Time for another potpourri of things that pique my interest. Here are a hat-trick of things in my head–from the Hasan Trial to stumbling drunk through NYC.
Hasan, A Lesson in Being Careful, Very Careful
This picture is more exciting than the Article 32. Trust me.
It’s starting! Major Nidal Hasan faces the eagerly-anticipated Article 32 hearing. Please wake me when its over.
According to USA Today, it is anticipated to last up to 6 weeks. Be mindful that the Article 32 is an investigation. The hearing is merely a piece of the process. Essentially, the Colonel presiding over the Article 32 “investigates” the matter completely to determine whether reasonable grounds exist to move forward to a court-martial. This will be long, excruciatingly thorough, and anticlimactic.
Most Article 32 hearings last one day. This will be different because the death penalty is in play. Parties on all sides will show an amazing degree of care.
When the Army is careful about things, they go all-out. As an example, consider mowing a lawn. When you mow your lawn, you probably wear a t-shirt, shorts, and old shoes. Now, go to Ft. Leonard Wood and observe basic trainees mowing a lawn. They are forced to wear full Army Combat Uniform, hearing protection, eye protection, gloves, camelbak for hydration, a helmet, and even an occasional flak vest. For all I know, they may even wear a condom–just to be extra safe.
Update: As I wrote this, I read that Hasan’s attorneys requested a one month continuance. They may return this week to discuss their need for a delay. Ah, the excitement.
I can hardly contain myself.