Accused Fort Hood Shooter Claims He Was Protecting the Taliban

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In this photo released by the Bell County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who is charged with nurder in the Fort Hood shootings, is seen in a booking photo after being moved to the Bell County Jail on April 9, 2010 in Belton, Texas.  Hasan was transferred early April 9, 2010 from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to Bell County Jail in Belton, Texas.
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Alleged Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who has been given the go-ahead to represent himself in court, started to explain his motive today for the first time before getting tripped up on the legal specifics. Accused of killing thirteen people at the military base, Hasan said he plans to pursue "a defense of others," citing "the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban," including Mullah Muhammad Omar, who he claims needed protecting from the U.S. military. "Experts in military law called his theory ludicrous," according to the Times, and a judge gave him until tomorrow, when jury selection was scheduled to begin, to sort out his argument. "I don't want to brainstorm in front of the court," Hasan said.