Court says Hasan can be shaved
October 18th, 2012
08:08 PM ET

Court says Hasan can be shaved

By Jennifer Rizzo

A military appeals court decided Thursday that accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan can be forcibly shaved, despite his assertion that his religion requires he wear a beard.

Siding with the judge overseeing the trial, Col. Gregory Gross, the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not allow Hasan to wear a beard during his upcoming court martial, as Hasan did not prove his beard was an expression of a sincerely held religious belief.

"We agree with the military judge's conclusion that petitioner's wearing of the beard denigrates the dignity, order, and decorum of the court-martial and is disruptive under the current posture of the case," the decision says.

Even if Hasan did wear the beard out of a sincere religious belief, the decision found that "compelling" government interests justified the judge's order for Hasan to be shaved.

The military psychiatrist is accused of opening fire in November 2009 at the Texas Army post's processing center, where soldiers were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq.

The attack left 13 dead and 32 people wounded. Hasan was paralyzed from the waist down after police exchanged fire with him.

His court-martial had been scheduled to start in August. But the appeals court delayed its start to determine whether his beard can be forcibly shaved during trial.

Army regulations prevent soldiers from wearing facial hair while in uniform. Hasan, who is still a soldier, is a practicing Muslim and maintains he has the right to wear the beard under U.S. laws protecting religious freedoms.

At a hearing in August, Hasan spoke about the beard he had grown.

"Your honor, in the name of almighty Allah, I am a Muslim," he told Gross. "I believe that my religion requires me to wear a beard."

Prosecutors argued that Hasan should have to shave his beard, saying the facial hair would make it harder for witnesses to identify him in court.

Gross ordered that Hasan would have to shave, triggering the appeal from Hasan's lawyers that was decided Thursday.

The court's decision can be further appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 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.

Members of Hasan's defense team have indicated they plan on appealing the decision, according to Fort Hood.

If convicted of the shooting, Hasan can be sentenced to death.

A U.S.-born citizen of Palestinian descent, the licensed psychiatrist joined the Army in 1997. Though he was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan, he had been telling his family since 2001 that he wanted to get out of the military.

Hasan told his family he was taunted after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Investigations tied to the Fort Hood shootings found he had been communicating via e-mail with Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Yemeni-American cleric killed last year in a U.S. drone attack.

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  1. hecep

    I think Gillette should latch onto this one for a killer TV commercial.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • Amniculi

      I see what you did there...

      October 19, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
  2. George Patton

    Let's see if this gives an excuse to muslim world to riot !

    October 19, 2012 at 9:23 am | Reply
    • Old soldier

      I just hope they use a dull rusty blade.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:44 am | Reply
  3. Darryl

    I don't even understand the issues that surround this case.

    In the past, he would have been put up against a wall and shot as traitor immediately with as many eye witnesses as there were and the fact that he confessed to the killings. This is messed up that we are even having a trial.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      No this is a poor attempt to please someone by our Government.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:25 am | Reply
    • Howard

      No, Patrick, it is NOT an attempt to please anyone. The regulations for acts of murder by armed forces personnel have always required a court martial. You need to get your head out of your butt; it's so dark in there you can't see anything.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
    • Retired Soldier

      "In the past" the commanding general at Fort Hood would have convened a general court martial within a few weeks, as soon as Hasan and a sufficient number of those he had wounded were medically able to be present in the court.

      Hasan would have been speedily convicted, based on the physical evidence and the eyewitness testimony of the survivors.

      Hasan would have been sentenced to reduction in rank, forfeiture of all pay and benefits, a dishonorable discharge from the US Army, and a sentence of death by musketry or hanging.

      His sentence would have been appealed and quickly affirmed.

      Hasan would have been wheeled from his cell in a stripped uniform, and taken to the place of execution accompanied by the post band playing "The Dead March." There he would have been put to death. For practical reasons, probably by musketry - a firing squad of 8 or so Military Police armed with rifles, followed by an MP sergeant putting a pistol bullet through his brain to be sure he was dead - and then his body would have been dumped in a coffin, shoved in the back of a truck for a trip to a numbered but nameless marker in the post cemetery. And the firing detail, witnesses and post band would have marched back to garrison, the band "playing a lively tune" as per DA Pam 27-4.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
      • Ted

        Now, it will take next to forever, and he'll appeal this until all the witnesses have died of old age. At which point he'll be released for lack of evidence.

        October 19, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  4. bullet

    I hope they make a female shave him, while he's naked.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:03 am | Reply
  5. Ben

    They really went to court to decide whether or not a guy should be shaven??

    October 19, 2012 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • Retired Soldier

      They went to court to ensure that the prisoner Hasan will comply with a lawful order to meet the grooming standards of the Army regulations that he is legally required to obey.

      It should not have been necessary. The Supreme Court ruled years ago that there is no "right" to disobey military uniform regulations for religious reasons.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  6. Strategist

    The "dignity of the court reasoning" makes the decision incomprehensible and unjustifiable. They should have stuck with the "identification" argument.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply
    • Ralph M

      They need to stop giving this pathetic goof any more attention. Beard or not, he will twitch at the end of a rope the same. Shame on his lawyers for wasting everyone's time.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
      • Retired Soldier

        Hasan is still a soldier, and he will comply with the lawful orders of his superior officers.

        Hasan is trying to turn a US Army court martial into a combination al Qaeda propaganda act and sharia law hearing.

        It will be neither. Hasan is subject to the UCMJ. His beard is in violation of the US Army's uniform regulations. He will be shaved and wheeled into court to face the justice he deserves, as a soldier.

        And once he has been convicted, we will strip him of his rank, strip him of his pay, and put the son of a b1tch to death as a traitor and murderer.

        October 19, 2012 at 10:22 am |
      • Ted

        WHEN ?

        October 19, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  7. Master_Tater

    Why are people posting such hatefull comments towards Muslims. The actions of one does not say for how others feel. Yes there are radical Muslims but there are radical Christians as well. The Ku Klux Klan is a Christian organization who kill people in the name of Christ.We don't go running around saying things like "I hope they make hiim sit next to a bunch of burning Bibles and is touched by a priest" and other stupid things I am not a Muslim, in fact I don't associate with any religion, but I have many Muslim friends and I'm prety sure none of them are going to kill me for being an 'infidel' or blow up some towers. Because he did something horrible does not mean he should be treated badly. Besies if he is found guilty, which he will almost 100% will be, will be sentenced to death.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:47 am | Reply
    • bullet

      Because they are all bass ackwards. Nothing but a bunch of 4th century sand rats.

      When are people going to put it together than "jesus" was one of these sand rats. Funny how an entire nation hates (extremist muslims) yet dedicate their life to this idea of a magic man in the sky. Just like Muhammad, nothing but a pedophile human with no special ideas other than the fact that he wants to control women and ra-pe kids.

      They have no respect for us but we need to respect them without question? I've had it with this garbage. We are trying to help them and they kill us. Lets return the favor and get the he-ll out of there.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
      • Ben

        Bullet, who ever said we need to respect "them" without question?

        October 19, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • bullet

      Go ahead and burn a quran or draw a photo of muhammad and see how much of a friend they are. They have zero tolerance for us but they want 100% tolerance FROM us.

      It doesn't work that way.

      They have another few thousand years of growth to catch up to the most behind third world country.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:06 am | Reply
      • Howard

        A few thousand years? Islam itself is only about 1300 years old. Let me guess: you didn't do so well at math in school.

        October 19, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Ralph M

      It is true that not all muslims are fanatical child rapists and human garbage. But maybe if the decent ones did something to aid in their elimination or helped subdue them somewhat, they wouldn't be seen as the same. They need to stop complaining and whining.....and actually DO something besides making excuses.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
    • Big Bob

      There sure seems to be a lot of articles on this progressive site regarding so many horrible things happening around the world today. The common thread? Islam. Why won't you see that?

      October 19, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
    • Retired Soldier

      When "radical Christians" - or "radical Jews" "radical Hindus" or "radical atheists" - murder thousands of Americans then we'll stop focusing on Muslims.

      In the meantime, all we need to do is look around the world: It's Muslims, not anyone else, who are waging religious war on others in Darfur and Nigeria, in Kashmir, in southern Thailand, in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, in the Philippines.

