Nidal Hasan (photo) thinks pleading guilty and growing a beard will keep him out of hell. On Wednesday, however, the military officer presiding over the court martial of the one-time U.S. Army psychiatrist and accused murderer rejected Hasan’s guilty plea and told him that he would order the devout Muslim to be forcibly shaved before the trial begins.
In December 2009, Army prosecutors charged Hasan with 32 counts of attempted murder in connection with the victims wounded in his armed rampage at Ft. Hood, Texas, on November 5. Among those injured by Hasan were the two civilian police officers who eventually fired on Hasan and brought him down, ending the massacre. These lesser charges are in addition to the 13 counts of murder with which the former army psychiatrist and alleged jihadist was charged.
On the day of the shooting spree, Hasan reportedly entered a testing center for soldiers awaiting deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the statements given by witnesses, Nidal Hasan brandished two pistols, climbed on a table and opened fire. Then, targeting first those in uniform, Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is Great.”
Federal government investigators claim that Hasan’s “militancy” was influenced by the late American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. President Obama placed Awlaki on his infamous (and illegal) kill list and on September 30, 2011, while Awlaki was eating breakfast in Yemen, two unmanned Predator drones fired two Hellfire missiles, killing him. Two weeks later, his 16-year-old son Abdulrahman was killed in similar manner. No charges. No trial. No due process.
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