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Hasan Wanted Soldiers Prosecuted for War Crimes

John on November 17, 2009 at 8:29 am

From ABC’s Blotter:

Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s military superiors repeatedly ignored or rebuffed his efforts to open criminal prosecutions of soldiers he claimed had confessed to “war crimes” during psychiatric counseling, according to investigative reports circulated among federal law enforcement officials.


Investigators believe Hasan’s frustration over the failure of the Army to pursue what he regarded as criminal acts by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan may have helped to trigger the shootings.

“The Army may not want to admit it, and you may not hear much about it, but it was very big for him,” said one of the federal investigators on the task force collecting evidence of the crime.

Of course we already know that Hasan thought it was verboten for a Muslim to fight other Muslims. Given his views it’s no surprise that he thought it a crime for soldiers (many of them Christians?) to fight them as well.

This does raise the question of how the Army missed this so completely. This is a person who was begging for attention. Why didn’t someone give him some?

It’s also interesting how much Hasan, a jihadist sympathizer, sounds like the more extreme elements of the left. It’s a point I’ve made before. Given this, I suspect it won’t be long before the lefty fringe moves on from the claim that Hasan had second-hand PTSD to the idea that he was a whistle blower who finally snapped out of a desperate need to call attention to “war crimes.” Wait and see.

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