      Stop trying to play the nonsensical guilt game over the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition: those have been over for centuries. And, it's worth pointing out to the historically ignorant - both were in response to Muslim aggression.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
  8. Kathy Scheidt

    No no don't shave him....wax his beard off. Do it slowly. He will beg to have it shaved.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:45 am | Reply
  9. Sagebrush Shorty

    Use a very dull rusty straight razor and don't worry about it slipping.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • bullet

      Put a bullet in his head and be done with it. That should become standard US policy. Any extremist muslims should disappear as well as their family so we don't have to deal with sand rat kids growing older and taking revenge.
      or...
      turn the entire place to glass and again, be done with it for good.

      the USA is so sick of dealing with these pathetic 4th century sand rats.

      oh yeah... where is our iraq oil we were promised?????

      October 19, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • usr744

      Yes, shave the dirty hairy monkey and throw shoes at him while they are at it! Show his type that we don't tolerate their pathetic ways or their ridiculous culture around here. USA USA USA!

      October 19, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
  10. Hugh Jass

    I think he should get life. In a wheelchair. Years and years of watching the paint peel and learning the names of every guard and prisoner. Years of kidney stones and dialysis and wondering how much pork or rat is in his food. Years of being called 'traitor' and 'murderer' by fellow Muslims. Let him ripen like a cheese.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
    • Retired Soldier

      More like "years of leaching of the toil of Americans who didn't betray their country, while terrorists commit atrocities to demand his freedom."

      This court martial should have been finished long ago. And Hasan should have been dumped in an unmarked traitor's grave soon after.

      Instead we're seeing the fruit of years of liberalism and "politically correct" thinking. Hasan and his sympathizers are being allowed to turn his court martial into a propaganda operation.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
  11. Henry

    Why are we wasting so much time and money on this piece of trash? Had he been shaving when he was on active duty in the military? What make him so offensive about shaving now and what make our government so full of BS in handling this case?

    October 19, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply
    • Hugh Jass

      "what make our government so full of BS in handling this case?" He is an American soldier, and his rights cannot be taken away or abridged without taking them from every other soldier. He gets a fair trial, same as any other citizen, and he signed a contract with the military as well.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:42 am | Reply
      • Marcus M

        He didn't have a beard when he murdered those people. How could the survivors identify him if he shows up in court with a beard?!? You need to shut up and apply for a job with the ACLU or the democratic national committee!

        October 19, 2012 at 8:45 am |
      • Patines

        I will take the "J" out of your name and tell you, he is trash and trash is disposed and incineirated. It's a waste of money, time and dignity.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:53 am |
      • bullet

        You must be high. This guy has no rights, he gave those up when he declared himself aa extremist Muslim and waged war against us. They should have just shot him on the spot and been done with it.

        With this much proof, the military shouldn't be wasting their time and just put him up against a firing squad.

        You are an american until you wage war against america and kill its people.

        What the he-ll is wrong with you. Maybe you go should head east and join the people you are defending. What a joke.. I'm guessing you call yourself an american?

        pffft.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:59 am |
      • Hahaha

        And Patines, in your name "n" should come before "t".

        October 19, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  12. Marc

    He is still in the military and this should not of been a question of keeping the beard. All soldiers are supposed to be shaved at all times because we are on duty 24 hrs a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. No one raised his hand when he swore in to be a SOLDIER in the United States Army. I do not know why his attorney's think they can appeal this decision. They are delaying his trial because they know his already guilty.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply
    • CanisLupis

      You have never been in the military. I was in there, served 20 years, and retired. I'm going to clarify the beard thing. You can be authorized to wear a beard for religous and health reasons. You can only be told not to wear it if it interferes with your duties (i.e. remove a wedding band when working mechanical stuff where you could lose your finger, no wearing a cross if it could be cause in machinary, etc.).

      Even if he didn't have a beard when he was in the Military, he has officially disclosed he believes his religion requires him to wear a beard. Is there a reason why the beard would interfere with duties in the court room? I believe the removal is more of an example of judge's abuse of power because of his own intollerance against the accused. I believe the judge feels this is his way to get a little revenge for him killing fellow soldiers. There is no reason he shouldn't be allowed. There are plenty of people that have them in the Army doing a desk job.

      I would like the court to prosecute him quickly. I personally think he suffers from PTSD and cracked under the pressure. I think the man needs mental health assistance. The Army has done little to help those with PTSD during that time frame, and owes it to everyone suffering from it. The Army was putting people out with mental disorders so they don't have to pay for medical disabilities. There are many court cases showing this. Get the man some mental help, and honor his fellow soldier's memories. I believe his fellow soldier's would want to take care of their buddy. I know I would.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:49 am | Reply
      • Patines

        It's good to know that your are not in a position of power.

        October 19, 2012 at 9:01 am |
      • bullet

        Why are you defending somebody that killed your own? You ask for respect towards a people who don't know how to give that respect. They'll kill you for drawing a pictures of their beloved pedophile Muhammad yet you'll sit here and defend him.

        We should remove all Muslims from active duty.

        October 19, 2012 at 9:02 am |
      • usr744

        You're spewing bs. I served in Afghanistan and there was a no beard rule in full force. Only special ops can grow a beard to blend in with the population where they are stationed. Also, Hasan had no facial hair during the entire time he served in the military so why let him have it now just because he killed fellow soldiers.

        October 19, 2012 at 9:05 am |
      • mike shaw

        1. You are wrong about beards. The US military has not allowed beards for many years except for medical reasons – usually for ingrown folicle reasons.

        2. If this person has PTSD he picked it up in Texas as he never deployed.

        October 19, 2012 at 9:30 am |
      • davec.0121

        Sir, you are mistaken in what you say. The Army policy currently precludes beards, although there is still discussion about Sikhs, whose religion specifically requires beards. The standard, and the standard to which Hassan adhered before his 'conversion' requires all soldiers to be clean shaven. Since he is still a serving member of the U.S. Army (he has not been convicted yet), he is required to follow all regulations, including being clean-shaven. The judge isn't being vengenful. Quite the contrary, he is being extremely careful not to violate any of the regulations that apply to this case, including Hassan's right to appeal the shaving order, so that he will have no basis for an appeal of his conviction. The PTSD argument is fatuous: he and his attorneys are trying to create as many road blocks and delays as possible and are intending to make the trial about religious freedom, oppression, etc., rather than murder.

        October 19, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • Ted

        I agree. He needs mental treatment. I prescribe a lead injection directly to the brain. Should have been administered 2 years ago.

        October 19, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  13. Hugh Jass

    Can we make him wear clown makeup throughout the trial as well? Please? Aw, come on, you never let us have any fun.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:32 am | Reply
  14. SemperUsmc

    Find the rustiest bayonet out there, and find a retired barber with really bad tremors...

    October 19, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
    • Bill

      Let's compromise and shave 1/2 of his beard (left or right)....

      October 19, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • davec.0121

      Actually, the Army has a very specifically defined procedure for forcibly shaving a person, including the presence of medical personnel and the use of electric clippers rather than a blade.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
  15. l

    black jack persing had problems with muslims during one of his tours. from what i have read,he captured some and shot[how many i am not sure],and placed either pig blood or pig bodies in the graves with them. there was no real trouble for almost 50 years after this....good idea, but the aclu and other bleeding hearts would scream bloody murder...no pun intended...but a good idea in any event.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
  16. MrId

    Love that this guy is paralysised in a wheelchair. Just put him in a corner and turn off the lights. Come back in a few weeks and wheel him to a dumpster.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
  17. CanadianPOV

    It's about time. It's about space. It's about time to shave your face.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:24 am | Reply
    • Bill

      Reference to 1960's show about cave people....and time travel...

      October 19, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
  18. BillD

    I hope he puts up a good fight. They'd have a great excuse as to how his throat accidently got slit.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
  19. rare_earth

    Oh, those evil muslims.
    Wow. From the posts here, I almost forgot that they are typed by Americans.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:08 am | Reply
    • Chris Honry

      You almost forgot he killed 13 people too, didn't you dumas$ ? Islam is a sickness on the earth, posing as peace loving but all actions are violent angry hateful instead. Shooting school girls and throwing acid on them, I almost forgot those were humans. Humans posessed by demons that is.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:12 am | Reply
      • Master_Tater

        Yes because Christians have never killed thousands of people in the name of religion. The Crusades were just tea-parties with little cups and biscuits. They totally didn't force their views on the people there and rape their women. And Hitler didn't kill millions of Jews because he thought they threatened his beloved Germany and Christian faith.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:34 am |
      • Hugh Jass

        "Shooting school girls and throwing acid on them, I almost forgot those were humans. " I grew up in the South, where Christians blew up little girls for going to church. Excuse me for not sharing your silly one-sided views.

