In keeping with a recent post on the ass-clown behaviour of alleged Islamicist terrorists (or, at least, would-be terrorists), we have alleged Fort Hood murderer Major Nidal Hasan. Facing the death penalty on 13 counts of murder – and no one denies he’s responsible for killing his 13 victims – he has dismissed his lawyer and is proposing to defend himself. Sure, ’cause that’s a good idea!
Mind you, since his proposed defense is that he killed 13 fellow US soldiers in defense of the leaders of the Taliban – specifically “the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban” and “Mullah Muhammad Omar” – maybe the absence of a lawyer is the least of his problems. Yeah, because the “I’m innocent of murder because I was helping the enemy” defense is going to go over reeeeaaal well.
Now, according to legal experts, the defense in untenable. Not only is there no evidence that any of his victims posed any threat to the Taliban leaders (statistically, the likelihood of any given member of the US military killing a Taliban leader in combat is about the same as my running one over in my Hyundai), but the “defense of others” defense only works where you’re defending others from unlawful attack. Given the state of conflict between the US and the Taliban, and that the US is quite lawfully blowing away Taliban leaders as a matter of public policy, that last requirement is going to be a tough hurdle to overcome.
Still, this decision might not be as bat-shit crazy as it first appears (although, let’s be honest, it is bat-shit crazy). Apparently under US military law, you can’t plead guilty in a death penalty case (and, for obvious reasons, prosecutors won’t take the death penalty off the table – if anyone deserves the death penalty, he does). His strategy might be, since can’t plead guilty, to plead a defense that’s so asinine that it amounts to the same thing. If so, kudos to Mr. Hasan, for taking the inevitable death penalty like a man! I figured for sure he’d go the whiny insanity route, given his expertise as a psychiatrist.
Of course, that assumes that a guy who kills 13 total strangers in furtherance of an Islamofascist agenda actually has a rational strategy. It could just be that being an Islamicist terrorist makes you stupid.