Fort Hood jihad: Army officer ordered destruction of video evidence
Can’t have a video circulating of a Muslim shouting “Allahu akbar” and murdering people, now, can we? That would be “Islamophobic”!
FORT HOOD, Texas – A soldier who recorded the terror of last year’s deadly shooting rampage in Fort Hood using his cell phone was ordered by an officer to delete both videos, a military court heard Friday. Under cross examination, Pfc. Lance Aviles told an Article 32 hearing that his noncommissioned officer ordered him to destroy the two videos on Nov. 5, the same day a gunman unleashed a volley of bullets inside a processing center at the Texas Army post.
“Can’t have a video circulating of a Muslim shouting “Allahu akbar” and murdering people, now, can we? That would be “Islamophobic”!” Â Something tells me there’s a lot more to this story. Could it be that the noncommissioned officer was a fellow Mohammedan?
The footage could have been used as evidence at the military hearing to decide if Maj. Nidal Hasan should stand trial in the shootings. The 40-year-old American-born Muslim has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.
Twenty-nine witnesses over three days have appeared either in a courtroom or by video link. Prosecutors have not said whether they’ll seek the death penalty if the case goes to trial.
Aviles described how he was waiting for medical tests at the center with his battle buddy, Pfc. Kham Xiong, when he heard someone shout. Then the gunshots began.
He said he saw a tanned, balding man wearing an Army combat uniform and carrying a black pistol.
“I saw smoke coming from the pistol,” Aviles told the court.
The pair threw themselves to the floor. Aviles turned to his left to check Xiong and discovered his friend had been shot.
“His head was facing the left and a shard of his skull was sticking up,” Aviles said.
Xiong, a 23-year-old father of three from St. Paul, Minn., was among the 13 who died in the attack. Aviles, the 20th person to provide testimony at the hearing, was not hurt.
Addressing the court via video link from Afghanistan, Spc. Megan Martin said she had been waiting to take medical tests when saw a man to her left stand up and shout “Allahu Akbar!” — “God is great!” in Arabic — then start firing a weapon….
One is NOT required to follow an illegal order.
Not only that, but it is ILLEGAL to obey an illegal order. The UCMJ (Unified Code of Military Justice) actually defines what constitutes an illegal order, and destruction of records and evidence is one of them.