sher said. "And ever since then, he has made it abundantly clear he believes in jihad and has attempted to justify the slaughter that took place at Fort Hood."

During the trial, Sher said Hasan attempted to testify and offer a "defense-of-others plea, in other words, he killed Americans at Fort Hood in defense of his brothers, al Qaeda and now ISIS. Yet again, it demonstrates he wasn't shying away from [the shooting], he was proud of it."

Sher likened the approach to "putting [the administration's] head in the sand. They do not want to acknowledge a terrorist attack took place on their watch on American soil. And layered over that is a good dose of political correctness."


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Fort Hood terrorist, Nidal Hasan, writes chilling letter to Islamic State leader

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"I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State," Hasan wrote.

"It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don't compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers," he added.

Hasan killed 13 and injured more than 30 at the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. The Obama administration classified the massacre as an incident of "workplace violence."

Hasan's attorney, John Galligan, told Fox News that the letter "underscores how much of his life, actions and mental thought process are driven by religious zeal."

Oliver Darcy is reporting that an entire transcript of the letter was not immediately available.

And why, exactly, is this POS still alive?



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Victims of Fort Hood terror attack to receive Purple Heart

IJR Review is reporting that Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee will overturn one consequence of Obama’s unwillingness to recognize the terrorism of the Fort Hood attack: victims will be eligible for the Purple Heart, allowing survivors to receive better and prompter health care from the VA. More than that, every victim will get the recognition and honor due to them.

From KCEN-TV:

"I applaud the Members of the committee for their leadership in approving this important piece of legislation for Fort Hood and the surrounding community," said Sen. Cornyn. "The 2009 Fort Hood victims should be eligible for all the honors and benefits available to U.S. troops who fall victim to an international terrorist attack, especially Purple Heart medals, and this would make that a reality."

"Nearly five years have passed since the horrible tragedy at Fort Hood took the lives of 13 innocent Americans," said Congressman Williams. "It is beyond comprehension why the current Administration has labeled this gruesome terrorist attack "workplace violence," leaving the victims and their families without the benefits, treatment and honor they earned and deserve. This provision in the NDAA would restore the full range of deserved benefits for the victims. Though justice cannot bring back those we lost, justice can be served for the killed and injured troops whose brave actions prevented further bloodshed.

This comes at the same time that the administration is defending itself against charges that decisions were made in the Benghazi attack were animated by the same impulse – to protect Obama instead of protecting Americans.


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Mark Levin slams Obama for refusing to meet with victim of 2009 Fort Hood terror attack

The Right Scoop says just when you think Obama couldn't get any lower, he flews all the way to Fort Hood for the memorial service honoring the victims of the latest Fort Hood attack -- really, to attend a fund-raiser -- but he refused to meet, according to ABC News, with one of the victims from the 2009 terrorist attack, Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who was shot seven times.

SgtLunsford.jpg As President Obama spoke of old "wounds" at Fort Hood this week, the White House declined a request from a survivor of the 2009 massacre there to meet with Obama for a few minutes so the veteran could explain face-to-face how he believes the government has mistreated and disrespected the victims of that attack.

Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford (ret.) was shot seven times in November 2009 when Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people. Despite Hasan's admission that he carried out the attack on behalf of the Taliban and revelations that he had been in contact with high-profile al Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, the Department of Defense has refused to classify the shooting as "terrorism," which the survivors claim in lawsuit against the government has meant they've been denied Purple Hearts and combat-related benefits afforded to victims of other terrorist attacks.

"As you may know, the President and high-ranking members of the military promised me, my family and the other Fort Hood terror attack survivors that the federal government would ‘make them whole.' After more than four and one-half years, however, the government has yet to make good on this promise," Lunsford wrote to Obama's Chief of Staff Denis McDonough a day before Obama's visit. "We believe that if the President could hear, first-hand, our plight and our mistreatment at the hands of his bureaucracy, that he would take the steps needed to set things right. Therefore, we ask for ten minutes of his time."

Yet Obama flew to New York to meet with Al Sharpton and race-bait on voter fraud.

Audio of Mark Levin's remarks here . . .


