Fort Hood killer Nidal Hasan, in video footage exclusively obtained by Fox News, told colleagues at Walter Reed Medical Center in 2007 that Muslim soldiers should have the option of being released as conscientious objectors to reduce the prospect of “adverse events.”
Hasan, a Muslim and an army psychiatrist, went on two years later to kill 13 and injure 32 in a shooting barrage at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. He was sentenced to death by a military jury earlier this week.
“I think the Department of Defense should allow Muslim soldiers the option of being released as conscientious objectors to increase the morale of non-Muslim soldiers in the military as well as decrease adverse events,” Hasan says in the video during a power point presentation.
Bearing an FBI logo, and subtitles, Hasan’s presentation titled “The Koranic World View as it relates to Muslims in the US Military” was provided to the defense as part of the discovery process in the Fort Hood case.
John Galligan, who is handling civil legal matters for Hasan, provided two of four segments to Fox News “at the specific direction of Major Nidal Hasan.”
In the video, Hasan appears to be wrestling with his own issues, and whether Muslims can serve in the military as the U.S. engaged in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
“We always talk about God and country, but here we’re talking, we’re really talking about God versus country,” Hasan said.
“He sounds like he’s just trying to explain how other people might think, but as you listen and as it progresses you begin to hear…him,” Matthew Levitt, Director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy told Fox after reviewing the video.
“He seems to have already begun the process of radicalization.”
According to the Senate report “A Ticking Time Bomb,” which exhaustively investigated the Fort Hood massacre, Hasan’s 2007 Walter Reed presentation went through several drafts because it was not considered scholarly or scientific. One supervisor described the Army psychiatrist as quote “very lazy” and “a religious fanatic.”
During the presentation, Hasan also stated as fact that former soldiers are joining the ranks of terrorists.
“There’s a lot of soldiers, that once they actually leave the military, they’re actually joining or trying to join groups like the Taliban and al Qaeda and so you have to ask yourself..there’s something out there with these groups that’s really resonating,” he said.