Considering the Ft. Hood Trial

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The military trial of Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan underway at Ft. Hood in Texas has given rise to controversies beyond establishing guilt or innocence. Richard Rosen, Texas Tech law professor and former staff judge advocate at Fort Hood, discusses the implications of the crime not being designated an act of terrorism and of Major Hasan's self-representation when his aim may be less self-defense than martyrdom via the death penalty.


Richard Rosen

Comments [13]

Orin from Queens

He clearly was not a terrorist, targeting civilians like we did at Hiroshima and Dresden, rather he was a defector who decided that as a soldier he was on the wrong side, and used his opportunity to kill the enemy in an act of war. He was not part of the Taliban, so perhaps does not qualify for Geneva Convention treatment. But he is precisely a traitor, betraying his oath of allegiance, and could be executed for that.

Aug. 14 2013 11:01 AM
BK from NJ

To the Muslim caller: Hassan yelled Allah is great as he gunned down people. He is terrorist. If a Muslim guy robs a gas station, no he is not a terrorist- correct. But you are way of base on this one.
As for these wannabe martyrs, we should tell the Muslim world of terrorists that if they want to be suicide bombers, etc and we find ther remains, we will bury them with pig parts so that they will not go to heavens and get their virgins.

Aug. 14 2013 10:59 AM
John A

Let's see, we have capital punishment, rare elsewhere, And the highest rate of incarceration in the civilized world? Looks like capital punishment is a great deterrent!

Aug. 14 2013 10:58 AM
john from office

Hope the NSA is listening to this segment. Some callers are scary.

Aug. 14 2013 10:56 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

It is my observation that the shrink needs a shrink. For a man to have gotten to this level of education and then suddenly turn toward a radical position and wantonly murder innocent people screams schizophrenia. How about we try Thorazine first and, rather than sentence him to death, sentence him to life without parole.

As far as the death penalty in general, many of the perpetrators of these horrors should just get life without parole. Death is far too easy a sentence, not to mention too permanent in the event new evidence comes to light and they are then found innocent. So, in any case EXCEPT where there is incontrovertible evidence and witnesses, the death penalty should not be a sentence. In cases of terrorism, life without parole is the best bet.

And for all the naysayers out there, life without parole is far less expensive (taxpayer dollars) than death because the death penalty requires several VERY expensive appeals before it can be carried out, so we are paying for trials as well as the prisoners' stay in prison until the ultimate sentence and decision.

Aug. 14 2013 10:53 AM
Soldier's Father from Westchester, NY

Brian: THANK YOU for pointing out how the families of the Fort Hood casualties are being screwed out of benefits because of the "workplace violence" characterization of this event.

Aug. 14 2013 10:53 AM
Rishi from Astoria

If Hasan's attack was limited to military personnel, is it technically "terrorism"? I was under the impression that "terrorism" must be a coordinated attack against primarily civilians.

Aug. 14 2013 10:53 AM

The average number of people killed in mass shootings, when stopped by police, is 14.29 dead.
The average number of people killed in a mass shooting, when stopped by a citizen, is 2.33 dead.
The average number of people killed in a mass shooting, when stopped by an unarmed citizen is 2.6 dead.
The average number of people killed in a mass shooting, when stopped by a citizen with a gun is 1.8.

So the best way to prevent mass shootings with many dead, is to enable armed citizens to be in most crowds.
This is best accomplished by allowing the law-abiding to carry guns.

Aug. 14 2013 10:52 AM
john from Office

Has John Liu commented on this issue yet? He would favor releasing this guy. He was profiled!

Aug. 14 2013 10:51 AM

The death penalty should only be administered by an armed victim, when necessary for self-defense.

Aug. 14 2013 10:51 AM

More importantly he's still getting paid. Like $300 k since the murders

No death penalty for anyone. It's a get out of jail free card. There is no after life by the way!!
There is no Easter bunny either, sorry kids.

Aug. 14 2013 10:46 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

....and "LOL" is not to make light of the deplorable Leftist media cover-up of this "workplace" shooting.

Aug. 14 2013 10:46 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

LOL, Hassan himself loudly proclaimed at the trial what the politically correct, DISHONEST LIBERAL MEDIA (that would be you, Brian) was too cowardly to remind us about this occurrence of "workplace violence" .... that he killed in the name of Allah and in the service of Islam.

He screamed it while shooting insurance shots' into the people that he had already wounded to make sure they were dead ... and he said it again during the trial.

Aug. 14 2013 10:43 AM

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