Thirteen counts of premeditated murder.
Under the UCMJ, if he’s convicted, he can face a firing squad. He will, more likely, face lethal injection if convicted. If this goes to courts-martial, chances are he will be convicted. It’s a safe bet, at this point, there’s more to the story than came out on the day of the shootings, though.
Here’s a thought: instead of more troops in Afghanistan, what about paying more attention to the needs of the troops and veterans here at home?
I support *all* the troops. I think they all need to come home safe — and stay safe after they get here.
In a perfect world the incredibly jacked-up rewards offered for Osama bin Laden would’ve produced him, by now. Since that didn’t happen, maybe what ought to is that foreign aid money for Pakistan, India, and neighboring countries be withheld until he, or his identifiable remains, is produced at some neutral site, like possibly The Hague.
Meanwhile, here’s another insight into the troubled life Major Hasan led:
Major Hasan also seemed to believe that his mosques could help him find a wife, preferably one of Arab descent, he told imams. Faizul Khan, the former imam at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, Md., said he knew women who had been interested in Major Hasan because he had a good job. But he did not find any of them pious enough, the imam said.
Though Major Hasan told his cousins that he planned to marry sometime this year, he was not known to have ever had a girlfriend, relatives said.
It took seven minutes to kill a baker’s dozen and wound almost three times as many more. The weapon used appears to have been an FN Herstal 5.7 mm pistol — a caliber bigger than the Army’s M-16, but not so big that either the firearm or the spare magazines, of which the major apparently had more than one, would’ve been difficult to conceal in the current BDU uniform.
What was at the heart of his discontent? Religion? Loneliness? Some odd combination of the two?