No Justice for Victims of Terrorist Nidal Hasan

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and From Mainline to Sideline. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Reason and many other publications.


Nidal-Hasan_2636090k“I hear someone yell ‘Allahu akbar,’” Sergeant Shawn Manning told Army Times. “Usually something bad is going to follow after that, so I look up at him and he started shooting. He probably fired five or six shots before he shot me in the chest.”

Manning, a veteran of two deployments in Iraq, was referring to Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who gunned down 13 and wounded 32 at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009. Nearly four years later the case is finally coming to trial but it is already clear that Major Hasan received more preferential treatment than his victims.

Hasan is still in the Army and retains his rank of major. The Army is still paying Hasan his full salary and has received more than $278,000 since his arrest in 2009. The Army is also taking care of the paralyzing injuries Hasan sustained in the gun rampage. That was before Hasan shot the unarmed Sergeant Alonzo Lunsford once in the head and six times in the body. Lunsford played dead and then fled the building but Hasan chased him down and shot him in the back. The bullet is still there but Lunsford told reporters that the Army refused to cover an operation to remove it, and docked his pay when he was undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

“We don’t get passes the way Major Hasan got passes,” Lunsford told the New York Times. “Each one of us has gotten a raw deal somewhere down the line.” Shawn Manning still carries a bullet in his back and fights for the pay he lost due to the Army’s ruling that Hasan’s attack was not terrorism, therefore the wounds were not related to combat.

Hasan had been emailing terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki about the prospect of killing infidel American soldiers, and Hasan did everything but take out a two-minute ad on the Super Bowl to announce his jihadist intentions. True to form, he yelled “Allahu akbar,” before killing 13 people, more than twice as many victims as the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. On his website, Anwar al-Awlaki was orgasmic with joy that Hasan had done his duty. Even so, the Army refused to call Hasan’s killing spree terrorism, gun violence or a hate crime. Rather, the government proclaimed the mass murder spree a case of “workplace violence.” The trial is taking the same course.

Hasan, handling his own defense, claims he was acting to protect the Taliban, the Islamist forces currently battling U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Col. Tara Osborn, the Army’s replacement for judge Col. Gregory Gross, ruled that Hasan cannot make that claim in court. Col. Osborn also barred prosecutors from using the emails Hasan exchanged with Anwar al-Awlaki. Those also constitute evidence that the government and military knew about Hasan’s terrorist intentions and did nothing to stop him.

Major Nidal Hasan faces 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder. If convicted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice he would face the death penalty but the chances that he would be executed are virtually zero. The U.S. Army has not executed an active-duty soldier since 1961, and the process is complicated.

Fort Hood’s commanding authority would have to affirm any death sentence for Hasan, and that would launch automatic appeals in two military courts. In the event that they upheld the sentence, Hasan could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Further, any military death sentence must be approved by the President of the United States.

President Barack Obama’s first response to Hasan’s mass murder was brief, low key, and failed to ascribe any responsibility to Islamic terrorism. “We cannot fully know what leads a man to do such a thing,” the president said. Such breathtaking denial soon became official policy. The Obama administration’s Department of Defense issued Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood, which contains not a single reference to jihad or jihadists. Its only mention of “Islamic” is an endnote reference to “Countering Violent Islamic Extremism,” a 2007 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

Rudy Giuliani, mayor of New York during the 9/11 attacks, recently testified that “the elevation of political correctness over sound investigative judgment certainly explains the failure to identify Maj. Hasan as a terrorist.” The Obama administration’s description of Hasan’s act as “workplace violence,” Giuliani testified, wasn’t just preposterous but dangerous. The Fort Hood survivors know that is true.

Major Nidal Hasan took 13 lives but will likely retain his own. That may inspire other Islamic terrorists to embed themselves in the Army, which further places U.S. troops in peril. Based on the way Hasan’s case has unfolded, troops victimized by such terrorism can expect little help from the U.S. military and its commander in chief. So the troops might heed the counsel of Sgt. Shawn Manning. Whenever they hear somebody yell “Allahu akbar,” something bad is going to follow. To avoid death or injury, their best option could be to deal with it right then, by any means necessary.

