August 06, 2013

Nidal Hasan Trial Day 1: Hasan Admits "Yes, I am a Traitor"

Okay, so he didn't say those exact words. But his idiot lawyer claimed in opening statements today that: a) Hasan was the shooter; b) that Hasan had "switched sides" in the war on terror.

His lawyer concedes that Hasan was in a war. His lawyer also concedes that Hasan "switched sides" in the war.

Isn't that the very definition of treason?

Oh, did I mention that Nidal Hasan is defending himself? So, it was the defendant today admitting that he was a traitor. I don't quite get how this trial proceeds after the defendant admits to not only the crime he is accused of, murder, but worse -- treason:

In his opening statement Tuesday, Hasan said: “Evidence will show I was on the wrong side of America's war and I later switched sides. We in the mujahideen are imperfect beings trying to establish a perfect religion.… I apologize for any mistakes I have made in this endeavor.”

One of the prosecutors, Lt. Col. Steve Henricks, said of Hasan: “He didn't want to deploy [to Afghanistan] and he came to believe he had a jihad duty to murder soldiers.” Hasan, Colonel Hendricks said, wanted to "kill as many soldiers as he could."

After his admission of guilt on all counts, the trial went ahead and eight witnesses were called already. Hasan only asked questions of two of them, and if the reports are to believed, the questions weren't that probing or exculpatory in any way.

In fact, when the store owner was testifying that the defendant had bought the weapon used in the act of terror from him, Hasan interrupted:

When the weapon was presented as evidence, Hasan said: "Your honor, that is my weapon."
Hasan claims he'll only call two witnesses, but we've no idea who they are quite yet.

The good news here is that this sounds like it's going to be a very short trial. The bad news is that the last time the military executed anyone was in 1961.

So, it might be awhile til we get some satisfaction.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:16 PM | Comments |