Jeff Addicott, former Green Beret and Director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University joined 'Mornings With Ken and Bernie' today to discuss the start of Major Nidal Hassan's trial at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Military law forbids Hassan from pleading guilty but according to Addicott,

He's fighting for the other side.  He's already said 'I'm fighting for the Taliban that's why I killed these people'.  Because I identify myself not with the military and the United States of America but with Jihad, the radicals that we're at war with.

Hassan is planning to defend himself which usually is a disastrous idea so we asked Addicott what Hassan's strategy was and he replied,

His plan is to incite others to follow his lead.  He's already done it once.  A fellow in the military in Kentucky or Tennessee, I forgot which one, went AWOL and went down to Texas and tried to blow up half a small town in the name of Hassan...He views this as a way to advance Jihad.

If convicted we asked Addicott what would happen next for Hassan and he said,

He goes before the appellate system and the appellate system in the military is broken.  The Federal appellate system is broken.  As you well know it takes between 10 and 15 years to execute a murderer that has been convicted and it takes longer in the military.

You can hear more of Addicott's comments by listening to the interview: