FORT HOOD, TX — A military jury has granted Army Maj. Nidal Hasan terminal leave today, sparking consternation throughout the military.
The decision fanned flames sparked by recent revelations that he was still receiving full pay and benefits while on trial for an act of workplace violence that left 13 dead and wounded more than 30 others. Witnesses reported that Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar" — Arabic for "I am dissatisfied with my working conditions" — during the attack.
By granting him terminal leave, the Army will transfer him from active duty to the "involuntary reserve, dead" list. He will be required to undergo a final physical, including a single vaccination through an IV.
His pay and benefits, including respiration and cardiac function, will be stopped.
At press time, many observers were upset that he had not received a harsher sentence.