Is the Election Delaying Nidal Hasan’s Trial?

The legal wrangling continues over Major Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist and jihadist who at Fort Hood in 2009 killed 13 while yelling “Allahu Akbar!” The issue is supposedly Major Hasan’s beard, which he grew to signify his Islamic faith. The judge, Col. Gregory Gross, says the beard is a disruption and wants to forcible shave Hasan. That has touched off appeals but something else may be driving the delays, such as the presidential election.

Hasan’s action scored good reviews in some quarters. “Nidal Hassan is a hero,” said the website of Anwar Al-Awlaki, imam at the Dar al-Hijirah mosque Hasan attended. “He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people. . . Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done?”

President Obama’s first response to Hasan’s mass murder was brief, low key, and failed to include Islamic terrorism as bearing any responsibility for the deaths. “We cannot fully know what leads a man to do such a thing,” the president said. That now amounts to official policy.

After Hasan’s mass murder campaign, the Obama administration’s Department of Defense issued Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood. As Andrew McCarthy noted in Spring Fever, Major Hasan was a “five-alarm jihadist” but the DoD report casts his actions as “workplace violence,” as though Hasan was a fired postal worker seeking payback.

Protecting the Force contains not a single reference to jihad or jihadists and its only mention of “Islamic” is an endnote reference to “Countering Violent Islamic Extremism,” a 2007 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. The word “hate” occurs only once. Given the reality of the Fort Hood mass murder, the praise from al-Alwaki, and Hasan’s attempts to contact al Qaeda, the omissions are truly breathtaking.

The absence of anything Islamic is surely deliberate and in line with the president’s mission “to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam,” as he said in a major address in Egypt. Note the president’s choice of verb, and consider some institutional background.

The Clinton administration credentialed two institutions for the training of Islamic chaplains: the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences (GSISS), a division of Cordoba University, and the Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council. The GSISS, now credentialed by the Pentagon for the training of imams, is on record saying that “We abide by every law of this country except those laws that are contradictory to Islamic law.” That creates a problem with U.S. laws on free speech to name just one. If the Obama administration has a problem with the GSISS or Protecting the Force, nobody has said a word. One sees a pattern here.

In 2011 Afghan Security Forces supposedly on our side attacked American troops 12 times. In 2012, 31 such attacks have already taken place. In total, Islamic Afghan Security Forces have killed 116 NATO soldiers and 60 Americans, more than twice as many as any other nation.

President Obama, the most powerful man in the world and commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, has had little to say about such treachery. Indeed, he seems more animated when apologizing for a video and telling the world that “the future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.” Note the imperative mood of the verb.

Someone of that mindset, dedicated to battling stereotypes of Islam, has a stake in suppressing details of Fort Hood during the home stretch of a presidential election. It was the worst mass shooting ever to take place on a U.S. military base and claimed more victims than the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. Hasan’s victims included Aaron Nemelka, 19, and Francheska Velez, 22 and pregnant with her first child.

Major Nidal Hasan killed them while yelling “Allah is great!” yet the President of the United States sees no Islamic or jihadist connection and the Pentagon calls it “workplace violence.” Opponents of the president might have a stake in pointing that out, and those who remain bewildered might consider a couple of comparisons.

Suppose that in 1943 a U.S. Army Major named something like Klaus Von Reich gunned down 13 of his fellow American soldiers while yelling “Heil Hitler!” Suppose president Roosevelt denied that Nazism had anything to do with the killings, and the official military report failed to mention any Nazi connection. What might the response have been from, say, the New York Times?

And suppose that American troops in the Battle of the Bulge had to contend not only with advancing Nazi sturmtruppen but deadly fire from their own allies. Might the battle, and the war, have turned out different?

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  • clarespark

    The Fort Hood massacre reminded me that I knew nothing about military psychiatry, so I immediately surveyed the field, which is lamentable. Here is the index to my research blogs.…. "Links to blogs on military psychiatry." It is a juicy subject and worth your time.

  • Moisihe Pupick

    W., 10/10/12 common era

    How did this jihadi ever become a psychiatrist in the first place?! Does the Pentagon interpret the 1st Amendment's Free- Exercise- of-Religion clause to include lethal jihad on a U.S. Army base? I read
    that Fort Hood had strict "gun control" measures in force so that no one there was able to send the good doctor to his alleged 72 virgins in the sky. I wonder what the Brady Campaign has to say about that.

  • Andrew Whitehead

    Please, stop using the New York Times as an example. It's a failed paper on a downward trajectory to oblivion, where it belongs…on the ash heap of history with Duranty.

  • Schlomotion

    I think the funny thing in all of this is that the Judge can't pull it together to try a case because he can't feel like he is in charge when the defendant has a beard. The lengths to which "people in charge" go to inflict their alpha superiority on others is to me a sheer act of comedy.

