The Islamic circus down in Texas takes a turn in the Fort Hood jihad case. Four years and counting.
Robert Spencer writes, "Hasan wants to put America's misadventure in Afghanistan on trial, and Osborn has blocked that, saying that 'the legitimacy of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is "a non-justiciable political question not before the court."' All right. But barring him from doing this will also obscure the fact, still disputed by the U.S. government, that he is an Islamic jihadist, and that Islamic jihadists consider that their allegiance to Islam overrides any national loyalties. The idea that a Major in the American Army would murder Americans in defense of Islamic jihadists in Afghanistan would have been illuminating in many ways amid a universal mainstream media and government determination to ignore, deny, and downplay the reality of Islamic jihad. But this whole trial has been a comedy of errors and politically correct absurdities already -- why stop now?"
Judge rejects accused Ft. Hood shooter's new defense strategy LA Times, July 14, 2013
HOUSTON -- A military judge on Friday rejected a new defense strategy by accused Ft, Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, said during an afternoon hearing at the Army base that she would not allow Hasan to argue that he shot Ft. Hood soldiers to protect Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, as he had proposed.
Hasan, 42, an American-born Muslim, is charged with premeditated murder and attempted murder in connection with the deaths of 13 people and wounding of 32 others in the attack on Nov. 5, 2009. If convicted, he faces a possible death sentence.
Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, proposed his new defense after successfully petitioning the judge to allow him to defend himself, saying he attacked soldiers preparing to deploy to Afghanistan in 2009 because they posed a threat to Taliban leaders. His previous efforts to plead guilty were rejected on the grounds that military law does not allow such pleas in capital cases.