Judge Tara Osborn was brought in because the original judge was a little too hard on Nidal Hasan, not letting him grow out his beard. Tara is supposed to be Hasan’s best buddy and she’s acting like it.
Too bad her efforts at maintaining the terrorist coverup is doomed because Nidal Hasan’s entire defense strategy is to talk about being an Islamic terrorist.
Presentations that may have shown sympathy to Islamic extremism were ruled inadmissible Monday in Maj. Nidal Hasan’s Fort Hood, Texas, court-martial Monday.
Along with the e-mails and the material related to Akbar, Osborn also declined to allow the use of Hasan’s academic presentation on suicide bombings, saying “motive is not an element of the crime.”
Presiding Judge Col. Tara Osborn ruled the presentations Hasan made while in medical residency and in fellowship years before the shooting were too far removed from the actual incident to be considered.
“It is too remote in time and too open to multiple interpretations,” Osborn said of presentations Hasan made while at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Here’s the presentation. In it, Hasan argues that America is fighting against Muslims and that Muslim service members should be released from duty. His arguments parallel those he is making now.
Tara Osborn knows this, since she just heard him make those arguments. And tried to keep him from making them. Coverup? What coverup?
Motive is not an element of the crime. Because she doesn’t want to deal with the motive.
Osborn barred any reference Hasan Akbar, a Muslim soldier sentenced to death for attacking fellow soldiers in Kuwait during the 2003 Iraq invasion. Prosecutors wanted to prove Hasan’s attack was a “copycat,” but the judge said introducing such material would “only open the door to a mini-trial” of Akbar.
She also said such evidence would result in a “confusion of issues, unfair prejudice, waste of time and undo delay.”
The judge said prosecutors also couldn’t introduce three emails, ruling that the needed redactions would make them irrelevant. The contents of the emails were never disclosed, but the FBI has said Hasan sent numerous emails starting in December 2008 to Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born Islamic cleric killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.
So she just struck emails that Hasan exchanged with a top Al Qaeda leader as irrelevant. An Al Qaeda leader who cultivated “lone wolf” attackers in the US.
The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter,” said Hasan, who was shot by officers responding to the attack and is paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair.
Hasan voiced his allegiance to the mujahideen – the name given to those waging holy war in Muslim countries. Hasan was scheduled to be deploy to Afghanistan the month of the shooting.
“Evidence will show I was on the wrong side of America’s war and I later switched sides,” Hasan said. “We in the mujahideen are imperfect beings trying to establish a perfect religion.”
“I don’t think what I did was wrong because it was for the greater cause of helping my Muslim brothers,” he told the military panel.
He denied having remorse and justified his actions by saying that the soldiers he killed were “going against the Islamic Empire.”
It’s a strange trial where the prosecution is not being allowed to do its job, while the defendant is doing their job for them. Welcome to PC America. No Islamic terrorism to see here.