        October 19, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  20. ronvan

    These cases would be better served to kill the one responsible on the spot!! This "thing" is an animal, a killer, a traitor!
    WHY do we continue to keep yelling that these "things" have rights? By their actions they have forfieted any and all rights!! WHY is it that, 1.5 Billion Muslims are letting these "things" represent their religion? Their silence is damning!
    Their religious leaders remain silent! The only thing I keep hearing is about the Qur'an, and its teaching that it is OK to kill the infidels, which is US!! MAYBE they are confused as they sure don't hesitate to maime and kill their own, men, women, children!? And then we wonder why ALL muslims are being looked at? It's because you are SUPPORTING the few by doing nothing!

    October 19, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • ASG

      This guy is clearly a moron. He is a Major...a field grade officer. He could have gotten 13 people killed by incompetence after he deployed and probably still made LtCol.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:06 am | Reply
    • Hugh Jass

      "the Qur'an, and its teaching that it is OK to kill the infidels" So? Prove your way is better. Christ called upon us to forgive and embrace our enemies. You cannot even forgive them? I'm not joking; the Bible says if you can't forgive this poor insane fool for what he did, you can burn next to him.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  21. Randy

    Can I be the one to shave him? Please? I promise it won't hurt a bit!

    October 19, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply
  22. Alfredo

    Shave him then shoot this piece of garbage in the head. The end....

    October 19, 2012 at 7:57 am | Reply
  23. LEONARD

    Why are we still calling him MAJ, shouldn't that have been stripped from him on the spot???

    October 19, 2012 at 7:52 am | Reply
    • Tim

      Not until he is convicted at court martial, but even then he will be reduced to Second Lieutenant. Wont matter in the end I guess, since he will surely get the death penalty.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:33 am | Reply
    • Hugh Jass

      He's an American soldier, with all their rights, until his court-martial. Then he'll be Prisoner Number Whatever, in a stockade. Ever see FROM HERE TO ETERNITY?

      October 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  24. Allie

    Just give him pork to eat for the rest of his pathetic Life!

    October 19, 2012 at 7:50 am | Reply
  25. chesty puller

    1-simple not complicated–2-hasan enlisted in 2001–this ocurred in2009-all reports indicate he indicated-then-to his family- he did not want to be in–unless he enlisted for life–he reenlisteed again–3–did he grieve not wearing a beard from 2001 on?–unless-of course-he became muslim later–beard not an issue–both of above are simple–individual is full of excrement–also-why the stall us govt?–afraid all the intelligence known by intelligence community–that was clearly not acted upon-may come to light?–love the country-fact is-its leaders also possess some of the major's traits-2 problems-fix both–either way–hasan–afraid of signing the death warrant mr president?–wouldn't look good to the muslim community??–hahaha-shave city time.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply
  26. Jason

    So lets see he killed people on a military base that facilitate terrorist acts across the globe in the name of this so called great thing called 'The United States' its O.K. to murder kids and unarmed farmers as long as you have a flag on your arm and enough people tell you so. Hypocrites.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:38 am | Reply
    • mark

      Go away you stinking coward .

      October 19, 2012 at 7:47 am | Reply
    • Marcus M

      Seriously Jason?!? That's your argument?!? What an idiot!

      October 19, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
    • Marcus M

      Do you live in the USA? Why? Because you can say crap like that and not worry about your government coming into your home in the middle of the night and killing you and your family! Don't like the way we do things here? Then don't be HERE! Go to a muslim country! Sounds like that's where you THINK you want to live but I promise you, you'll be back!

      October 19, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply
    • SGT H.

      You're kidding, right? Maybe you should practice the ultimate freedom we have in this country – the freedom to leave. Coward.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:44 am | Reply
  27. Beavis

    Send him to Afganistan and put him next to a few burning korans. The problem should resolve itself within a few hours.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:33 am | Reply
  28. Luddite1811

    Any decision seems like a "no brainer". He VOLUNTEERED to join the Army, under his own free will, NO DURRESS, signing a contract to follow their rules, including being CLEAN SHAVEN. Whether he was Muslim or converted after is moot. His only defence would be to prove that that contract is void!

    October 19, 2012 at 7:32 am | Reply
    • CanisLupis

      Actually Uniform Code of Military Justice allows a waiver for wearing a beard if it is a part of the religion or by shaving it causes the individual health issues. I find it funny how it was alright for him to have a beard when serving as a Soldier, but some how the beard affects the prestige of the court. How does his beard affect how the court works?

      I think it is more of a sign of the religious intollerance secretly applied in the Military against Muslims. Although I am Roman Catholic, I find it disgusting and indignified that they would shave his beard. I know too many Muslims who find their beard as sacred as a Catholic finds the Cross sacred.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:49 am | Reply
      • James70094

        Actually, they are making him shave his beard because he did not have it when he allegedly committed the crime. He only started with the beard after the shooting. As stated by the prosecutor, " facial hair would make it harder for witnesses to identify him in court." If he had the beard at that time, it would make it harder to recognize him without the beard.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:00 am |
      • Marcus M

        First of all, I don't think the UCMJ allows you to wear beards while in uniform. Second, why, all of the sudden, is important for him to wear his beard? He didn't have one when he murdered those people! It wasn't important until now.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:13 am |
      • Tim

        The only time a member of the armed forces is allowed to have a beard is when there is a medical reason to not shave, i.e. it causes substantial irritation or infection. And you cannot "tailor" the beard to a certain style. Religious preference never supersedes "good order and discipline".

        October 19, 2012 at 8:37 am |
      • SGT H.

        You said that "I find it funny how it was alright for him to have a beard when serving as a Soldier,"

        First of all none of this is funny. 13 people died, and I personally fail to see the humor in any of it.

        13 soldiers died on their home soil, on a military installation, while in uniform serving this country; that is not funny to me. It is a crime.

        What is not "funny" is how this oxygen thief managed to "somehow" shave his face every day for 10 years while serving in uniform.

        What is not "funny" is how this traitor was clean shaven during the attack.

        What is not "funny" is how when this waste of humanity is finally coming to trial for his crimes he tries to wrap himself in the cloak of the Koran, and the freedoms that this country gives him – at the same time.

        By all accounts the man is a traitor, a murderer, and a hypocrite. Try him, convict him, execute him, and then erase his name from history.

        I hope that when he dies, it hurts.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:57 am |
      • Bill

        He didn't wear a beard before the crime, and I know lots of Muslims who do not wear beards, both in and out of the military. So he is wearing one simply to show contempt and be an ass, they should laser his face so that he can NEVER grow one. Or like I suggested elsewhere shave 1/2 of his face....

        October 19, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  29. Steve D

    For years we heard that military trials were faster and more efficient than civiclian trials. This guy shot up Fort Hood almost 3 years ago in front of dozens of witnesses and he still isn't on trial. We're ruling on whether he gets to keep his beard. So much for military efficiency.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:31 am | Reply
  30. tman

    behead him first.. then shave him.. thats sharia!...welcome to the seventh century!

    October 19, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
    • Qmander

      Heck yeah! And for his last meal make him eat a ham sammich

      October 19, 2012 at 7:38 am | Reply
  31. l

    dry shave him,he's "tuff".

    October 19, 2012 at 7:14 am | Reply
  32. Kevin

    If it's a court martial, he must be in uniform, and therefore cannot have a beard. Easy.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:06 am | Reply
    • Jason

      That is a convoluted rule. Pointless waste of time to placate the 'honor' of the military court.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:31 am | Reply
      • gemt

        Absolutely nothing convoluted about it. He voluntarily joined the military in the first place; despite the taunting he said he received after 2001, he voluntarily made the decision to renew his commission (as our millitary do not enlist for life – at most he joined for 4-8 years at a stretch). He is a member of our US military until such time as the two parties to the contract (because that is what you sign) decide to dissolve the contract. As such, he is considered a member of our military and is/will be subject to the terms of the contract he signed with them.
        You don't have to like it, but you do have to abide by it.

        October 19, 2012 at 7:54 am |
      • Brian

        Try reading the article again before making incorrect statements. The reasoning behind the request is that when he committed the crimes, he was clean shaven and the witnesses need to be able to identify him in a similar manner. Where would this stop without this, women could claim a right to wear a burka in court to avoid being identified?

