The report is that the US Army will seek the death penalty for Major Nidal Hasan, the accused killer at Fort Hood, in Texas. My understanding is that the Military uses lethal injection.
For the record, I am against the death penalty, except if we think some enemy agent has actionable intelligence that he or she might be able to pass to a confederate. That position applies here.
On the other hand, a life sentence or series of life sentences will not be much comfort for Major Hasan, as he is, reportedly, paralyzed. I say let him wait to meet his maker, allowing him time to consider his crimes, repent of his crimes and perhaps experience a form of metanoia.
And, there is always the possibility that he is criminally (or actually) insane, in which case the death penalty seems to represent an uncivilized reaction to his internal contradictions and distractions.
Some might think he should get the death penalty soon after a trial and conviction. I would advise, given all the "Nazi" state talk WRT Arizona, that such an approach should be eschewed, as being too much like the trial and execution of the White Rose defendants and the 20 July conspirators.
Regards — Cliff
10 months ago