Convicted Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hassan has directed his attorney to deliver a hand-written letter to Pope Francis in which he promotes “jihad” and touts his “willingness to fight.” A copy of the six-page letter, titled, "A Warning To Pope Francis, Members Of The Vatican, And Other Religious Leaders Around the World,” was obtained by Fox News.
In a bulleted section titled, “Jihad,” Hassan writes:
"The willingness to fight for All-Mighty Allah can be a test in of itself. … Believing fighters (mujahadeen) have a greater rank in the eyes of Allah than believers who don’t fight… and are encourages to inspire the believers.”
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Hasan appears to make multiple references to the Koran in the letter, and includes a bulleted list of guidelines for “believers.”
There is no reference in the letter to the Fort Hood massacre for which Hasan was convicted on 13 counts of premeditated murder, and 31 counts of attempted murder, but no terrorism charges. Hasan currently is on death row at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
In late August -- as part of ongoing reporting on homegrown terrorism, which included a special investigation into Fort Hood -- Fox News obtained a separate Hasan letter where he pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Hasan's attorney, John Galligan, said the letter is further proof that Hassan’s “religious zeal” drove him to murder 13 people in the deadly rampage that was infamously labeled “workplace violence.”
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