Nidal Malik Hasan is, in fact, an enemy combatant: a soldier in an army that is dedicated to destroying the United States. He is, therefore, a traitor, and should be tried for treason on top of the other charges he is facing. But that would involve recognizing the nature of the war we’re in, and no one at the top is willing to do that.
“Court martial recommended for Fort Hood shooting suspect,” from Reuters, March 4 (thanks to Ken):
HOUSTON (Reuters) — A U.S. Army official has recommended that the Army major charged in the 2009 shooting rampage at a Texas Army base face a court martial and possible death penalty charges, the Army said on Friday.
Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a 40-year-old Army psychiatrist who U.S. officials linked to a radical Muslim cleric in Yemen, is charged in a shooting spree at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded 32 others on November 5, 2009.
Colonel Morgan Lamb, a Fort Hood brigade commander, forwarded his non-binding recommendation to Lieutenant General Robert Cone, the Fort Hood commander who will have the final word on setting a possible court martial.
“We can confirm that Lamb did recommend that the charges pending against Hasan be sent to a general court-marital authorized to consider capital punishment,” the Fort Hood public affairs office said in a statement….
In the rampage at the world’s largest military facility, victims recalled hearing Hasan, who is Muslim, shout “Allahu Akbar” — Arabic for “God is Greatest” — just before opening fire on a group of soldiers undergoing health checks before being deployed to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan….