Military judge removed from Fort Hood shooter case
December 3rd, 2012
09:01 PM ET

Military judge removed from Fort Hood shooter case

By Jennifer Rizzo

A military appeals court has removed the judge who had been overseeing accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan’s court-martial, saying the judge was biased.

The ruling makes Col. Gregory Gross’ order for Hasan’s beard to be shaved invalid. Hasan has objected to the order with various appeals, citing religious freedom.

“We order the removal of the military judge on the basis of the appearance of bias,” the court document states.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces faulted Gross with allowing the proceedings to become a “duel of wills” between him and Hasan rather than focusing on the serious crimes with which Hasan is charged.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, has been charged with 13 counts of murder in connection with the November 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood, the sprawling Army post in central Texas.

The court, however, did not rule on the beard issue directly and left open the possibility that a future judge may order Hasan shaved again.

“Should the next military judge find it necessary to address Appellant's beard, such issues should be addressed and litigated anew,” the document states.

Army regulations prevent most soldiers from wearing facial hair while in uniform. Hasan, a practicing Muslim, maintains that he has the right to wear the beard under federal law protecting religious rights.

The high-level appeals court is an independent tribunal with worldwide jurisdiction over active-duty members of the U.S. armed forces and others subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Post by:
Filed under: Army • Legal • Military • Nidal Hasan • Terrorism
soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. ?Weight loss

    Military judge removed from Fort Hood shooter case – CNN Security Clearance – CNN.com Blogs
    ?Weight loss http://ennnyean.resyoume.com.au/

    August 27, 2013 at 5:31 am | Reply
  2. Pierre - Westmount

    What a ridiculous waste of money and time!
    Shortcut solution: An express one-way trip to Allah similar to the other monster, Ben Laden!

    March 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  3. CommonSense

    This guy is a terrorist. Since when do terrorist have rights?! You shouldn't get rights once you take away another persons right to life.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  4. Fedup

    Enough is enough! This man is still a member of the ARMY and is still being paid. I'm guessing at this point that even the military justice system has become spineless. Hasan gave up his right to grow a beard when he signed the dotted line entering the ARMY. For those interested the AMRY regulation on dress a appearance is as follows....
    1–8. Hair and fingernail standards and grooming policies
    (c) Males will keep their face clean-shaven when in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. Mustaches are permitted;
    if worn, males will keep mustaches neatly trimmed, tapered, and tidy. Mustaches will not present a chopped off or
    bushy appearance, and no portion of the mustache will cover the upper lip line or extend sideways beyond a vertical
    line drawn upward from the corners of the mouth (see figure 1–1). Handlebar mustaches, goatees, and beards are not
    authorized. If appropriate medical authority prescribes beard growth, the length required for medical treatment must be
    specified. For example, “The length of the beard will not exceed 1⁄4 inch” (see TB MED 287). Soldiers will keep the
    growth trimmed to the level specified by appropriate medical authority, but they are not authorized to shape the growth
    into goatees, or “Fu Manchu” or handlebar mustaches.

    December 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  5. gm53

    who cares about the darn beard? While agree he should have to shave it, I also don't think it's important enough to tie up this case so long. It's just not that important. Just drop it and get on with this monster's trial

    December 4, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
  6. sensible human

    Well here we go again, another person wanting to use the muslim religion to save theirself from something they did, and then not wanting to fess up to it. either way sooner than he thinks, he will either be dead(72 virgins and the palace of gold LOL!!) or will rot in his cell and a few years from now no one will hardly remember who he was.

    December 4, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
  7. Hahahahahahahaha

    Towel Heads IS what Towel Heads DO!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahaha

    December 4, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
  8. Chuck Chuck Bo Buck

    what a miserable life this criminal now has. There is no positive this person brought to this world. He killed 13 people and now he'll sit alone in a jail cell until the end of his life. He could have had a positive effect in this life and instead he chose this miserable existence. As he takes his last breath, others speak his name for the last time, the total waste of human energy will show nothing for his existence. Zero, Zip, Nada, Null,

    December 4, 2012 at 8:42 am | Reply
  9. AlphaMaryYankee

    Another culling of the righteous. Remove the Judge who insisted that the beard be shaved to keep the Islamists at bay.
    This goes up to the CIC. The influence, and stink, is unmistakable.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:42 am | Reply
  10. The Truth hurts

    @Jerry

    Ok thats fine then lets call the US aiding Syrian rebels what it is..Funding of Terrorism.

    Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, Mass Murderer and Terrorist.
    Bravo Company of the 3rd Platoon—part of the 5th Stryker Brigade – Murders and Sadist

    December 4, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • GH

      Truth, The funniest thing this morning to me is knowing there are people out there like you that are so mindless and believe that you can help the your cause by ranting whatever in these comment sections. I feel sorry for you and I hope when Santa comes to visit this month he doesn't leave you coal. Just think after Santa comes then the Easter Bunny will come in a few months.

      December 4, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  11. The Truth hurts

    heh this is so funny... American troops kill innocent people who were non combatants but when American troops are killed it is a outrage..

    December 4, 2012 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      Okay hurts…. Show us on the doll where the big bad American touched you.

      December 4, 2012 at 8:49 am | Reply
    • Willie

      You sound like a commie

      March 20, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  12. Jerry

    This was terrorist attack, by another mus lim terrorist. Its ok to tell the truth and call it like it is. Why do we dance around calling a terrorist attack, a terrorist attack? This guy was in touch via internet with a mid-east cleric. Man, I hope our government gets some backbone.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • whoSdaT

      But Jerry, isn't one nation's terrorist another's FREEDOM FIGHTER? It all boils down to which side you're own? America is using drones to drop bombs wiping out innocent civilian men, women, children and babies. Taken right from the Bible, Samuel 1 and the story of Saul. Where *God* ordered Saul to go into the village of killed the Amalekites. That he, Saul, was to spare no one. Not men, women, childre, babies, oxen or other livestock. *God* was only royally pis*ssed at Saul because Saul failed to fully carry out the orders. He spared to king of the Amalekites and kept all the choicer meats for himself. That really ticked *God* off. Such a wonderful, loving *Christian* $God$. Dontcha think?

      December 4, 2012 at 8:45 am | Reply
    • Red

      Muslim terrorist is makes no sense. Islam translated into English means peace. Peaceful terrorist???? Muslim terrorist is a oxymoron, MORON.

      December 4, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
  13. IRONMIKE

    WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY-TAKE HIM OUT AND SHOOT HIM ONE BULLET $1.25-JUST LOOK AT THE SAVINGS AND THE MESSAGE IT WOULD SEND

    December 4, 2012 at 8:20 am | Reply
  14. Jack 63

    Give him the one stroke shave. The one that takes his head off.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply
  15. IvotedforObama

    Why is this filth even still living?

    December 4, 2012 at 8:00 am | Reply
    • The Truth hurts

      Newton's laws of motion. Americans commit war crims against people all the time and then it comes back to them and then you people whine.

      Where are you when American's commit war crimes

      December 4, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
      • Smacky Smooth

        We are here trying to change things in a corrupt system that is systematically removing OUR rights and trying to put us into Serfdom. Many do care, Truth, and we are here screaming at deaf minions.

        December 4, 2012 at 8:22 am |
      • doughnuts

        Where were we? We were standing there pointing and laughing at people who think normal military operations are "war crimes."

        December 4, 2012 at 8:34 am |
      • GH

        OK America commits war crimes....................But honestly cowards like yourself do more damage to this world than AMERICA will and can ever do.

        December 4, 2012 at 9:29 am |
      • hard rak

        Truth, you speak of these war crimes. To which war crimes are you referring?

        December 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  16. Dave

    You do know he is still receiving a pay check from the government...So he needs to shave and be in uniform...Lets get on with it and finish this trial...Even Nuramburg did'nt take this long.

    December 4, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
  17. Texas5555

    Fine, let him have his beard but do not allow him to wear the uniform he has disgraced. Make him appear in a prison jumpsuit and get on with it already.

    December 4, 2012 at 7:50 am | Reply
  18. tammi

    killing thirteen troops, and wounding many more? Maybe his punishment should be thirteen angry swine who hasn't been feed for a week to eat this guy to death!

    December 4, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply
    • The Truth hurts

      Americans are such hypocrites. Your troops know and accept that dying is a potential part of their job. You willingly, knowlingly and support your troops killing unarmed woman and children, violate sovereign nations, violate your laws, follow leaders with no moral standing or convinction. Yet some how this guy is the worse then all of that ? I guess as long as you can sit in your home and judge others and not have to do anything other then watch American idle, post on the internet and not for once accept that your country and your troops bring these actions on themselves you will be ok...what a joke

      December 4, 2012 at 7:57 am | Reply
      • Face Slap

        And look at you, no better than the americans you despise, with your post.

