Death For Hasan

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Exceptional Depravity, a new crime book, and Hollywood Party: Stalinist Adventures in the American Movie Industry. He has written for City Journal California, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and many other publications.


AP_nidal_hasan_jef_130806_16x9_992On Wednesday a panel of 13 military officers handed down a death sentence for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who at Fort Hood in November 2009 killed 13 people and wounded 32 others. One of the survivors applauded the verdict and said Hasan doesn’t deserve to live. But in all likelihood the mass murderer will escape the death penalty and live on as a hero to his fellow jihadists.

The U.S. military has not executed an active-duty soldier since 1961, a span of more than half a century. The appeal process is lengthy and the final call goes to the president of the United States. The current incumbent is Barack Obama and the Hasan case served as a showcase for the president’s absurd and dangerous policies, such as decoupling terrorism and Islam. In the president’s view the problem is not imperialist Islam but stereotypes of Islam and “Islamophobia,” anything less than worshipful of the notion that Islam is a “religion of peace.”  Nidal Hasan calls that stereotype into question.

As Andrew McCarthy noted in Spring Fever, Hasan was a “five-alarm jihadist,” and self-described “Soldier of Allah.” That raised legitimate concerns for the safety of U.S. troops, but it was not the only problem with the American-born Muslim. The Walter Reed Army Medical Center evaluated Captain Hasan as supremely incompetent. Even so, Captain Hasan gained promotion to major, the rank he held while making meticulous preparations to kill American soldiers.

Those preparations included emails to Anwar al-Awlaki, which the government possessed. The interception of emails is supposed to prevent terrorism but in the case of Hasan the authorities did nothing. Hasan bought a high-capacity handgun with laser sights and practiced diligently. On November 5, 2009 at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center, U.S. troops were preparing for deployment to Afghanistan. Hasan opened fire on them, discharging more than 200 rounds. Private Francheska Velez, 21, was pregnant and as she pleaded for the life of her baby Hasan gunned her down, one of three women he killed that fateful day.

Predictably, President 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.

In a clear reflection of President Obama’s policies, the U.S. Army refused to call Hasan’s killing spree terrorism, even though his victims outnumber those killed in the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. He used a privately purchased handgun but the Army did not call his actions “gun violence.” His victims included blacks, Hispanics and non-Muslims, but the Army did not charge him with any hate crime. Rather, the government proclaimed the mass murder spree a case of “workplace violence,” which prevented the survivors from getting the medical treatment they needed. But while awaiting trial, Hasan continued to receive full pay, more than $278,000 since his arrest in 2009.

Hasan handled his own defense and wanted to plead guilty but under military rules was not allowed to do so. He claimed he was acting to protect the Taliban but Col. Tara Osborn, the Army’s replacement for judge Col. Gregory Gross, barred Hasan from making that claim in court. He got the guilty verdict he wanted and the 13 officers deliberated less than two hours before delivering the death sentence. But as civilian lawyer John P. Gilligan told the Washington Post, “In all honesty, he [Hasan] stands a far more likely chance of dying from medical reasons than dying because he’s been sentenced to death.” Even so, the trial was not a waste of time.

It did confirm that you can be an open jihadist in the U.S. Army and still get promoted. You can correspond freely with the most bloodthirsty foreign terrorists, and those conducting the surveillance will do nothing to stop you from killing American soldiers. You can kill 13 of them and the government will call it workplace violence and continue to pay you while denying benefits to your injured victims. You can announce that you are fighting for the Taliban, but the government will not let you say that in court, nor plead guilty. While a member of the U.S. Army, you can kill Americans for Allah, escape with your own life, and continue to campaign for jihad from prison.

As Rudy Giuliani warned in recent testimony, political correctness now trumps sound investigative practice. The Hasan case confirms that justice is another casualty.

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  • BS77

    He will die of old age.

    • Phil McMorrow

      In great pain, I sincerly hope.

  • Tim N

    Personally I think that executing him would just play into the sick death worship that characterizes these scum and would make him a martyr to the rest. Why give him what he wants?
    Tuck him away in an anonymous cell and let him fade into obscurity. Don’t give him press, don’t publicize anything he does. Let him rot in obscurity, just another sick scum who can wake up morning after morning, face day after long day, and know he has nothing to show for his vicious actions. Not a martyr, just a pathetic sick loser.

    • bluffcreek1967

      I understand your viewpoint, but I don’t really give a damn what the muslims think or even what Hasan thinks. I just want him executed at OUR hands, by OUR military. The execution of Hasan is about justice for the atrocities he committed, and not about how muslims might interpret his death (whether good or bad). It’s also important for the families of the victims to have some sense of closure and even justice in seeing that Hasan is executed.

      • Hotdigittydog

        A firing squad would be nice……maybe even PPV.

