Details of Nidal Hasan’s opening court statement at the bottom. Today. August 7, 2013, the second day of his court-martial, Hasan’s “stand-by” legal team entered a motion objecting to the requirement that they assist a client who “seeks the death penalty.” Hasan objected to the characterization that he was seeking the death penalty. The Judge cleared the courtroom. The court-martial resumes at 9 a.m. on August 8, 2013. The motion is “protected by attorney-client counsel,” but this report in the Killeen Daily Herald says his attorneys have asked to “totally removed” or “reinstated as Hasan’s official lead defense team.” A question, is Nidal’s brother Anas Hasan a resident of Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine, still aiding his defense team? A second question: why would the FBI report on Hasan, titled the Final Report of the William H. Webster Commission say the FBI knew al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was the subject of a “Tier [redacted] FBI counterterrorism investigation” yet conclude Awlaki was merely “inspirational.” In 2002, the Pentagon was aware that al-Awlaki purchased airline tickets for three 9-11-01 hijackers the month before the attacks (conversation on both questions below). UPDATE 9:15 am CDT: Court resumed 15 minutes ago. The Judge ruled against the motion of the defense team. They will continue to serve as his stand-by attorneys.
On November 23, 2010, July 19, 2011, and July 29, 2012 the tdtnews.com (Temple Daily Telegram) reported that Anas Hasan, the brother of Nidal Hasan, had visited Bell County Jail “hundreds of times” since Hasan’s incarceration – at that time one year ago, his visits totaled 207 according to jail visitor logs.
Anas Hasan is an attorney who has worked on mitigation issues for Hasan’s defense team. He’s also one of two brothers of the accused mass murderer. July 29, 2012
“Mitigating” circumstances means brother Anas worked with Nidal’s legal defense team to come up with reasons that would excuse Nidal’s heinous murder of 14.
Anas Hasan was born in the U.S. and grew up here, along with another Nidal and brother Eyad. Anas went to law school in the U.S. and at some point moved to Ramallah, Palestine where other Hasan relatives reside. Eyad reportedly lives in Sterling, Virginia and is employed there.
Assuming Anas, an American citizen retains his citizenship and it is lawful for him to assist his brother’s legal team, we also have to assume that his many visits to Nidal in jail are private, as they would be with his attorneys – unrecorded…private.
I’ve found nothing about Eyad Hasan visiting his brother but an Aunt said when he heard the news of the shootings, he fainted. Relatives of Anas in Ramallah said he and his wife shut-themselves off from everyone and stayed inside their home for a period of time.
About the “mitigating” circumstances, relatives of Nidal Hasan said he had a hard time dealing with the death of his parents. He was a loaner. He had no prospects for marriage, and in fact, a 173-page FBI report states that Hasan American-born al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki to help with finding him a bride. Al-Awlaki died of a U.S. drone attack in September 2011.
B. The FBI’s Knowledge About Anwar al-Aulaqi (Chapter 5)
As of January 7 and June 16,2009, the FBI knew Anwar al-Aulaqi as an anti-American, radical Islamic cleric and the subject of a Tier ^ | FBI counterterrorism investigation. San Diego believed [redacted] that Aulaqi was was [developing ambitions beyond radicalization] [entire line redacted]. WFO viewed him at that time as merely inspirational. The FBI’s full understanding of Aulaqi’s operational ambitions developed only after the attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009. Public awareness of the threat posed by Aulaqi is an even more recent development.
San Diego’s lead reasonably described the FBI’s knowledge about Aulaqi as of January 7, 2009.
The above is astonishing. Here’s what we knew about American-born Anwar al-Awlaki (Aulaqi):
Newly released documents show the FBI identified U.S.-born al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki as a terrorist the day before he spoke at a Pentagon luncheon in 2002, if not sooner…
The documents also show that the FBI was preparing to prosecute al-Awlaki on charges of soliciting prostitutes in Washington, D.C. He spent $2,320 for least seven encounters between Nov. 5, 2001, and Feb. 4, 2002, the day before his speech.
The documents also reveal that al-Awlaki’s doctoral education was paid for by the World Bank and supported by the government of Yemen. A July 12, 2000, letter from the Center for International Programs at New Mexico State University, where al-Aulaqi received his master’s degree, said he was “sponsored for a Ph.D. degree under the auspices of a World Bank Community College Project in Yemen. This project will pay for Mr. al-Aulaqi’s tuition and fees, books, health insurance, and living costs while he is pursuing a Ph.D. degree program.”
The FBI became interested in al-Awlaki as a terrorist as early as 1999. A memo between the special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego office and the national FBI director requested a counterterrorism investigation of al-Awlaki. He was then followed closely between November 2001 and January 2002, the documents show. Source: Washington Examiner
According to a September 27, 2001, FBI transcription, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State and Federal Bureau of Investigations (No. 1:12-cv-00893)), al-Aulaqi purchased airline tickets for the following 9/11 hijackers:
● Mohammed Atta, America West Airlines, 08/13/2001, for a flight from Washington, DC, to Las Vegas, Nevada, to Miami, Florida.
● S. Suqami, Southwest Airlines, 07/10/2001, for a flight from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Orlando, Florida.
● Al-Sheri, National Airlines, 08/01/2001, for a flight from San Francisco, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, to Miami, Florida.
In addition to the arrests noted by the documents in 2006 and 2007, al-Aulaqi was detained and questioned at New York’s JFK airport on October 10, 2002, under a warrant for passport fraud, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. However, the FBI ordered al-Aulaqi’s release, even though the arrest warrant was still active at the time of his detention as reported by Fox News Channel’s Catherine Herridge. Once released al-Aulaqi then took a flight to Washington, DC, and eventually returned to Yemen.
There’s much more in the FBI report that frankly can be viewed as a waste of paper and full-blown CYA. Page after page of nothing substantial other than Hasan’s emails which I’ll cover at another time and through the content of those emails, we know U.S. intelligence failed miserably. Every page was paid for dearly by American taxpayers through their wallets and some with their lives and limbs.
BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN ANCHOR: “I am the shooter,” the words of Major Nadal Hasan, his opening statement today lasting less than 2 minutes. He removed all doubt about his role in that 2009 shooting at Fort Hood. His trial opened today in a heavily, fortified courtroom at the military base…
ED LAVANDERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, it was fascinating because the prosecutors had just spent the previous hour meticulously detailing how he carried out the massacre not too far away from where this trial is going on and how the 13 people were killed and more than 30 others were wounded. It was in precise detail and it was very painful to hear it at one point.
In fact, prosecutors had talked about one pregnant victim who was pleading for the life of her unborn child as she was shot and hurt — describing what one witness said, I heard “My baby, my baby” and then the voice went silent. So you’ve spent an hour listening to that kind of emotional testimony and then Hasan stood up and in a matter of moments took away all of that attention and said he claimed to be the shooter just right out of the gate. Took away any pretense about whether or not this trial would be about his guilt or innocence.
Hasan basically declaring he is the shooter. He also went on to say that the evidence will show one side of the story here. That the evidence will show that I was on the wrong side being a U.S. soldier and that I switched sides so clearly Major Hasan trying to use this trial as a platform to try to espouse his religious beliefs. Prosecutors say that his motive for the shooting was that he was going to be deployed to Afghanistan towards the end of 2009. He did not want to be deployed. He felt it was his Jihad duty to kill as many U.S. soldiers as possible — Brooke.
Nidal Hasan is facing the death penalty. As such, Military law does not allow him to plead guilty, which he wanted to do.
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