Is this NOW titled under what it really was/is? A terrorist attack? Will there be justice for our Wounded Warriors?

Twana

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Washington Post

Nidal Malik Hasan was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood, Tex., the worst mass murder at a military installation in U.S. history.

Dressed in Army fatigues, Hasan, who turns 43 next month, listened impassively as the death penalty was handed down by a panel of 13 senior military officers in a unanimous decision. If even a single panel member had objected, Hasan would instead have been sentenced to life in prison.

The jury deliberated for a little more than two hours.

Hasan was dismissed from the Army and stripped of his pay and other benefits, which he had continued to receive while awaiting trial. He will be transferred to a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on the first available military flight, officials said.

Hasan was previously found guilty on all 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 of attempted premeditated murder after opening fire Nov. 5, 2009, at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center, where troops were getting medical checkups before deployments to Afghanistan.

The Army psychiatrist, who also was due to deploy to Afghanistan a few weeks later, shouted “Allahu akbar!” meaning “God is great,” before targeting soldiers with a high-powered, high-capacity handgun he had fitted with laser sights. He was apprehended by military police officers after firing more than 200 shots.

Prosecutors aggressively pursued the death sentence during the 22-day court-martial this month, calling more than 100 witnesses, including 20 surviving victims and relatives of the deceased to testify in a courtroom just a few miles from the site of the shooting.

During two days of sentencing evidence, they described, in often emotional testimony, how the incident had changed their lives.

Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler, who was shot four times, told the court, “I was expected to either die or remain in a vegetative state.”

Zeigler’s left side remains partially paralyzed, and he said that his personality has changed and that he is “a lot angrier, a lot darker than I used to be.”

The father of a pregnant 21-year-old private from Chicago, Francheska Velez, who was fatally shot as she pleaded for the life of her baby, testified in Spanish that Hasan had also “killed me slowly.”

Velez was one of three women killed in the attack. The 13 dead ranged in age from 19 to 62.

The court heard that Hasan had carefully planned his attack, training at a local firing range and researching jihad on his computer. The FBI and Department of Defense have drawn criticism for failing to prevent the attack after missing a number of warning signs.

Hasan, an American-born Muslim, had exchanged e-mails with a leading al-Qaeda figure in which he asked whether those attacking fellow soldiers were martyrs. The e-mails were seen by the FBI. Hasan also once gave a presentation to Army doctors discussing Islam and suicide bombers and said Muslims should be allowed to leave the armed forces as conscientious objectors to avoid “adverse events.”

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  • not sure Twana, that is what they said on the news last night

    • But why would he appeal? He got absolutely what he wanted most out of this court martial.

  • but...as they said on the news last night, the appeals will last for years. he is guilty, sentenced to death, do it....simple as that.

    • And, that is the problem: The appeals will. go on for years, maybe even decades and that is the shame of America in my opinion. Once a verdict is in, there should be only a limited amount of time for appeals and then a speedy and efficient carrying out of the verdict. That was how it used to be in this country once. when it was so, we had far fewer problems, less recidivism and problems were not extended arbitrarily by courts that allow dangerous and often times psychotic criminals back on the streets time and again. Even in drunk driving cases,: in my home state there are actual records of people with as many as 17 convictions for drunk driving, some with fatalities as a result who are still on the road either legally or illegally., and who in time, kill again. Law enforcement is NOT the problem we make it out to be much of the time. It does its job but the judicial system fails public safety miserably. and lawyers and judges make too many deals which should NEVER be made. This is all too likely to happen during Hasan's appeal process and in fact, I have doubt as to whether either he or the sentence he so deserves, will be executed. And, all this time, he will be treated well  and only his personal freedom to move about will be limited. He should be in solitary for as long as it takes to dispose his fate,. he should have No privileges and be alone 24/7/365. If the sentence is later commuted, he should remain in solitary under those conditions for as long as he lives and with no means to commit suicide.

  • I volunteer to give him the lethal injection that ends his life.

    However, it would be nice if he had a few 'accidents' while awaiting his execution. He deserves all the pain he get's, and then some!

  • Not counting his salary...

  • I will start to believe in justice after he is hanged. There still could be Obama's pardon.

    • Jerry, can the president really pardon someone who's court martialed and found guilty the way he can pardon someone found guilty in a civilian court of law? I'm asking this question because I honestly don't know the answer. If he can then it surprises me, but then I guess there are a lot of things I don't know about the military.

       

      I'm not at all surprised by the verdict and I can absolutely understand it. But I was kind of hoping that he would get life in prison because it was NOT what he wanted and I believe that he deserved to not get what is the ultimate goal of all radical muslims, which is to die for their cause. On the other hand, I am not at all sad that this worthless piece of human slime is going to stop being allowed  to share the air that I breathe.

      • Vali, I am not Jerry.  However, you asked a question about the military, and I am military.  Yes, a convict in a military prison can get a presidential pardon, even the fake illegal in the White House will be able to until we stop him anyway we can!  Here is a link if you like to read:  http://www.justice.gov/pardon/pardon_instructions.htm 

        As I have written previously, I agree with you about not getting his wish, even though we know the muslims do not go to any heaven.  Semper Fi! Gunny Lakin, USMC Retired

        • Thank you, Gunny Sergeant. This link is a little confusing because it talks about pardons that have been requested by people, but I suspect that you know what you're talking about and that the muslim in the White House can really do this. Of course, that would not make Hasan happy because he wouldn't be a martyr anymore, and it wouldn't make anyone else happy because he would be out on the streets again with the ability to kill more of us infidels. How in the world did we allow ourselves to get into this state of affairs? I'm not quite 50 but this is NOT the country I grew up in, which makes me very, very sad.

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