An exclusive investigation by the NBC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth has revealed that Major Nidal Hasan, the radicalized Muslim army psychiatrist who killed 13 and wounded 32 in a shooting spree in Fort Hood, Texas, is still being paid his army salary. The Department of Defense confirmed that Hasan has collected $278,000 since his November 5, 2009 attack on fellow service personnel.
Since a trial has yet to be held, Hasan officially has not been proven guilty. He is thus eligible under the Army’s Military Code of Justice to collect his salary and have access to the money (along with his family).
NBC reports that there is a possibility that, if proven guilty, the Army could demand from Hasan the cost of treating the wounds he incurred when a policeman shot him to stop the attack. However, military officials refused to disclose to the network whether or not they will ask for such a payment.
Meanwhile, since the government has designated the attack as “workplace violence,” Army personnel who were wounded in the attack are not eligible for medical and other enhanced benefits given to soldiers wounded at war or during the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
Hasan had become radicalized, in part, through correspondence with notorious Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Alaki, a correspondence that the FBI was aware of, yet failed to act on. Hasan yelled “Allahu Akbar (God is great)” during the attack.
Below is NBC's exclusive report: