Thursday, January 26, 2017


January 26, 2017
Office of the President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. President:

I write to urge you, among your first acts as Commander in Chief, to close the book on one of the most disgraceful pages in the history of the United States Army.

On November 5, 2009, Nadal Hasan, a Major and a psychiatrist in the United States Army Medical Corps, shouting “Allahu Akbar”, murdered 13 people and injured 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas.

That massacre was investigated by the Department of Defense, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and by the United States Senate. The FBI concluded that Hasan acted alone, and not in concert with any terrorist organization; the Department of Defense report called Hasan’s action “workplace violence”; and the Senate described the mass shooting as the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.

In August of 2013, a panel of 13 officers convicted him of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder, and unanimously recommended that he be dismissed from the service and sentenced to death.

Despite that recommendation, Hasan remains incarcerated in the custody of the United States Army to this day. Not only has the Army failed to carry out the judgment of execution, but it has indirectly excused Nasan’s heinous action as that of an “enemy combatant.” Relying on an amendment to an appropriation bill, the Army has awarded the Purple Heart, legally reserved for battlefield injuries, to victims of the Fort Hood Massacre.

It is patently obvious that the Army’s failure to carry out the execution of Hasan can be traced to the Commander in Chief, if not by his direct order, then by permitting the chain of command to assume the wishes of their civilian superior.

President Bush, in the face of the 9/11 massacre, concluded that it was an act of war. For want of any more culpable adversary, he launched a retaliatory attack on Iraq, the nation against which his Father had waged war a decade before.

Barack Obama attempted to redirect the conflict from classical warfare to a struggle for the hearts and minds of the followers of Muhammad. His conciliatory speech in Cairo on June 4, 2009, just six months into his first term was aptly entitled “A New Beginning.” For the next seven and a half years,  he tip-toed around the existence of radical Islamic terrorism, hoping all the while that his own Muslim inheritance and his acceptance and admiration of Islamic history and tradition would win enough friends in Mosques around the world to stifle the terrorist fringe.

You have aptly characterized his strategy as weakness. It is patently obvious that his attitude toward Nidal Hasan has been influenced by a fear that the recommended execution would trigger a frenzy of retribution by the most radical of the Islamic Terrorists.

By electing you, the American people have sent a signal to the world that Islamic Terrorism will be treated as exactly what it is: an irrational religious cult which is committed to achieving domination of human society by every form of criminal force and terrorism.

Calling it by its true name, Radical Islamic Terrorism, you have identified the culprits as criminals, enemies of civilized society, who are not to be reasoned with or placated , but who must be eradicated from the planet.

Internationally, they cannot be allowed to establish a Caliphate, or permitted to sit among the nations of the civilized world as an equal. Domestically, they must be summoned to the bar of justice for every violation of the laws of the United States, and subjected to the full measure of criminal punishment permitted under our Constitution and our laws.

You, Mr. President, can set a stirring example of this classic American response to domestic terrorism by allowing Nidal Hasan to be dispachted in the manner provided by law.


Thomas E. Brennan 
Thomas E. Brennan                                                                       

Former Chief Justice of Michigan


  1. I'm disappointed. You used to be a champion against the death penalty.

    1. He still is a champion against the death penalty, but opposing the penalty at the expense of ignoring and perverting the law is also wrong. The end does not justify the means.

    2. I think you miss the point: the death penalty is the perversion of the law, and Catholics who back it are no less cafeteria Catholics than those to pick and choose other Catholic moral teaching to their liking and disregard what they don't like. Anyway, I'll follow the Pope's position on it before I follow anyone else's. The man can be incarcerated for life. We don't need to extinguish his life.

    3. Pope Francis said "the basic purpose of all punishment is the rehabilitation of the offender." I disagree. I believe that the basic purpose of criminal punishment is the protection of society. Radical terrorists are not deterred by the prospect of rehabilitation.

  2. Fair description of the events, and there are treasonous like offenses that demand the death penalty. If 'anyone' else but Barack Hussein Obama would have been President he would have been 'long gone'. Hasan was, and is a terrorist.

  3. I've written over 15 articles on Hasan, from the attack, through the court-martial, sentencing, and entered my opinion that Obama would not allow the death penalty. And I was the only author to report 14 deaths instead of 13 as I counted the unborn child of PFC Velez. Your letter was magnificent.

  4. Hasan deserves the death penalty! Also the Army deserves a swift kick for not giving the victims the compensation they deserved in a timely fashion - under the subterfuge of "workplace violence"!

  5. Agree Your Honor Hasan needs to be dispatched according to the Laws of the Land and God's Law. Agree Mr. Yarling for recognizing the Rights of our Creator's Conceived which has absolutely nothing to do with where you are in the process of coming in to this world. Abortion at any stage in the process is MURDER. Now as to the death penalty I am in agreement with our One True God's Laws... Thou shalt not MURDER.. if someone is trying to MURDER, premeditated taking of life you have every right to kill protect take them out howsoever. The Scripture tells us send the murderers to me. This Argument Essay by Pastor David Martin documents what our One True God's Law demands of We the One True God's My People. The Hebraic Common Law given to Moses. God given unalienable rights and duties of which our US Constitution was founded. Essay site See cannot included below for those not able to access as too long. Would encourage to read.

    Thank you for your attention to this important matter. Am sending to the President and my Representatives.
    In 1850, Rev. E. C. Wines authored a masterpiece volume entitled, Commentaries of the Ancient Hebrews. Would encourage those interested in the biblical roots our Constitution to study this text.

    Exciting times ~ May We the People keep, defend and protect our Constitution.