More about the Ft. Hood Terrorist attack: "Soldier says ordered to delete Fort Hood videos"

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FORT HOOD, Texas – A soldier who recorded the terror of last year's deadly shooting rampage in Fort Hood using his cell phonewas ordered by an officer to delete both videos, a military court heard Friday.

Under cross examination, Pfc. Lance Aviles told an Article 32 hearing that his noncommissioned officer ordered him to destroy the two videos on Nov. 5, the same day that a gunman unleashed a volley of bullets inside a processing center at the Texas Army post.

The footage could have been vital evidence at the military hearing to decide if Maj. Nidal Hasan should stand trial in the shootings. The 40-year-old American-born Muslim has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Prosecutors have not said whether they'll seek the death penalty if the case goes to trial. Aviles described how he was waiting for medical tests at the center with his battle buddy, Pfc. Kham Xiong, when he heard someone shout. Then the gunshots began. He said he saw a tanned, balding man wearing an Army combat uniform and carrying a black pistol.

"I saw smoke coming from the pistol," Aviles told the court.The pair threw themselves to the floor. Aviles turned to his left to check Xiong and discovered his friend had been shot. "His head was facing the left and a shard of his skull was sticking up," Aviles said.

Xiong, a 23-year-old father of three from St. Paul, Minn., was among the 13 who died in the attack. Aviles, the 20th person to provide testimony at the hearing, was not hurt. Addressing the court via video link from Afghanistan, Spc. Megan Martin said she had been waiting to take medical tests when saw a man to her left stand up and shout "Allahu Akbar!" — "God is great!" in Arabic — then start firing a weapon.

He "started shooting to the left of me in a fan motion, left to right," Martin said. She described the weapon as "a small handgun (with) ... a green light and a red laser." Capt. Melissa Kale said the gun was black and had "a red laser and a green laser." Only one witness has testified that he saw two weapons. Kale, who is also serving in Afghanistan and spoke via satellite link, broke down in tears as she described how she tried to pull Sgt. Amy Krueger out of the line of fire. Twenty-nine-year-old
Krueger was killed in the attack. "I tried to pull Sgt. Krueger with me," she sobbed. "She didn't move. I had to leave her there."

Also talking from Afghanistan and with the sound of jets flying overhead, Maj. Eric Torina testified that he saw Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo just after he had been fatally shot, sitting in a chair as if he was still waiting for his medical exam. The motionless 52-year-old sat "with his head down like he was almost sleeping, but with a bullet hole in his head, dripping blood," he said. Martin described how she saw Capt. John Gaffaney attempting to charge at the gunman to prevent further bloodshed. Gaffaney, a 56-year-old psychiatric nurse preparing to deploy to Iraq, was shot at close range
and died. "I could not look away. I laid as still as I could. I couldn't stop watching. It was a nightmare that reoccurs." said Martin, who belongs to the 467th Medical Detachment — the unit that Hasan was supposed to deploy with.

Hasan had been trying to get out of his pending deployment because he opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He had been saying goodbye to friends and neighbors, and had given away his Quran and other belongings.

A defense lawyer asked Martin if the tragedy could have prevented her from deploying to a combat zone. "I did not want to be removed from deployment. I wanted to carry on with the mission, sir, as my fallen soldiers would want me to."

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Give him The firing-squad,, Thats what he bought that day,,,The evidence is beyond doubt,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Semper Fi ,,,,,,,,Jack usmc ret
Jack, you're too kind.....Castrate the bastard then cut his throat
Remember how we got rid of the "Cattle Rustler and the Horse Thief"???????????
I say catch em on monday try em on wedensday & hang em in the court square on sunday and invite the public... shortly there wouldn't be a problem...
I agree with this. Dave, you are right on.
this is UNBELIEVABLE!!! i just pulled this off drudge myself & forwarded it on.... the non-com needs to be court-martialed!
why are we not seeing this on the big three news?
so you still think we should trust Muslims, if they believe what is written in their Koran, then we must also believe they will not stop at anything to kill us. They must remain faithful even unto death. or they renounce their religion totally, and then maybe I will believe that we are not their enemy.
For Mr Nidal Hasan, we can't be prejudice about this trail. but the facts remain, therefore he is guilty and should face a firing squad. I have no pity for him. You know the strange thing about this whole thing is that why aren't our service men allow to carry weapons while they are on post. the Israelite do, you see them with their weapons over their shoulders every where they go.. aren't we in a state of war. they are soldiers ready at a moment notice... and we Americans what are we waiting for, if we are at war then let our soldier be ready at any time. this would of never have happened If our soldiers were armed. well thats the way I see it.
I feel they need to remove both of his arms, all 3 of his legs then ship him to an arab country and let them feed him and clean up after him for the rest of his life. That is a better sentence then a firing squad. The noncom that told the soldier to delete the video should also be dishonorably discharged and sent to prison for destroying evidence.
Why in hell would he have been told to delete the cellphone video? Why doesn't the article name the NCO and report on the status of the investigation on this guy? That sounds very suspicious.
I think he should be hung from a tree by his feet, hands tied behind him and then have his throat cut slightly so he could bleed to death slowly. The Indian way. All of this should be televised just like the jihadist do when they decapitate our soldiers. No room or need for a trial and ANYONE WHO interferes by trying to hide the truth can join him on the tree.
Stone him to death.



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