Fort Hood shooter: Attack religiously motivated

Posted at 8:25 AM, Aug 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-19 09:29:12-04

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) - The Army psychiatrist on trial for the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood says he carried out the attack to defend his Muslim faith.

Maj. Nidal Hasan's comments come in a three-page letter to the Killeen Daily Herald.

The newspaper says the letter postmarked July 31 was received last week. Contents were published Sunday.

Hasan says it's not acceptable for the U.S. to have a foreign policy that tries to replace Shariah law with a more secular form of government.

He's made similar comments to other media.

Hasan argues scholars agree with him wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are illegal. He names University of Illinois political science professor Francis Boyle, whom he wanted as a witness to back his "defense of others" trial strategy.

His trial judge rejected the strategy.

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