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The Trial We SHOULD Be Talking About: Nidal “Workplace Violence” Hasan

July 22, 2013 at 5:00 am / by

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It seems that the entire world stopped as “that trial” gained the attention of news outlets, which almost all provided nonstop coverage, even while during sequestered breaks. Now that the trial is over and the defendant was found to be not guilty by a jury of his peers, he continues to be harassed and his civil rights violated by the DOJ, and people continue talking about race even though the FBI investigation found no racial bias.  And now there is interference from out of State senate leaders and the federal government regarding Florida and other states’ Stand Your Ground laws.

While the media (and the Obama administration) made concerted efforts to ensure all eyes were on this very racially charged trial, there are two upcoming trials that all of us in New Media are hoping will get the same amount of coverage.

Keep in mind, none of the people who died at the hands of these two people may have looked like Obama’s son, “if he’d had one”, but the victims were sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, moms, dads and friends to someone.

First is the trial of accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan.  In November 2009, Hasan, a Muslim US Army Major, shot and murdered:

62-year-old Mike Cahill, husband, father of 3 adult children, and grandfather

52-year-old Major Major L. Eduardo Caraveo, husband and father

32-year-old Staff Sgt. Justin M. DeCrow, husband and father of 1

56-year-old Capt. John Gaffaney, husband and father

29-year-old Army Specialist Frederick Greene, husband and father

22-year-old Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, new husband of 2 months

29-year-old Sgt. Amy Krueger

19-year-old Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka

21-year-old Pfc. Michael Pearson

51-year-old Captain Russell Seager

21-year-old Pvt. Francheska Velez (and her unborn baby)

55-year-old Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, mother of 2 and grandmother of 6

23-year-old Pfc. Kham Xiong father of 3 young children

Hasan also wounded 32 others.

Nadal Hasan reportedly went on a shooting rampage while shouting “Allahu akbar” which is what Islamic terrorists typically shout when they’re committing terrorist acts.  Yet, this act of domestic terrorism perpetrated on a US Army Base in Ft. Hood, Texas was termed by the US government as an “act of workplace violence” and the administration claims that by calling it terrorism would jeopardize Hasan’s right to a fair trial.  According to the New York Times, back in June Hasan told the judge that “he believed he was defending the lives of the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan from American military personnel.” 

Because of this administration’s decision to deny this as an act of terrorism, the families of the victims have had to fight to receive the Purple Heart medal.  There is a medal for those who remotely operate drones, but the Army echoed the Obama administration and said that awarding the medal to those wounded and to the families of those killed in the attack would “set the stage for a formal declaration that Major Hasan is a terrorist” because the medal is presented to military members who are “wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States.”

Not only do these victims not receive the deserved Purple Heart, they also lose the benefits due them.  One of those wounded, Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning who was shot six times was denied benefits that he would have received had he been injured in an act of terror or a battle overseas.  Since he and the others have been designated as victims of workplace violence, they get nothing.  And yet Hasan, an admitted ‘defender of the Taliban’ who murdered American Soldiers and military personnel, is not considered an enemy of the United States and can get a fair trial.  Hasan has also been allowed to keep a beard, which he says is an expression of his Muslim faith, though it violates Army rules on grooming.  Worse still, Hasan has been receiving salary payments totaling more than $278,000 in the three-and-a-half years since being arrested!

In February of this year, Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) introduced a bill, called “The Fort Hood Families Benefits Protection Act,” which would award victims the Purple Heart or the civilian equivalent and provide all the benefits that come with those honors. The purpose of the bill was meant to “ensure that the victims and victims’ families of the November 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas, receive the same treatment and benefits as those Americans who have been killed or wounded in a combat zone overseas and their families.”

If Rep. Carter’s bill passes, the families and victims of this terrorist attack would be able to claim benefits due them and also have the honor given by being awarded the Purple Heart. Unfortunately, 5 months have passed and the bill has yet to pass either house of Congress.  While Congress has time to honor Treyvon Martin, join in solidarity with the likes of the Black Panthers, our military heroes and their families are once again shoved aside, being made to fight once more for benefits they earned and deserve.

