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Fairness, firmness will let justice prevail in Fort Hood case

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You would think it would be the biggest slam-dunk verdict in the quickest court-martial in U.S. military history.

Maj. Nidal Hasan faces charges in the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood. He has insisted on representing himself.

And he has said he did it.

“Fellow members, good morning,” Hasan said in his opening statement Tuesday. “On Nov. 5, 2009, 13 U.S. soldiers were killed and many more injured. The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter.”

So why is that courtroom still full? Why are people estimating the trial could take weeks?

Because that’s the way it has to be.

Hasan must have every legal right extended to him carefully so this trial can proceed flawlessly. If he sees grounds for any future appeal he will take it. That will drag the case on further, and compound the agony of the victims’ families, the survivors and their families.

The military judge in the case, Col. Tara Osborn, should strive to maintain a fair trial with a firm hand to keep proceedings on point. With Hasan defending himself, he could try to seize any number of opportunities to proselytize for radical Islam, or to put America on trial.

Let’s call this trial what it is. This is about terrorism on U.S. soil.

Four years ago, the public was asked by the Obama administration, and certain media talking heads, to strain the bounds of credulity and not jump to a certain conclusion – that the gun-wielding Army psychiatrist who shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) during the Fort Hood bloodbath was connected with radical Islam.

Even today the government officially is classifying Hasan’s horrendous act as “workplace violence,” which is like calling the Hindenburg disaster a parking mishap. And it’s a stinging slap in the face to this disaster’s survivors, our military service members and anyone who has died trying to preserve a safer America.

A furious public likely wants this trial done quickly. But it must be done methodically.

The key here is patience, and the goal here is justice.

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Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 08/08/13 - 07:29 am
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It wouldn't have to be this
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It wouldn't have to be this way if the event were called what it was, and what Hassan himself said it was.....an act of terrorism. He could be declared an enemy combatant. He even said he was protecting the enemy by killing American soldiers. But our President has declared this work place violence.

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Bizkit 08/08/13 - 08:02 am
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Humble it's all about his

Humble it's all about his religious freedom to pursue jihad and kill Americans. We all know Obama loves to kill Americans as he ordered the assassination of American citizens without due process. once again his notion of fair

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 08/08/13 - 08:03 am
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You are correct, Biz.
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You are correct, Biz.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/08/13 - 08:57 am
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The man is a flipping

The man is a flipping wackaloon, don't any of you get that?

If he said he was a Martian, would you think that it was an alien invasion that happened?

It's classified as workplace violence because it was. It was the actions of a seriously mentally ill man, and the man is so nutty that he is defending himself against charges of mass murder.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 08/08/13 - 09:01 am
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If Osama Bin Laden had said
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If Osama Bin Laden had said he was a Martian would you believe him? NO.... If he said he was an Islamist, bent on killing Americans, would you believe him? How is he different?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/08/13 - 09:14 am
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So the nut is communication

So the nut is communication with one of those jihad terrorist Americans Obama executed, but now it is workplace violence? Hmmmmm. Interesting spin???????? Oh I get it its the progressive definition-I guess 9/11 is considered workplace violence too cause it was the World Trade Center.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 08/08/13 - 09:30 am
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The battle field is the
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The battle field is the workplace of a soldier...how long before every combat death is called workplace violence?

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 08/08/13 - 10:20 am
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Voting for reform?

Social Security and Medicare don't need reforming, they just need to be protected against fraud and robbery by Congress and Obama. Immigration doesn't need to be reformed, the standing laws just need to be enforced. There are a few things that do need reforming however, and the justice system is one. I never understood why criminals have more rights than victims. If the mad man admitted he killed, then move right along to sentancing! And none of this life in prison crap. We can't afford that.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/08/13 - 10:49 am
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Because he wasn't on a

Because he wasn't on a battlefield. He was at work. Nobody was in combat. Just because it was on an Army post doesn't change anything.
It wasn't any different than, say, that man that shot people at the Phelon plant.

This made a lot of news because of the "Muslim" connection. In reality, murders on Army posts are far more common than people think.

They just aren't well-publicized.

Of course the man is absolutely flipping nuts. Do you think that mentally healthy people do things like this?

Osama Bin Laden was flipping nuts, too. He thought that destroying the World Trade Center would destroy America.

If you want to take the position that bin Laden was an Islamist, then you have to take the position that the crazy American neo-Nazi skinheads are Christians, too, because they say that they are. Do you believe that, HA? Of course not.

It's about evil and mental illness, not religion.

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deestafford 08/08/13 - 11:30 am
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He ain't nuts!!

He is an Islamic terrorist just like the millions of others on the globe who want to take all of us back to the 7th century.

It was an act of terrorism and should be treated as such. No Purple Hearts or any medals; however, the military personnel, their families, and any civilians injured should be given the best medical care and other benefits as quickly and as long as liberal interpretations of any rules and regulations allow. (This is one of the few times I can use the word "liberal" in a positive sense :) )

obama did not want to publically recognize Islamic terrorism on the US soil because it would cause him to admit that Islam is trying to take over the world no matter where people may be.

The judge said the trial could take months. I think some of these judges in the military have now gone PC to the max as indicated by the verdict in the Manning case not finding him guilty of aiding and abetting the enemy.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/08/13 - 11:39 am
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Gart Ross @ 10:20

"If the mad man admitted he killed, then move right along to sentancing! And none of this life in prison crap. We can't afford that."

I could not have summed it up any better !