    • Roger

      I think it's funny you don't seem to have any urgency in seeing justice dealt in this case.

      • Schlomotion

        You're right. I don't. Frankly, I think that based on their performance at the Waco siege, Fort Hood should have been closed down.

        • Roger

          Liquid lunch again?

    • Pontotoc Bill

      SchloMo, it has NOTHING to do with "alpha superiority." Major Hasan is an officer on active duty with the US Army. US Army regulations prohibit facial hair with the exception of a moustache that is within regulations. Beards are not allowed!

      Try again, mental midget.

      • Schlomotion

        He's still on active duty, huh? Even after killing a bunch of people on our side? Hmmmm.

    • Ghostwriter

      Once again,you've proven to the world that you're FPM's resident moron. What happened to you? Were you dropped on your head as a child?

      • BS77

        Don't bother replying to Schlovermin….he's a sick puppy…..just ignore him.

  • DonaldYoungsRevenge

    How is it that both of the Washington DC snipers have both been to trail and convicted, one has already been put to death and we have this domestic Islamic terrorists still sitting in his cell refusing to shave off his damn Islamic beard thus delaying a trial. The man murdered 14 (fourteen) American citizens and seriously wounded 32 others. Where the hell is the outrage. They need to make a cartoon out of this guy and use it as a campaign poster for Mitt Romney to expound on.

  • pyeatte

    The only mistake we made, is he was not shot in the head during the terrorist action.

  • Ghostwriter

    Hopefully,there'll be a firing squad just itching to send "Major" Hasan to his seventy-two virgins he's been longing for.

  • Mike Nelson

    This punk ass little Islamic b-word should be held down and shaved by the two largest senior NCO's the Persiding judge of the court can find. He refused a lawful order of a superior officer. I do no give a crap if Maj. Hassan is a Muslim or not if you get a lawful order from some someone who out ranks you in the Army you follow it reguardless of your religon or suffer the consquences. When I was in hte US Army in 1989 I got an order from my Birgade Sgt Maj to trim my moustache because It was too long and I told my Sgt Maj Yes Sgt major and went and trimed my moustache. Hassan Is still a Major in the US Army until his Courts Martial and convitiion and forfiture of rank and has to follow all the rules and regulations of the UCMJ untll that date. Hassans civilian lawyer needs to be held in contempt for wasting the Courts time and fined and told to get on with th trial with out delay.

    • Schlomotion

      Dude. I'm just thinking that maybe since he doesn't care if he shoots his fellow officers, maybe he doesn't care if another one of his fellow officers says "shave your beard." Just a guess.

  • Mike Nelson

    Major Hasssan needs t be in proper uniform nad that inculdes be properly groomed if he refues Major Hassan either needs to be compeled or held in a cell and watch his trail via closed curcit TV.

    The Major reason Major Hassans trial was delayed was because of health reason. Recovery from his wounds suffered in his capture. Then his fireing of hs first attorney. He should not be allow to game the system any longer. If Major Hassan cannot settle on a civilian attorney then JAG should Defend him.

  • Ken Smith

    I have nothing better to add to the previous comments about what should have already taken place concerning the just consequences this man deserves. However, on another level, I agree that the real reason his court-martial hasn't taken place is that it will/would have put front and center stark and indisputable evidence the danger that muslims pose to this country – and the current administration does NOT want that happen. I have written my congressman, the Secretary of the Army, one of my two senators, and the Secretary of Defense expressing my annoyance with the delay and the "excuses" for the delay of this trial, upon which they apparently rely. None have responded with even an acknowledgement of my letters.

  • Angry Canadian

    Mr Nidal Hassan, is no longer a Major and does not deserve any compassion or rights even as a Muslim. He is a terrorist and a confirmed mass murderer and must be treated as one. There is abosultely no justification for what he did, even his own relegion does not condone voilence. So if he could violate his own reglious teachings by killing people, then what right does he have as a Muslim to insist that he grow a beard. The judge was right to insist that he shave off his beard and his lawyers need to get on with it and not waste the court's time. Justice delayed is justice denied, if Mr. Nidal had commited this act of voilence in an islamic country, he would have already received his rewards of 72 virgins in Heaven. Please dont delay this man his just rewards, please send him on his way to heaven ASAP! He simply does not deserve to be on American soil another day!

  • notonmywatch

    the article forgot to include the president's quote shortly after the killings. "let's not jump to conclusions". I'm concerned that the president is in denial over things that don't fit into his objectives.

  • rüya tabirleri

    Justice doesnt wait.. He has to get the punishment he deserves … Great article Lloyd..