He will sit in a wheelchair … paralyzed from the waist down; he will have to lift himself off his wheelchair for about a minute every half hour to avoid developing sores.
About every four hours, he will need a 15 to 20 minute break so he can stretch.
He is in that chair and paralyzed because he was shot in the back.
Before you start feeling sorry for him … know that he was shot by officers responding when he was on a shooting rampage — killing 13, injuring more than 30 others.
He is Nidal Malik Hasan.
In 2009, he started shooting our troops inside the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood.
The dead, injured and those who escaped were either preparing for deployment in the fight against al-Qaida or helping our troops prepare.
Despite attacking U.S. troops on a U.S. base … troops destined to fight Islamic Extremists — the Obama Administration continues to classify this as a case of “workplace violence.”
Even Hasan is upset with that classification.
A few days ago, he sent several documents in which he called himself a jihadist. He detailed his views on the Islamic legal code known as sharia and how it conflicts with American democracy. Hasan claims that the murders are entirely logical for anyone who understands Islam.
So, now, years after the massacre, Hasan will face a court martial where he is charged with murder and attempted murder.
He still carries the rank of Major … which angers me to no end — and I will not grant him that honorable rank in this post.
He will be allowed to wear a beard which is contrary to military rules, but he is permitted because of his “religious belief”.
Over the next several weeks, Hasan will mostly represent himself, question witnesses and possibly present his own evidence and testimony.
Hasan has never denied carrying out the attack while opening fire on unarmed soldiers and shouting “Allahu Akbar!” … Arabic for “God is great!”
After the second Boston bomber was caught, I quit referring to him as a “suspect” and declared he “is a Boston Bomber”.
I am doing the same with Hasan – he is the Fort Hood shooter.
We can have the court martial, but he is guilty … by his own admission, numerous witnesses and documented evidence.
When convicted, he could be sentenced to death, but unlikely to ever be executed. The military has not executed an active-duty solider since 1961, and five men are on the military death row at Fort Leavenworth.
We do know that Hasan will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair … and when convicted, despite his actions … he will officially be considered just another killer in an incident of “workplace violence”
But you and I know — he is guilty of a “terrorist act” … just as guilty of that crime as those who carried out 9-11.