August 21, 2013

Nidal Hasan Rests Case With No Defense

The good news? Nidal Hasan ended his trial today without calling any witnesses. The bad news? This is going to be appealed. You can't plead "not guilty" and then offer no defense. A trial, by definition, has to be adversarial. So, I see an appeal here and some appeals court ruling that Hasan didn't have adequate representation -- which, clearly, he didn't.

At first I assumed that Hasan wanted to represent himself in an effort to use the trial as a platform for anti-American diatribes. But I was wrong. In fact, Hasan seemed pretty restrained and respectful during the entire trial.

What I think now is that Hasan wanted to claim that he wasn't guilty of murder since he was an enemy combatant. He was a soldier of Allah, and since those he killed were also soldiers no crime was committed. Those he killed were casualties of war.

This is why in his opening statements he told the jurors that he had "switched sides" in the war on terror. And why his business cards had the acronymn SoA on them (Soldier of Allah).

And you know what? I actually think he's right. He's not a murderer. Or, at least, he's not a common murderer. A mere criminal.

He's much more than a common murderer, more than a mere criminal. He's a traitor. He should be on trial for treason. He should be on trial as a terrorist. You can charge a person with more than one offense:

The soldier on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood rested his case Wednesday without calling any witnesses or testifying in his own defense.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is acting as his own attorney but told the judge that he wouldn’t be putting up a defense as he stands accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others at the Texas military base. If convicted, the Army psychiatrist could face the death penalty....

He has sat mostly silent during the trial and questioned only three of the nearly 90 witnesses called by prosecutors. Several of those witnesses were shot during the attack and recalled hearing a shout of “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!” — inside a crowded medical building before Hasan opened fire using a laser-sighted handgun.

If this guy doesn't get the death penalty, then there is no justice.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:31 AM | Comments |