        October 19, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • CanisLupis

      UCMJ (mIlitary justice) authorizes the wear of beards for religious and health reasons. For purposes of this court, they are doing it to simply degrade his dignity and make him look less Muslim. I cannot understand why having his beard would affect preceedings of the court.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:52 am | Reply
      • Marcus M

        1. You cannot wear a beard while in the military.
        2. He didn't have a beard when he murdered those people.
        3. You are stupid.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:17 am |
      • Kana

        "make him look less Muslim. "What exactly does a Muslim look like. There are plenty of Muslims of NON-middle eastern descent. Stereotyping others just because of how they look is stupid.
        Nidal Hasan should be tried for HIS actions Although as a still active duty soldier he is subject to abide by the UCMJ. Prior to the shooting he could have filed for Conscientious Objector status and been discharged. As an Officer he could also have resigned his commission. Unlike enlisted personnel, officers do get preferential treatment.
        Since 2001 as a civilian it would be easier for the US gov't to charge and hold him as a terrorist for what he is.
        If and when he is convicted he should not automatically be discharged but held in a military prison to COMPLETE his sentence, upon which he should be dishonorably discharged.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:52 am |
  33. Lou Cypher

    Give him one Brazilian Wax Facial. You will never have to argue with him about shaving ever again.

    But seriously, "compelling govt interest" in having him shaved? The court mocks itself. We're shaving him to be mean to him, simple as that, it has no bearing on the proceedings otherwise.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:04 am | Reply
    • James70094

      No, as the prosecutor said, "facial hair would make it harder for witnesses to identify him in court." Allowing an accused felon to disguise himself against witnesses is a compelling interest of justice.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:02 am | Reply
  34. Dino

    Whew! I'm glad they got that settled. Now I just hope they swab his arm if they decide to give him a lethal injection.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:04 am | Reply
    • Jeff

      FYI, the death pentlity still has hanging and firing squad. Lethal injection may be there, but I am hoping for either the firing squad or a long fall with a short rope are still on the books.

      As for his beard, or you kidding me, this gentleman (and I use that term lightly since he is still an offier in the Army) is still an active duty officer in the U.S. Military and therefore goverened by the UCMJ and grooming standards set forth by that branch of the military. Beards have not been allowed for a long time. He signed the paper of his own free will and without any mental reservations, i.e. he chose this and therefore he is to abid by the rules and regulation of military service. I wonder what General George Patton would have done with him...

      October 19, 2012 at 7:52 am | Reply
  35. warmcap

    Being in the Military you have to be well groomed. Why did he join the Military? Shave him. They always put their religion when the do something wrong. US stick to your policies, when in Rome you do as the Romans do.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:01 am | Reply
    • Random

      Feed him to the tigers; this would show respect to the people that he claims to represent.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:11 am | Reply
    • CanisLupis

      UCMJ authorizes him to wear a beard for religious and health reasons. He wore one when he was in unifiorm. Why make him shave it?

      October 19, 2012 at 7:54 am | Reply
      • alanthiana

        You will never convince the ignorant masses of the truth. They would rather hide behind their computers, spewing the most disgusting racist garbage in the most anonymous way possible. It makes me ill to know that a large percentage of them likely follow religion, most of which include the Golden Rule... do unto others as they would do unto you. Glad to know people want to be hung, have their throats sliced open with a rusty razor, be wrapped in duct tape and have all body hair pulled out, be publicly sodomized and poisoned slowly.

        Absolutely disgusting. We are not highly evolved. We are devolving as time goes on.

        October 19, 2012 at 9:43 am |
      • Retired Soldier

        No, the UCMJ does not give him a blanket exemption to wear a beard if he pleases, on "health or religious" grounds.

        Hasan does not have a shaving profile. And even if he did, he would not be allowed to wear a bushy jihadist beard. Army standards are quite specific about shaving profiles. They must be (1) medically approved and (2) even with a permanent shaving profile, per Army Regulation 40-501 "Soldier is to shave every 3 days with clippers. Facial hair is to be trimmed regularly not to exceed 1/8th inch as to maintain a neat and clean appearance.’

        Nor does Hasan have a religious exemption. A waiver of AR 670-1 grooming standards is not something that the Army is required to provide. That is settled law, upheld by the US Supreme Court. The Army can issue a waiver, if one is requested, and if the Army believes that one is necessary in order to obtain the services of a person with a unique qualification.

        Such waivers are exceedingly rare, and are only issued prior to entry onto active duty.

        Hasan did not request such a waiver, at any time.

        Hasan is legally obligated to obey lawful orders. Such lawful orders include compliance with the grooming standards of AR 670-1. Hasan has refused, and now Hasan will be involuntarily shaved just as other prisoners have been when they refused lawful orders to comply with AR 670-1 grooming standards.

        October 19, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • CanisLupis

      If he is signed as indefinite (the last contract signed at year 12 of your career), then he must request to leave. The army's contract allows the army to retain him if they want. So I believe if he was requesting, then maybe the Army turned him down for getting out.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:56 am | Reply
      • Retired Soldier

        In other words, you're just pulling stuff out of your backside.

        Thanks for confirming t.

        October 19, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  36. unowhoitsme

    So all the years he served in military, he was Muslim? Now, in protest, he's definitely Muslim and HAS to wear a beard? He murdered 13 people and wants rights to facial hair for his god. He shamed his god long ago.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:01 am | Reply
  37. retired veteran

    So, let me see if I read this right. He has wanted out of the Military since 2001? What was stopping him? If he really wanted out, there would have been plenty of opportunities in the last 11 YEARS to do it. No active duty contract or obligated service goes that long.

    October 19, 2012 at 6:19 am | Reply
    • Memo2

      His next service will be at the mental hospital, for the next 200 years.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:56 am | Reply
    • Kevin

      As a commissioned officer, he can resign his commission whenever he wants.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:07 am | Reply
      • jkinne7

        Since the Army sent him through USUHS, it means that he has a specific obligation which only DA can waive – he can always request a release from active duty, but DA gets to make the call based on their needs and the situation. The fact that he received a poor OER prior to his PCS to Ft Hood coupled with issues during his residency at Walter Reed could have likely provided the Army with enough reason to boot him out (i.e., for good of the service). Problem is that the PC climate in the military today is disgraceful at best and with Hasan's actions, criminal at worst!

        October 19, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • Rob

      That's not exactly true. The army put him through medical school (in fact he attended the military's own medical school). When he graduated in 2001, he would have had a 7 year service committment. However, he then would have to gone to residency (to be come a psychiatrist). This would have been another 4 or 5 years that doesn't count towards his payback. His service committment would have ran through 2012 or 2013 most likely. He still should have known all of this in 1997 when he signed up.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
      • Retired Soldier

        And he would have been able - at any time during his service - to resign his commission and request a release from active duty.

        Hasan made no attempt to do either.

        October 19, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  38. Halim

    There is no rule in Islam that a Muslim man must wear a beard. Sporting a beard does not make one a better Muslim. He must follow the rules and regulations that he swore to uphold when he became a member of the US Military and therefore if he is a good Muslim he must abide and respect these regulations. The Military has every right to force him to appear clean shaven to faces his charge or to charge him if he disobeys these regulations. As a Muslim, I would advise him to shave and go to court and face his charges like a man and to remember that he will be also judged by Allah SWT in the hereafter.

    October 19, 2012 at 6:07 am | Reply
    • Beth

      Halim – thank you for a very well written explanation from the viewpoint of your religion.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:38 am | Reply
      • Paul

        Thank you Halim....but your wrong.

        October 19, 2012 at 7:14 am |
    • Paul

      Halim...your wrong because no god requires you follow man before him.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:17 am | Reply
      • Darryl

        No, but he made that decision when he freely joined the military. If you are going to defend a terroist murderer, maybe they should be looking into your loyalties!

        October 19, 2012 at 7:55 am |
  39. about time

    Shave him put him on trial and then hang him from the front gate at Ft. Hood

    October 19, 2012 at 5:55 am | Reply
  40. Obama Hates America

    9/11/2001 World Trade Center Attack: Obama pleads with the American public to try to "understand the sources" of the hijackers' anger at the US.

    11/5/2009 Fort Hood Texas Massacre: Obama forces Dept of Defense to classify Hasan's attack as "workplace violence."

    9/11/2012 Benghazi, Libya Assassination: Obama and his surrogates claim the attack was an out-of-control "protest" of an Youtube video offensive to Muslims.

    ANYONE SEE A PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR HERE???

