Tight security outside, bitter irony inside


Ft Hood 


An expert on terrorism believes it’s telling that there is such tight security for the court-martial of the Muslim Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage.


Tight security measures are in place at the Texas Army post and neighboring city of Killeen as jury selection starts today in Major Nidal Hasan’s court-martial. The military courthouse on the edge of Fort Hood has been transformed into a fortress, surrounded by hundreds of stacked freight car-sized shipping containers and other barriers designed to protect it against the impact of a bomb blast. Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 5, 2009, massacre.


Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch says the extensive security measures are very telling.


Spencer, Robert (Jihad Watch)”Even while the U.S. government classifies that attack as ‘workplace violence,’ the fact that they have all these security measures in place there shows that they know that the same motivations that led Hasan to murder 13 Americans are held by many other Muslims who might want to come and disrupt that trial and commit violence there,” he states.


After months of legal haggling, Hasan will be allowed to wear a beard during the court-martial.


“That exception was made for his religious belief,” notes Spencer. “Now what’s bitterly ironic about that is that his religious belief is what led to his mass murder in the first place. And so we are paying our respects by allowing him to have the beard through the same ideology that led to the deaths of those soldiers – and that is a ridiculous situation.”


Spencer says while a conviction is likely, he doubts Hasan will ultimately receive the death penalty.