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Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Highest US Military Court ejects Judge in Fort Hood Case for “bias�


Maj. Nidal Hasan on 11-5-09 in Killeen, Texas                       Maj. Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood Court Martial  2012

The Military Justice system have handed a politically correct victory to Fort Hood massacre perpetrator, Maj. Nidal Hassan by ejecting the circuit judge in the Court Martial proceeding over the appearance of bias.   The AP reported that  In a ruling  issued yesterday by the Washington, DC  US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces  (USCAAF)  in  the matter of Hasan v Gross  (13-8011 / 13-8012/AR), the highest  military court determined that circuit court Judge Col. Gregory Gross “didn't appear impartial while presiding over the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 shootings on the Texas Army post that killed 13 people and wounded more than two dozen others.”

The AP further noted:

The court said it was not ruling on whether the judge's order violated Hasan's religious rights. Hasan has argued that his beard is a requirement of his Muslim faith, although facial hair violates Army regulations.

"Should the next military judge find it necessary to address (Hasan's) beard, such issues should be addressed and litigated anew," judges wrote in the ruling.

Hasan appealed after Gross ordered that he must be clean-shaven or be forcibly shaved before his court-martial, a military trial.

The court-martial had been set to begin three months ago, but it remains on hold pending the appeals.
An Army appeals court had upheld the shaving requirement in October.

The USCAAF  ruling said the command, not the judge, was responsible for enforcing grooming standards. The ruling said that was one example of how Gross appeared impartial in the case.

Gross had repeatedly said Hasan's beard was a disruption to the court proceedings, but the military appeals court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to show that his beard interfered with the hearings.

Gross found Hasan in contempt of court at six previous pretrial hearings because he was not clean-shaven, then sent him to a nearby trailer to watch the proceedings on a closed-circuit television.

At a June hearing, lead defense attorney Lt. Col. Kris Poppe said the judge showed a bias against Hasan when he asked defense attorneys to clean up a court restroom after Gross found a medical waste bag, adult diaper and what appeared to be feces on the floor after a previous hearing. Hasan, who is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police the day of the shootings, has to wear adult diapers -- but the mess in the restroom that day was mud from a guard's boots, Poppe said.
"In light of these rulings, and the military judge's accusations regarding the latrine, it could reasonably appear to an objective observer that the military judge had allowed the proceedings to become a duel of wills between himself and (Hasan) rather than an adjudication of the serious offenses with which (Hasan) is charged," judges wrote in the ruling.

In August, Maj. Nidal Hasan had addressed Judge Gross at the Courts Martial proceeding explaining that his beard was ordained buy his religious beliefs as a practicing Muslim.  At the time, the Washington Times reported Hasan as saying:

Speaking in court for the first time since showing up with a beard in violation of Army regulations in June, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan responded to Col. Gregory Gross when the judge asked why he had the beard.

“In the name of almighty Allah, I am a Muslim,” Maj. Hasan said. “I believe my religion requires me to wear a beard.”
The pretrial hearing was the first since a military appeals court stopped proceedings Aug. 15 to consider the dispute over Maj. Hasan’s beard less than a week before his court-martial was to begin. Col. Gross held Maj. Hasan in contempt of court and fined him $1,000 for a sixth time Thursday and again sent him to a nearby room to watch the rest of the proceedings on closed-circuit television.

“I am not trying to disrespect your authority as a judge,” Maj. Hasan said before his latest removal from the courtroom.
“When I stand before God, I am individually responsible for my actions,” he said, apparently referring to the beard.

We note that on  November 5, 2009, Maj. Hasan was caught on a  CCTV camera at a local Killeen, Texas  convenience store decked out in Shari’a compliant garb replete with taqiyya or Kufi cap clean shaven – see photo.  Given Maj. Hasan’s sudden reversion to his Muslim belief practices as evident by his controversial hirsute beard, an affront to military grooming standards, do you think was done to obscure possible eyewitness identification in the courts martial proceeding?

