Accused Fort Hood shooter, Major Hasan, sent an email to FOX News today saying that he became a jihadi because he was ashamed of his service in the U.S. military whom he said is at war with Islam. Hasan began his letter asking forgiveness of Muslims for enlisting in the army, and expressed his pride in taking part in the jihad against America. FOX announced that his letter would be part of an upcoming special, “FOX Files: Enemy Within.”
Hasan enlisted in the army in 1988 and attended college, eventually earning a medical degree in psychiatry in 2003 and serving at Walter Reed. He completed a Masters fellowship on Disaster and Preventive psychiatry in 2009, while at the same time being in contact with Al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen who are said to have “radicalized” him. Hasan is charged with 13 counts of 1st degree murder and 32 counts of attempted 1st degree murder.
President Obama has repeatedly refused to acknowledge this as a terrorist attack so no military personnel are eligible for combat benefits. Since the 2009 shooting, Hasan has been in military jail awaiting trial, but has continued to collect a paycheck from the U.S. military. Conservatives have called for this to be stopped to no avail.