Fort Hood suspect sought to protect Taliban
Maj. Nidal Hasan
June 4th, 2013
06:02 PM ET

Fort Hood suspect sought to protect Taliban

By Larry Shaughnessy

Fort Hood massacre suspect Army Maj. Nidal Hasan argues that he sought to protect Taliban leaders during a shooting rampage at the sprawling Texas military base that killed 13 people.

Representing himself against murder charges, Hasan explained his "defense of others" strategy at a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday without offering details, according to a statement from the military base.

That prompted the military judge overseeing the long-delayed court-martial to give him a day to present any facts to underpin his case, the statement said.


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Filed under: Homeland Security • Military • Nidal Hasan
May 8th, 2013
08:56 PM ET

Accused Air Force officer had training for sex assault prevention post

By Larry Shaughnessy

An Air Force officer charged with sexual battery stemming from an incident in Northern Virginia had received training for his job heading up a military unit aimed at preventing sex assaults, military records show.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, a 1994 graduate of the Air Force Academy who served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, was arrested early on Sunday for allegedly grabbing a woman's buttocks and breasts in a parking lot in Arlington County not far from the Pentagon.

A police report said the unidentified woman fought off her assailant, who appeared intoxicated.

Krusinski, 41, is due in an Arlington County court on Thursday after local officials refused a request from the Air Force for it to handle the case.


Officer says not pressured over jailing of accused WikiLeaker
U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning arrives for a court hearing in Fort Meade, Maryland.
November 28th, 2012
06:43 PM ET

Officer says not pressured over jailing of accused WikiLeaker

By Larry Shaughnessy

The officer who oversaw security at the military base where Army private Bradley Manning was held for a time said on Wednesday he was not pressured by superiors to keep the accused WikiLeaker in a high-level lockup and under constant watch.

Marine Col. Robert Oltman said his decision to maintain maximum-security status for Manning during his eight-month confinement in Quantico in Virginia was borne out of caution.

Oltman said at a pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland, for Manning that he recognized the case was high profile but told subordinates at the Marine base to "do what's right" and not "worry about somebody looking over your shoulder."

Manning's lawyers are trying to get the case thrown out - or at least any sentence reduced, if he's convicted - by claiming he was mistreated at the Quantico brig from July 2010 until he was moved to the military prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, in April 2011.


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Filed under: Afghanistan • Kerry • Security Brief • WikiLeaks
May 6th, 2012
02:19 PM ET

9/11 victim's brother to alleged mastermind: 'I came a long way to see you, eye to eye'

From CNN's Chris Lawrence and Larry Shaughnessy, inĀ Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

(CNN) - Through hours of outbursts and objections in military court, Eddie Bracken said he had one image in his mind: that of a plane smashing into the World Trade Center tower where his sister worked.

Anger surged inside him, Bracken told reporters Sunday, a day after he sat among a group of victim family members who watched the arraignment of accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. naval base where the men are being tried before a military court.

"Just listening to that rhetoric, how they perceive themselves - it's hurtful, because they have no remorse. I don't think they even have any souls," he said.

Bracken's sister, Lucy Fishman, worked as a secretary on the 105th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. She was one of the nearly 3,000 people killed when the towers were brought down by hijacked jetliners on September 11, 2001.

Read the full story here.