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Taliban magazine hails Fort Hood jihad mass murderer Nidal Hasan as "our hero"

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"Last year, during my visit to Washington, in a very important briefing a day before I met U.S. President [Barack Obama], his national security adviser Tom Donilon, and senior White House officials, generals, and intelligence officials, the national security adviser met with me. He told me: 'The Taliban are not our enemies and we don't want to fight them.'" -- Hamid Karzai, November 26, 2013

"Issue IV Of Taliban Magazine Azan pays tribute to convicted Nidal Hasan, says if a stupid smoker could cause a fire in Sydney Stadium, 'then what about an intelligent mujahid who decides to trigger off bushfires in Australia?," from MEMRI, December 11 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

The latest issue of the English-language jihadi magazine Azan, which is published by the Taliban in Khurasan (Afghanistan-Pakistan region), carries several articles urging Muslim youth in the West to launch attacks in their homelands, and pays tribute to Maj. Nidal Hasan, the U.S. army officer who was convicted of a jihadi attack at Fort Hood in November 2009.

The magazine, the fourth issue since it began publishing early this year, was released through a jihadi website. An article titled 'Nidal Hassan [sic] – Our Hero', written by Muhammad Qasim, carries the following words along with his photo: 'The courageous mujahid Nidal Hassan… was sentenced to death by a military jury in late August.

"He killed 13 American soldiers and wounded 30 at Fort Hood just before they were going to be deployed to kill Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. We encourage every Muslim in the Armies of the Kuffar to follow his example in repenting from their current state and killing as many of the enemy as possible."


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Texas lawmakers ready for fight to overturn Fort Hood "workplace violence" label

Bridget Johnson says Texas lawmakers return from Veterans Day memorials on a mission for those hurt in the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood: making sure that those who serve our country get due recognition and benefits as victims of a domestic terror attack.

Infamously classified as "workplace violence" by the Obama administration, former Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan killed 13 and wounded 32 in what he described as an act of jihad against soldiers going through processing before shipping out to Afghanistan.

But the continued refusal of the administration to acknowledge the attack as an act of terrorism has left the Fort Hood survivors shortchanged on honors and benefits, something that could change in a big bipartisan way with a bit of momentum this month.

The Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act was introduced in the upper chamber in September by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and in the House by Reps. John Carter (R-Texas) and Roger Williams (R-Texas). Carter and Williams share Fort Hood in their district boundaries.

The bill specifically states the attack was "not merely workplace violence," notes the attack on Fort Hood "could and should have been prevented," recognizes that Hasan "had become radicalized while serving in the United States Army and was principally motivated to carry out the attack by an ideology of violent Islamist extremism," and adds "Hasan proved himself to be not just a terrorist, but also a traitor and an enemy of the United States."

It stipulates that the Purple Heart should be awarded to service members killed or injured in the attack, and civilians killed or wounded should get the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom. Benefits would be the same for those killed or wounded in a combat zone, and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment would be covered....


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Massive Waste!!  And will continue.  They should have tried this loon as soon as he got out of the hospital. There were plenty of witnesses at Fort Hood. He admitted he did it and why.  Why all the "Expert Witnesses? 

Totally immaterial. 2 day trial.  20 minutes for the panel to deliberate.  Haul his guilty butt out to the nearest rifle range, shoot him, bag him, and haul him off to the local crematorium.  Mix his ashes in a bag of hog feed and donate to the nearest hog farm.  Done deal.
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U.S. government spent nearly $5 million on Hasan trial

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Army records obtained by NBC 5 Investigates details how the U.S. government spent nearly $5 million to convict Nidal Hasan in the Fort Hood massacre -- crimes for which he wanted to plead guilty.

After several months of filing requests, NBC 5 Investigates received the first detailed accounting of the costs related to the court martial and trial for the former Army psychiatrist convicted of killing 13 and injuring 32 in a mass shooting in 2009. The total bill to U.S. taxpayers was more than $4.7 million.

Hasan, who called no witnesses in his defense and asked only a few questions during the trial, wanted to plead guilty to the charges against him but was forbidden to do so by military law, so a trial had to be held.

On most days in the months leading up to the trial, Army helicopters landed outside of the Bell County Jail to pick up Hasan and ferry him 40 miles to Fort Hood so that he could work on his defense in his private office.

Army records obtained by NBC 5 Investigates show the helicopter rides cost taxpayers more than $194,000. The Army spent more than $200,000 for trailers, apparently including one that housed Hasan's private office, which had been dubbed "Hasan's Hut."

