hile waiting for his murder trial to begin, Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man charged with shooting 13 soldiers dead at Fort Hood, Texas, is reportedly still receiving an estimated $6,000 monthly salary from the United States Army because he can't be discharged until proven guilty. Not that the payments are doing him any immediate good, complains his lawyer: Since no bank will take on Hasan as a customer, the checks remain uncashed. Why is this "murdering terrorist" drawing a paycheck at all, asks Robbie Cooper at UrbanGrounds. The army always used to make soldiers forfeit "up to half their pay as part of their punishment" when they were disciplined. I don't want to defend Hasan, says Joshua Holland at Alternet, but for banks to refuse his custom is "outrageous in principle" and un-American: The "presumption of innocence before being proven guilty is a core principle in our justice system." Here's an ABC News report on Hasan's defense:
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