Naval officer who authored book on militant Islam is sentencing witness against Manning

FORT MEADE, Md. — Prosecutors are asking an expert on militant Islam to help them show that Pfc. Bradley Manning damaged U.S. interests by disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks.

 

Navy Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein (ah-BOOL’-ah-NEEN’) is set to testify Thursday at Manning’s sentencing hearing at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

 

The witness is the author of the book, “Militant Islamist Ideology.” He’s also a top adviser at the Pentagon’s Joint Intelligence Task Force for Combating Terrorism. He argues that winning the war against militant Islamists requires a nuanced understanding of their ideology.

 

Prosecutors are nearing the end of their part of the sentencing hearing. Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for giving more than 700,000 documents, along with battlefield video, to the anti-secrecy group while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010.

Army officials say Fort Hood shooting suspect hospitalized in good condition; won’t say why

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage has been hospitalized for undisclosed reasons, military officials said Monday.

Maj. Nidal Hasan was listed in good condition after being admitted to the Texas Army post’s hospital Saturday, and he should be released within two days, according to a Fort Hood new release. Medical privacy laws prevent the disclosure of information about Hasan’s health or why he’s there, the release said.

Hasan, 42, faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted in the November 2009 attack that killed 13 people and wounded more than two dozen others.

Military judge rules not to delay Fort Hood shooting suspect’s trial, set to begin Aug. 20

FORT HOOD, Texas — A military judge ruled Friday against delaying the trial of the Fort Hood shooting suspect, an Army psychiatrist who remains banned from the courtroom because his beard violates Army regulations.

Maj. Nidal Hasan’s trial will proceed as scheduled, beginning on Aug. 20. Defense attorneys wanted the trial moved to December, saying they needed more time to prepare.

But the judge, Col. Gregory Gross, said the defense already had plenty of time. Prosecutors had indicated they were ready for trial last fall, but the court-martial was set for March and postponed first to June and then August — all at the request of the defense team.

Army psychiatrist charged in Fort Hood rampage will have military trial, face death penalty

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Army psychiatrist charged in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation will be tried in a military court and face the death penalty if convicted, Fort Hood’s commanding general announced Wednesday.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shooting spree on the Texas Army post.