        December 4, 2012 at 8:07 am |
      • Smacky Smooth

        Truth, how moral are YOUR leaders? Do they live up to your expectations as well? I have a feeling they fall short as well. No system , ideology, or man-made reason justifies murdering innocent or even UN-ARMED people. That, Truth, in ANY country or ANY culture is pure COWARDICE. This is what this person did and that should be the focus. Americans, Britons, Russians, Africans, South Americans, Mexicans, Arabs, and Isrealis....all have sins to answer for.

        December 4, 2012 at 8:26 am |
      • Chuck Chuck Bo Buck

        Here you are posting on the CNN boards....an example of the very people you claim to despise. Pontificate somewhere else my kraut mcfriend. you have no opinion here.

        December 4, 2012 at 8:31 am |
      • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

        @ The Truth hurts
        After reading a number of your posts, you sir are in no position to call someone a hypocrite.

        December 4, 2012 at 8:36 am |
      • Judge 1212

        I can't even take your post seriously... You ma'am, are the joke

        December 4, 2012 at 8:53 am |
      • GH

        Truth, No one is this world is perfect including yourself. This man had no reasoning to do the things he did, except hope he was shot and killed to receive his 72 ugly virgins. This man is a disgrace not only to the AMERICAN military but to all human beings. You sit there and post rants about how bad America is but what have you done to help improve the relations between America and others, What have you done to help the cause.........NOTHING You are a big part of the problem with this world, just like many others. You want to help the cause then stop ranting about how bad America is help the cause like many of us in this world.

        December 4, 2012 at 9:21 am |
      • d

        Only some Americans are hypocrites. We support are our troops to protect this nation. As you would expect any nation to do so. Just remember, America was not at war with anyone, when over 3000 people died for an extremist view. The people of radical Islam brought the fight to the lands of Muslims, no one else. But yet Muslim people celebrate in the streets when that happened.

        What's a good thing was that Muslims revolted after the Libyan embassy was bombed and the ambassador was killed. That is what should have happened all the time.

        December 4, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  19. Hang 'em high!

    What a waste of time.

    Hassan is guilty as charged......cut to the chase and give him a trial. The only issue is whether he's crazy.

    If he's sane, then get some rope out.

    December 4, 2012 at 7:41 am | Reply
  20. Brian

    What was this appeals court thinking? The Army regulations are clear. Idiots.

    December 4, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply
  21. Larry

    Actually, it's a good call. Allowing this murderer to fight the trial by not shaving was asinine, and making a big deal of it was even worse. Why he hasn't been tried, sentenced and executed is beyond me – witnesses and video show him in the act. He deserves to be executed swiftly, and buried covered in pig's blood to show the Islamists that we're not going to put up with their delusions.

    December 4, 2012 at 7:28 am | Reply
  22. jnpa

    Army Regulation 670-1, paragraph 1-8a(2)(c): Males will keep their face clean-shaven when in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. Mustaches are permitted; if worn, males will keep mustaches neatly trimmed, tapered, and tidy. Mustaches will not present a chopped off or bushy appearance, and no portion of the mustache will cover the upper lip line or extend sideways beyond a vertical line drawn upward from the corners of the mouth (see figure 1–1). Handlebar mustaches, goatees, and beards are not authorized. If appropriate medical authority prescribes beard growth, the length required for medical treatment must be specified. For example, “The length of the beard will not exceed 1⁄4 inch” (see TB MED 287). Soldiers will keep the growth trimmed to the level specified by appropriate medical authority, but they are not authorized to shape the growth into goatees, or “Fu Manchu” or handlebar mustaches.

    This regulation does not address religious beliefs, only medical. Since he is a major in the U.S. Army, the beard must go!

    December 4, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply
    • Rocketman76

      The head of the EE Department at West Point in the 70's, COL Cutler, had a magnificent moustache. The Army often lets things slide.

      December 4, 2012 at 8:22 am | Reply
      • jnpa

        You mean the 1870's, right? LOL

        December 4, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  23. jnpa

    It seems that the military is caving in to the Muslims. I hope not. That is a precedent the military does not want to set!

