On the eve of his military trial, accused Fort Hood Muslim mass murdere, Maj. Nidal Hasan, released seven pages of handwritten and typed documents to Fox News in which he renounces his U.S. citizenship, abandons his military oath as a commissioned officer, and explains his relationship with radical Muslim Anwar al-Awlaki – an American terrorist killed by the CIA.
FOX News Most of the documents also include the acronym “SoA,” which is considered shorthand for “Soldier of Allah.” Hasan’s business card, also bearing “SoA,” was found in his Texas apartment after the shooting.
The documents may help illuminate Hasan’s state of mind and could challenge the Defense Department’s ridiculous attempt to deal with the attack in the context of “workplace violence.”
“The government has tried to deny that this was an act of terrorism. I think that, I hope that if people hear the words from Hasan’s own mouth that they will understand that this was an act of terrorism,” Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, who was shot six times at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009, told Fox News.
In the only document bearing a date — Oct. 18, 2012 — Hasan writes: “I, Nidal Malik Hasan, am compelled to renounce any oaths of allegiances that require me to support/defend (any – sic) man made constitution (like the constitution of the United States) over the commandments mandated in Islam … I therefore formally renounce my oath of office … this includes my oath of U.S. citizenship.”
In another document, the only one which is typed, Hasan declares that American democracy and Sharia law are incompatible. “There is an inherent and irreconcilable conflict. … in an American Democracy ‘we the people’ govern according to what ‘we the people’ think is right or wrong; even if it specifically goes against what All-Mighty God commands.”
On his relationship with the radical cleric Awlaki, with whom he exchanged emails before the massacre, Hasan also wrote: “He (al-Awlaki) was my teacher, mentor and friend. I hold him in high esteem for trying to educate Muslims about their duties to our creator. May All-Mighty Allah accept his martyrdom.”
“He’s clearly saying that he’s a homegrown extremist, that he’s somebody who identifies with Al Qaeda’s ideology,” said Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and writer for the Long War Journal. “He’s somebody who definitely reached out to an Al Qaeda cleric and who decided he was going to take up Al Qaeda’s cause here on American soil.”