"I mean, it's ridiculous. Why the government bent over backwards for Hasan and not do the same for the people, the soldiers that he tried to kill and killed?" said Shawn Manning, who was shot six times.

Manning and other victims of the mass shooting have not received the same benefits as soldiers wounded in attacks overseas.

Meanwhile, as NBC 5 Investigates first reported, Hasan stayed on the Army payroll until 10 days after he was convicted. Under current Army rules, only civilian employees arrested for a major crime can be suspended without pay, not soldiers.

"It's sickening, you know? To know that there's guys that he had shot, wounded, that are struggling day-to-day and can't pay their bills, and we're flying this guy with his own private helicopter and still giving him a paycheck after he murdered 13 people and tried to murder another 32 people," Manning said.

The new Army records obtained show the biggest pretrial expense was travel.

More than $1 million was spent on travel for witnesses, jurors and lawyers. Another $1 million was spent in expert witness fees, while another $90,000 was spent to house the witnesses.

Other expenses listed in the documents raise more questions than they answer, including:

•$222,000 charged on a government purchase card
•$94,000 on nontactical vehicles
•$51,000 in supplies
•$15,000 for cellphones

With the government currently shut down, an Army spokesman at Fort Hood said he was unable to reach people who could answer questions about the pay records provided to NBC 5. In past conversations, the Army has said the helicopter rides were necessary to protect Hasan and his transport team against threats and that many of the other charges were just unfortunate costs of preparing for a difficult legal case.

NBC 5 Investigates will continue to follow up with the Army and ask for more detailed accounting of these records.


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Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan’s pay likely long gone

Nomaan Merchant is reporting that Nidal Hasan collected nearly $300,000 in his military salary while awaiting trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, but his attorney said nearly all of it has been given to charity -- likely making it impossible for his victims to get any of it.

"The great bulk of his income has been donated to charity," said Mr. Galligan, who also once represented Hasan in the criminal case. "There’s really virtually no money in any bank that I’m aware of. There’s really no property holdings."

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The charity? Any one (or more) of these Islamist charities.


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He probably already gave the money to Al Qaeda.  Otherwise the victims should sue him and the US Army for damages.
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Fort Hood jihad mass murderer dishonorably discharged -- gets to keep $300,000

Greg Janda is reporting that Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan has been dishonorably discharged from the United States Army, according to military officials (video at link).

NBC 5 DFW Investigates spoke with Chris Haug, chief of media relations at Fort Hood.

Haug said, according to the Senior Judge Advocate General at Fort Hood, Hasan is "no longer a military serviceman. He has no rank and is dishonorably discharged from the Army" following his court martial and sentencing for the mass shooting at Fort Hood in 2009.

Haug said going forward, Hasan will be called simply "inmate Nidal Hasan" at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

Haug detailed that it will technically take some time until the paperwork is signed removing Hasan from the Army’s ranks. But Haug said the order will eventually be signed and backdated to the date of conviction, effectively removing Hasan from the Army as of his conviction date.

A military panel also ordered that Hasan be stripped of his military pay. However that order will not take effect until 14 days following the date of his sentencing. Hasan will continue to receive his full military salary until Sept. 10.

Earlier this year, NBC 5 Investigates was the first to report that the Department of Defense showed Hasan had been paid about $300,000 after his arrest for the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting.

After the NBC 5 investigation aired, three U.S. representatives have drafted legislation that would stop military payments to soldiers awaiting trial for major crimes.  The money would be returned to the solider if they are acquitted but if they are found guilty the money would go to the victims.

The $300,000 in payments already made to Hasan are unlikely to be returned to the military.  However, Army officials could consider launching  a "line of duty" investigation to determine if Hasan is liable for the payments incurred for treatment of the injuries he sustained when police responding to the attack shot him. Victims of the attack are also pursuing a civil lawsuit against Hasan.

New records obtained by NBC 5 Investigates show the U.S. Army paid the Bell County Sheriff's Office nearly $650,000 to house Hasan. The Army spent more than $173,000 this year alone to keep Hasan in a special room with private guards at the Bell County Jail.


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Fort Hood jihad mass murderer forcibly shaved in prison

The Associated Press is reporting that the Army psychiatrist sentenced to death for the Fort Hood shooting rampage has been forcibly shaved, an Army spokesman said Tuesday.