    October 19, 2012 at 5:36 am | Reply
    • idoseeapattern

      there are many videos on youtube and netflix that might anger the muslim world
      and which the usa public might not yet be aware of
      this is more an issue of military and mental health and regulations and practices on same
      911 is actually in question – there are many different stories that abound

      October 19, 2012 at 5:49 am | Reply
      • Obama Hates America

        Response to idoseeapattern:

        My point is, Obama has a history of covering for Muslim terrorists, since Obama grew up in Muslim Indonesia and sympathizes with the Muslim struggle – even though Obama himself is not a self-proclaimed Muslim. Obama does not see Muslim attackers as "terrorists." Obama feels Muslims are justified in their hatred and violence toward Americans, so if Americans in Libya get murdered, they somewhat deserved it.

        October 19, 2012 at 6:17 am |
    • Alive and well in Texas

      Yes. BHO is an idiot !

      October 19, 2012 at 6:59 am | Reply
    • Joe

      I see a very clear patter. You hate the President of the United States.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:07 am | Reply
      • thinkharder

        that is not what the pattern was that i saw
        have you seen the movie ze – ie – gi – st yet?
        many more like them on youtube
        hate of the president was not mentioned – nor part of the patter
        understanding truths and the consequences of the same is the issue

        October 19, 2012 at 7:51 am |
      • Darryl

        I don't hat the president. He seems a good man. I strongly question his loyalties!

        October 19, 2012 at 8:14 am |
  41. Evangelicide

    Better shave his back too, while they're at it.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:33 am | Reply
    • Nivicoman

      The more facial and body hair, the less scalp hair it always seems.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:01 am | Reply
  42. GA

    Religion should make this World habitable. Whatever drives a person to killing is no more religion but satanic ! His beard is not as important an issue than justice for those mudered.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:15 am | Reply
  43. pretzelogic

    They should allow Dexter Morgan to shave him.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:14 am | Reply
  44. itsanexcuse

    he has to be sane enough to comply and understand he is still in military when they make him put a us military uniform on for the trail anyway ... so he also has to shave to be in uniform ... unless the appeals court will be used to decide this rule once and for all (as obviously they plan on doing). it would be nice to see more focus put on deciding when and if these people who want out because they know they are sick – get the help they need – when they need it – so they don't go insane and kill people like he did. there are many issues on mental health – and true help and respect for soldiers opinions on their own wellbeing and what is best for them (and therefore others perhaps) so they can get out or get the help that they need to stay in.
    mental health system in military is a reflection of mental health in public and private sectors
    pills for ills ... and mass killings
    no real help – only prison and beatings
    and shame and blame
    and deadly pills and ills
    some things never change

    October 19, 2012 at 4:56 am | Reply
    • Pauline B.

      he wasnt sick in the head... wasnt suicidal, talking to his imaginary friend, ect. he performed a terrorist act on this country on this inside... an army base... he thought he was going to die hence the reason he gave all his stuff away.... now he is using his religion to cover his ass... how long are we as AMERICANS going to allow this???? im surprised he hasnt asked OSAMA OBAMA FOR LINENCY...

      October 19, 2012 at 7:14 am | Reply
      • thinkharder

        no – actually he was suicidal if he thought he would be killed in advance
        i know it is also about his religion – but if you dig deeper – you will see that mental health plays a huge role in this case – and could help many if understood correctly.
        of course – it can always be used against the muslims and mental health – which will probably be the case – as always

        October 19, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  45. Jarrett

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/22/Nidal_Hasan.jpg/220px-Nidal_Hasan.jpg

    His argument is invalid.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:52 am | Reply
    • SGT H.

      Love it. Thanks for the post!

      October 19, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
  46. Di Col

    Military court will not be put to death, should have let TX handle.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:46 am | Reply
  47. RAY

    Yup, if one victim, or several witnesses can identify you as the shooter, Game Over, no big trial needs to follow, just the stats on how you will be punished. Look at giffords here in AZ, several peeps saw the shooter.........so whats the problem....punish him......

    October 19, 2012 at 4:42 am | Reply
  48. slupdawg

    Shave him and don't be at all gentle about it, either.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:41 am | Reply
  49. usmc1999

    his soul may belong to allah, but his a$$ belongs to the Army. shave that freak!

    October 19, 2012 at 4:40 am | Reply
  50. RAY

    LOL, "Thems" was not what i was looking for........fellow soldiers WAS......translators and such, but still ann injustice for those have served.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:37 am | Reply
  51. Nicole

    We wasted money defending this? Seriously? We really need to start looking at our prioriities, and forcing a mass murderer to shave shouldn't be one of them,

    October 19, 2012 at 4:36 am | Reply
  52. RAY

    Well, outside of parading around naked.......during our army intervention of Haiti back in the 90's, some crazy Major tried to liberate the hatian Prison in Port Au Prince......Rockwelll was his name, did he face militery justice?.........no, he had a short big time show at Ft. Drum, retired his commission and went on his way......while in Haiti, several translaters went to a party at at one of them's relatives and they all received punishment from the Army....hmmmmmmm, so justice?

    October 19, 2012 at 4:31 am | Reply
  53. David

    Well, if we can't shave him I guess we could get a chimpanzee to tear his face off.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:31 am | Reply
  54. Wolf Blitzer

    There are plenty of people who would volunteer to shave him.. especially with a straight razor. Let's, try, convict and execute this pig before his friend obama can pardon him.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:29 am | Reply
  55. bigdakine

    I have a compromise..

    Shave his a$$ and train him to walk backwards.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:28 am | Reply
  56. gremlinus

    His argument would be more convincing if he hadn't been clean shaven when he committed the murders

    October 19, 2012 at 4:25 am | Reply
  57. neil480

    Shave him, put him on trial, execute him, wrap him in bacon, bury him.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:25 am | Reply
  58. Shayla McGrady

    He is STILL a Soldier in the United States Army, so therefore he HAS to be clean shaved while in inform, in regards to the Army Regulations. AR 670-1, part 1, Chapter 1, section 1-8, section 2, paragraph (C). So unless he went out and got himself a "Shaving Profile" (a medical permit signed by a doctor, that goes against shaving, due to razor bumps and/or skin irritation), he is REQUIRED to get rid of his facial hair. Point Blank. Besides..... He was a "Muslim" in the Army many YEARS BEFORE the shooting.. .... And he was SHAVING everyday before work. So he can save his sob story for some one who gives a dang. He gave up all his "Rights" once he became a mass murder, who committed a terrorist act, because of his "Religious Beliefs".

    October 19, 2012 at 4:23 am | Reply
    • Kevin

      Shayla – precisely.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:10 am | Reply
  59. Rosie

    They should get Johnny Depp to shave him like in the movie "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

    October 19, 2012 at 4:22 am | Reply
  60. Carole

    He should be shaved all over his body and then be ordered to walk around the jail naked.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:21 am | Reply
  61. RAY

    This individual regardless of rank and personal beliefs killed his own. Perhaps it was never his intention of being a loyal service member , or loyal citizen of the US, but he was in the Army and is due justice by the UCMJ, not civilian standards. Since these wars have begun in Iraq and Afghanistan, No soldier has been sentenced for the crime they have committed.....why? It's terrible to live with the thought that in a time of War, our own kill those who serve. Let the rules of UCMJ take it's course.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:15 am | Reply
  62. parsonbrown11

    wow what an absurdity......an islamic psychiatrist? an oxymoron if ever i heard one......mutually exclusive concepts......maybe some muff diving can cure insanity? do you still see your devils now? lol

    October 19, 2012 at 4:15 am | Reply
  63. Gregg

    I say let's spend $20,000 more over this beard thing because that much money would match my yearly disability income. Government wasting money always brightens my day. NOT

    October 19, 2012 at 4:15 am | Reply
  64. Kerio

    That is Illegal! Lets say a Woman with a Hijab (Head Cover) is going to trial, you would remove her headscarf ??

    October 19, 2012 at 4:06 am | Reply
    • Fred

      YES!!!!

      October 19, 2012 at 4:14 am | Reply
    • intdude@lycos.com

      This man in joining the military waived some of his personal rights. When he joined he was required to shave and to remain clean shaven for the duration of his contract. He is still a member of the military and until he is either released or executed these rules will remain in effect! His growth of a beard is merely a childish form of protest. In any case, hope he is executed soon.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:14 am | Reply
      • scallions1

        Didn't he have a beard before the shooting? How could he be following military orders with the beard then and not now?

