So our suspicions were right about Maj. Nidal Hasan's "defense of others."

Hasan told the court today he intended to defend the spiritual leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, their soldiers and their people. Judge Tara Osborn asked that in order to do that, if Hasan needed to use "deadly force" against the 13 killed and 32 wounded at the Soldier Readiness Center on Nov. 5, 2009.

Hasan's reply: "Yes."

It is not the first admission of guilt. Hasan has on several times told the court he wants to plead guilty. Military rules prevent him.

Hasan did not elaborate on his defense much further, preferring to offer it in writing. He told Osborn he did not want to engage in "brain storming" and offer up a disjointed incoherent defense.

We will hear more about it tomorrow's hearing. It beings at noon.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553

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