Nidal Hasan, the confessed shooter in Fort Hood, Tx., was found guilty on all 13 counts of premeditated murder, and 32 counts of premeditated murder today. The first step toward closure for the victims and their families was taken, after the unprecedented November 2009 attack on the Army Base.
As reported by NBC-5 Dallas/Fort Worth, Monday will be the start of the sentencing phase for Hasan, who had offered no defense in the case. Neal Sher and Reed Rubinstein, attorneys for the victims, released the following statement:
"Today's guilty verdict, rendered almost four years after the attack, is only a first, small step down the path of justice for the victims.
In light of this verdict, we again call on DOD and DOJ to stop their cynical "workplace violence" charade - a charade carried on despite Hasan's confessions and the mountain of evidence demonstrating that the attack was the work of an Islamic jihadist, working on behalf of al-Qaeda, who killed Americans for his "brothers" in the Middle East - and to stop denying the Fort Hood victims the Purple Hearts and medical and other benefits to which they are rightfully due. We call on Congress and the Executive Branch to fairly compensate the Fort Hood terror victims, in all respects, as the 9/11 Pentagon attack victims were compensated. And, we call on the government, finally, to accept responsibility for the harm done by its political correctness, spin and cover-up and to provide the victims and the American people with the truth, decency and accountability that they deserve.
The terrorist Hasan's conviction and sentencing is only the beginning, not the end of this story. Justice for the victims of Fort Hood will be done only when the government admits its mistakes, keeps its promises to 'make the victims whole' and comes clean about Fort Hood. The victims, and the American people, are owed nothing less."
Hasan, who represented himself in the trial, characterized himself early on as an individual that "switched sides" to become a shooter. He described the attack as something that was done for his jihadist brothers. Attorneys that were assigned to Hasan, but have been on standby throughout the proceedings have indicated that he wishes to be put to death.
Nidal Hasan found guilty on all charges -- no brainer there! Now Obama and Hagel, do the right thing and classify this as an act of terrorism, not workplace violence. As for Hasan, I say simply, thumbs down. And if not, put him in the same cell with Chelsea Manning.
It remains to be seen if Hasan will end up getting what he wants - presumably the status of martyr through a death penalty - or if the sentencing phase will result in life-long imprisonment.