Fort Hood shooter, American Nidal Hasan, would be “honored” to join ISIS, according to Hasan’s flattering letter obtained by Fox News. In the undated letter, Hasan lauds the Sunni jihadist group that has instituted itself as a caliphate and claimed religious authority over all Muslims in the world.
“It would be an honor to join ISIS and become a citizen of the caliphate,” says the former US Army psychiatrist who gunned down 13 individuals and injured 30 others in the 2009 Fort Hood, Texas mass shooting.
Hasan’s two-page, handwritten petition is addressed to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and reads, in part:
I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State. It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers.
Hasan’s attorney, John Galligan, said the letter “underscores how much of his life, actions and mental thought process are driven by religious zeal. And it also reinforces my belief that the military judge committed reversible error by prohibiting Major Hasan from both testifying and arguing how his religious beliefs” provoked the November 2009 mass shooting, an act that the federal government termed and prosecuted as “workplace violence,” rather than a terrorist attack.
Hasan, paralyzed from the waist down because of bullet wounds to his back, currently sits in the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas awaiting his execution.
It’s unclear how the letter was obtained, but Galligan says Hasan wrote it within the “last few weeks.”
On November 5, 2009 Hasan walked into the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Processing Center, a medical treatment facility, shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great), before opening fire on soldiers awaiting treatment.
Hasan, who represented himself at his 2013 trial, said he had “switched sides” and regarded himself as a “Mujahideen waging jihad against the United States.” Hasan’s actions drew praise from radical Muslim groups. Anwar al-Awlaki, a former al-Qaeda recruiter, called Hasan a “hero” and “man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people.”