Perhaps another ostensible reason for Col. Gross’ appearance of bias was the fact that both he and his family were on the Fort Hood Army post the day of the massacre perpetrated by Maj. Hasan.  Note this excerpt from the USCAAF  ruling:

The military judge in this case serves as the Chief Circuit Judge at Fort Hood. In this capacity, he detailed himself to Appellant’s case. At the time of the incident, he was at Fort Hood presiding over a court-martial and his family was shopping at a location on the installation. During and after the shooting, the buildings on the installation were placed on lockdown, including the building in which the military judge was hearing the court-martial.

One wonders how the Army will be able to assign a more impartial circuit judge given the publicity the massacre engendered that day. After all what were  the remarks by then US Army Chief of Staff George W. Casey, Jr.  when he appeared at Fort Hood press conference shortly after the commission of the massacre by Maj. Hasan:  

I'm concerned that this increased speculation could cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers ... Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.

Renowned Forensic Psychiatrist, Dr. Michael Welner, Chairman of the Forensic Panel,  was an expert witness for the prosecution in the 2010 Guantanamo military tribunal of Omar Khadr Canadian Al Qaeda killer of US Special Forces medic SFC.  Christopher Speer at the Battle of Khost in Afghanistan in August 2002.  Welner opined  about Maj. Hasan’s jihadist behavior:

. . . the motivation was to create a "spectacle", said that a trauma care worker, even one afflicted with stress, would not be expected to be homicidal toward his patients unless his ideology trumped his Hippocratic oath–and this was borne out in his shouting "Allahu Akhbar" as he killed the unarmed.

We wonder what the reactions are to the USCAAF ruling by the wounded survivors and the loved ones of those victims whom Maj. Hasan killed at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009.  The mills of military justice have now ground to a halt until presiding circuit judge Col. Gross is replaced with a more impartial officer of this courts martial proceeding at Fort Hood. Pity! Justice is being denied.

