Strange, isn’t it, that while the US Army seems hell bent on getting Major Hasan a shave, that same Army has been unresponsive to complaints that Major Hasan has been required to use wholly inadequate toilet facilities while in pretrial confinement at the Bell County Jail.
If Judge Gross proceeds to order Major Hasan be forcibly shaved, the Army Regulation posted below should give us an idea of what we can expect to see (assuming we get access to the mandated videotape of the procedure).
No doubt, many elements in the world will see this as the initial chapter in an American military story of martyrdom.
Military executions will be by lethal injection.
3–2. Execution by lethal injection
The execution is conducted by means of continuous intravenous administration of a lethal substance, or substances,
in a quantity sufficient to cause death. All lethal substances, or residue thereof, remaining after completion of
the execution will be disposed of appropriately.
The condemned prisoner will be moved from his cell to the execution area prior to the execution with a time
duration limited to the minimum amount of time absolutely necessary to prepare the prisoner for execution.
(1) The condemned prisoner will be placed on the execution table and restrained by means of appropriate fasteners
to ensure safety and security of the prisoner and EWT personnel.
(2) Once the prisoner is secured to the table, the Execution Team will insert a large–bore intravenous channel into
an appropriate vein, assure the flow of a normal saline solution, and connect the condemned prisoner to the
(3) The execution area will be cleared of all nonessential personnel. At that time, the execution area will be opened
and made visible to all assembled witnesses.
(4) Those personnel approved to witness the execution will be escorted from the witness assembly area to the
witness viewing rooms prior to the opening of the execution area. Witnesses arriving after others have been escorted to
the witness viewing rooms will normally not be permitted to enter or view the execution. Once in the viewing area, all
witnesses will receive a final briefing on the specifics of the procedure they are about to observe and the behavior and
decorum expected. Those who cannot maintain the expected level of behavior will be removed.
At no time will media representatives conduct interviews of witnesses while congregated in the witness assembly
or viewing areas.
At the time designated for the execution, the CMDT, USDB, will read aloud the charge or charges, the finding
of the court, the sentence, and the execution orders. The CMDT, USDB will then order the execution to begin.
Following the CMDT’s reading of documents in (b), above, the execution team will administer the lethal agents.
The execution team will monitor vital signs and notify the CMDT, USDB, when no vital signs remain. The
CMDT, USDB, will then announce that the execution is completed. At that time all persons, including the witnesses,
will leave the viewing area, except those designated members of the EWT responsible for removal of the body.
A senior medical officer, appointed by TSG, will certify death and provide a report of death at the morgue or
The senior medical officer will notify the Fort Leavenworth Casualty Office of the prisoner’s death. Persons
authorized to direct disposition may designate the Army to provide the mortuary benefits.
“In the name of the almighty Allah, I am Muslim. I believe my religion requires me to wear a beard. I am doing this as a sign of my faith. I am not trying to disrespect you or this court. When I stand before God, I am responsible for all my actions,” Hasan said.
Unimpressed, Judge Gross advised that he would proceed with an order to forcibly shave the Defendant . . . . . both the military judge and the Army’s postion can only be described as ridiculous.
Many folks think that, based on the earlier appellate court stay proceedings, Judge Gross should handle the beard issue with a simple agreed instruction to the panel members. Arguably, the military judge should reverse his earlier findings of contempt and order that any previous fines imposed by withdrawn. It now is seemingly becoming personal . . . . .
CAAF Hasan Order 27 Aug 12
Looks like a temporary win for Hasan . . . . .
