Hopefully, the Defense will move to suppress or motion in limine to limit the use of these prejudicial recordings. During recent litigation about Major Hasan’s insistence on maintaining his beard during court-martial proceedings, Army prosecutors argued the beard was intended to prevent witnesses from identifying Major Hasan at his trial and to align himself with Islamic extremists.
They submitted as evidence the transcript of a phone call between Major Hasan and a representative of Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite broadcasting network. The phone call occurred in July 2011 while Major Hasan was in the Bell County Jail in nearby Belton, Tex. A prosecutor said that during the call, which had been recorded, Major Hasan pledged allegiance to the mujahedeen.