Maj. Nidal Hasan began growing a beard in the years after the November 2009 shooting that left 13 dead and 30 wounded. The beard prompted delays to his court-martial because it violated Army grooming regulations. He was convicted of all charges last month at his court-martial at the Central Texas Army post and sentenced to death.

Now, Hasan is an inmate at the U.S. Detention Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., home to the military death row. Lt. Col. S. Justin Platt, an Army spokesman, said in a statement Tuesday that Hasan had been shaved. He did not specify when or provide details, however.

Officials at Fort Leavenworth previously had said Hasan would be subject to Army regulations.

Hasan said he grew the beard because his Muslim faith required it and was not meant as a show of disrespect. However, Col. Gregory Gross, the original judge presiding over Hasan's court-martial, ordered Hasan to be clean-shaven or be forcibly shaved before his trial.

The dispute over that decision led to appeals that delayed the trial by more than three months before the appeals court ousted the judge. The appeals court ruled that Gross did not appear impartial while presiding over Hasan's case and that the command, not a judge, is responsible for enforcing military grooming standards.

Col. Tara Osborn, assigned to replace Gross as the judge presiding over the case, allowed Hasan to keep the beard for the course of the trial last month. However, she warned that although she would not hold the breach of grooming regulations against the 42-year-old American-born Muslim, the military jurors might.

Hasan is no longer in compliance with Allah's commands.  Now they ought to feed him a pork-heavy diet.


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Tough looking beard.  Use a chainsaw.
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Hasan sent to death row -- beard will be forcibly shaved
 
Sig Christenson is reporting that Convicted murderer Nidal Hasan was flown Friday from Fort Hood to a prison in Kansas, where he will join five other condemned inmates on the military's death row.

Once there, he'll likely be told to shave the thick beard he grew against Army regulations or have it removed by force.

Fort Leavenworth, Kan., spokeswoman Kimberly Lewis didn't say what commanders there would do once Hasan arrived at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, the Pentagon's only maximum-security prison, which is home to about 470 inmates from throughout the military who are serving 10 years or more.

But she said "all inmates are considered soldiers and are treated as such," and must abide by Army regulations on appearance and uniforms, unless an exception is granted.

Hasan was sentenced to death Wednesday for the 2009 mass murder at Fort Hood that resulted in the death 13 people and the wounding of 31.

Hasan has worn the beard for more than a year in defiance of the Army policy. There are exceptions for some soldiers, such as those in Special Forces.

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The Army knew this guy was a ticking time bomb for years

Fort Hood killer Nidal Hasan, in video footage exclusively obtained by Fox News, told colleagues at Walter Reed Medical Center in 2007 that Muslim soldiers should have the option of being released as conscientious objectors to reduce the prospect of "adverse events."

Hasan, a Muslim and an army psychiatrist, went on two years later to kill 13 and injure 32 in a shooting barrage at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. He was sentenced to death by a military jury earlier this week.

"I think the Department of Defense should allow Muslim soldiers the option of being released as conscientious objectors to increase the morale of non-Muslim soldiers in the military as well as decrease adverse events," Hasan says in the video during a power point presentation.

Bearing an FBI logo, and subtitles, Hasan's presentation titled "The Koranic World View as it relates to Muslims in the US Military" was provided to the defense as part of the discovery process in the Fort Hood case.

John Galligan, who is handling civil legal matters for Hasan, provided two of four segments to Fox News "at the specific direction of Major Nidal Hasan."

In the video, Hasan appears to be wrestling with his own issues, and whether Muslims can serve in the military as the U.S. engaged in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

"We always talk about God and country, but here we're talking, we're really talking about God versus country," Hasan said.

"He sounds like he's just trying to explain how other people might think, but as you listen and as it progresses you begin to hear...him," Matthew Levitt, Director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy told Fox after reviewing the video.

 "He seems to have already begun the process of radicalization."

According to the Senate report "A Ticking Time Bomb," which exhaustively investigated the Fort Hood massacre, Hasan's 2007 Walter Reed presentation went through several drafts because it was not considered scholarly or scientific. One supervisor described the Army psychiatrist as quote "very lazy" and "a religious fanatic."

During the presentation, Hasan also stated as fact that former soldiers are joining the ranks of terrorists.

 "There's a lot of soldiers, that once they actually leave the military, they're actually joining or trying to join groups like the Taliban and al Qaeda and so you have to ask yourself...there's something out there with these groups that's really resonating," he said.

