His defense attorneys say the beard is his right; it is an expression of his Muslim faith. As Hasan is still responsible for meeting Army regulations, the judge has forbidden him from entering the courtroom, instead allowing Hasan to view the proceedings via CCTV.
So now, the judge has said that Hasan must be forcibly shorn prior to the trial.
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Well, that whole security thing certainly failed, didn't it?
You know, at first I thought, "Yeah. Hold that bastard down and shave him. Killing so many of us infidels wasn't enough, now he has to be openly defiant and disrespectful? Screw him!"
But now, after mulling it over, I think that Nidal Hasan should be allowed to keep his mangy beard. Let him be rolled into that courtroom with it. Let him show the judge and his superior officers where his loyalties truly lie.
That dog wants to make a statement? Let us hope that the judge gets the message, loud and clear. Let his beard be a visual reminder every second he sits in that courtroom.
Hell, I hope he shouts Allahu Ackbar a few more times, just to drive the point home! Let there be NO mistake!