Accused Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan has released a statement claiming the U.S. military is at war with his religion.
Acting as his own attorney in his trial over the shooting that killed 13 and wounded more than 30 others in November 2009, Hasan says he regrets his time in the U.S. Army and describes the War on Terror as “illegal and immoral”:
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 and their prayers. I ask for their forgiveness in participating in the illegal and immoral aggression against Muslims, their religion and their lands.
Releasing the statement to Fox News, Hasan bemoaned his ties to the U.S. Army: “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.”
Attorney Neal Sher, who represents victims of the Ft. Hood shooting, responded to Hasan’s statements by saying, “This is yet a further confirmation of a fact that everyone knows except our government. That is, the Fort Hood shooting was a terrorist jihadi attack.”
Hasan’s court marshal begins August 6th.
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