December 04, 2012
Confirmed: Military Judges Just as Moronic as Civilian Judges
You know, back in the good old days when you refused a superior officers orders to shave, they took you out back, strapped you to a chair, and then proceeded to shave you sans cream and with a straight razor. Usually with words to the effect of, "Now, you hold real still like".
That, or they sent you on a suicide mission to kill Nazis.
But today? Apparently when a military judge orders you to shave and you don't, the judge is in the wrong and is removed from the proceedings:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled Monday that Col. Gregory Gross should no longer preside over the military trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan due in part to what it called a "duel of wills" between judge and defendant. Hasan is charged with 13 counts of murder in the November 2009 shooting rampage....If my understanding of this is correct, then we are in a sh*t load of trouble. The Army has learned nothing from the Fort Hood shootings.
The court of appeals declined to rule on whether Hasan could keep the beard, but it also indicated that the next judge may not be the right authority to decide that issue, suggesting that the case will move forward.
The shooting would never had happened had the Army not overlooked the many warning signs that Nidal Hasan was becoming an Islamic radical because they were afraid of offending Islamic sensibilities. This appeals court ruling only confirms that the military is more afraid of offending Muslims than it cares about protecting its own soldiers. Which is perverse given that many of those same soldiers are practicing Muslims, who gladly shave when ordered to do so.