"Hasan is basically waving red flags in this briefing," Fox News Strategic Analyst and retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters told Fox after reviewing the tape.

 "The Fort Hood tragedy did not have to happen. Major Hasan had a significant accomplice when he pulled out his weapons and started shooting down unarmed innocents -- and that accomplice was political correctness in our military."

While it's unknown what the entire video contains, in the segments released to Fox Hasan is also asked about the number of virgins in paradise, provoking nervous laughter from the audience.

"It's there. There's a lot of virgins. It's heaven. You know, It's heaven...that's all I can say," he replies.

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Yeah, BUT, there will several years of appeals even if he asks to be put to death.  There are 5 soldiers on 'Death Row', one since 1988. But still it's good news and excuse for an extra beer ration!  Hoorah! for Col. Mulligan!  There will be a hot time in the O-Club tonight.

At least maybe they will stop paying him!  But it wouldn't surprise me if Obozo didn't commute his sentence to a term of years or even pardon him. All the Libtards will psychobabble that he is obviously crazy because he made no defense, but of course he is crazy, he is a self-proclaimed Muzzie Jihadist.  Voluntarious Daemon*. Voluntary Demon, self-made psychopath. He gave no mercy for his unarmed fellow soldiers, and deserves none now.

*See Black's Law Dictionary.
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DEATH!

Nidal Hasan has been sentenced to death for his terror attack.

The Washington Times is reporting that a military jury has sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for killing 13 people during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

Hasan never denied being the gunman and has said the attack on unarmed soldiers was motivated by a desire to protect Muslim insurgents fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Because he did not dispute the allegations, the trial has been primarily a pursuit of the death penalty.

The same jury that sentenced him to death Wednesday also found him guilty last week in the attack, which also wounded more than 30 people at the Texas military base.

The Army psychiatrist who fatally shot 13 people at Fort Hood will "never be a martyr" and deserves to be executed despite his attempt to tie his attack on unarmed soldiers to religion, a prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday.

History was full of instances of death in the name of religion, but it would be "wrong and unsupportive" to tie Maj. Nidal Hasan's actions to a wider cause, Col. Mike Mulligan told jurors in his final plea for a rare military death sentence.

"He will not now and he will never be a martyr. He is a criminal. He is a cold blooded murderer," the lead prosecutor said. "This is not his gift to God. This is his debt to society. This is the cost of his murderous rampage."

Hasan, an American-born Muslim, has tried through court documents and leaks to the media to justify the November 2009 shooting rampage as necessary to protect Islamic and Taliban leaders from U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Hasan was never allowed to make those arguments to jurors, who convicted him last week for the attack that also wounded 30 people at the Texas military base. Still, Mulligan decided to answer those claims during the trial's penalty phase.

"It was conscious decision to commit murder to serve his own needs, his own wants," Mulligan said in his closing argument. "His attack by him was all about him. This is about his soul, for his soul he stole life from 13 others."

A few minutes after Mulligan finished, Hasan said he would give no closing argument -- passing on his final chance to address jurors before they began deliberating his fate.

Hasan's choice marked a continuation of an absent defense strategy that he has used since his trial began three weeks ago


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The Judge, Col. Tara Osborn, is trying to prevent evidence of Chain-of-Command responsibility from being introduced because of the coming civil suits by the injured soldiers and families.

This also acts as a cover-up for DoJ and Obama's meddling in law enforcement and training, not only in DoJ law enforcement, but military law enforcement and policy for retention and promotion. Hasan should have been arrested, court-martialed, and discharged. That would have prevented this massacre because he would not have been assigned a rotation to Iran or Afghanistan where he might be actively aiding the war against his Muslim co-religionists.  That is what precipitated his decision to kill US troops. No Muslim should be allowed in the military because they can not be assigned to combat or combat support in any Muslim country. They can not be trusted, because of the demands of their faith. It is that simple, but Politically Incorrect.
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Emails prove the FBI could have prevented Fort Hood attack

Mary Chastain is reporting that more evidence is piling up against the FBI when it comes to Nidal Hasan, the Army Major convicted for the mass killing of over a dozen people in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting.

First, the New York Times published two emails Hasan provided them, and now Mother Jones is reporting the FBI released emails and other documents that prove they could have prevented the November 5, 2009 attack.