    December 4, 2012 at 7:13 am | Reply
    • YaY

      There wouldn't be much point in having a trial if the verdict gets overturned because of judical bias. Of course, it's easier to just say the military is caving, that requires no thinking.

      December 4, 2012 at 7:21 am | Reply
      • jnpa

        This is really a non-issue (thinking or otherwise) since Army Regulations forbid beards.

        December 4, 2012 at 7:32 am |
  24. Mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Hang him by his fingers. He is a terrorist. Obama would have you believe the situation was workplace violence.

    December 4, 2012 at 7:11 am | Reply
  25. snowdogg

    Get on with the trial... which may last at least 30 years at this rate!

    December 4, 2012 at 7:09 am | Reply
  26. BG

    shave this clown, hang him upside down, do whatever you want to him. He should be shot out of hand, after being tortured.
    What are we afraid of? the egyptians protesting? WHO GIVES A SHIITE? This guys needs to suffer.

    December 4, 2012 at 6:59 am | Reply
  27. Toolow

    I'm in the military, and am all for regulations and following the UCMJ, etc. But come on, get on with it. He's already tarnished and shamed the uniform. Let the whacko sit there with a beard as he hears the guilty verdict and (hopefully) gets the death sentence. Move on with the process before this drags on so long that we forget what he did.
    Petty stuff right now.

    December 4, 2012 at 6:52 am | Reply
    • The Truth hurts

      really ? this is the guy who shames the uniform

      December 4, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
      • Toolow

        The Truth Hurts: I've read some of your other posts. I don't know what your purpose is with what you've written here, but I guess that you are insuating either 1) that I myself shame the uniform or 2) all of the 'horrible criminal' acts that US Soldiers have done abroad overshadow Hassan's heinous crime. I think it's a horrible point you make, by comparing apples to oranges, to watermelons...to bears.
        So you don't really touch upon my comment in any material way. Other than wasting my time by responding with the same line (like your other 10-15 random posts above), please actually have some substance with what you're responding to, not just the same drumbeat over and over again to get a rise out of people.

        December 4, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • doughnuts

      Just add the violation of regulations to his list of charges. Kind of like a cherry on top of a sundae.

      December 4, 2012 at 8:37 am | Reply
  28. llatpoh

    Anyone notice a pattern with this case? Our govt seems more concerned with not offending shariah compliant sensibilities vs bringing a terrorist to justice... of course, this was not terrorism, just "workplace violence"... nothing to see here folks, just move along...

    December 4, 2012 at 6:50 am | Reply
  29. unowhoitsme

    Hire the Queen of Hearts. She'll take care of the beard and the sentencing all at one time.

    December 4, 2012 at 6:35 am | Reply
  30. gager

    Remove his beard, we will have it our way. Do not yield to this terrorist. Take away his koran.

    December 4, 2012 at 6:10 am | Reply
    • mark

      dry shave him

      December 4, 2012 at 6:47 am | Reply
  31. gager

    Religious freedom does not trump law or military requirements.

    December 4, 2012 at 6:08 am | Reply
  32. Mr Pheer

    Execution is what he wants. It's over too quickly and is too easy. Send him to a Supermax prison. He will live the rest of his life in his own isolated hell, will never become a martyr, and the world will simply forget about him over time while he wastes away in a concrete cell, losing what is left of his mind while staring out of a 4-inch window into the prison courtyard.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:31 am | Reply
    • Guantanamo

      Why isn't his terrorist in Guantanamo?

      December 4, 2012 at 5:39 am | Reply
      • llatpoh

        Because O and his gang declared the Ft Hood Massacre "workplace violence"...

        December 4, 2012 at 6:38 am |
  33. U.S. Navy Vet

    Why is this traitor still alive? He should've been hanged or faced a firing squad by now. ..I don't get it.. is there any doubt as to his guilt?

    December 4, 2012 at 4:06 am | Reply
    • snowdogg

      no

      December 4, 2012 at 7:10 am | Reply
  34. MashaSobaka

    "This man murdered thirteen people. Hmm...better make a big deal about his beard." GENIUS.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:30 am | Reply
    • Frank

      Yeah, that was when I realized that the judge should be tossed too. Who cares whether the guy's facial hair is an exact match to what it was on the day of the shooting? Was the judge going to demand that a hair stylist be called in? The guy wasn't in a wheelchair on the day of the shooting either – what was the judge going to do about that? Idiot judge. Let the guy look like what all us 'murricans figure terr'ists look like if wants to. Idiot shooter.

