An author and terrorism expert says political correctness allowed a Muslim U.S. Army psychiatrist to remain in uniform and it may allow him to avoid the death penalty.
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch says the death penalty is unlikely against Major Nidal Hasan, whose court-martial got under way this week at Fort Hood, Texas.
Nearly four years after the shooting, Major Hasan’s court-martial began with the tedious task of empaneling a jury composed of officers of a higher rank than the defendant.
Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 5, 2009, massacre at the Texas Army post.
"If he were anyone other than a Muslim, he would have been convicted. He may have been executed by now,” claims Spencer. “But because he's a Muslim, and people don't want to appear Islamophobic above all, he may not be convicted. He almost certainly will not be executed."
Spencer says that because political correctness is so pervasive in the military, an acquittal - while unlikely - remains possible. He recalls the lack of reaction to a lecture Hasan gave to medical colleagues several years ago promoting the idea of Islamic jihad against non-believers.
"They were very concerned about him,” Spencer recalls. “But nobody dared to report him because they knew that if they did, it would be a career killer for them. They would be tarred as 'Islamophobic' and they could end up losing a promotion, maybe even being discharged.”
And now 13 Americans are dead for that political correctness, Spencer tells OneNewsNow.