The Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood mass shooting said in a Saturday statement to Fox News that the U.S. government is at war with Islam.
It’s the first statement Maj. Nidal Hasan put out to the U.S. media. In the past, he has spoken via telephone with Al-Jazeera, the transcript of which is evidence in his upcoming court-martial.
“My complicity was on behalf of a government that openly acknowledges that it would hate for the law of Almighty Allah to be the supreme law of the land,” Hasan said in the six-page statement released to Fox News. He then said in reference to a war on Islam, “I participated in it.”
Hasan, 42, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5, 2009, attack on post. His trial is set to start Aug. 6. He faces the death penalty if convicted.
Hasan also said in the statement that he regrets serving in the Army.
“I would like to begin by repenting to Almighty Allah and apologize to the Mujahideen, the believers, and the innocent. ... I ask for their forgiveness for participating in the illegal and immoral aggression against Muslims, their religion and their lands,” he told Fox News.