Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Stack of Violations to Grow in Nidal Hasan Case?

It was bad enough a soldier committed fratricide against 13 people, while wounding over 30 others. Compounding the disturbance, Major Nidal Hasan was a trained psychiatrist, a medical doctor sworn to the Hippocratic Oath of "do no harm." He clearly planned the crime and executed it with precision.

The final violation might be an insanity defense, under consideration by Hasan's defense attorney.

"Anybody who allegedly engages in conduct that is completely contradictory to his lifestyle and military career - an insanity defense has to be considered."

The attorney left out religion. As for the use of allegedly, Nidal Hasan was physically shot in the commission of the crime, whether sane or insane.

One might expect the Army chain of command to identify mentally ill soldiers, especially a psychiatrist. Did Hasan's peer review show any signs of instability? What did other doctors think of Nidal's psychiatric diagnosis and treatment skills?

It seems the worst kind of violation had the Army employed an armed, insane Muslim psychiatrist and known about it. My guess is this is just "defense attorney talk." It reverberates as many boundaries are breached in America today. Who can anyone trust? Not the financial adviser, the hamburger grinder, the sheet rock maker, the politician, the vaccine maker, the ponzi scheme cleanup guy, the surgical tech, or the syringe maker. With profits over people the rage in today's management schemes, who can be surprised?

Like his "profit obsessed" counterparts, the defense lawyer wants to win. It matters not his "means to an end" adds another horrible layer to boundary violations.

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