A copy of the CAAF Order Is Here – CAAF Hasan Order 27 Aug 12
If Mr. Galligan believed all of his own self-serving, pompous huffing and puffing here, he would still be a part of the defense team. It appears he threw in the towel at the first sign that he would not get credit. Now, he has ordained himself to be the arbiter of all that is best and true, and deems to arrogantly lecture us country bumpkins on the Constitution and civics. Well, physician, heal thyself. Maybe Mr. Galligan should try reading our Constitution and try taking a civics class, as he was a part of the delay tactics that have brought us here. Be that as it may, we must stand by stoically and be patient while justice is rendered in this case. “
– Bubba at 8:54 am on Monday, Aug 20, 2012
” The writer of the above Letter to the Editor,John P. Galligan, a former defense attorney for Major Hasan the murderer of 14 (including the unborn child) plus the wounding of many more on Ft Hood on Nov.2009, Is in my eye, still working in defense of Maj. Hasan. The writer states,We should join in common prayer for the Major instead of worrying about what the town looks like for any world news reporters.– I agree with him on the point of not caring what the outside media may think of Killeen on the surface. However I believe the former defense attorney is still arguing in defense of the accused when he states, it is anyone except the Major who has caused this case not to come forward and for its delay. The writer should accept he is also responsible for the delay of trial when he argued spent months arguing for his client,a man who willingly took it upon himself to kill his fellow soldiers, and did this in the uniform of an army he was thought to be loyal toward,at least on the surface by the people who knew of him. The writer seems to have a problem thinking the man may receive the death penalty. Instead of trying to state in some manner that it is the town of Killeen’s fault or the people who live there,the pentagon or the world who is responsible for what might turn into a death sentence. The writer himself has to realize,If a death sentence is awarded his former client at trial,it is what Major Hasan was expecting the day he decided to give the death sentence to all those he killed on Nov. 5th,2009. I believe on that day,in his radical mind, he was ready and expected to die for the ’cause’ ,where his plan went afoul was ,he didn’t die.– Now he along with his battery of defense attorneys are causing a delay and will even try to give a reason of why he caused the damage he did on the day he caused so much destruction.– Instead of the writer of the article stating ‘we’ must understand the Constitution and Pray in order to give a fair trial to the Major.- I believe the majority already know what the writers of the Constitution would have to say in the present case of the Major. Since they,I feel would have worked and did their thinking when writing that Constitution using the basis of Solomon type laws which would be an eye for an eye.- It is too sad that the Major decided to destroy others lives and at the same time,work toward destroying himself. But he made that decision,now he will have to live with the decision of the court. I am confident the Major will have a fair trial,the Major knows it,and all of his defense attorneys past and present know it. It will not help matters by them trying to place blame in someway on the town of Killeen,the people,or the pentagon or even the publics supposed non-knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. The man proudly did his deed in broad daylight. Now he should advise his defense attorneys to let him proudly accept any punishment from the courts in the same manner. Instead of he and they using every means to cause the delay to continue. “
– Eliza at 7:22 am on Sunday, Aug 19, 2012
Muslim-American leaders said that although they had no sympathy for Major Hasan, forcing him to shave his beard was an unnecessary step that could offend Muslims in the United States and around the world.
“I don’t think that would send a particularly good message to have anyone forcibly shaved, no matter what they’re accused of,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group based in Washington that condemned the shootings at Fort Hood as cowardly and inexcusable. “Inmates should be allowed religious accommodation within guidelines. I think we need to separate the principle from the personality.”
So NMCCA’s ruling in Parker is probably the final word in the case. If so, the decision will take the last Marine off of military death row at the USDB’s Special Housing Unit (SHU). Five men will remain– four Soldiers and one Airman. The last time the Marine Corps carried out an execution was in 1817. No member of the Department of the Navy has been executed since 1849 when two Sailors from EWING were hanged for mutiny aboard one of the ship’s longboats.
Counting Parker, 9 of the 11 (81.8%) military death penalty cases that have completed direct appeal have been reversed.
The Army openly invites the Court to consider the fact that no associated civil suit has been filed in Federal Court on the forced shave issue. See the footnote in the attached brief which hightlights:
Petitioner’s request for a religious exemption to the uniform regulation, and petitioner has not challenged that decision in federal court. JA at 127.
It was earlier reported that Major Hasan had retained civilian counsel to represent him in the FISA issue formerly pending Federal Court (Western District of Texas). Perhaps that same counsel will now follow up on this issue since his role thus far in the FISA suit has amounted to little more than a Notice of Appearance. . . . . Let’s wait and see.