Prosecutors: Hasan Was on Jihad
Wingnuts have been mewling and puking for months about a conspiracy to cover up Nidal’s motive, what will cause them to whine about our government next?
Why didn’t prosecutors talk about this in the lead up to the trial? Perhaps they want a solid conviction and it’s usually a bad strategy to show your hand to your competitor.
Prosecutors Friday likened Maj. Nidal Hasan to a suicide bomber, saying he carefully researched the issue of going on jihad before an attack that left 13 people dead and 32 wounded, all but two of them soldiers.
It was the first time the government has made the allegation or cited evidence that would support the claim that Hasan sought to martyr himself at the end of the massacre.
“We believe that just like a suicide bomber, Major Hasan had no intention of leaving 5/11 alive,” Col. Steve Henricks, one of three prosecutors, said, referring to the day of the attack.
An American born of Palestinian immigrants, Hasan has told a court here that he was the gunman in the Nov. 5, 2009 rampage, and that he hoped to stop U.S. soldiers from killing Taliban insurgents, their leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and innocent Afghan women and children.
The day is often called “5/11” in the Fort Hood community.
Prosecutors have charged Hasan with 13 counts of premeditated murder. He faces another 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the worst shooting of its kind at an American military installation.