In June Hasan’s request to represent himself at his upcoming trial was granted by the judge.  This means that since he is representing himself, he will be able to question the witnesses and cross-examine them.  Nearly three dozen soldiers wounded in the attack face the prospect of being questioned in court by Nidal Hasan whom witnesses have identified as the gunman.  Hasan has also renewed a request to limit witness testimony during sentencing phase of the trial, believing that witnesses’ emotional testimonies usually sway judges to impose the death penalty.

Last week the jury was picked for the trial.  Potential jurors filled out questionnaires about a year ago, and Hasan asked questions based on what they had filled out, some having to do with religion. He also mentioned his support for the Taliban and another American-born Muslim, Abdulhakim Muhammad (born Carlos Leon Bledsoe), who was sentenced to life in prison for the 2009 murder of Private William Long and wounding Private Quinton Ezeagwula outside of a military recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Col. Tara Osborn, the military judge, told Hasan numerous times to rephrase his questions, not mention his beliefs and reminded him that he was not to testify during jury selection.

The jury panel is made up of 13 officers.  There are nine colonels, three lieutenant colonels and one major on the panel, according to the Killeen Daily Herald, who were brought in from Army posts nationwide. Death-penalty cases in the military require at least 12 jury members, and their verdict must be unanimous in finding the defendant guilty or passing a sentence.  The testimony part of the trial is scheduled to begin August 6th.

Another trial going on is that of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of the Boston Marathon bombing.  He pleaded not guilty to 30 counts on July 10, including construction and use of a weapon of mass destruction along with his brother and alleged co-conspirator Tamerlan who died during the massive manhunt for both suspects.  Dzhokhar was arrested on 19 April, found holed up inside a boat, with serious injuries resulting from a gunfight with police.

Krystle Campbell, 29, Lingzi Lu, 23 and 8 year old Martin Richard were all killed and more than 260 injured including Paul and J.P Norden who both lost their right legs, when improvised bombs were detonated near the finish of the Boston marathon on April 15.  Federal prosecutors claim that the brothers constructed, planted and detonated the two bombs.  According to the Boston Herald, prosecutors are considering whether Tsarnaev should face the death penalty if found guilty.  They interviewed victims and their families to figure out whether to seek the death penalty or not. The Boston Herald reports that their responses “will also sway U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s recommendation to Attorney General Eric Holder on whether to push for the death penalty.”

Again from the Herald:

Holder’s changes to the death-penalty protocol, introduced two years ago, state that “unless extenuating circumstances exist, the United States Attorney or Assistant Attorney General should consult with the family of the victim, if reasonably available, concerning the decision on whether to seek the death penalty,” and that prosecutors “should include the views of the victim’s family concerning the death penalty in any submission made to the department.”

According to other reports, during the hearing proceedings, Tsarnaev looked “nonchalant, even bored”.  His two sisters were also in court. As he was led out of the courtroom, Tsarnaev blew a kiss to them.

While the trial of one man who killed one victim in self-defense is still making national headlines, 17 dead victims and scores of wounded, because of the terrorism perpetrated by 3 men, are awaiting justice.   What would it take for the media to give fair and balanced ‘reporting’ on these victims as much as they have given one Florida teen?

 
 

Carolyn Elkins

Florida PolitiChick Carolyn Elkins was born and raised in Canada but is now a proud citizen of the United States. She loves everything about America, especially the military. She has blogged about politics, religious and social issues on her own blogs. A staunch Constitutional Conservative, she studies the Founders and their writings, and uses what she learns to try and educate others. She is the founder of the Constitutional Freedom Party. She is married with one child and has taught American Government and Constitution to her home school co-op group of 12- 14 year olds, instilling in the future generations with a love of America's Constitutional Republic. You can visit her via the Constitutional Freedom Party blog, on twitter @ABiCduckie and @CFP4US

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  • Jaundiced

    Ms. Elkins, the obvious answer to your last question is NEVER. The media has been in bed with Muslim fanatics apologists for years, and are unlikely to change that policy. Not ever if Moses were to come down from Mt. Sinai with stone tablets with the words, “Thou Shalt NOT Coddle Muslim Fanatics” would they be woken up to the blind spot they hold on this issue, any more than they will will with abortion and socialism. Write them off as a lost cause and create a credible alternative that people would actually read, is my simple advice.