        • Sharps Rifle

          Hang the SOB. That denies him martyr status.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        The problem is that the Islamist mentality of aspiring death in battle with Infidels would being him solace.

        A Death Sentence, and denying him that wish with a lengthy appeal, might bring him more pain.

        Show him pictures of Infidel tourists in Mecca during the hajj may hurt his feelings.

        • bluffcreek1967

          Yes, I’m quite aware of this. But again, it doesn’t matter what he thinks or feels at this point. There’s no sense in trying to outwit him by doing this or doing that based on how he or other muslims feel about the murders. We need to just do what’s right in this case and end his life. Besides, when he enters into eternity he will immediately discover what he a fool he has been as he experiences for the endless ages of eternity the full wrath of God.

          http://www.ambrosekane.com

  • bluffcreek1967

    Oh, don’t worry. He will sit in prison for a long time while the liberal lawyers and soft-judges ‘review’ one appeal after another. Our military judges, just like our Kenyan president, like to talk tough, but when it comes to actually having to execute Hasan, they’ll find some reason not to do it. It will be more likely that he will commit suicide in prison or die of cancer before ever being officially executed.

    • Gee

      The military judges have no authority after the pronouncement of sentence. That is the end of all military involvement in a Military Courts Martial.

      It is automatically sent to CIVILIAN Federal Courts for appeals. The military will never again have any input into the matter

      • bluffcreek1967

        I wasn’t aware of this, so thank you for the information. Unfortunately, now that it will be going to Civilian Federal courts for appeals, I’m even less hopeful that justice will be served.

  • JacksonPearson

    Something is terribly wrong with the U.S. Code of Military Justice in this case. Because how can a Muslim appeal admitting to coldly murdering 13 U.S. unarmed soldiers , add scores of wounded and eye witnesses, while screaming allahu akbar. IMO, he should have been executed ten minutes after his trial ended.

    • bluffcreek1967

      This is what happens when liberals and lawyers pollute everything they touch. Before long, we can’t even tell the difference between right and wrong anymore. And even when we finally discover the right thing to do, we’re afraid to do so because we might get sued!

  • Dyer’s Eve

    All this is nothing more than a lawyer-fest.

    The best punishment for Hasan would be for the survivors and relatives of those murdered to piss on him from a great height. He should then serve fifty years hard labour. Fifty years from now he should be dragged out of his cell at dawn and shot.

  • Walter Sieruk

    It may very well be that Hasan may actually want to be executed. It thisis the case then he must be as decived and deluted as he is crual and murderous. For Hasan then must believe in the Islamic doctrine from the Quran that if a Muslim/jihadist for the cause of Islam as a “martyr.” then he will receive a lust filled paradise with many”dark eyed” virgins in it . Each virgin for his use only. The actual origion of this Quranic doctrine was not from a divine source but it was taken or lifted from Arabian and Zorastrine mythology then fused together and then inserted into the Quran and other written works of Islam by wicked and deceptive men. Now this Quranic doctrine/myth is now part of the whole hoax of Islam. Furthermore, the Bible had predicted about false teachers who teach this type of myth/doctrine. For the Bible reads “For the time will come when they will not stand wholesome teaching, but will follow their own fancy and gather a crowd of teachers to tickle their ears. They will stop their ears to the truth and turn to mythology.” Second Timothy 4:3,4. [NEB] So if Hasan want to be executed then lets put him to death. Hasan will then find out the hard way the the Quran had taught him many falsehoods and that his imam[now dead] and the other Islamic clerics were lying to him. Hasan,when die dies, will have a very harsh reality check in store of him.

  • WhiteHunter

    The “appeals” should take half an hour from beginning to end, if that long:
    1. Did he murder 13 people at Ft. Hood? Yes.
    2. Any doubt whatsoever that he did it? None.
    3. Was he convicted and sentenced to death? Yes.
    “Muster the firing squad on the double. And tell the mess hall we’ll be back early for lunch!”

  • glpage

    He needs to die dishonorably in the eyes of Islam. My wife thought that cleaning out pig pins might be reasonable.

    • bluffcreek1967

      That’s a very good idea. Fill every orifice of his body with rotted pig flesh, and then roast him slowly over an open fire for all muslims to witness.

      i know the muslims will get really mad and want to kill us all. I’m not worried though because that’s already been their plan for many centuries!

      http://www.ambroskane.com

  • Aaron Wolf

    The firing squad ought to be made up of female soldiers in camo bikinis. His corpse should then be soaked in cheap gin and buried with bacon.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Aaron Wolf AKBAR!

    • Softly Bob

      Yes good idea. Let it be known to would-be Muslim terrorists that if they survive they will be tried, sentenced to death and then given a Christian funeral with the corpse smeared with pig-fat before burial. If they are killed during the terrorist attack, the same thing will happen.

      That will scupper their plans to reach Allah’s perverted paradise!