And what do those who kept him in position plead?
They knew he was in contact with Al Qaeda and making death threats “cut off the heads of the infidel!” in public yet protected him for politically correct reasons.
Their support led to an act of domestic terrorism and they must be held accountable. NO RETIREMENT PENSION BENEFITS. And can Nasan’s pay be docked after he’s been found guilty as charged?
Wonder how he is spending his “pay”? Let him repay the cost of all the funerals he caused and if there is anything left over give it to the victims familes.
A simpler solution would have been let Texas try him for the civilian death. Only problem with that is the system, dictated by the federal government, requires years of delays before the execution.
But remember, if the federal government wants the job done quickly they can. Example: Mcveigh
Hasan’s pay will come to an end after his conviction. But since his arrest, he has collected well over $250,000 in pay from the U.S. Army. As to retirement benefits, I wouldn’t worry about that; even if he escapes the death penalty, Hasan will be dismissesd from service as part of his conviction (the officer equivalent of a bad conduct discharge). So, if he ever regains his freedom, he won’t have an Army pension check to fall back on.
It is worth noting that some officers have dodged the dismissal bullet in non-capital offense cases. In the most infamous example, Air Force Colonel Michael Murphy, director of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency, was found guilty on various counts related to his lack of a law license during much of his Air Force career.
However, a military judge determined that since the White House (where Murphy once served) refused to release details of his service, the defense team could not present the “good airman defense.” Consequently, Murphy could not be sent to jail or dismissed from service, even if convicted. As a result, Murphy retired from the Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant, the last grade at which he served “honorably.”
In a second outrageous example, another Air Force Colonel was convicted (back in the early 90s) on charges stemming from his organization of a swinger’s club. At his courts-martial, it was revealed that the Colonel organized orgies at his home and other locations. His many “lovers” included a male NCO in his command; a female SSgt that worked for him, and a female officer as well. Apparently, the missus had no problem with his recreational activities, since she was a participant as well.
Cutting to the chase, the Colonel was convicted on various fraternization and adultery charges and sentenced to one year at hard labor at Leavenworth. But since his sentence did not include “dismissal from service,” he emerged from the disciplinary barracks with pension and full retirement benefits. Twenty years later, he is running a major non-profit in a southwestern city, with an annual salary well north of $300,000 a year.
Hasan’s conviction is a slam dunk, and hopefuly, th judge will order some form of restitution. But as you probably know, offenders virtually never make any payments to the victims and their families. Hasan lived very frugally before the attack, so he probably has quite a bit of money stashed away. But the odds of any of it going to his victims are virtually zero.
And, as you observe, the senior Army leaders who ignored the obvious warning signs were allowed to continue their careers or retire with full benefits. It’s how the feds operate. How many intel officials were held accountable afer 9-11? Zero. How many Fannie and Freddie executives were sent to jail for their role in the sub-prime housing collapse that triggered the Great Recession? Zero. And more recently, how many Obama officials are facing sanctions for Benghazi? See a pattern?