Archive for the ‘Domestic Terrorist’ Category

Five years ago today, 13 lives were lost and 32 were wounded in a tragic shooting at Fort Hood, Texas by a crazed Islamist in the ranks. Let us continue to honor their memory today and every day.

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“Your loved ones endure through the life of our nation. Their memory will be honored in the places they lived and by the people they touched. Their life’s work is our security, and the freedom that we all too often take for granted. Every evening that the sun sets on a tranquil town; every dawn that a flag is unfurled; every moment that an American enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — that is their legacy.” – President Barack Obama, in a speech during the Memorial Service on Nov. 10, 2009

 

 

…and it’s about friggin’ time.

It’s time to get this over with. It’s been too long.

Jury selected to try Fort Hood shooting suspectF

ORT HOOD, TEXAS — A jury was selected Tuesday to hear the case against an Army psychiatrist accused in the Fort Hood shooting, whose long-awaited murder trial is set to begin next month.

The panel comprising 13 officers will hear the case against Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted in the November 2009 attack at the Central Texas Army post.

There are nine colonels, three lieutenant colonels and one major on the panel, the Killeen Daily Herald reported. They were brought in from Army posts nationwide for questioning.

Two officers on the panel have said they are skeptical about the death penalty, the Austin American-Statesman reported. They did not appear to feel as strongly about capital punishment as two other officers who were dismissed Tuesday.

Col. Tara Osborn, the military judge overseeing the court-martial, agreed to dismiss one officer who admitted he had already decided on whether Hasan was guilty.

Prosecutors used their lone challenge to strike the second dismissed officer, the Statesman reported.

Death penalty cases in the military require at least 12 jurors, more than in other cases. All members of the panel must approve a death sentence.

via Jury selected to try Fort Hood shooting suspect | Army Times | armytimes.com.

This is an absolute failure at the highest levels of government. 

This whole affair is a disgrace.

Accused Fort Hood Shooter Paid $278,000 While Awaiting Trial

Injured soldier outraged suspected shooter receives salary while his family financially struggles in recovery

The Department of Defense confirms to NBC 5 Investigates that accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan has now been paid more than $278,000 since the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting that left 13 dead 32 injured. The Army said under the Military Code of Justice, Hasan’s salary cannot be suspended unless he is proven guilty.

If Hasan had been a civilian defense department employee, NBC 5 Investigates has learned, the Army could have suspended his pay after just seven days.

Personnel rules for most civilian government workers allow for “indefinite suspensions” in cases “when the agency has reasonable cause to believe that the employee has committed a crime for which a sentence of imprisonment may be imposed.”

Meanwhile, more than three years later soldiers wounded in the mass shooting are fighting to receive the same pay and medical benefits given to those wounded in combat.

via Accused Fort Hood Shooter Paid $278,000 While Awaiting Trial | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.

As I watched the Boston fiasco unfold, I was appalled at the very thought that people would submit to a government shutdown of an entire city.

That, and the fact that only 1 in 10 within that state have a firearm of any type, most likely none of them an “assault” style weapon. I hate the term assault rifle, because those are not available to the common citizen. Not without an exorbitant and prohibitive tax just to own one, but I digress.

This is a major failure in and of itself. Freedom is too precious just to hand it over to government just because they said so.

With all that happened, any asshole politician that says I don’t need a high cap magazine, or “assault” rifle to defend myself, well, just look at the Boston PD, FBI and a multitude of other agencies and the number of rounds that they used in this whole deal and tell me that again. They’re supposedly trained in their use too. Pathetic.

The Boston Bombings and the 2nd Amendment

By Jonathan F. Keiler

As terrible as the Boston marathon bombing was, it was the subsequent searches and shootouts that might have the greater long-term implications for supporters of the 2nd Amendment, as well as those uncomfortable with the increasing militarization of local and national police forces. Four related issues bear consideration in the wake of these events.