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  • Xpat

    Hussein-Obama loves insider jihadist like himself, He’s giving the green light for more to join our military.

    • DebRollin

      All heading toward a One World Calilphate…

  • American1969

    Not only is this disgraceful, it’s dangerous. It sets a dangerous precident. By refusing to acknowledge that Fort Hood was terrorism, the Obama Administration has sent a clear message to terrorists: We won’t do anything.
    This administration shows blatant disregard and disrespect to our men and women in uniform so that he can appease our enemies. He slaps allies in the face.
    Maybe the reason people believe Obama is a Muslim is because of his actions. He is obviously Muslim-sympathetic, if nothing else.

    • Chloe

      Why the fuck would it matter if he was Muslim? Are we not allowed to have a Muslim president now????

      • American1969

        Not if Islam take precedence over the Constitution and common sense!

      • Ellman48

        Reign in your emotions Chloe long enough to learn something about Islam, jihad and Mohammed. Read Robert Spenser’s books. You will be enlightened and grateful and finally capable of understanding why we don’t want a Muslim for President. Why is it that Mitt Romney’s religion was a problem for some secular radicals but Obama’s religion should be acceptable, no questions asked, no studies or analyses needed or allowed? Grow up moron and use your brain for a change instead of drugs.

      • ziggy zoggy

        Because islam commands all islamopithecines to overthrow and conquer every “infidel/kuffar” country on the planet, you stupid fucking c unt.

    • MarilynA

      Is the reason Obama has ordered that this terrorist be molly coddled and catered to, while discriminating against his victims by denying the benefits they are entitled to, because all the victims were white and the shooter was a member of a now protected minority group? Is this the reason he did not send in forces to rescue our people in Benghazi? I didn’t see any black faces on the news connected with these two attacks. It’s worth investigating. If he is siding with criminals and our enemies because they are attacking white people because he hates white people America needs to know. We don’t need a Racist in the White House.

  • Alvaro

    “Hasan is still in the Army and retains his rank of major. The Army is still paying Hasan his full salary and has received more than $278,000 since his arrest in 2009.”

    Is this for real?

    • Charles Martel

      Yes, and this is absurd. Typically in the military if you are caught doing anything illegal you are at Lear reduced in rank even before your trial because you have brought negative moral into your unit.

      • Michael

        That happens until the court martial. They can not reduce a major in rank without the verdict. Part of his sentence when convicted will be the forfieture of all pay and allowances. It isn’t like he is spending this money. In fact, I am pretty sure that the paycheck is on hold while he is in the stockade.The wheels of military justice are frustratingly slow in this case, but they are turning. So relax, people. He will get his just reward. I disagree with the writer that that his execution is unlikely. Even though the Army hasn’t executed a soldier since 1961, I think that they will do this guy. ( US Army, retired- 32 years.)

        • Ellman48

          He will NOT be exterminated under Obama’s regime! The EPA will not allow it!

    • Ellman48

      Is what the IRS did for real? Or what happened in Benghazi? Or our trillion dollar deficits each year? Or the Obama’s spending over $100 million for their Africa vacation? Or the ‘President’ and DOJ deciding what laws to enforce and which ones not to? Hey Alvaro, there are hundreds of ‘unreal’ things going on with this regime! We no longer have normal days. We stopped having them since the inauguration in Jan 2009!

  • Gamal
  • DebRollin

    Mr. Allahu Akbar Hassan will not get his just reward in heaven. He is going to a much hotter place in the end. All of this plays out the rediculous events taking place in the United States that should not ever be allowed! Terrorists have more rights than Americans…Makes one want to Puke, but justice is coming, and it will be swift by a higher power than man!

  • Burlington

    This trial is outrageous. This piss ant should have been dry shaved and strapped into his wheelchair with duct tape and a piece in reserve to cover his mouth. He should be facing a three officer courts martial and the trial should take no more than a day.

    This country has already gone to the dogs.

