Fort Hood Suspect Says Rampage Was to Defend Afghan Taliban Leaders

New York Times - “I think the defense in this context makes no sense at all,” said Richard Rosen, the director of the Center for Military Law and Policy at the Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock. “These people were unarmed. They were thousands of miles from the battlefield,” he said. “If the Taliban leadership were present at the time of the shooting, I suppose then you might be able to raise the defense, but even then I think it would not fly.”

KILLEEN, Tex. — Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people, told a judge on Tuesday that he believed he was defending the lives of the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan from American military personnel when he went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood here in November 2009.

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“I think the defense in this context makes no sense at all,” said Richard Rosen, the director of the Center for Military Law and Policy at the Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock. “These people were unarmed. They were thousands of miles from the battlefield,” he said. “If the Taliban leadership were present at the time of the shooting, I suppose then you might be able to raise the defense, but even then I think it would not fly.”

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