Sunday, October 17, 2010

Reflexively Islamist

Apparently there was cell phone video of the Fort Hood Massacre by the Muslim terrorist Nidal Hasan.

FORT HOOD, Texas — A US soldier who captured a deadly 2009 rampage at Fort Hood with his cell phone camera testified Friday that he was ordered to erase the video by his commanders.

The video could have provided key evidence at the trial of Major Nidal Hasan, a US Army psychiatrist who faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder.

But it may not be necessary for prosecutors. They presented more than two dozen witnesses who identified Hasan as the shooter, in the first three days of what is expected to be a lengthy hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for a court martial.

However, the Army is so reflexively Islamist, a non-commissioned officer ordered the video deleted within minutes of the massacre.

FORT HOOD, Texas – A soldier who recorded the terror of last year’s deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood using his cell phone was ordered by an officer to delete both videos, a military court heard Friday.

Under cross-examination, Pfc. Lance Aviles told an Article 32 hearing that his non-commissioned officer ordered him to destroy the two videos on Nov. 5, the same day a gunman unleashed a volley of bullets inside a processing center at the Texas Army post.

The footage could have been used as evidence at the military hearing to decide whether Maj. Nidal Hasan should stand trial in the shootings. The 40-year-old American-born Muslim has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Twenty-nine witnesses over three days have appeared either in a courtroom or by video link. Prosecutors have not said whether they’ll seek the death penalty if the case goes to trial.

Interestingly enough, the Army has still not decided on the death penalty for Hasan, but has apparently decided on the death penalty for American soldiers in Afghanistan who killed Muslims. They will not give the death penalty to the co-conspirator who has confessed.

A U.S. soldier who told investigators in horrifying detail that he and other members of his unit executed three civilians in Afghanistan for sport will not face the death penalty if convicted, the Army said Friday.

Spc. Jeremy Morlock, of Wasilla, Alaska, is one of five defendants charged with murder and conspiracy in the deaths this year. Much of the Army’s case is based on extensive statements Morlock gave describing the killings.

The Army announced Friday that a court-martial would be scheduled, though no timeframe was given, and that Morlock would face a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.

But, back to Hasan. While Agence France Press thinks that the deletion of the video will have no effect on the trial, that is wishful thinking. The government has admitted that it had physical evidence of Hasan's guilt, but destroyed it deliberately. This could prevent a trial or result in either an overturned verdict, an acquittal, or no death penalty. Destroying evidence is a crime under several federal statutes, including 18 USC 1503, Obstruction of Justice, and 18 USC 1519, Destruction of Evidence. The defense will claim at trial that the destroyed video exonerated the defendant and the only reason for the destruction of the evidence was to railroad the defendant. The Army cannot and will not state that the video was destroyed because of their favoritism towards Muslims. To do so will expose how deeply Islamists have penetrated our government. And the blame cannot be placed on Obama, as Islam as a Religion of Peace was the official ideology of Jorge Bush. It went so deep that a minor non-commissioned officer, long hand for a lowly sergeant, had no issues with ordering the destruction of evidence of a horrendous crime committed by a Muslim destroyed without any by your leave. And the soldier had no problems obeying this illegal order. Now both the soldier and his sergeant both knew that was illegal. All members of the military are trained to not interfere with criminal investigations. Apparently unless those crimes are committed by Muslims, then different rules apply.


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