      December 4, 2012 at 3:42 am | Reply
      • Justin

        He is still bound by the UCMJ, and is still a major in the US Army. He cannot have a beard, unless for medical reasons, even then its limited to I believe 1/4 an inch long.

        December 4, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  35. Zulux

    He should also lose weight and color his gray. A little body waxing wouldn't hurt either (well..actually it would). He should also get some dental work done before the trial. Oh..let's not forget Botox. Let's make him look 10 years younger.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:42 am | Reply
  36. Orwell proven

    Is murder a protected religious right?

    Get on with it, due process, and a fair & speedy trial.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:10 am | Reply
    • DanMidwest

      You are comparing a beard to murder. Shame on you.

      December 4, 2012 at 2:27 am | Reply
  37. ericgoestoholland

    Good. Though the man on trial is a true villain, that judge just wasted time and credibility.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:05 am | Reply
  38. CRG

    This is all a waste of time and money. It does not matter whether he wears a beard or not. He needs to be tried and sentenced accordingly.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:39 am | Reply
    • Toolow

      Hear hear!

      December 4, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply
  39. mmi16

    Hasan freely signed up for the Military as a Muslim and agreed to the military's rules – Shave him!

    December 4, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
    • MashaSobaka

      Uh yeah pretty sure he converted later. I wonder what you'd say if he were a Christian and wasn't allowed to wear a cross.

      December 4, 2012 at 3:51 am | Reply
      • Jeffrey

        Shave his butt...if they let this stand, there will be more using this case as a precedent to not shave. Secondly, to your response, you can't wear the cross outside of your uniform...it has to be tucked in...and in my job in the military...you can't wear one at all due to the job....so it's not about his religious, it's about what he signed up to do, fail to do and lets get on to excuting his behind...I say the next judge come in and put him in regs and shave him. He deserves no rights for killing HIS fellow servicemen

        December 4, 2012 at 5:14 am |
      • doughnuts

        If he thought it was that important, he could have applied for a religious dispensation. They are allowed for Jews, Sihks, and Muslims.

        December 4, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  40. sameeker

    Wake up people. This is another case of islam using our system against us. We need to quit being so politically correct and eliminate this menace of a so called religion from the world.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:26 am | Reply
    • Emigdio Alvarez

      the only good islamist is a dead islamist.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:43 am | Reply
      • Emigdio Alvarez

        and by that, I mean the insane ones that don't respect human rights, not the conservative muslims.

        December 4, 2012 at 12:57 am |
      • Red

        So the only good latino is a dead latino???

        December 4, 2012 at 2:18 am |
      • CurmudgeonTx

        Red, and by that you mean the ones here illegally, not the legal ones, right?

        December 4, 2012 at 3:45 am |
      • Red

        No it's simply a counter statement to the garbage emigdio wrote. You have Muslims and you have criminals. Islamists, Muslim terrorists, islamic extremists,etc are just phrases thought up by the bigots of the world. I'm just saying if he's going to do it to one group, does he enjoy it being done to his people?

        December 4, 2012 at 6:17 am |
      • doughnuts

        Gee, Red, I guess all those terrorists who proclaim that they are acting in the name of Islam are all just a bunch of liars.

        December 4, 2012 at 8:42 am |
      • Red

        They are a bunch of liars. Just like the klan saying killing every black and jew in the name of Jesus is a lie. It's a shame you believe them and not the good people of this world. But that doesn't surprise me. You're just typical.

        December 4, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • CA Liberal

      Is that the Christian menace or the Muslim menace you are talking about? They are so alike I get confused.

      December 4, 2012 at 2:58 am | Reply
      • CurmudgeonTx

        In that case, you are too easily confused. How DID you get that computer into your padded cell by the way?

        December 4, 2012 at 3:46 am |
      • Carlie

        Equating a terrorist with a Christian...how convenient of you. CA Liberal = Communist comparison would be more appropriate. Not that you would complain or anything.

        December 4, 2012 at 3:52 am |
    • MashaSobaka

      I hate religious liberty too. Such a freaking waste of time.

      December 4, 2012 at 3:52 am | Reply
    • Art

      Right on! It just makes us look incompetent when trash like this hinders justice. hurry up and prosecute this guy. leave his bear on when he hangs!