  • Major

    Since they fly this mutt..this disgusting animal…this garbage by helicopter each day…don’t we have one brave patriot who’ll open the door of that helo and kick him out at 3000 feet? All they really have to do is open that door and make a nice hard bank of 40 degrees or so and his wheel chair will submit to gravity and the g forces and he’ll roll right out that door! Oops…sorry bout that…I think he jumped sir.
    …Case closed…problem solved..and it shows any other islamists that traitors will be dealt with…severely.

  • Major

    nice…chicken. and you want my “donations”?

  • NAHALKIDES

    Let’s hope the commission gives Hasan the death penalty. It would certainly put Obama on the spot if he had to decide whether to affirm a sentence of death. At the rate the trial is going, Obama might not even be President by then – a pleasant thought.

  • tokoloshiman

    Islamic Terrorism has been erased from the USA army lexicon.
    thanks to the chief imam obama.

  • frodo

    Is not the rule of law the rule of law without exception? How can we make a claim to be be just and good if we don’t follow our own standards?

    • fiddler

      why SURE!!!! BTW have you ever been in the military? Are you a thief? Are you a rapist? Are you in the same league as Bernie Madoff?
      Yes, and you know with our SENSITIVITY he will probably skate.
      The UCMJ (the one I used to know) calls for death in time of war for desertion. How much more for turning on your comrades!
      Move over Adolf, Benedict Arnold, and Benito. We now have Hassan!

      • frodo

        The question is not one of guilt, or even of punishment, but of following the law and the rules of due process. It’s quite clear that Hassan is guilty, but that does not mean that we can jettison all of our normal practices.

        What your insulting questions have to do with anything is beyond me.

        • NADS1

          4 years of “due process”? PLEASE!

    • NADS1

      UCMJ is the “rule of law” in the military. This POS should have been executed by firing squad about a month after it happened!

  • Robin

    Fantastic idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thinkingabovemypaygrade

    Quote from this article “…Lunsford played dead and then fled the building but Hasan chased him down and shot him in the back. The bullet is still there but Lunsford told reporters that the Army refused to cover an operation to remove it, and docked his pay when he was undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.”

  • nanap

    He should get death if convicted. These muslims have ordered death sentences on every American; therefore they should receive the same sentence. If convicted and not sentenced to death, he will be out on the streets to finish his work.

  • Ellman48

    How any patriotic American can voluntarily enlist in today’s Armed Forces, short of no better options, is beyond my comprehension. There have to be less dangerous ways of getting off on too much testosterone than fighting in wars we have no intention of winning, or exposing yourself to your enemies when you are not engaged in fighting them. This country is a freaking mess right now!

  • Ellman48

    You sometimes have to wonder if democracy and constitutions don’t protect the guilty more than they do the innocent. I suspect that this it true today even if the reverse was true up to a certain point in our history, most likely the 1960′s, when communism finally achieved a beachhead here. It was called “C-Day” but only the Left knows the exact date. The rest of us are still trying to determine when it occurred.

  • Walter Sieruk

    Hasan was and is a Muslim who is also a jihadist. He even yelled out “Allahu Akbar” all the while he was engaging in he murderous evil by the shooting that he commited at Fort Hood. The PC people need to wake up to the reality of the truth. What happened was a case of Islamic terrorism. What Hasan in was put in practice the violence of the militant jihadism of Islam. That’s real hard core non-watered down Islam and not some kind of warped or hijacked Islam as the apologists for this religion claim as an attempt to cover up the truth. Just to cite only two of the many examples of the extreme violence and killing that the Quran teaches in in Sura 9:122. Which instructs “The believers fight in Allah’s cause, they slay and are slain, klland are killed.” Then there is Sura 47:4 wich teaches “Whenever you encounter the unbelievers strike off their heads until you make a great slaughter among them…” A firearm can make a greater “slaughter among them” then a sword can.
    This is a clear case of a terrorist attack inspired the Quran with the militant jihadism of Islam. We all should call a spade a spade, a dog an dog and a jihadist a jihadist. Not not call him someone who did “workplace violence.”

    • NADS1

      “TRUTH” IS DEAD.