Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Nutcase

Maj. Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 and injured 32 people at Ft. Hood, Texas, is really showing what a crazy jihaddi nutcase he is.

Unlike the Obama administration’s categorization of his killing rampage as a case of workplace violence, he is clearly an enemy of America.

He is representing himself in a court martial. He is claiming innocence because he acted in “defense of others.” Those others are the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and Taliban leaders, including Mullah Omar.

“Former military lawyers said his theory failed to meet the criteria of ‘defense of others’ cases, which require defendants to prove that those they were protecting were victims of unlawful force and faced an immediate threat or danger. The threat to the Taliban was neither immediate nor unlawful, they said,” wrote New York Times reporter Manny Martinez.

Despite representing himself, he complained that he isn’t getting adequate assistance from military defense lawyers.

The lawyers, however, object to his line of defense, saying helping him in that crazy jihaddi “defense” “crosses an ethical line.”

The Army psychiatrist killed these soldiers three years ago. So far there has been nothing but pretrial maneuvering. Jury selection begins July 9 and a trial is set for Aug. 6.

The lawyers, all high-ranking military officers — lieutenant colonels — have tried to withdraw. At last report they have been ordered by the military judge to be on standby. They already succeeded in getting Maj. Hasan an exception from military rule by allowing him to keep his beard.

The trial will be a tense one as the shooter is allowed to cross-examine his surviving shooting victims who will appear as witnesses for the prosecution.

We expect that the judge, Col. Tara A. Osborn, will keep the trial moving along and avoid a lot of nonsense.

There likely will be some kind of appeal. The military should dispose of that in short order and send Hasan to a firing squad without delay.

Mountain Democrat

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Discussion | 22 comments

  • James E.June 20, 2013 - 10:31 am

    The Major is toast and will likely get a sentence of death. And, well deserved.

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  • James E.June 20, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    It appears only three of us are alive and the last people on earth.

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  • Evelyn VeerkampJune 20, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Make that four!

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  • James E.June 20, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    Evelyn, were you absent because you had other things to do or was it because of the MtDemocrat computer maze?

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  • Evelyn VeerkampJune 20, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    James: I was absent for the same reason many others now are AWOL. Have now made an honest woman of myself by becoming an actual Mt. Dem. subscriber rather than a freeloading commenter.

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  • Evelyn VeerkampJune 20, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    Do you suppose new subscribers will be permitted their former pseudonyms?

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  • James E.June 20, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    Phil, so given our sole presence in the room during that scary period, that must mean we aren't freeloaders.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 20, 2013 - 4:25 pm

    YES! And if I were you, Evelyn, I would verrrry careful about confessions.

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  • Evelyn VeerkampJune 20, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Already -- even with my paid-up status -- this thing is already saying I already said that!!!

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  • Evelyn VeerkampJune 20, 2013 - 5:55 pm

    OK, I'll try again. What scary period? You mean when you were at home alone without all the freeloaders?

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  • Evelyn VeerkampJune 20, 2013 - 5:56 pm

    There is nobody around to call me a liberal devil. Takes all the fun out of things.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 20, 2013 - 6:07 pm

    YES. There was a period when James and I were running the world. I can't speak for James. But just look at the stock market today. I think he did it. But I'm not ready to make that charge. It could have been me. I quit.

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  • James E.June 20, 2013 - 6:49 pm

    The stock market falling is probably because of the Federal Reserve making sounds, but it could also be because the Tea/Republicans couldn't get the farm bill through the house. They control the House, but are saying it's the Democrats fault. Their old projection trick.

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  • James E.June 20, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    And now Boehner is talking a fight over the debt limit -- anything to screw up the economy and put President Obama in a bad light. Just another patriot leading the party of NO.

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  • James E.June 20, 2013 - 6:53 pm

    I cannot believe all the regulars were freeloaders.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 20, 2013 - 8:25 pm

    James, I do have special powers!!! I was exploring the new functions in this new MD web version. Walking Tall had a comment on another thread. I clicked on Report abusive comment to see where it led me. IT NUKED THE COMMENT!!! I now have special editorial powers!!!! (or has it always been thus?)

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  • James E.June 20, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    Phil has special powers like Superman.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 20, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    Evelyn, regarding your question here: - http://www.mtdemocrat.com/opinion/nutcase/comment-page-1/#comment-734049 If/when our friends register they have the opportunity to establish a user name ie "Cookie" . . .. http://www.mtdemocrat.com/wp-login.php?action=register

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 20, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    Faux powers, James. The "nuked comment" is invisible when logged in but visible when not logged in. The webmaster has more work to do.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 21, 2013 - 7:59 am

    The good Colonel says, "The stock market falling is probably because of the Federal Reserve making sounds, but it could also be because the Tea/Republicans . . . James, reserve ten (10) minutes to view this clip. The premise is that China is entering a credit lock similar to our 2008 credit lock which precipitated the bubble burst. - - - LINK - http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog/2013/06/china-fail

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  • CherylJune 21, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    What did the MD do to the comment section?? Where is Fran and that righty Cookie? What will we do without Cookies constant insults to anyone who doesn't think like Cookie?? Comment section was best part of this newspaper, learned more in comments than rest of the paper.

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  • JohnJune 23, 2013 - 9:20 pm

    Col; James: When people start quoting some unknown blogger (Veerkamp above) as an 'authority', it's time to mothball the old typewriter and read a good book.

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