Think about this:
How likely is it, do you think, that this Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan--the guy reported to have shot and killed 13 people at Fort Hood earlier this week, and injuring many more--is going to get a truly fair trial?
First, it was virtually immediately decided he's going to be tried in a military court.
That's a huge strike against him right there.
How open-minded are most people in the military going to be towards this guy?
Then, get this--he's also to be tried, so far, anyway--at the same Fort Hood where this all took place.
And then, it's only a few days since this horrible tragedy took place but think how much media coverage this has aleady gotten.
As proof of what I'm saying here, in general, and the media point, above, in specfic, check out what was released in an article on this today:
"The National Security Agency intercepted 10 to 20 communications over the past year between Maj. Hasan and Mr. Awlaki, who knew three of the Sept. 11 hijackers and hailed Maj. Hasan as a 'hero' after the shootings."
Don't most of us already have opinions on this guy and his case?
Sure we do. Don't kid yourself otherwise.
His attorney already says he's not getting what would be normal, fair treatment for even himself, as the guy's attorney, let alone the Major.
Then add to it that he's Muslim with a very Muslim and foreign-sounding name and you get the picture.
I didn't mention that they're going for the death penalty and on 13 counts.
I'm not saying we need to be all soft and forgiving on this, by any means.
All I'm saying is that he should be given a fair trial.
We used to always insist that was the type trials we had in the United States.
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