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Hasan convicted, but media still avoids the dreaded T-word?

A Yahoo! current lead article, from the Associated Press:

Maj. Nidal Hasan has been convicted of premeditated murder for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood…

Military jurors found the Army psychiatrist guilty on Friday for the attack that killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others at the Texas military base.

Hasan shouted “Allahu akbar!” before attacking and showed other signs that his motive was Islamic jihad. But only us rightie wingnuts (/sarc) will call his actions either jihad, or terrorism, or (since he fought the Army and nation that he was sworn to serve) treason. The AP article avoids the J- and T-words, and instead says delicately:

Through media leaks and statements to the judge, the American-born Muslim signaled that he believed the attack was justified as a way to protect Islamic and Taliban leaders from U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Others have discussed how the judge in Hasan’s trial sanitized the evidence of Hasan’s real motive, as did the Obama administration when they labeled his actions “workplace violence”.

Please feel free to correct this post, by commenting with links to Establishment media reports that use either ‘jihad’, ‘terrorism’ or ‘treason’ honestly to describe Hasan’s murder spree.

UPDATE: So far, SwiperTheFox has nicely given it a shot (see #15, here), but I wasn’t persuaded (see #24, here).

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29 Comments

  1. Allahu akbar – Arabic for nothing to see here. – Mark Steyn.

    Comment by KCRob (SoCalRobert) — August 23, 2013 @ 5:23 pm - August 23, 2013

  2. Mark Steyn nailed it!

    Comment by Seane-Anna — August 23, 2013 @ 5:55 pm - August 23, 2013

  3. And this trial was a waste of time and money. Hasan should’ve been summarily executed as soon as it was known that he committed the massacre.

    Comment by Seane-Anna — August 23, 2013 @ 5:57 pm - August 23, 2013

  4. SA – I would tend to leave those details to his judge or commander; but, I agree that his crime probably should have been treated as a battlefield action; thus treason.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 23, 2013 @ 6:19 pm - August 23, 2013

  5. In the book Watership Down, the following was spoken:


    “The rabbits became strange in many ways, different from other rabbits. They knew well enough what was happening. But even to themselves they pretended that all was well, for the food was good, they were protected, they had nothing to fear but the one fear; and that struck here and there, never enough at a time to drive them away.”


    The rabbits sat and never spoke of the danger that took a few. Acknowledging it would mean they would have to face it and perhaps fight it. But the protection and relative safety of the soft society was too great.

    The left would rather fight their own people who disagree truly little overall with them (conservatives) rather than truly face the danger that definitely want to destroy them (islamists) and conflate the motives of both groups where conservatives are the existential danger while the islamists are just misunderstood.

    Comment by eeyore — August 23, 2013 @ 7:04 pm - August 23, 2013

  6. Comment by eeyore — August 23, 2013 @ 7:04 pm – August 23, 2013

    Your Kung-Fu is strong, sir.

    Comment by My Sharia Moor — August 23, 2013 @ 7:39 pm - August 23, 2013

  7. Why did he not get a court martial and the death penalty ages ago? Does the answer slither through the halls of the White House?

    Comment by perturbed — August 23, 2013 @ 8:25 pm - August 23, 2013

  8. Because Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and the Barack Obama Party still do not get why it’s wrong to kill US soldiers.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 23, 2013 @ 9:01 pm - August 23, 2013

  9. “…his crime probably should have been treated as a battlefield action…” A battlefield action, ILC? This was no battlefield action. This was an act of brazen jihadi terrorism. Hasan acted as a terrorist, not a combatant, that’s why he should’ve been shot as soon as his guilt became obvious.

    Comment by Seane-Anna — August 23, 2013 @ 9:56 pm - August 23, 2013

  10. The sad thing is that by labeling it workplace violence the soldiers injured or killed that day are denied money/payments that fellow soldiers injured or killed by a knowledged terrorism receive. Obama is pretending like it isn’t terrorism while harming those most affected by Hasan’s actions.

    Comment by Just Me — August 24, 2013 @ 7:29 am - August 24, 2013

  11. If Obama, the tangled web weaver*, had permitted Hasan to be labeled a terrorist, then the whole Gitmo and civilian court crap he unloaded early in his administration would have been opened up. Furthermore, the Department of Justice and Eric Holder and CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood and the girls on The View would have been vying for getting their personal patterns for tangled web weaving into the whole circus.

    If Obama had any cojones, he would executive order Hasan into terrorist status after the sentencing and confer the victims of Hasan, living and dead, the status they deserve for having been shot up on the battlefield by a terrorist.

    (*) “Oh what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practise to deceive!” – Sir Walter Scott, Marmion

    Comment by heliotrope — August 24, 2013 @ 9:13 am - August 24, 2013

  12. Still looking… No mention yet.

    Comment by Juan — August 24, 2013 @ 10:55 am - August 24, 2013

  13. Hasan will live out his days in a taxpayer-funded prison where he will be fed a Muslim-compliant diet with special treats for Ramadam and Eid, and his prison guards will handle his Quran reverently while wearing white gloves.

