FORT HOOD, Texas (TheBlaze/AP) -- Days before he's set to go on trial, the Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting has renounced his citizenship and soldier's oath. Maj. Nidal Hasan on Thursday released more of his writings about America and Islam, providing a number of documents exclusively to Fox News.
Foxnews.com posted the documents on Thursday, many of which included the acronym "SoA," which is believed to stand for "Soldier of Allah." Hasan is charged in the November 2009 rampage that killed 13 soldiers and wounded more than 30 people at the Texas Army post. His court-martial is scheduled to start Tuesday.
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department via The Temple Daily Telegram shows Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage. Credit: AP
The renunciation of U.S. citizenship is contained in a handwritten note dated Oct. 18, 2012. A typewritten note that does not have a date says it is not "permissible" for someone to prefer American democracy over traditional Islamic Sharia law, the network also reported. Hasan wrote that Muslims should not "compromise their beliefs" for the sake of non-Muslims.
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The documents may help illuminate Hasan's state of mind and could challenge the Defense Department's attempt to deal with the attack in the context of "workplace violence."
"The government has tried to deny that this was an act of terrorism. I think that, I hope that if people hear the words from Hasan's own mouth that they will understand that this was an act of terrorism," Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, who was shot six times at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009, told Fox News.
Manning first spoke to Fox News a year ago as part of the network's ongoing investigation of the massacre. Manning said he supported publishing the documents from Hasan so that the American public can decide whether Fort Hood was an act of terrorism or "workplace violence."
Hasan also wrote about Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born Islamic cleric killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011. The government has said that Hasan, a U.S.-born Muslim, had sent more than a dozen emails to al-Awlaki starting in December 2008. Hasan described al-Awlaki as his "teacher, mentor and friend," Fox News reported.
The documents were released by Hasan through his attorney for civil issues, John Galligan. The Belton, Texas, attorney confirmed to The Associated Press that he provided the writings to Fox News at Hasan's direction. Galligan said his client did not authorize release of the documents to other news media outlets.
Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted, is serving as his own attorney in his court-martial.