Major Nidal M. Hasan allegedly acted out his anger at Fort Hood. Who are we to attribute religious motives?
The Army major charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in last week's shooting rampage at Ft. Hood is paralyzed, according to his civilian counsel, retired Col. John Galligan.
Galligan said that his client was also experiencing intense pain in his hands and that that Hasan's speech is garbled. He expressed unhappiness that the charges were apparently read to his client in the hospital yesterday without either him or his military counsel present.
"Well, there's no legal requirement that I be present when the charges have been preferred," Galligan said. "However, given as you've noted the high profile nature of the case, given his location and status, still in the ICU, and described by me based on the last timing I saw him in a medical condition that I would describe as guarded, I was extremely upset to learn that they were going about this important step in the pretrial procedural process without formally notifying me - by that I mean ensuring that I knew it was going to be done, coordinating it in advance. That would have permitted me to be down there.
"In all honesty, my first five minutes with the client was spent almost apologizing for the manner in which it went down..."