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Notable & Quotable: Ft. Hood shooter will never be a 'martyr

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. (AP)

Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan may have thought his jihadist attack on U.S. military personnel would net him a a few virgins in paradise and immortality as a "martyr" for Islam, but lead prosecutor Col. Mike Mulligan explained Wednesday that it would be "wrong and unsupportive" to label Hasan's heinous acts as anything other than cold-blooded murder.

To that end, his death penalty sentence is not a gift for Hasan but a debt owed to society:

"You cannot offer what you don't own; you cannot give away what is not yours. [Nidal Hasan] can never be a martyr because he has nothing to give. ...

Do not be misled.  Do not be confused.  Do not be fooled: He is not giving his life; we are taking his life.

This is not his gift to God, it's his debt to society.

He will not now and will not ever be a martyr. He is a criminal, a cold-blooded murderer.

On 5 November he did not leave this earth, he remained to pay a price, to pay a debt.  The debt he owes is his life."

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