Fort Hood shooter to un­der­take pro-Shariah hunger strike

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

Con­victed Fort Hood shooter Ni­dal Hasan says he will go on a “hunger strike” to protest “Amer­ica’s ha­tred” for Shariah law.

The 2009 ter­ror at­tack at Fort Hood, Texas, killed 13 and wounded 32 oth­ers. Hasan, a self-pro­claimed “sol­dier of Al­lah,” was con­victed on 13 charges of pre­med­i­tated mur­der and 32 charges of at­tempted mur­der Aug. 23, 2013. Although the for­mer Army Ma­jor psy­chi­a­trist is sched­uled to be ex­e­cuted, he plans to use the pro­tracted ap­peals process to make a po­lit­i­cal state­ment.

A hand­writ­ten let­ter ob­tained by Fox News de­tails plans to “re­duce and then main­tain a to­tal body weight of 99 pounds [while protest­ing] Amer­ica’s ha­tred for [Shariah] Laws.”

Re­tired Staff Sgt. Shawn Man­ning, an at­tack vic­tim, told the net­work that it was ab­surd for Hasan to think “he still has the right to make a state­ment.” The vet­eran, who is fight­ing le­gal bat­tles for com­bat-re­lated in­juries, said Hasan has “no re­gard for hu­man life.”

At­tor­ney John Gal­li­gan, the con­vict’s civil­ian rep­re­sen­ta­tive, told Fox News that he en­vi­sions a “very lengthy ap­pel­late process” re­gard­ing his client’s death sen­tence. He said le­gal ef­forts will even­tu­ally tran­si­tion from mil­i­tary ap­pel­late courts to “the Supreme Court and, there­after, through the tan­gled web of fed­eral courts.”

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