  • Glenn H

    Obama and Holder’s agenda seems to be quiet unknown, their support within the MSM is also unexplainable.
    The one thing that is clear is that their concerns are not in the best interest of the USA!
    Another thing that remains unexplained is the refusal of the House And Senate to stop this illegal crap that this Administration is pushing upon the American public!
    Do they somehow feel that they are superior to our founding fathers who wrote the constitution? Do they feel they could have done a better job than Thomas Jefferson and his peers?
    Every one of these so called politicians took and oath to defend our constitution and yet they cower away and do nothing, Just what use are they to us as a free people, why keep paying them when they obviously do nothing to earn it? Why give them a life time retirement benefit when they do not deserve it? WHY,WHY,WHY,WHY?

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      The support from the mainstream isn’t so unexplainable when you dig through and see the ties between the administration and the media. TOO many ties!! But excellent comments. Thank you!

  • dan

    All of these cases are very much the cause of a democracy. But wait a minute, this is the United States of America and we are a Republic. Remember, (“…and to the Republic for which it stands…”) And we are, very much so because our Founding Fathers wanted to spare us of difficulties such as these 3 cases. A Republic is a people that is governed by laws, not by majority rules or the loudest most vocal minority.

    It has been a long arduous journey that we have labored to get here. Back in the days of the old west, justice was very much that of the loudest and most vocal and quickest with a rope. But through the years, we became more humane, more learned, more modern and our laws started working and we were finally, so it seemed, becoming a real Republic and a Nation of Laws.

    But it seems that we keep going farther and farther and closer and closer to the extreme left. We didn’t just stop when we got to where our Founding Fathers wanted us because of politics and SOME people that want what we are the doorstep of now.

    So we have been slipping further and further away and by no means has that been by accident. Progressives have been hard at work for over a hundred years working toward that very goal. 1913 and Woodrow Wilson didn’t start it, but it was their biggest boost and today, 100 years later in 2013, look at where we are!

    Now unless we nip this train wreck in the bud (so to speak) very, very soon, the Progressives will win and we as a Free Nation will simply cease to exist.

    Some of you, obviously the progressives, but many others that are simply ignorant “think” they too want this “change”. They think this is the change that BHO campaigned on. But I can guarantee MOST of them, they would not like the results of this change. But it would be too late.

    Yes it is true that the trial we should be focused on now is the Nidal Hasan case. And the up coming trial of the remaining Boston bomber. Not George Zimmerman that should never have been brought to trial in the fist place as there was not nearly enough evidence to warrant it. We all know that it was because the media hyped it and the progressives wanted exactly that. (example of the vocal minority getting their way and of how a democracy works)!

    One other case from the past was the Jeffery Dahmer case. Everyone wanted the death sentence, but Dahmer’s horrendous murders occurred in Wisconsin which has no death penalty, so he got life without parole. But he also did receive the death penalty at the hands of another inmate. (minority rules)

    The murders at the hands of Nidal Hasan are so blatantly obvious, there should be no question of the outcome of his trial. Only if it was him or not! But he will get a trial and what possible verdict could there be other than 13 death penalties. The 32 wounded would only get the satisfaction of seeing him die, albeit many years later. And his trial should be 100% by the military as he was an active member of the military when these crimes occurred and on a military base and perpetrated against fellow soldiers. But of course not. Not with BHO at the helm.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if BHO pinned a medal on him for being a good jihadist.

    But that is not what the obvious verdict is here! Not OBVIOUS in the light of political correctness gone amuck! Democracy? or Republic? Which should it be?

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      Wow. Great comment. Thank you. We’re a Republic.. if we can keep it. I pray we can keep it.

  • giant33

    Great post Ms. Elkins, its good to see their are lots of us out their. The msm are prue evil. Like all of us they will face judgement.

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      Thank you. Yes, they have a definite agenda, but thankfully not everyone follows them. Thank you for your comment.

  • hiskid1964

    on my face book

  • Old_Gringo

    Great article. I wish I had written it with the clarity you gave it. VIVA USofA.

  • shirt1

    Just remember that odumbo and heil holder will be gone in 3 years. That will be the time for all patriots to push the courts to do what is right in the Ft. Hood case.
    As for the head muslim in DC he will be out of office soon. We must get all conservatives and middle of the road voters engaged and keep them there if we want our country back for the socialist that are now in office or thinking about running.
    Get up get involved and stay involved.

 
 
 
 

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