      December 4, 2012 at 6:46 am | Reply
  41. Jack

    blood begets blood. by the bloodthirsty comments abounding here we should be wallowing in blood for a few more generations.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  42. randall

    military dress code says clean shaven. he's not biased he's enforcing what this guy signed up for.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  43. Whombatt

    The PC crowd (and I do not mean Windows fan boys) has gone too far this time. Shave the SOB with a propane torch, bag him and use the bag for target practice for a 40mm auto cannon.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
    • Orwell proven

      It is the US justice system, if you don't like it move.

      Somalia or North Korea should have an efficient legal system more to your taste: anti PC, anti political and anti correct.

      December 4, 2012 at 2:06 am | Reply
  44. bad2worse

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say-he gets life.

    An eye for an I says I.............................................................................................

    December 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  45. Sherri

    This man committed these murders FOR his religion. He made this clear when he did it. But the reports will not even mention that fact. He went into the base and murdered his fellow soldiers. He SAID he did it due to Islam. Why won't anyone believe him? I do. That's for sure. Just like the 18 terrorists committed 9/11 in the name of Islam. And those who blew up the USS Cole. And all the honor killings and all the stonings etc. They do it for their religion. They have no remorse. They are considered heroes by their families. You DO know that Muslims celebrated in the streets on Sept. 11, don't you? I saw the photos and videos of it.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
    • MashaSobaka

      I saw hundreds upon hundreds of Muslims in the developed world mourning for the deaths. You like to use the blanket term "Muslim" with no regard for socio-economic, regional, or political context. Shame on you.

      By the way, such customs as "honor killings" are actually tribal customs that predate Islam. Islamic rulers harshly punished the practice of these customs when areas of the Middle East were first being converted. Eventually they gave up. Stoning is also called for in Christianity. The difference is that Christianity on the whole is enjoying a more more privileged existence. (There are exceptions, of course...ask the victims of gang rape in the Congo how their good Christian brothers are treating them.) You might want to spend a bit of time reading up on religious history. It's fascinating, and God knows you're in desperate need of some enlightenment.

      When you practice reductive thinking, you are as dangerous to your species as the people blowing up buildings. I am sickened by people like you.

      December 4, 2012 at 3:57 am | Reply
      • Red

        Amen Masha. None of these people considered the KKK "Christian extremists" or "Christian terrorists." Good ol fashioned American bigots. You get a pass if you're evil and WHITE.

        December 4, 2012 at 6:28 am |
      • doughnuts

        No, you didn't.

        December 4, 2012 at 8:44 am |
      • doughnuts

        Masha, you are a persistent liar. According to the UN, Muslims commit 91% of all "honor killings."

        December 4, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  46. redbaron120288

    this has gone on way too long. enough is enough. shave that mess off with a chain saw, then send him over to the firing squad and be done with it.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  47. CSX

    He looks like a terrd.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  48. CSX

    Understand that even a Private follows orders. As a soldier, he is to have no beard and he volunteered for the miltary. He is using religion to justify his beard? I guess he can use his religion to justify the murders.
    Mennonites and Mormons have no such murderer, if they did we would be surprised, whereas for islam there is no surprise, because it is who they are.
    America is a dead nation.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • CA Liberal

      CSX......America lives.....your just brain dead.

      December 4, 2012 at 3:04 am | Reply
  49. rob

    Shave his beard with a straight razor and press really, really hard.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
    • ddpp

      Sand papers are the best, and more human.

      December 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  50. Roberto

    I fully support Colonel Gregory Gross. Convict this p OS, and get r done. Our country really is going down the drain.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  51. Fritz

    That's what I've been saying. He's not going to be needing a gas mask in court! It's just a F&$*&N% beard! Forget the $@&&@M beard and get his sorry @ss to trial! ;op

    December 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  52. JR

    No wonder the Muslims dispise us as weak and cowards

    December 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  53. jim

    Send him to a Military Prison for life.
    It will be a fate worse than death.
    He'll wish he he was dead every time he wakes up and sees his guards smiling at him.
    No 70 virgins there

    December 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  54. zlop

    Took a while to realize this was not the Barman/Joker mkUltra shooter.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  55. jim

    The worst possible sentence he could receive is to be sent to a Military Prison for life.
    It will be a living hell worse than death.
    Praise be to Allah !!!

