Without specifically mentioning the November 2009 Fort Hood attack, accused shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan released a six-page statement to Fox News this weekend claiming that America is at war with Islam.
“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,” the 42-year-old Army psychiatrist said, adding that he “participated in” a U.S. war on Islam.
Maj. Hasan expressed his regret for serving in the Army by “repenting to Almighty Allah and [apologizing] to the (Mujahideen), the believers, and the innocent. I ask for their forgiveness and their prayers. I ask for their forgiveness for participating in the illegal and immoral aggression against Muslims, their religion and their lands.”
Fox News repeatedly has requested an interview with Maj. Hasan in regard to the 2009 attack, but his motives for releasing the statement are unknown. It is believed to be the first lengthy statement by the Fort Hood suspect, whose court-martial begins Aug. 6, Fox News reported.
George Stratton, whose son was wounded in the attack, told Fox News he is not surprised by the statement.
“I have all along believed Nidal Hasan to be a Muslim terrorist, so it confirms what I’ve always thought,” he said. “I believe that’s exactly how he felt when he did what he did. We should take him at his word.”
Maj. Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, Fox News reported.