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rmwhitley 08/08/13 - 12:06 pm
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I'm certain
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barack hussein and eric "the red" will interject their humble opinions. hasan was just heeding the call of their religion, I'd think they'd say.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 08/08/13 - 12:43 pm
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"Because he wasn't on a
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"Because he wasn't on a battlefield. He was at work. "

So the victims in the WTC are not victims of terrorism either? They weren't on a battlefield. And just what is a "battlefield?" I would say that it is the place where the battle is taking place, ie Ft Hood.

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myfather15 08/08/13 - 12:55 pm
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Corgimom

"If you want to take the position that bin Laden was an Islamist, then you have to take the position that the crazy American neo-Nazi skinheads are Christians, too, because they say that they are. Do you believe that, HA? Of course not.:

Hence the word RADICAL!! Yes, the "crazy American neo-Nazi skinheads" are Christians, RADICAL CHRISTIANS!! Radical Christians who are DENOUNCED by the overwhelming majority of Christians.

When the "crazy American neo-nazi skinheads" decide to undertake a massive effort to radically change the world through violence AND act upon that, killing thousands of people; I support branding them TERRORISTS and executing every single one of them!! Those religious radical's in Northern Ireland ARE TERRORISTS!! ANYONE who murders large groups of people, with the purpose of intimidating them through violence are Terrorists, regardless of what they're called.

By that definition AND Nadal Hasan's OWN WORDS, he is a terrorist!! A terrorist who probably is insane, but a terrorist NONE THE LESS!! This was NOT workplace violence but an act committed in the name of RADICAL ISLAM!!! A Radical belief in Islam that has announced WAR upon Israel, America and all the "West" as they call it. A Radical belief in Islam that beleives the entire world should worship their god, AGAINST their own free will. As a matter of fact, they don't believe in FREE WILL, they believe you should worship Allah or DIE!!!

Explain to me again, how this is workplace violence?

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Humble Angela 08/08/13 - 12:58 pm
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If Hassan had detonated a
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If Hassan had detonated a bomb in the same location, would you consider it work place violence then?

myfather15
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myfather15 08/08/13 - 01:05 pm
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In this "War on Terror" there

In this "War on Terror" there isn't a clear battlefield, period!! The battlefield is the ENTIRE WORLD. The enemy will attack American's and anyone else they disagree with, anywhere at any given opportunity. How many Countries have had bombings and other attacks? Certainly not just Afgan, Pakistan and Iraq.

I can't for the life of me, understand how any rational thinking person doesn't see this. Hasan was constantly in touch with Anwar al-Awlaki whose been proven to be part of the Al-Queda terrorist network. He then murdered numerous people in the name of Allah!!

Are suicide bombers, who blow people up in the name of Allah, terrorists? How is Hasan any different than a suicide bomber? Beside the fact he used a firearm and LIVED, because he didn't have the guts to kill himself!!!

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GnipGnop 08/08/13 - 02:21 pm
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Crazy like a fox?

He wants to be executed so he can be a martyr and an example. I say grant his wish.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/08/13 - 02:29 pm
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Yep!! Give him exactly what

Yep!! Give him exactly what he wants!!! I would gladly pull the trigger than makes him a martyr!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/08/13 - 02:55 pm
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"The key here is patience, and the goal here is justice."

This country's judicial system ALWAYS speaks of "due process" to the accused. What about "due process" for the victems !! "Patiences and justice" SHOULD NOT be used in the same sentence where this case is concerned !! I know that things MUST go according to the law, BUT this guy's guilt is absolutely a "no brainer" !!

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Bizkit 08/08/13 - 02:59 pm
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So Benghazii is also

So Benghazii is also workplace violence? Embassy's aren't war zones . Well till that video spurred the spontaneous violence?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/08/13 - 05:43 pm
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The reason America is
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ripe for mass murders and terrorist attacks: we don't want to hurt the feelings of these monsters and the bleeding heart tree huggers ( who love abortion). Only timothy mcveigh has paid the price. No death penalty, no worry.

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nocnoc 08/08/13 - 06:16 pm
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There are enough documented issues

that preceded this shooting that at any point he should have been pulled from Active duty and a psych test ran, before allowing him to return to duty.

The issues and reasons go much higher up the Chain of Command.

I feel, this is one of those nasty little problems that will get some well controlled court showing, but zero flare and Media Circus attention.

Give it some deeper thought, it presents bigger issues like the
old, "Can I trust that person in the foxhole with me?"

deestafford
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deestafford 08/08/13 - 10:08 pm
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Lack of guts on the part of the leadership in the Army Medical

Corps is responsible for the terrorist not being singled out and dealt with earlier. The leadership want to be politically correct and not "offend" anyone. That's one of the problems with today's general officers they don't want to "offend" the wrong people who are a detriment to the country, but they will offend the right people who have upheld the Western Value System for generations.

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Darby 08/09/13 - 12:07 pm
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OK! Now I get it. They're all like Daffy Duck.

They aren't terrorists, they're just Loony Tunes....

Like Mohammad Atta and his band of merry men who flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The man who planned that little nutcase operation was Bin Ladin.

Meaning of course, that we erred in killing him. We should have captured Bin Ladin and turned him over to the NIH for evaluation and treatment, along with blind Sheik who planned the first attack on the WTC.

I've had it all wrong, dead wrong, all this time. We aren't dealing with terrorists... we simply have a problem with a few million crazy people who need psychiatric care.

Perhaps we could do them and ourselves a favor by slipping a boatload of Valium into their drinking water as an interim measure, just until we can schedule the proper medical and psychological treatment.

A nice hefty tax increase should cover the cost of this sure fire cure for a mental illness that we (mistakenly) thought was terrorism.

What could we have been thinking???????? It was there in front of us all the time!!!

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