Boston’s Disarming — Since 1998 Massachusetts has suffered under one of the nation’s most restrictive and extensive gun control regimes. Predictably, this did not increase public safety but rather produced soaring crime rates. However, it did result in the third lowest rate of gun ownership in the country 12.6% behind only New Jersey and Hawaii.

So when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fled into Watertown, he had little to fear from the local residents, barely one in ten of whom likely had firearms available, and presumably none an “assault weapon” or high-capacity pistol. How those residents felt as an armed and murderous terrorist roamed the streets while they were effectively disarmed, unable to protect themselves and their loved ones, is still a matter of speculation. A spike in Massachusetts gun purchases restrictions and all is a good bet.

Maryland my own state with a gun ownership rate only modestly higher than Massachusetts 21% — ranked 42 nationally will likely be in a similar situation in a few years, thanks to draconian new restrictions on firearms here. One hopes that at least some Maryland politicians are questioning their recent votes banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

In any event, in the wake of the events in Boston, it should be harder for gun-control advocates to parrot their standard line that firearms for home defense are a danger to individuals and to the community at large, rather than useful tools.

via Articles: The Boston Bombings and the 2nd Amendment.

This is a good read. Are you paying attention?

All Terrorism is Connected

The Tarnaev brothers were cruelly successful, but they are far from the only terrorists over the past decade with big ideas about carnage in America. There is a temptation with each act of terror to see it as an isolated act, connected to the mental state of the actor, but not to larger forces. The FBI used to have theories about “Sudden Jihad Syndrome” and “Lone Wolves” that were not only wrong, but also pulled law enforcement off the track.

“Sudden Jihad Syndrome” was invented by the FBI to explain why people who lived quietly in the United States for some period of time “suddenly” went berserk and killed others. Why Naveed Haq shot six people at the Seattle Jewish Federation, killing one; why Hesham Hadayet, an Egyptian with a history of radical statements, shot up the El Al ticket counter in LA; why Derek Shareef, a convert to Islam, planned to firebomb a mall in Rockford, IL; and why Bosnian Sulejman Talovic, killed five people in a shopping center in Salt Lake City. It was supposed to explain why Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad shot up an Army recruiting center in Little Rock, and Kosovar Arid Uka killed two soldiers on a U.S. Army bus in Germany. The FBI won’t call it “jihad,” but a “bolt from the blue” was also supposed to explain why Maj. Nidal Hassan killed 13 people at Ft. Hood; it doesn’t explain why he yelled “Allahu Akbar” as he did it.

via Blog: All Terrorism is Connected.

…is not allowed for this president, or any other.

The Constitution is the law of the land and this Administration is hell bent on violating their oath to protect and defend the Constitution and to do all within their power to usurp it.
If this were a Republican Administration the caterwauling from the left would be unbelievable. Why does the MSM give this asshat a pass on everything that is detrimental to this country?

They cry foul when FOX news tells the truth and does their damn job. Pathetic.

Here’s Judge Nepolitano’s take on this.

…as the judge is removed for not being impartial.
This is pretty pathetic. This asshole should have been tried in the same year (2009) this happened, or at the latest in 2010.

Here it is three years later, and the Army is still dicking around with this guy.

Judge Removed in Fort Hood Shooting Rampage Case

The military’s highest court ousted the judge in the Fort Hood shooting case Monday and threw out his order to have the suspect’s beard forcibly shaved before his court-martial.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled that Col. Gregory Gross didn’t appear impartial while presiding over the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 shootings on the Texas Army post that killed 13 people and wounded more than two dozen others.

But the court said it was not ruling on whether the judge’s order violated Hasan’s religious rights. Hasan has argued that his beard is a requirement of his Muslim faith, although facial hair violates Army regulations.

“Should the next military judge find it necessary to address (Hasan’s) beard, such issues should be addressed and litigated anew,” judges wrote in the ruling.

Hasan appealed after Gross ordered that he must be clean-shaven or be forcibly shaved before his court-martial, a military trial.

The court-martial had been set to begin three months ago but has been on hold pending the appeals.

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