To the Editor:
In reference to your headline and article in the Wednesday, 5 June paper, “Hasan says he was defending Taliban.”
We are engaged in an armed conflict in which the Taliban are one of the enemy elements we are fighting.
Maj. Hasan came to a processing center armed with multiple weapons and says he tried to aid the Taliban, our enemy.
He committed an armed act with arms and ammunition.
It sounds to me like as soon as he makes that statement under oath the convening authority ought to immediately prefer charges against him for violation of Article 104 (UCMJ) Aiding the Enemy.
By his own admission he tried to aid the enemy and he did so with certain arms as specified in the code.
Under the table of maximum punishments, Article 104 is a capital offense.
Actually, I’m a little surprised that he hasn’t tried to claim that, as a Muslim, his supreme law is Sharia Law under which the killing of infidels is justified.
He wouldn’t win that one, either.