    Because that’s how Islamic terrorists who murder Americans are supposed to be treated.

    Comment by V the K — August 24, 2013 @ 12:47 pm - August 24, 2013

  14. There’s a lot to be frustrated about. But, thank God, this POS is going to be either in jail forever or executed at some point. This reminds me of a Ron White line about crime and punihsment.

    “In Texas we have this little notion, ‘If you kill someone, we kill you back.’”

    Comment by SwiperTheFox — August 24, 2013 @ 1:57 pm - August 24, 2013

  15. Required reading is this excellent Wall Street Journal opinion article that does mention Hasan as a “terrorist killer” tutorted by the late Anwar al-Awlaki. See: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324619504579031232190366534.html

    Also, praise where praise is due: The Daily Mail described Hasan as a “jihadist” in their lead ( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2401076/Fort-Hood-shooter-Major-Nidal-Hasan-GUILTY-charges-faces-death-penalty.html ) and CBS mentioned the fact that Hasan wasn’t charged as a terrorist even though he clearly is one ( http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57599898/nidal-hasan-convicted-of-murder-in-fort-hood-shootings-eligible-for-death-penalty/ )

    >”Prosecutors never charged Hasan as a terrorist — an omission that still galls family members of the slain and survivors, some of whom have sued the U.S. government over missing the warning signs of Hasan’s views before the attack.”

    Comment by SwiperTheFox — August 24, 2013 @ 2:21 pm - August 24, 2013

  16. Has Obama made his obligatory phone-call-to-the-victim yet?

    Just sayin’ is all.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — August 24, 2013 @ 7:09 pm - August 24, 2013

  17. More media templates:

    “George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin because he was black and George Zimmerman is a racist.”

    “Chris Lane was shot because America still hasn’t enacted effective gun control legislation.” (The same way lynchings are the rope’s fault.)

    “Race was not a factor in the beating death of Delbert Belton.”

    Comment by Conservative Guy — August 24, 2013 @ 9:29 pm - August 24, 2013

  18. He wasn’t charged as a terrorist. It’s the government’s fault for not calling it terrorism.

    Comment by Mitch — August 24, 2013 @ 10:42 pm - August 24, 2013

  19. And this trial was a waste of time and money. Hasan should’ve been summarily executed as soon as it was known that he committed the massacre.

    The trial was a good use of time. If we let him run free, he might have killed more. And people shouldn’t be arrested for imprisoned without due process. Right now Obama is already being attacked by people who think the NSA’s intelligence gathering programs violate their rights. Imprisonment without due process definitely violates rights. If we didn’t have due process, George Zimmerman would be in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

    Comment by Mitch — August 24, 2013 @ 10:45 pm - August 24, 2013

  20. that’s why he should’ve been shot as soon as his guilt became obvious.

    He was convicted when his guilt was obvious. He was found guilty.

    Terrorism is a crime, not a nuisance we can just let slip by.

    To quote myself, “The trial was a good use of time. If we let him run free, he might have killed more. And people shouldn’t be arrested for imprisoned without due process. Right now Obama is already being attacked by people who think the NSA’s intelligence gathering programs violate their rights. Imprisonment without due process definitely violates rights. If we didn’t have due process, George Zimmerman would be in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.”

    Comment by Mitch — August 24, 2013 @ 10:47 pm - August 24, 2013

  21. Hasan will live out his days in a taxpayer-funded prison

    Criminals are SUPPOSED to be in prison. If we had criminals on the street, the streets would be a lot more violent.

    Being in prison must suck for prisoners. They have very little freedom. But that’s what they get for their actions.

    Comment by Mitch — August 24, 2013 @ 10:48 pm - August 24, 2013

  22. To echo Mitch’s sentiments, there is a reason they do not allow suicide in prisons. I have visited prisoners and would personally prefer death to life in prison. It is not a good life.

    Comment by Carolynp — August 25, 2013 @ 1:07 am - August 25, 2013

  23. What does Hasan have in his head that could be in any way dangerous to the US? He is paralyzed. He is fully vested in Allahu akbar and jihad and martyrdom.

    I say, plant a GPS devise in him and tattoo all manner of insults to Islamism on him and then lay him beside the road in Yemen or Afghanistan where his pals can pick him up and decide what to do with him. Call it parole. He isn’t going anywhere on his own.

    Comment by heliotrope — August 25, 2013 @ 9:15 am - August 25, 2013

  24. Swiper – Interesting links, thank you.

    WSJ: I don’t see Hasan described as a ‘terrorist killer’, there. The article does say that Awlaki tutored terrorists:

    At issue was whether the Army, in deference to Muslim sensitivities, had failed to act on warning signs dating to 2003 that included Hasan’s known email exchanges with the late Anwar al-Awlaki, the former Virginia-based cleric who fled to Yemen and proceeded to tutor terrorist killers.

