– A judge has declined to impose a gag order in the capital murder trial of Fort Hood massacre accused Major Nidal Hasan after an FBI transcript of a conversation between him and a television news reporter was released to the media.
In his conversation with an al-Jazeera reporter, the US Army psychiatrist, charged with killing 12 soldiers and a civilian in a November 5th, 2009, shooting spree, made a now-famous refrain that he felt guilty for serving the US Army.
“I would like to begin by representing to almighty Allah and to apologise to the mujahideen…the believers and the innocent,” he was quoted as saying in the transcript of a July 15th, 2011, jail phone call.
“I ask for their forgiveness and their prayers. I ask for their forgiveness for participating in the illegal and immoral aggression against Muslims…their religion…and their lands. It has resulted in the death…destruction…and deception of many innocent men and women.”
Prosecutors opened a hearing on Wednesday, Texas time, by asking the judge, Colonel Tara Osborn, to reconsider a gag order after parts of the two-year-old transcript appeared in the media.
Major Hasan sent copies of the document to the Killeen Daily Herald and a Fox News affiliate. The remarks were similar to comments he has made in recent weeks when he asked the judge to allow him to tell jurors that he did not wish to wear his army uniform.
The Austin American-Statesman reported that Major Hasan claimed his camouflage uniform “represents the enemy of Islam”.
“I can’t take any pride in wearing this uniform,” Major Hasan told Colonel Osborn.
“I want the panel to know that, that I am being forced to wear it.” Colonel Osborn rejected the request. Still, Major Hasan continues to wear a thick beard in violation of army regulations only days before his trial begins next week.
He is charged with shooting 13 people at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Processing Centre and wounding 32 others, some severely.
Major Hasan made no objections in the proceeding. He is acting as his own lawyer – Sig Christenson

Nidal Hasan


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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