Security checks are abound today. I've had my ID checked and my license plate number written down four times between the media check point outside of post and the media staging area at Club Hood. That's approximately 1/2 mile.
It is yet another reminder of the tense attitude about this trial. Since the shooting, Fort Hood has become a symbol of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. What was heralded as a defeat by terrorist organizations was confirmed as a possible target with the attempted bombing perpetrated by former Pfc. Naser Abdo two years ago.
Today we will find out if Maj. Nidal Hasan's request for a continuance will be granted. The scuttlebutt if that it will. Hasan asked for a delay after announcing he will pursue a "defense of others" in what appears to be a strategy that may include Islamic extremist rhetoric.
My coverage of yesterday's hearing is available here.
We have reporters from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and the Associated Press along with several regional television stations.
The Christian Science Monitor has this report that makes reference to Zacarias Moussaoui, "the would-be 9/11 hijacker who also represented himself at his trial and pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill US citizens." Along with the AP report, the report quotes Jeffrey Addicott, director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, who I have spoken to in the past.
Los Angeles Times report goes over some of the question and answer dialogue between Hasan and presiding judge Col. Tara Osborn.
This New York Times blog post links back to our newspaper. The reporter spoke with a Geoffrey S. Corn, a former Army prosecutor and defense lawyer who is now a professor at South Texas College of Law in Houston, who said Hasan "wants to try a defense theory his lawyers know has no merit.”
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