    December 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  56. reply

    This is just down right crazy. The UCMJ says no facial hair and this murderer has been alive too long. Congrats to the officer who put him in the wheelchair. Well, Bush's fault or the YouTube video.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
    • NRA

      I think a 12 gauge would take that beard right off.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
      • Fritz

        I'd dry shave the miserable b@st%d with my rusty buck knife if they'd let me. ;oD

        December 3, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
      • Thumbs Up Here

        :)

        December 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
  57. legalmystery.com

    The defendant should be allowed to wear his beard at all stages of the criminal process he is now going through – from trial through execution. And pictures of him should be publicized through every stage, to let others see what the face of terrorism looks like... and how this country treats those who practice it .

    December 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
    • RetiredMajor

      Funny how his paycheck wasn't against his 'religion' when he was receiving it...oh wait...he is STILL getting pay and benefits while on trial....hmmmm...how convenient and since retired from the Reserves, I don't get my retirement for 12 more years!!!! I didn't commit murder and I have to wait...hmmmm......IF YOU GET A PAYCHECK, YOU still have to conform to ARMY standards...orange jumpsuit or NOT....once again, the religious fanatics (much like that wacko woman protesting military funerals – Cindy Sheehan) get their way...ridiculous; I am glad I am out and away from the bull –it...

      December 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
      • theclosingschool

        If you are a retired Major like you say you are, then you would know that while awaiting court marshal or any other UCMJ action that requires incarceration, you do not receive pay. PERIOD. Ask me how I know? I was found not guilty during a UCMJ preceding that required I stay confined the duration of the trial... 4 months NO PAY. NO APOLOGY.

        December 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
  58. Al

    So does this "Officer" in the Army excluded from following the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It does hold it's people accountable and there are also grooming standards, and last I check a beard in not allowed. And why is they terrorist still inside the borders of the Continental United States? Should he not be with his own kind in GITMO? This is after all a Military trial and civilian lawyers should have no say in this case. I vote for him to be allowed to keep his beard, and I also vote for him to be sent to GITMO. And his lawyers can paddle to see him on their dime, not the good American people.

    December 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  59. jrefwycliff

    The American Military has not won a war in over 65 years. Sure battles have been won, but it is the End-Game that counts!
    From Korea to the present involvement in the Middle East nothing have they have produced but Dead and Maimed
    Americans. This article is an excellent example of the Nincompoops that will surely bring this country to Eternal Ruin!

    December 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • reply

      The military won Korea, VietNam, Desert Storm, and THE COLD WAR. The politicians like O'mama lost those wars! Oh, Bush's fault or the YouTube video was the problem!

      December 3, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
    • John

      At least we produced one great hero, General PETRAEUS !!! He is a great general, and husband!

      December 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
      • Fritz

        Absolutely! I have no doubt his mistress will claim just that in her memoirs! She gonna get rich on da book deal! Can't wait to read about their pillow talk! ;oD

        December 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • Ceri

      I do believe you did quite well in Panama and Granada. Well done.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:09 am | Reply
  60. Brian Smith

    An orange jumpsuit doesn't look like a uniform to me...

    December 3, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • reply

      Doesn't deserve to be in uniform. Should have been shot by now. Oh, all Bush's fault or the YouTube video.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • John Tadesky

      the orange jumpsuit IS a uniform silly

      December 4, 2012 at 1:38 am | Reply
    • Justin

      Umm... actually by definition an orange jumpsuit IS a uniform... xD Really?

      December 4, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
  61. displacedmic

    stupid. he agreed to the rules when he signed up – so he should be forced to adhere to them now. This is just a stall tactic.
    rot in hell you piece of dung

    December 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
    • debbie

      amen

      December 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  62. Tim Priddy

    This has dragged on for way to long. Firing squad. NOW.

    December 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
    • dc

      Amen!

      December 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  63. SpecialPurpose01

    Respect military decorum, despite all religion. Shave the beard.

    Do not allow Islam's typical excessiveness this new inroad.

    December 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  64. cfreese1977

    To hell with the beard issue. Lethal Injection will solve that problem.

    December 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  65. Howie

    Just let the SOB grow his beard and then use it to hang him with.

    December 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  66. ArmyGuy

    Military justice... what a joke.

    December 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  67. justjoe

    Why is he still alive?

    December 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  68. ddpp

    just hang him before his beard becomes an issue again.

    December 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • TexMan

      Exactly right. It is time for the tail to stop wagging the dog.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.