The judge presiding over the trial of Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan today barred several pieces of evidence the prosecution believed would help establish Hasan’s motivation in the attack. Among those pieces of evidence were three emails suspected to have been sent to American-born cleric and Hasan’s “teacher and mentor and friend” Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011.
Also barred are Hasan’s interest in being granted conscientious objector status and an academic presentation he had given questioning the war on terror.
Prosecutors will, however, be allowed to introduce Hasan’s Internet search history to demonstrate his interest in jihad.
Former Rep. Allen West wants to know if the invisible hand of political correctness is at work in this case of “workplace violence” and not treason.
In a pre-trial hearing, Hasan told the judge he had committed the massacre to protect the Taliban from members of the United States military who were about to deploy to Afghanistan. Last week, he apologized in court for being an imperfect Muslim who had made mistakes in doing his part to help establish a strict version of Islam.
So, why isn’t he on trial for treason?