        October 19, 2012 at 4:24 am |
      • CanisLupis

        He did have a beard when he was wearing the uniform and he wore it for religious reasons.

        The biggest misnommer out there about the beard. The Army authorizes wear of a beard in uniform for religous and health reasons, although it must be neat. Just try him quickly and forget the beard. The beard cannot affect how the court works. I think it's the judge's personal prejudice against the accused (and all Muslims) that preempted this. Even though I feel he should die, the Military should not sink to his level when inacting justice and be fair.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:02 am |
    • Corey

      He knew the rules when he joined the Army. I think they should broadcast the shaving. I am sick of mass murderes still being given the rights they claim they deserve. At some point when you commit a crime of this nature you should lose your "civil" rights. The ACLU can kiss my a**

      October 19, 2012 at 4:17 am | Reply
    • Jimmy Patel

      If she kills innocent people then heck yeah...Who cares who is she & what she wears...This type of idiot needs to be done ASAP...

      October 19, 2012 at 4:21 am | Reply
    • Seyedibar

      Yes, i'd say that headscarves should not be allowed in a courtroom. They are symbols of shame and oppression.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:21 am | Reply
      • scallions1

        Either we believe in freedom of religion or we don't. I don't know about military requirements for Haman, but making a woman remove her scarf certainly seems out of line. The only one who is supposed to see her hair is her husband.

        October 19, 2012 at 4:27 am |
      • Kevin

        So in other words, the woman has no freedom of religion, only her husband does.

        Tolerance of intolerance is what's taking advantage of you there.

        October 19, 2012 at 7:13 am |
      • CanisLupis

        No the Muslim women believe that they should not show their hair. Its the same thing as a catholic doing the "sign of the cross" before sitting in a pew, or a catholic recieving the body of Christ.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • itsanexcuse

      his beard buys his life ... for a while longer
      he should have gotten out in 2001 under mental illness
      he knew enough to get himself out
      military not listening to what these people are saying
      just another victim of the messed up military mental health system
      even he couldn't save himself

      October 19, 2012 at 4:25 am | Reply
      • CanisLupis

        You forgot to mention that the Army should have put him out for Mental Illness in 2001 as they do for many people. But then again, does the Army care about its troops. Just look at the Wounded Warriors and how they were treated, and those with PTSD that recieved no VA benefits because they had PTSD.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:07 am |
      • youarerightofcourse

        there is so much that is corrupt, unethical, immoral, illegal, abusive, neglectful, deadly by pills and the ills they produce – all for the money of a few – like universities that do research to the tune of billions – with no help to any – and only prison and more illness and even more abuse if sick from illness they received billions to 'fix' – but never did – they are the scourge of this country as far as i am concerned. d. u. – k. – e. being the worst offenders.

        October 19, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Z_2k

      Such a rediculous, trivial, and obtuse comparison. Why not: let's say a baby is going to trial, shall we take away it's pacifier ? You can hardly compare the mass murderer Maj. Hasan being court marshalled to a Muslim civilian woman going to trial. And if Maj. Hasan had committed murder in a Muslim country, loosing the beard would be the least of his worries.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:37 am | Reply
      • CanisLupis

        Losing his beard is worse than losing his life to his religious beliefs.

        It would be same as expecting a Catholic to disenvow the Trinity before going to court. Should they not allow catholics to wear crosses when they go to court. Because allow the court to shave him means they can disallow the wearing of a yamaca, cross, having dred locks for rabis, etc.

        And what I don't understand is how it affects the preceedings of the court. I think its personal issue of the judge that has nothing to do with administering justice, rather an abuse of that position's power.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • ric

      Your lovely , peaceful religion includes and allows for war, hence the term Jihad which means military exertion against non-Muslim combatants in the defense or expansion of the Ummah. How you can say it respects everyone and mean it, is confusing, especially when women do not have the same level of respect as men , unless you are not including women or people of other religions.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:51 am | Reply
    • DCal

      He was clean shaven when he commited these murders. He did not have an issue following military rules regarding shaving requirements before he was arrested so yes, he should continue to be held to these standards during his trial. Once he is convicted or discharged or whatever happens and he no longer has to be in uniform he can grow his beard all he wants.
      As for the head scarf comment, if an individual joined the US Military they are not allowed to where a head scarf while in uniform so the same thing applies to the head scarf as the beard. Now if this were a civilian court and she were not in military uniform then yes, she would be allowed to where her scarf.
      If this guy was in a civilian court and not in uniform they would not care about the beard, but they are requiring him to follow military standards. Those do not go away just because you are on trial.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:02 am | Reply
      • CanisLupis

        He was not clean shaven. He had a beard, not as big as what is in the picture, but still did.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • JCK

      If that beard is not in the photo on his I.D. card it should not be on his face. Shave the M/F with a dull K-Bar !

      October 19, 2012 at 5:23 am | Reply
    • Halim

      In Islam, ladies must wear a Hijab to cover their hair and may only reveal her face. The rest of her body should also be covered and not revealing. This is the rule of modesty and is clearly stated in the Koran. It is for her own protection. Sporting a beard is not a mandatory rule in Islam. Millions of muslim men who sport beards are only trying to emulate Prophet Mohamad, May Allah's blessings be upon him. They have been taught this through their upbringing and religious culture that sporting a beard or a goatee will make them feel and identify themselves as being better Muslims if they follow the ways of Allah's messenger. In many Islamic sects having a beard or goatee is like group ID that will identify them as Muslim. But Allah SWT has also clearly told all Muslims that they must respect and serve all humans no matter what religion, race or color. Its is hoped that people of other faiths and those without religious belief also respect Muslims so there will be more peace and less distrust in this world today.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:41 am | Reply
    • SGT H.

      Is she in the military? If she is, then yes.

      Is the visual recognition of the suspect by witnessses the only way to prove her guilty of the crime? Then yes.

      Was she wearing one while she commited the crime? If she was not, then yes.

      Duh.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:06 am | Reply
  65. gme

    The whole beard thing will just waste time... he will appeal it and drag this thing on... give him a speedy trial and speedy execution. Who cares whether he is wearing a beard during his slow painful death?, fine let him wear a beard.. Make him do hard labor while wearing his beard, fine. Hang him with his beard on. The beard thing is just an excuse to drag things out. Most important thing is that the muslim extremist POS is punished for violating human decency.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:05 am | Reply
    • gme

      Point is, hang him quickly. He will crap his pants, and look good dead wearing his beard.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:25 am | Reply
  66. Ulrich

    Since he murderd people he has lost all his rights human and religion rights. Taking a live is just as well as drinking with the Devil.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:04 am | Reply
    • scallions1

      US citizens charged with murder still retain their legal rights.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:29 am | Reply
      • mjg

        He is military personnel different set of rules then the rights citizens receive.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:44 am |
  67. Timothy

    Shave every single square inch of his hairy body... Shave his chest, his back, legs, arms and EVERYTHING else. He is in the United States Military and as such, he is NOT allowed to permitted facial hair. It is really too bad that he has more rights as a killer than his victim's and their families. I am sure that some of his victim's families would volunteer to hold him down as he gets shaved. I don't care that he is a Muslim and I would not care if he were a Jew, Christian or a Buddhist.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:04 am | Reply
    • JD

      ACTUALLY there are members of the US Armed Forces that are permitted full beards due to their religions, I've met a captain in the Army whom was a Sikh and was permitted to keep a full beard and wear his turban while in uniform. Know before you speak.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:12 am | Reply
      • Kevin

        JD you are 100% full of crap.

        October 19, 2012 at 7:16 am |
      • CanisLupis

        No he is not. I'm a retired Military Vetern of 20 years. You are authorized to wear a beard when it is part of your religion (as it is for Muslims) or for health reasons. I probably can quote the actual Army Regulation (AR) that governs it if I spend the time trying to find it.

        I want to see him die, but I don't believe we should sink to his level and degrade him because he acted as he did. He clearly was mentally unstable and had been, probably suffered from PTSD, and the Army was aware of his condition. The Army should have put him out with a medical discharge. But that his hind sight.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:17 am |
      • Retired Soldier

        Canis Lupis doesn't know anything about the regulations.

        It's AR 670-1, para 1-8, by the way.

        And there is no exception for religious reasons.