    But Awlaki; that’s not what I’m looking for.

    The Daily Mail described Hasan as a “jihadist” in their lead

    Not quite; they named Hasan a ‘shooter’, and they scare-quoted ‘jihadist’, like this:

    Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan found GUILTY on all charges of 2009 ‘jihadist massacre’ which killed 13 people.

    Nice of them to mention the J-word. But (a) not U.S. media, and (b) weakened by the scare quotes.

    CBS mentioned the fact that Hasan wasn’t charged as a terrorist even though he clearly is one

    I don’t see it. Here is that quote again:

    [CBS] ”Prosecutors never charged Hasan as a terrorist — an omission that still galls family members of the slain and survivors, some of whom have sued the U.S. government over missing the warning signs of Hasan’s views before the attack.”

    The author (or CBS editorial voice) isn’t saying that Hasan is a terrorist; only that certain people (the victims’ families and surviving members) think he is.

    To conclude, all 3 are interesting links that play with the J- and T-words, but that still do not describe Hasan’s actions forthrightly as either jihadism, terrorism or treason. The Daily Mail comes closest.

    Having said that, I found the CBS article interesting. They said:

    From the beginning of the case, the federal government has sought to execute Hasan, believing that any sentence short of a lethal injection would deprive the military and the families of the dead of the justice…

    In the sentencing phase, jurors must all agree to give Hasan the death penalty before he can be sent to the military’s death row…

    Death sentences are rare in the military and trigger automatic appeals that take decades to play out. Among the final barriers to execution is authorization from the president…

    Prosecutors never charged Hasan as a terrorist — an omission that still galls family members of the slain and survivors…

    So, they’re using the criminal justice system (the military version of it), with all of its lengthy appeals, to execute Hasan. Again, I want to point out that how that avoids calling Hasan’s actions what they really were: A battlefield attack (the temporary opening of a new battlefield) by a jihadist, treasonous Army officer.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 25, 2013 @ 9:49 am - August 25, 2013

  25. The battlefield on the war on terrorism is asymmetric. The day at Hasan decided to scream out Allah Akbar and kill in the name of Islam, Fort Hood became a battlefield, plain and simple. I think the there are number of travesties that have occurred in this whole mess.

    1) Those in the command structure knew that Hasan had anti-America, but just kept him on the payroll and did no investigation before Hasan’s act of war. Those in the command structure should be brought to justice to answer why they did not act on the information that they knew.
    2) This trial case should have come to trial a long time ago. Four years is too long.
    3) Those who still hold that this was work place violence, no longer have any reason to declare it as such. Some have claimed that it might threaten getting a conviction in the Hasan trial. The trial is over.
    4) Now we waiting for the if he will get life or while be executed. Some say we should not executed this man because he will become a martyr. I don’t care if Hasan becomes another damn martyr. In my opinion he should be executed as an example for any other Muslim member of the United States military who commits such an act.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — August 25, 2013 @ 10:32 am - August 25, 2013

  26. One more point – I want to make clear my own view, that Hasan’s actions were NOT terrorism – but they were still very much combat, jihadism and treason.

    I prefer to use a precise definition of terrorism: it is when a non-uniformed combatant attacks the civilian populace. Hasan, though he failed to wear an enemy uniform or otherwise identify himself as a combatant, did at least focus his attack on soldiers, at a military installation.

    The world seems to use a looser definition of ‘terrorism’ than I do.

    When I criticize the media for not using the word with Hasan, I’m criticizing them for double standards – for failing to use the word as *they* understand it.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 25, 2013 @ 11:10 am - August 25, 2013

  27. #23 heliotrope–I like the way you think.

    Comment by John in Palm Springs — August 25, 2013 @ 2:01 pm - August 25, 2013

  28. The really really stupid and offensive part is that under a Clinton Era policy, soldiers are not allowed to carry weapons on base. An armed soldier could have stopped the mass murder before 14 people were killed.

    14 more casualties in the left’s war on the right of self-defense.

    Comment by V the K — August 25, 2013 @ 7:59 pm - August 25, 2013

  29. Tangental to V the K’s comment, I collect swords. My little brother knows I’d have loved an Iraqi sword or scimitar, or better still an officer’s blade.

    He wasn’t allowed to buy and ship one home, or claim a bayonet or combat knife or anything as a souviner.

    So yes, the army trusts him with automatic rifles, pistols, scaples and narcotics (combat medic) but won’t let him ship anything more dangerous than a rug home (seriously, he sent a nice rug to his wife).

    I do have an Iraqi Dinar with Sadam’s face on it though.

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 27, 2013 @ 9:21 am - August 27, 2013

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