Why is motive not an element in this trial? What kind of murder trial doesn’t discuss motive? Is it not an element in the trial because it shows how much the Obama administration has been lying to the American people about this jihad attack? “Prosecutors: Hasan was on jihad,” by Sig Christenson for MySa.com, August 2 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
FORT HOOD “” Prosecutors Friday likened Maj. Nidal Hasanto 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.
Until now, the prosecution has avoided stating a motive, but on Friday asked the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, to allow them to present witnesses and evidence that would show Hasan not only studied jihad but argued for it while pursing a master’s degree, and that he claimed U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not justified.
Prosecutors also said that Hasan modeled his attack on an incident in which then-Sgt. Hasan Akbar killed two soldiers and wounded 14 on March 23, 2003 in Kuwait. Akbar was sentenced to death….
Prosecutors told Osborn that Hasan had one problem with jihad “” killing innocent bystanders. To avoid that, he purchased a handgun with a laser sight, Henricks said, and noted that witnesses say the Army psychiatrist avoided killing civilians.
Two civilians, a government civil service employee and a contract police officer, were shot that day. All the other victims were soldiers preparing to deploy.
“Motive is not an element in the trial,” Osborn told prosecutors.
“It’s not an element,” Henricks replied, “but it is a way to prove an element, which is premeditation.”