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Fort Hood Suspect: I Was Protecting the Taliban

Hasan will argue he shot soldiers to protect Taliban leaders

(Newser) - Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan gave his first public explanation for the 2009 rampage that killed 13 people yesterday: He was defending Taliban leaders. Hasan, who is representing himself in court , asked the judge for a three-month delay in the trial so he could switch his argument to a...

Fort Hood Suspect Will Represent Himself

Judge tried to discourage Nidal Hasan, but ruled him competent

(Newser) - The Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage will represent himself at his upcoming murder trial, meaning he will question the more than two dozen soldiers he's accused of wounding, a military judge ruled today. Maj. Nidal Hasan's attorneys will remain on the case but...

US Paid Fort Hood Suspect $278K Since Shooting

Army says it has to under Military Code of Justice

(Newser) - Accused Fort Hood Major shooter Nidal Hasan has collected $278,000 in salary from the military in the years since the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting that took 13 lives. The Defense Department confirms the payments to NBC Dallas/Fort Worth , and explains that it's powerless to stop them: The Military...

No Purple Hearts for Fort Hood Victims: Pentagon

Texas Rep. John Carter calls decision 'dead wrong'

(Newser) - A Texas lawmaker's attempt to make victims of the Fort Hood shooting eligible for purple hearts has fallen on deaf ears at the Pentagon, ABC News reports. Awarding them purple hearts could "irrevocably alter the fundamental character of this time-honored decoration" and "undermine the prosecution of Major...

Ft. Hood Judge Refuses to Remove Death Penalty

Also denies Nidal Hasan's request to change venue

(Newser) - A military judge is looking to move the three-plus-year-old case against the accused Fort Hood shooter forward, ruling last night that, in accordance with Army rules, Maj. Nidal Hasan cannot enter guilty pleas in exchange for stripping the death penalty from the case. Judge Tara Osborn also refused Hasan's...

Judge Orders Fort Hood Suspect to Get Rid of Beard

Nidal Hasan must shave or be shaved before trial

(Newser) - Nidal Hasan will definitely be clean-shaven before his murder trial begins, the AP reports. After a hearing today to determine whether a religious freedom law could allow the suspected Fort Hood shooter to keep his beard—which violates Army regulations —a military judge found that the defense couldn't...

Fort Hood Suspect Barred From Court Over Beard

Nidal Hasan refuses to shave, in violation of Army policy

(Newser) - Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan got kicked out of his own court hearing today because he won't shave his beard, reports the AP . The military judge warned him about it at a previous hearing because the beard violates Army policy. When Hasan showed up again today without shaving,...

Radical US Muslims &#39;a Minuscule Threat&#39;
 Radical US Muslims 
 'a Minuscule Threat' 

Radical US Muslims 'a Minuscule Threat'

Arrests down for homegrown plots, attacks

(Newser) - After the attempted Times Square bombing in 2010, many feared that radical Muslim Americans posed a growing threat to the US—but that fear is unfounded, a new report from a research group declares. The number of US Muslims charged in violent attacks or plots peaked in 2009 at 47,...

Suspect Shouts Name of Accused Ft. Hood Shooter

Muslim soldier accused of bomb plot yells out in court

(Newser) - The US soldier who allegedly planned to bomb Fort Hood military base had a disruptive and defiant court appearance today, reports the AP . Pfc. Naser Abdo would not stand up when asked and yelled "Nidal Hasan Fort Hood 2009" as he was leaving, referring to the Army psychiatrist accused...

Cops: Soldier Admits Plot to Attack Fort Hood

AWOL Muslim private arrested with bomb-making material

(Newser) - The US soldier arrested over a possible second attack on Fort Hood told police he wanted to attack troops there, reports CNN . Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, 21, apparently acted alone, said the local police chief, noting that he wasn’t aware of any other threat to the base. Abdo, a...

Hasan Faces Military Trial, Death Penalty

Alleged Fort Hood shooter's lawyer loses argument

(Newser) - Nidal Hasan, the alleged shooter in the Fort Hood massacre, will face a military trial and could, if convicted, be sentenced to death, Fort Hood's commanding general announced today. Hasan's lawyers had tried to convince the military that a death penalty case would be too expensive, time consuming,...

Army Punishes 9 for Fort Hood 'Failures'

Officers accused of poor leadership regarding Nidal Hasan

(Newser) - The Army has begun "adverse administrative action" against nine officers for "administrative and leadership failures relating to the career of Maj. Nidal Hasan," the alleged Fort Hood shooter, it announced yesterday in a statement. "Although no single event directly led to the tragedy at Fort Hood,...

Japanese Americans: King's Muslim Hearings 'Sinister'

(Newser) - Congressman Peter King begins his controversial hearings Thursday into radical Islam, and one group in particular is taking exception, reports the Washington Post : Japanese Americans. They see a parallel between the way they were demonized during World War II and how American Muslims are being treated today. "I'll be...

First Witness: Hasan 'Was Aiming at Soldiers'
 First Witness: Hasan 
 'Was Aiming at Soldiers' 
fort hood shooting

First Witness: Hasan 'Was Aiming at Soldiers'

Hearing will determine whether he stands trial in Fort Hood shooting

(Newser) - Witnesses say accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan methodically walked around the Army base's processing center as he stalked his victims. "I noticed the weapon he was firing had an infrared sight, like a laser sight on the weapon," said a sergeant who got shot five times,...

Fort Hood Hearing Hits Speed Bump

Attorneys request delay as Hasan returns to base for military hearing

(Newser) - The trial of the Army psychiatrist accused in the Fort Hood shooting rampage may be delayed. A pretrial hearing at the military base's courtroom for Maj. Nidal Hasan was scheduled to begin yesterday, but the defense team asked for a month to "process some paperwork," finds the Austin ...

Radical Cleric's Dad Sues Over CIA Kill List

Suit challenges CIA's power to assassinate an American citizen

(Newser) - The father of Anwar al-Awlaki, the Muslim cleric linked to multiple terrorist plots , is suing the US government in an effort to get his son off the CIA’s “capture or kill” list. He’s hired the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights to challenge the CIA’s...

Fort Hood Suspect Says Little in Court

Nidal Hasan has first appearance, wins delay

(Newser) - Wearing his Army uniform and sitting solemnly in a wheelchair, the psychiatrist accused of gunning down 13 people at Fort Hood in November made his first court appearance today, and his attorneys won a delay in his case. Maj. Nidal Hasan did not speak much at the hearing, mostly answering...

Ft. Hood Suspect to Appear in Court

Defense team will seek delay

(Newser) - The man accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood , Nidal Hasan , will make his first court appearance today in a preliminary hearing. His lawyers will seek to delay an Article 32 hearing that will determine if his case should go to trial, reports the AP . The army has already...

Yemeni Cleric: Kill US Citizens

New al-Qaeda video features US-born cleric

(Newser) - American-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have inspired the Fort Hood shooter and would-be underwear bomber, is advocating the killing of American civilians in an al-Qaeda video released today. "The American people, in general, are taking part in this and they elected this administration and they are...

Obama Team Afraid to Mention 'Radical Islam'
Obama Team Afraid to Mention 'Radical Islam'

Obama Team Afraid to Mention 'Radical Islam'

They keep downplaying terrorists' jihadist connections

(Newser) - The Weekly Standard rips into the Obama administration's anti-terror record in a scathing new essay. Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn accuse the administration of failing to detect three plots beforehand (Times Square, the Christmas Day attempt, and Fort Hood), taking credit for dumb luck when two of the attempts...

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