Posted on 12/04/2012 4:19 AM by Jerry Gordon
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Protestant Consultation on Israel and the Middle East's Jerusalem Declaration
Concluding Statement from the Jerusalem Consultation on the Mainline Protestant Churches and the State of Israel (November 5-8, 2012)
We are church members residing in Europe, North America, and Africa. We came to Jerusalem to share our concerns for the relationship between our churches and Israel. We affirm our love of Israel. We believe that God remains in covenant with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God’s intention is to bless them, and through them to bless others. We repudiate the “replacement theology” that claims Israel has no further place in God’s plans.
We see the modern State of Israel as a hopeful sign. In a region long dominated by harsh autocrats, Israel stands apart as a stable, pluralistic, multi-party democracy. Israel’s citizens are free to criticize failings of their government and there are mechanisms to correct those failings. Our group heard Israelis frankly discuss the wisdom of government policies. This propensity for self-criticism is a legacy of the prophetic tradition that Jews and Christians share.
Our love for Israel does not contradict our love for other peoples in the region, including the Palestinians. They too have a place in God’s heart. We believe it is possible to pursue justice and peace in ways that attend to the rights and needs of all peoples of the region.
We are distressed to see how certain European and North American church officials approach the Israeli-Palestinian dispute as if it were a zero-sum game. They fall in line with the international campaign that purports to help the Palestinians by delegitimizing Israel. They also promote the radical “Kairos Palestine” clique, which condemns Israel alone out of all the parties to the conflict and favors a “one-state” solution. They target Israel alone for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). This approach is unjust, and it is unhelpful to the cause of peace.
Whether this effect is intended or not, such strategies lend encouragement to the forces that have vowed to destroy Israel – forces that launch rockets at Israeli civilians on a daily basis. We fear that this approach is not motivated by Christian love for anyone, but quite the opposite. We ask the zealous promoters of those strategies to examine their consciences in this matter.
We have also come to see the hostility to Israel as part of a larger pattern. The forces that refuse to tolerate the existence of a Jewish state are fiercely intolerant of other religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East. We have heard the testimony of Coptic Christians from Egypt and Assyrian Christians from Iraq, among others, about their sufferings at the hands of aggressive Islamist movements. By contrast, we were assured by authoritative church leaders in Jerusalem that the Christian citizens of Israel do enjoy equal rights of citizenship and a good standard of living, despite occasional frictions with some of their neighbors
The future of 2,000-year-old Christian communities, and the future of pluralism, are at stake in the Middle East today. We cannot afford to ignore this big picture in which the conflicts around Israel occur. We are committed to stand with Israel and the Jewish people, as we also stand with persecuted Christians and other minorities in the region. We are grateful to Christian leaders in Jerusalem who met with our group, and we promise our prayers for them and their communities.
Rev. Andrew Love, United Church of Canada (UCC)
Rev. Inkeri Tahvanainen, Pastor, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Kreiskantorin Christiane Klein, Superintendent of Church Music in the Protestant Church Diocese of Weserbergland,  Germany; Chair Friendship Group Israel
Rev. Albrecht Lohrbaecher, German Protestant Church, Chair Israel Info
Mr. Johannes Riegger, German Protestant Church, Co-Chair  Informationsdienst Israel
Mrs. Christiane Sahm, German Protestant Church, Co-Chair Friendship Group, Editor 
* Rev. Dr. Petra Heldt, Co-Chair, Liaison Committee, German Protestant Church
*  Malcolm Lowe,  Welsh Anglican New Testament Scholar; Fellow, Gatestone Institute
Rev. Aart Brons, Israel Representative, Dutch Christlike Reformde Kerk
Rev. Henk Poot, Christenen voor Israel, The Netherlands
Hanne Nabintu Herland, Historian of comparative religions, lecturer and author
Bishop Umar Mulinde,, Gospel Life Church International, Namasuba Central Zone, Entebbe Road, Kampala, Uganda-East Africa
United Kingdom
Rev. Martyn Perry, Patron of Anglican Friends of Israel
Mrs. Pam Smith, Methodist Church, Regional Chair of Friends of Israel
Dr. Paul Wilkinson, , Associate Minister at Hazel Grove Full Gospel Church, Stockport
United States
Mr. Jim Fletcher, Evangelical Church; writer; Executive Committee member, National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel (NCLCI)
Rev. Luke Moon, United Methodist Church; Institute of Religion and Democracy (IRD)
* Mrs. Juliana Taimoorazy, Founder and President, Iraqi Christian Relief Council 
* Dexter van Zile, Christian Media Analyst, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA)
Mr. Alan Wisdom,  Adjunct Fellow, Institute of Religion and Democracy (IRD) 
Posted on 12/04/2012 10:52 AM by Dexter Van Zile
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Just heard on the BBC

Somebody or other -- tuned in too late to catch the name -- "cites the Bible and the Koran as one of his two favourite books."

That's as maybe, but only one of them is both the same.

Posted on 12/04/2012 2:14 PM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Azerbaijan court jails four Eurovision Islamist plotters
H/T LGBT div (Reuters) - Four foreign-trained Islamists were sentenced to up to 14 years in jail in Azerbaijan on Monday for plotting "terrorist attacks" on the eve of this year's Eurovision song contest in Baku, the latest crackdown on militancy in the oil-rich state.

After 70 years of Soviet-rule, most Azeris have a relaxed attitude towards religion, but Azerbaijan, a NATO ally bordering Iran on the Caspian Sea, says it is combating increasing Islamist extremism with ties to Tehran.

A court official who declined to be named told Reuters the four were sentenced to between 12 and 14 years in jail for crimes including treason, plotting terrorist attacks, arms smuggling and having links with Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

The Security Ministry said those arrested had been trained in Iran, Syria, Pakistan, and some had fought NATO troops in Afghanistan. As is usual in Azerbaijan, the court proceedings were closed to the public.

Last year, Azerbaijan jailed 17 members of another group it said was linked to al Qaeda, sentencing them to between five years and life in jail.

Posted on 12/04/2012 2:28 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

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