A military panel found Hasan guilty of 13 premeditated murders and 31 premeditated attempted murders. The jury will begin to deliberate the sentence on Wednesday. The verdict was unanimous, which means the death penalty is on the table.

The prosecution wanted to use the emails and documents as evidence of Hasan’s motive, but Judge Col. Tara Osborn threw them out. They include a string of emails between Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki, in which Hasan said he murdered his fellow soldiers because he wanted to protect al-Qaeda and Taliban soldiers. The FBI intercepted these emails almost a year before the attack. Hasan even wanted to discuss them for his defense, but Osborn dismissed this.

FBI officials always claimed the documents proved little, but they would not allow the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to review them. Even without these documents, however, the committee established in their reportA Ticking Timebomb: Counterterrorism Lessons from the U.S. Government’s Failure to Prevent the Fort Hood Attack” that officials had enough evidence to stop Hasan.

It turns out Hasan was brought to the FBI’s attention in December 2008. From Mother Jones:

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Diego, which was tracking Awlaki, intercepted Hasan's December email, along with another sent in January. A search of the Pentagon's personnel database turned up a man named Nidal Hasan who was on active military duty and was listed as a "Comm Officer" at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Normally, when the FBI unearths this kind of raw intelligence, it issues an Intelligence Information Report (IIR), which is shared with law enforcement agencies and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. (This system was designed to prevent the kind of information bottlenecks that allowed the 9/11 plot to go undetected.) But the San Diego agents misinterpreted the "Comm Officer" label in Hasan's file to mean "communications officer" (in fact, it meant "commissioned officer") and believed that a person in this role might have access to IIRs. To avoid tipping him off, they skipped the report and sent a detailed memo requesting an investigation directly to the Washington, DC, Joint Terrorism Task Force, a multiagency team overseen by the FBI that investigates terrorism cases in the capital. The message noted that Hasan's "contact with [Awlaki] would be of concern if the writer is actually the individual identified above."

The file languished for nearly two months before it was assigned to an agent for the Defense Criminal Investigative Services, who was on the task force. According to a 2011 report on the Fort Hood shootings by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, DCIS -- a law enforcement agency within the Pentagon, which normally deals with fraud and cybercrime among military personnel and contractors -- was ill-equipped to tackle a counterterrorism investigation.

The FBI did not stop Hasan, and he continued to write al-Awlaki, emailing him more than a dozen times between January and May 2009. The San Diego office found these messages, but the FBI did not link these emails to the one sent in December. The DCIS agent in DC actually delayed his investigation for 90 days and did not start until May 27, 2009 when he went through all the databases to see if Hasan was targeted before. He found Hasan’s personal file was mostly positive, and one psychiatrist said Hasan’s Islamic beliefs could be beneficial to the military.

Based on the personal file and the psychiatrist’s notes, the DCIS agent concluded the contact between Hasan and al-Awalki was for academic research and not terrorism-related. He did not bother to interview Hasan. An FBI agent in San Diego also concluded there was no need to investigate or interview Hasan in June 2009.

Five months later, Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood.

The survivors and victims’ families filed suit against the government because they believe this attack could have been prevented. They testified on Monday and Tuesday, telling the panel how hard it has been for them to cope with losing their loved ones.

This is Obama's doing.

In November, 2011, Obama's Justice Department pulled back all training materials used for the law enforcement (FBI) and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.

"The Attorney General has announced what sounds like reprogramming if they find people who have actually received training" that Islamist groups find objectionable, Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney told The Daily Caller.

At an event, held the same month, assistant Attorney General Tom Perez walked across the stage and embraced the president of the Islamic Society of North America, t Mohamed Magid.  Magid asked Perez to change the government's rules governing terror probes and reprogram FBI agents to de-link Islam from terrorism, while curbing investigations of terror suspects in the Muslim community.  He also asked Perez, the civil-rights division chief, to make criticism of Islam a hate crime.

Another top Justice official, James Cole, assured Magid and the Muslim panel that the department has already ordered the FBI to "re-evaluate their training."  Another official asserted that any training materials that portray Islam as having even "a tendency towards violence ... will not be tolerated."


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He will ask Valerie what he should do about Hasan and also what to do about Syria.
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WHAT WILL OBAMA DO?
Pardon,.....or?

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