Two terrorist attacks were attempted November/December 2009. The first – the Fort Hood massacre caused 42 casualties, 13 killed/29 wounded, by U.S. Army major Hasan – occurred 11/05/2009.
The second – Christmas Day aboard a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit – injured only the Islamic militant nicknamed “the underwear bomber” when the bomb caught fire in his underwear. If successful, he would have killed 288 innocents and himself.
On 02/16/2012, that terrorist pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. During his trial and sentencing this unrepentant Muslim twice proclaimed loudly “Allahu akbar”, “God is great”. He defined his failed attack as “divinely inspired”.
Prior to his murderous attack, Major Hasan also shouted “Allahu akbar” and then began firing. Obama issued a statement of sympathy for the fallen but cautioned against a “rush to judgment”. After numerous hearings and delays, on 02/02/2012, Major Hasan’s trial date was reset from 03/05/2012 to 06/12/2012, no rush to judgment.
The U.S. Armed Forces Commander in Chief reportedly ordered Fort Hood witnesses and families not to mention the major’s shout of “Allahu akbar” before attacking. Consequently, initial news reports stated “a motive for the attack was unclear”. However, radical Muslim cleric, Al-Awlaki – with whom the major exchanged emails and who was later killed by U.S. troops – praised Hasan’s massacre calling him a “hero” and “man of conscience”.
It’s well said “Justice delayed is justice denied”. One may logically question: (1) will Hasan’s trial be delayed beyond 11/06/2012? (2) if it proceeds as now scheduled, will prosecutors be allowed to divulge the major’s documents and statements that prove his radical Islamic beliefs or will political correctness – that prompted DOD to classify the deadliest shooting attack on a domestic U.S. military basis as “workplace violence” – prevail over justice for victims and survivors of the Fort Hood massacre?