August 6th, 2013
10:31 AM ET

Fort Hood witness on Hasan: 'His punishment will come'

By Matt Smith and Jason Morris

The court-martial of U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan began Tuesady morning at Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan is accused of opening fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in 2009, killing 13 people and wounding dozens more.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors hope to show that the devout Muslim had undergone a "progressive radicalization," giving presentations in defense of suicide bombings and about soldiers conflicted between military service and their religion when such conflicts result in crime.

A military judge ruled last week that the prosecution can introduce evidence of Hasan's Internet searches on jihad and the Taliban in the days and hours before the rampage, but has deferred a ruling on whether they can introduce other materials.

Hasan will represent himself in his court-martial. He told the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, that he plans to call two witnesses during the proceedings.

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  1. George patton

    This Hassan wants to die, he is begging for the death penalty; what are we waiting for? Hang him, if not putting him in front of firing squad.

    August 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Considering the physical condition that this man is in, there is nothing more that these goons can do to hurt him, Phunnie boy. Either way, he'll have to suffer so please quit beating a lame horse, will you?

      August 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Reply
      • MVP

        I consider the people killed and wounded and their family's before I consider anything about this worthless person.

        August 8, 2013 at 6:24 am |
  2. George patton

    I'm quite surprised here not to see a whole lot more anti-Hasan, right-wing rants. Where did all the Tea Partiers go or did they simply not yet got around to spewing their senseless hate against U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan? Either way, it makes no difference since nobody can hurt him now considering the physical condition that he's in!

    August 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  3. Skorpio

    ISLAM IS THE REAL CULPRIT !! This evil doctrine transforms people into criminals, murders, hatemongers just like their satanic prophet Mohammed. Unless there is a massive conversion of Muslims to Christianity or to any other religion except Islam, this global Islamic madness and violence will continue forever.

    August 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      The current leaders of both America and all of Europe except Russia are essentially evil, Skorpio, but yet none of them are Muslims. Also, you overlooked many Latin American leaders throughout their history, as for prime examples, Gen. Augusto Pinochet of Chile and the brutal dictators of Argentina, for openers!!!

      August 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      if we keep the politics out,you are right on money. Lies of Muhammed about hearing voices of Gabriela in the cave has cost humans so many lives !!!!

      August 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  4. California

    Mr. Holder, This is a racial issue and should be treated as such. Why aren't you prosecuting based on this being a hate crime against Americans?

    August 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  5. California

    We all already know that according to this administration it's not a terrorist act but a work place incident.

    August 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  6. Joseph McCarthy

    Before any of you right-wing ignoramuses start blogging in here screaming for this man's head, why don't you put yourself in his place? Did anyone here ever try to see things from his side? Of course not! He is a Muslim and has strong feelings for his people. Even I, though not a Muslim myself, hate what we're doing in the Middle East as anyone with any moral principles would.

    August 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • LPL

      He's right where he should be. Nothing to rant about.

      August 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Reply

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