"He has a keen interest in Islamic culture and faith and has shown capacity to contribute to our psychological understanding of Islamic nationalism and how it may relate to events of national security and Army interest in the Middle East and Asia…Maj. Hasan has great potential as an Army officer" – From an Evaluation Report on Major Hasan, written by his supervisors on July 1, 2009.
The following summarizes activities during the third week of Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s court martial (Aug 19-23, 2013). He is on trial for the deaths of thirteen and wounding of 32 military and civilian victims in what is described by most people as a Muslim terrorist attack.
Criminal Investigations Division (CID) Special Agents Jamie Gorsuch and Kelly Jameson presented evidence obtained from Hasan’s vehicle. Included were receipts for batteries that would be placed into the laser sites for Hasan’s pistol. These were dated November 2, just three days before this killing spree.
FBI Special Agent Charles Cox testified about Hasan’s computer which contained a history of Internet searches. These searches included the subjects such as ““killing of innocent persons”, "Jihad”, “laser sites”, “Afghanistan”, “Taliban”, and “5.7 x .28 caliber ammunition””.
The remaining six witnesses identified Hasan as the shooter. Hasan cross-examined one witness who saw the shootout between Hasan and the two Fort Hood police officers, asking specific questions about the incident.
Five witnesses testified today including a photographer who took pictures of the shooter whom he identified as Hasan. His photographs were entered into evidence.
Government prosecutors rested their case against Hasan today after presenting testimony from a total of 89 witnesses.
After instructing Hasan to begin his defense, he said, “The defense rests”. Procedural matters took up the remaining day including instructions to the jury panel on about 700 pieces of evidence.
August 22: Day 13 (Thursday)
The jury panel retires to consider the evidence and to determine a verdict for Hasan.
Today, the panel returned a unanimous verdict of guilty to the charges of 13 counts of premeditated murder and guilty of 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.
The sentencing phase by the jury panel will begin on Monday, August 26, 2013. The panel’s eleven men and two women will decide between two choices: death or life in prison without parole. The death sentence can only be given with a unanimous vote of the jurors.