The Impending Trial of Major Nidal Malik Hasan

The Impending Trial of Major Nidal Malik Hasan

(This article, from Tribune Syndicated Newspapers, is an abomination in political correctness. Below the article are excerpts and a link to a report written November 9, 2009, describing Major Hasan’s act at that time, in unfiltered detail. Are we about to repeat the politically correct charade with the reporting of this latest awful terrorist Boston Marathon massacre?)

Redacted from an article by Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Tribune Newspapers

Sun Sentinel, March 24, 2013

FT. HOOD, Texas — Capital murder trials are rare in the military’s criminal justice system, but they are familiar territory for the judge who will handle the trial of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the former Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32 in a shooting rampage at this base in central Texas.

The judge is Col. Tara Abbey Osborn, and she once served at Ft. Hood, the sprawling facility known as “the Great Place.” Osborn has presided over “numerous serious felony trials, one capital trial and other non-capital homicide trials,” a base spokesman said. (How about her Islamic Terrorism experience?)

Hasan, 42, who could face the death penalty, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Osborn is uniquely equipped to handle the Hasan case, former colleagues say, describing her as a strict but fair judge. “She has an outstanding reputation. She’s been a judge for a while and she has death penalty experience, which is probably why she was selected,” said Lisa Marie Windsor, a former Army lawyer who served at Ft. Hood and knows Osborn. Windsor, who now works for a private law firm in Washington, said Osborn “has a lot of experience in criminal law, probably more than most because it’s an area she wanted to stay in.” (But, this is not just “criminal law”)

Osborn is chief judge for the Army’s 2nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Ft. Bragg, N.C., and bases in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. A graduate of the University of South Carolina law school, Osborn was admitted to the bar in 1987, joined the Army the next year and has served in Asia and Germany, as well as posts on the East Coast. In 1996, she was assigned to Ft. Hood for three years.

The Hasan case, in which jury selection is scheduled to start May 29, was set to go to trial last summer but stalled when Hasan, who is Muslim, grew a beard and refused to shave it even after ordered to do so by the judge at the time, Col. Gregory Gross.

In December, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the military’s highest appeals court, found that Gross had displayed an “appearance of bias” by ordering Hasan to shave, repeatedly fining Hasan and removing him from court for refusing to shave. The appeals court ruled that commanders, not judges, were responsible for enforcing military grooming standards.

Some experts said they expected Osborn to take a less combative approach than Gross. If the trial moves forward as planned in May, the military jury of at least 12 members — it could be as large as 16 — will be selected from among Army officers of Hasan’s rank or higher.

Once the jury is seated, testimony will begin, including detailed accounts from soldiers wounded in the shooting. Several testified at pretrial hearings that they heard Hasan shout. “Allahu akbar” — Arabic for “God is great” — before opening fire.

(This is the only reference in this long Tribune syndicated article that mentions what the trial is really all about. Virtually every thing else is simply commentary about the judge and incidental information that has no real bearing on the case) jsk

II What really happened in excerpts from an article written at the time – November 9, 2009.

Hasan awoke in the hospital bed as it was revealed that he apparently attended the same Virginia mosque as two September 11 hijackers in 2001, a time when a radical imam preached there.

Army psychiatrist Major Hasan had killed 13 and left 31 injured after he jumped on to a desk screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God in Great – and fired on defenseless colleagues. But the carnage would have been even greater were it not for the actions of a very brave female, Police Sergeant Kim Munley, who minutes earlier had been directing traffic.

In the months leading to Thursday’s shooting spree, Hasan raised eyebrows with comments that the war on terror was “a war on Islam” and wrestled with what to tell fellow Muslim solders who had their doubts about fighting in Islamic countries.

“The system is not doing what it’s supposed to do,” said Dr. Val Finnell, who complained to administrators at a military university about what he considered Hasan’s “anti-American” rants. “He at least should have been confronted about these beliefs, told to cease and desist, and to shape up or ship out.”

Hasan persistently complained about perceived anti-Muslim sentiment in the military and injected his politics into courses where they had no place. It was assumed the military’s chain of command knew about Hasan’s doubts, which had been known for more than a year to classmates at the Maryland graduate military medical program.

Read complete 2009 article from link below. (Copy and paste to your search engine if it will not open here)

Jerome S. Kaufman



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