Skip to comments.Major Nidal Hasanís Beard
Posted on 06/25/2012 9:03:41 AM PDT by bayouranger
This week military judge Gregory Gross barred Major Nidal Malik Hasan from appearing in court because he has refused to shave a beard he reportedly grew as a badge of his deep Islamic faith. The beard, judge Gross said, was a violation of Army policy. As it happens, so were Hasans actions in November of 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas.
As one of the early press accounts noted, Major Hassan packed a revolver and an FN Herstal pistol, and stuffed the cargo pockets of his camouflage pants full of 20-round ammunition clips. Then he opened fire on U.S. Army soldiers while shouting Allahu akbar, or Allah is great. In a matter of minutes Hassan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist trained to help soldiers deal with the horrors of war, had killed thirteen and wounded thirty.
He was methodical, aiming carefully at those seeking cover. Kimberly Munley, a police officer married to a Fort Hood soldier, saw Major Hasan chasing a wounded soldier across a courtyard and opened fire on Hasan. He returned fire and hit her twice, but one of her shots nailed Hasan in the chest and took him down. Munley survived the attack but 13 others did not.
Hasans victims included Aaron Nemelka, 19, Francheska Velez, 22 and pregnant with her first child, and Michael Cahill, a 62-year-old reservist. The mass shooting was the worst ever to take place on a U.S. military base. Hasans commander, Col. Kimberly Kesling, said it was all a shock. It shouldnt have been.
Hasans militant brand of Islam was not exactly a secret. He had defended suicide bombings in an internet posting, and he had been giving away personal items. He prepared carefully for the killing spree both handguns were not military issue but despite the cries of Allah is great military brass gave him the benefit of the doubt on the role his religion, Islam, played in the attack.
It could have been his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, they said. It didnt seem that way to soldiers who knew Hasan. It takes a major act of cognitive dissonance to deny that devotion to Islam was a motive. As for the means and opportunity, those are clear, and to paraphrase Rod Steiger from In the Heat of the Night, we have the bodies which are dead. All thirteen of them.
In a case of this magnitude, political correctness and petty military rules about appearance should not interfere with the judicial process. Judge Gross should let Major Hasan keep the beard, and allow him to be present in the hearings. As Hasans August 20 trial date approaches, the nation would do well to ponder the implications of this episode.
Major Nidal Hasan confirms that the prospect of deep-cover Islamic jihadists in the U.S. military is a reality, not some paranoid fantasy. Therefore, the military ought to be more careful about who it lets in. And contrary to the ACLU, there is no right for anyone to be in the U.S. military. Teenage recruits such as Aaron Nemelka should not have to worry about potential killers in his own ranks.
When someone like Major Hasan telegraphs the danger signals, as it were with a flare gun, officials should not look the other way. Rather, they should be vigilant to protect innocent life, by any means necessary. Otherwise it may turn out as the Wall Street Journal described the aftermath of Major Hasans killing spree.
In all, 13 caskets, each draped with an American flag, were loaded into a C-17 transport plane on Friday afternoon, to be flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
Justice delayed is justice denied, and a process of nearly three years will only encourage other jihadists to have a go themselves. Given that reality, the military would do well to train for this kind of episode. Kimberly Munley fought bravely but the next time a jihadist starts gunning down American soldiers, troops and police alike should aim for multiple head shots, hollow points right between the eyes.
Like Major Hasans beard, that might break some military rule, but even in the Army its better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.
"Major Nidal Hasan confirms that the prospect of deep-cover Islamic jihadists in the U.S. military is a reality, not some paranoid fantasy. Therefore, the military ought to be more careful about who it lets in. And contrary to the ACLU, there is no right for anyone to be in the U.S. military. Teenage recruits such as Aaron Nemelka should not have to worry about potential killers in his own ranks."
I am sooooo sick of these Mohamed butt sucking muzzies. Give me a damn straight edge razor and I will trim his beard, real close and tight.
Please pardon my crudeness but I am just sick to death of these scumbags.
Give Romney the task.
Prisoners have very few “rights.”
If Major Hasan’s Islamic faith was so “deep”, why has he not worn a beard before now? Presumedly his faith was just as “deep” BEFORE he opened fire in the staging depot, yet all pictures from that time and before show him to be clean-shaven.
Dictator Obummer said there is nothing to see here. This is a simple case of WORKPLACE VIOLENCE and Nidal is just a guy who exploded. The DOJ under Holder concluded that there is NO-TERRORISM involved in this case. Its just a typical situation where Nidal went POSTAL. WOKPLACE VIOLENCE is not TERRORISM.
The fact that this islamoterrorist is still stealing oxygen after more than two and a half years indicates that the military justice system is rife with idiots and/or traitors.
No. He is still on active duty and subject to grooming standards.
He can attend his hearings by closed-circuit TV if he doesn’t want to play nice. It’s the military calling the shots, not him.
The way things are going if he don’t cut off his beard, they will have to release him.
It's the tenet of taqqiyah that allows him to do so. Taqqiyah can be used to circumvent the rule of Islamic Law if it means the person is doing so in furtherance of a jihad.
I've been saying for years that Obama's truly a Muslim simply following the tenet of taqqiyah to lie to the American public in order to further Islam in America.
Pray that this all comes to end very soon. And a Christian end, not some bastardized Mormon end...
Still holds his rank and pay as far as I know.
Since beards are not allowed, he probably wouldn’t have been in the army.
Yep just a case of work place violence, did they call that shot too?
He has a beard?
No one at the prison has a razor?
WTF are we allowing to happen to our military.
When I served, I can assure you that this asshole would be appearing in court clean shaven. No questions asked!
This person is an enemy terrorist and enemy to all Americans. He should be treated as such.
This was workplace violence. Get over it. That is what Obummer said and DOJ AG Holder.
If the perp was a Christian named Jimmy Johnson from Iowa you can bet your a$$ that a few soldiers would be ordered to enter his cell and shave him against his will. The military is afraid to violate his muslim rights and/or they are using it as an excuse to keep him out of the courtroom so that he cannot claim what a devout jihadist he is.
I refer to the convening authority, not the big heads at the Pentagon.
My suggestion is to remove the beard with a blow torch, without benefit of an anesthesia . Issue tat bube os sunscreen after removal.
“I am sooooo sick of these Mohamed butt sucking muzzies.”
Speaking of “butts,” I find it odd that their prayer stance is to get on all fours and stick their butt in the air.
I find it odd that their prayer stance is to get on all fours and stick their butt in the air.
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Guess it depends on what you are praying for.