Why is Maj. Nidal Hasan still being paid?
While awaiting trial, the alleged Fort Hood shooter is still drawing an army salary of $6,000 a month. What's going on?
Nidal Hasan: In jail, but still getting paychecks.
Nidal Hasan: In jail, but still getting paychecks.

While 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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