        There are two ways to legally have a beard in the US Army: (1) a shaving profile, temporary or permanent. Hasan has neither, and has never applied for a shaving profile. Even if he had a shaving profile, he would be required to keep his "beard" no longer than 1/8 of an inch. (2) Have a waiver, agreed to prior to entry on active duty. The Army has agreed to such waivers for a handful of soldiers with special skills. There is a Sikh medical officer, for example, and an Orthodox Jewish chaplain, who have received waivers. Waivers that they asked for before entering the Army, and that the Army agreed to in order to obtain their unique services. Hasan never applied for such a waiver, and he would not have received one. He is an ordinary psychiatrist, with no unusual or special skills deserving any accommodation on the Army's part.

        And spare us the PTSD nonsense while you're at it. Hasan was never deployed. The only "combat" he ever saw was being shot while in the act of mass-murder.

        October 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  68. arit

    America tough these criminals should be severely punished for their crimes. you should not show your hatred towards the others .-and let other making the opportunities to fabricated the hatred propaganda against your peace loving nation

    October 19, 2012 at 4:02 am | Reply
    • CanisLupis

      Like you are showing toward the extremists? Hypocrit.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
  69. charlie

    If he needed to have a beard because of his religion, he should have grown it before he started killing people. He could have gotten out of the military by refusing to shave.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:00 am | Reply
  70. Hollywood

    Render tnto Caesar that which is Caesar's.....

    October 19, 2012 at 4:00 am | Reply
  71. Ousamequin

    Dry shave. No Noxema for Major Muz.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:50 am | Reply
  72. Obama Hates America

    Obama forced the US Dept of Defense to classify Hasan's Fort Hood Texas attack as "workplace violence" instead of a terrorist attack because Obama did not want to offend Muslims, Now (for the first 2 weeks) Obama has covered up the Libyan terrorist attack, blaming it on an out-of-control protest of an offensive youtube video about Muhammad! When is America going to wake up and fire Obama? November 6th!

    October 19, 2012 at 3:46 am | Reply
    • Ousamequin

      Nov 6

      October 19, 2012 at 3:53 am | Reply
    • JWoody

      According to independent fact checking conducted by no less than 3 different groups, you're statements have already been proven wrong, especially the part about 2 weeks. Fool.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:54 am | Reply
      • gme

        check your facts, fool, even two weeks later Obama was interviewed on TV and did not want to "characterize" it as a "terrorist act" because he was still waiting for the facts to come in... and the part about him saying it was an "act of terror" the next day in the rose garden? Read the transcript people, he was referring to the trade center on 9/11... it is obvious why Obama cant call this and the ambassodor being killed a "TERRORIST ACT" because that would me a "TERRORIST ACT" happened on Obama's watch.... cant happen folks, nothing to see here, move along.

        October 19, 2012 at 4:14 am |
      • scallions1

        Obama called it an act of terror in the Rose Garden the day after the incident. Didn't you watch the debate?

        October 19, 2012 at 4:32 am |
    • Rocky

      Isn't that nice to see how the Muslims stick together?

      October 19, 2012 at 3:56 am | Reply
    • Carole

      I HOPE OBAMA WINS IN NOVEMBER..HE NEEDS 4 MORE YEARS TO CLEAN UP THE MESS OTHER ADMINISTRATIONS STARTED. IMPEACH CONGRESS AND RE-ELECT OBAMA. IT SHOULD BE "BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE." CONGRESS IS FULL OF SELFISH NITWITS.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:26 am | Reply
      • DCal

        I agree with most of this statement, the part that I do not agree with is re-electing Obama. He is just as guilty as Congress and the Senate. He wont play nice with them and they wont play nice with him. Fire ALL of them.

        October 19, 2012 at 4:52 am |
  73. Paul Bagley

    Funny, US has NO problem what so ever disregarding someone's religious beliefs – but when it came down to killing Osama Bin Laden... we weren't allowed to see pictures of the body or bring the body back to US soil because of religious reasons. I guess it's all in how many thousands of people you kill at a time.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:46 am | Reply
    • JWoody

      Incorrect. The US military has overridden Hasan based on the fact that they do not believe his religious beliefs to require, or be as solid as he claims. The Obama Administration has specifically classified the Osama bin Laden death photos because of concern that if released, they would only serve to help martyr bin Laden, and could be inflammatory to the wider Muslim population.
      The concern is that protests conducted against the release of the photos could be used by extremists infiltrates to stage violent attacks on US or Allied targets across the world, further risking American and Allied lives, while producing no benefit to any foreign policy or military campaign.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:07 am | Reply
      • scallions1

        Thank you.

        October 19, 2012 at 4:34 am |
  74. Sue Pearlative

    Guess this means everyone who wears a beard is offending the dignity of, and is disruptive to, his immediate surroundings. What absurdity! Jesus wore a beard, didn't he? Guess he was some kind of hippie! Abe Lincoln, too!

    October 19, 2012 at 3:44 am | Reply
    • a slozomby

      when he joined the military he agreed to abide by the military code of conduct which prohibits him from having a beard.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:51 am | Reply
      • Salad Spinner

        duh! well for that matter the military code of conduct would not be in support of murdering ones' colleagues either.

        October 19, 2012 at 3:57 am |
    • JWoody

      Actually the court ruling basically was about whether or not he can be forcibly held to military codes governing his appearance at a formal proceeding. Since uniform regulations specifically prohibit beards, and limit mustaches to within very strict confines, and he is under military arrest, he can be held to maintain those personal appearance regulations.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:01 am | Reply
    • Ira Radnick

      Jesus wore a beard? Sue, are you serious? Perhaps in artists' paintings he is shown sporting a beard, but I do not recall seeing a photograph of him wearing one much less reading anything stating he wore a beard. Perhaps if you looked at artists' versions outside western civilization where other cultures have been fooled into following what is deemed to be Christianity you would get a more clear perspective on how silly your question really is. In India there is one painting of your Jesus in a pose akin to one of their more common demigods (Krishna), complete with blue skin, large eyes, and no beard. Sheep, sheep, sheep, all deluded on a mass basis. Gawd, why do I even bother to read the nonsense some folks post?

      October 19, 2012 at 4:35 am | Reply
      • Sue Pearlative

        Jesus was a Jew. Jews of the time commonly wore beards. Orthodox icons of Jesus all show him wearing a beard, and always have done so since the early centuries after Christ. Such icons are based ultimately on verbal tradition. Wearing beards was the custom in the time and place where Jesus lived.

        October 19, 2012 at 4:46 am |
    • Ira Radnick

      Do you happen to wear a beard also? Just curious.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:01 am | Reply
  75. a slozomby

    waterboard him with nair. problem solved.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:44 am | Reply
  76. Continuity error

    Did he wear a beard before he killed a bunch of people for allah?

    October 19, 2012 at 3:43 am | Reply
  77. KS

    Hang him and finish it off i would trust a viper before a Muslim

    October 19, 2012 at 3:40 am | Reply
  78. arosel

    Islamic pig... Arab rat.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:39 am | Reply
  79. Ousamequin

    They will have to shave it to hang him, so whats the big deal?

    October 19, 2012 at 3:36 am | Reply
  80. mr noti

    whats next, is the US going to create a law saying you must shave your pubic hair bald if you join the military? Prob, because generals love smooth child like skin...

    October 19, 2012 at 3:35 am | Reply
    • JWoody

      The US military has had specific rules about personal appearance for many many many years, he agreed to abide by the standards the US military set when he accepted his commission as an officer, just because he has violated the UCMJ and is a prisoner, does not mean that he is not still expected to conform to military regulations.
      The US military isn't waging a war against facial hair, but it does have specific requirements that all recruits are taught. Now it's being enforced.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:03 am | Reply
    • SGT H.

      Spoken like a true hypocrite. A coward who wraps themselves in the freedoms of this country; refuses to serve; and when it suits them spits on the flag that represents their very freedom to do so.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
  81. Mike

    Can't wait till they finish that muslim POS off. Will drink a beer that day.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:35 am | Reply
    • Sam

      I'll bring the pork rinds!

      October 19, 2012 at 6:56 am | Reply
  82. Anthony cancel...bambam

    I need permision n eqipmenth for worke i have evrithing colecthed

    October 19, 2012 at 3:35 am | Reply
  83. Ousamequin

    They are required to shave all thier body hair before a suicide attack like 9-11, so whats the big deal?

    October 19, 2012 at 3:34 am | Reply
  84. Thomas

    Shave him...his entire body.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:31 am | Reply
  85. Salad Spinner

    his face looks like a puccy....he needs to shave it....shaved puccy....

    October 19, 2012 at 3:30 am | Reply
    • Rocky

      If a puccy looks like that, no one would want to fack it.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:36 am | Reply
      • Salad Spinner

        those muslims will fack anything including pigs.

        October 19, 2012 at 3:42 am |
  86. Zulux

    How about Hair Club for Men?

    October 19, 2012 at 3:27 am | Reply
  87. SoCal

    "and maintains he has the right to wear the beard under U.S. laws protecting religious freedoms"
    He chose to give up his freedoms in America when he murdered 13 people and wounded 32. Why is it we debate this in courts??

    October 19, 2012 at 3:26 am | Reply
  88. Doug

    Funny how people who take other rights to life scream about their rights.. Let's do it this way, let the families of those he killed make the decision on the beard.. End of story !!!!!!!

    October 19, 2012 at 3:25 am | Reply
  89. Madmoon

    This guy needs to be thrown off a cliff. He is wasting oxygen!

    October 19, 2012 at 3:25 am | Reply
    • Oracularman

      LOL. Thowing him of the cliff is easy instant death for him. He should be forced to make US Army Uniforms for our soldiers. Target should be 100 everyday or 100 lashes.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:34 am | Reply
  90. Sandra

    Hassan, in spite of his heinous acts, is still in the military. It's against military rules and regs to have a beard. The beard goes.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:20 am | Reply
    • calkins

      sandra you are as uneducated and short sighted as rocky. you'd make a lovely couple. watch what happens when they shave him. hundreds of people will die in the ensuing riots but you'll be happy knowing protocol was followed.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:29 am | Reply
      • Ellen

        calkins,
        If "hundreds of people will die in the ensuing riots ",of course all of them rabid muslims blowing themselves up, even better.

        October 19, 2012 at 3:37 am |
      • getbent

        Let me see if I understand your logic calkins: despite the fact we've been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan for the past decade killing thousands of his militant Muslim buddies and that Hasan is going to be convicted and executed by the Army, you think what's really going to set them off is us shaving this loser's beard?

        October 19, 2012 at 4:07 am |
      • MrId

        How can someone as dumb as you even turn on the computer?

        October 19, 2012 at 8:22 am |
      • SGT H.

        So let me see if I understand your logic. We shoudn't shave him because the Muslim people will be outraged and become violent?

        I suppose by extention we should not try him, but instead free him, name him a hero complete with a ceremony in the rose garden where he will reciieve the congressoinal medla of honr, right? I mean it would certainly calm down the muslim extremists, wouldn't it?

        You logic escapes me. Not becasue I am uneducated, inexperienced or stupid, but because it is simply ridiculous.

        Shave him, try him, convict him, execute him. If anyone gets out of hand as a reuslt – handle them appropriately. End of story.

        October 19, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  91. Homer

    Shave him? Why? Just publicly sodomize him, then kill him very slowly with increasing dosages of poison. Make sure it hurts-a lot! That's all these vermin understand.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:20 am | Reply
    • Rocky

      I like the idea, Homer!

      October 19, 2012 at 3:25 am | Reply
  92. 76CapriII

    Cut his throat while you are at it!

    October 19, 2012 at 3:19 am | Reply
  93. Rocky

    Obama is a Muslim and he is well-shaven, Hasan can do the same...no? 🙂

    October 19, 2012 at 3:16 am | Reply
    • Sandra

      Hey birther, President Obama is a Christian.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:19 am | Reply
      • Rocky

        Do the Christians name their kids..Barack Hussein? NOT!

        October 19, 2012 at 3:20 am |
      • Robert

        @rocky .Obamas father was a Christian African man .He gave him the middle name Hussein simply because it sounded good to him .kinda like how black Americans have white names because they don't know better .

        October 19, 2012 at 4:53 am |
    • Jack Mehoff

      You are an ignorant son of a female dog. And your mother is loose.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:19 am | Reply
      • Rocky

        Just simmering down, ni33a lmfao!

        October 19, 2012 at 3:22 am |
      • Jack Mehoff

        Rocky is what his mother called him because his teacher said he has a hard head. He most likely can not quote anything other than a turkey in heat, because that is all he knows. Sad really Rocky, you and other ignorant hicks.

        October 19, 2012 at 3:23 am |
      • Rocky

        Judging by your name, I bet you're one of those pervert suck f..ck h0mos! EWWWW

        October 19, 2012 at 3:28 am |
    • calkins

      rocky, you are so uneducated and so so so sad. i would point you to a million articles etc proving otherwise but what's the point. you can't read.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:23 am | Reply
    • Thomas

      Calm down, my friend, and to those spitting at him. It's just not worth it.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:33 am | Reply
    • John

      I don't see anything wrong with Rocky's statement. Obama's father was muslim, and according to islam, his son is too. So at some point, Obama was a muslim. Even if he isn't one anymore, I still consider him a closet muslim. He himself keeps praising islam.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:40 am | Reply
      • Sue Pearlative

        Idiot. You say, Islam says Obama is a muslim, so he is one. Islam also says lots of other things. Does that mean they are all true?

        October 19, 2012 at 3:49 am |
      • CanisLupis

        If Obama didn't declare he is another faith, then by default he would be Muslim.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • jackson ebner

      you probably are the same religion as your parents because you haven't had an original thought in your life. And why post something that makes you look dumb, pretty much everybody reading this knows he's a christian.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:40 am | Reply
      • CanisLupis

        Did he get baptized again? You must be baptized once as a Christian. Because Christians can only accept one baptism, and I believe he was baptized as a Muslim. So he couldn't be baptized as a Christian.

        Saying you are Christian doesn't mean you are. You must do the tenants to be Christian. And the first tenant is baptism.

        October 19, 2012 at 8:25 am |
  94. determined2bfit

    I don't understand why he needs to be shaved for trial. I mean forget the reasons why he DOESN'T want to be shaved I want to know why they DO want to shave him. Seems fishy.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:16 am | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      Because he's in the military, and is expected to adhere to military standards of dress and grooming. Just that simple.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:20 am | Reply
    • Jim McDonald

      It is part of Military regulation to be in compliance with dress codes; he is still in the Army. In Addition, he did not have a beard at the time of the crime, and it may confuse the witnesses.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:24 am | Reply
    • KJ

      They need to shave him because he will be in an US Army uniform during the court martial. Regulations say that all men must be clean shaven when wearing the uniform. Besides, Hassan joined the Army in 1997 and stayed clean shaven until now.....wth is the difference now that he 'claims' that he is muslim and it is forbidden to shave?

      October 19, 2012 at 4:01 am | Reply
  95. trinkette

    "Your honor, in the name of almighty Allah, I am a Muslim," he told Gross. "I believe that my religion requires me to kill Americans"

    October 19, 2012 at 12:21 am | Reply
    • Ejaz Ahmad Abbasi

      Totally disagree with the remarks. Islamabad is the religion who teach respect and tolerance for every one. In Islam killing of human being is treated as a killing of whole world. Please do not involve/blame this beautiful religion for shameful acts of individuals.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:50 am | Reply
      • John

        Well in the middle east, a lot of muslims show up to protests to kill each other over a video or cartoon or comment.

        October 19, 2012 at 12:56 am |
      • John

        Also, I pity anyone who is so devoted to imaginary people, no matter what "religion" they claim. I bet I would be put to death in the middle east for saying that.... What a great religion you follow.

        October 19, 2012 at 12:58 am |
      • The Dude

        John,
        Hassan acted on his own and does not represent the over-2-billion muslims in the world. Your ignorance is shameful. There are crazy people in all religions, but they are very few and far between.

        October 19, 2012 at 2:27 am |
      • faustino

        Um, Islamabad is a place, not a religion, and he can grow his beard as long as he wants when he goes to jail after the trial. He had no problem shaving the morning of the shooting.

        October 19, 2012 at 3:21 am |
      • Name*g wood

        Yah right thats why suicide bombers blow up themselves and innocents,it a hate religion and everybody in their right mind knows it

        October 19, 2012 at 3:45 am |
      • bullet

        RESPECT AND TOLERANCE, you must live in another world. Wake the F@## up as Mr Jackson would say.

        Go ahead and burn a quran or draw a photo of muhammad and see how respectful and tolerant they are. They have zero tolerance for us but they want 100% tolerance FROM us.

        It doesn't work that way.

        They have another few thousand years of growth to catch up to the most behind third world country.

        October 19, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  96. krm1007 ©™

    shave him? No way. Wrap SOB with duct tape and pull hair out of his body, from head to toe.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
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