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Pope Francis in Jerusalem on May 26. 2014.

Nidal Hasan, the jihadist former U.S. military psychiatrist who shot 31 people, murdering 13 at the Ft. Hood military center in Texas in 2009, sent a threatening letter to Pope Francis. Hasan’s letter to the Pope glorified jihad, and lauded believers willing “to fight for All-Mighty Allah,” according to a Fox News exclusive.

The murderous rampage of Hasan, whose U.S. army military business cards had the acronym “SoA,” for Soldier of Allah, has been classified by the U.S.  military as “workplace violence.”


The U.S. Senate, however, released a report describing the massacre as “the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.” In his epistle to the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Hasan refers to himself repeatedly as an “SoA.”

Hasan admitted the shootings at his trial and is currently incarcerated, awaiting execution as appeals continue.

The hand-written six-page letter is titled “A Warning to Pope Francis, Members of the Vatican, And Other Religious Leaders Around the World.”

Hasan directed his lawyer, John Galligan, to mail the letter to the Pope. Galligan also provided a copy of it to Fox News, presumably with Hasan’s permission.

Galligan explained Hasan’s latest letter as proof of “how much of his life, actions and mental thought process are driven by religious zeal.”

The letter to the Pope “also reinforces my belief that the military judge committed reversible error by prohibiting Major Hasan from both testifying and arguing how his religious beliefs” were the motivations for Hasan’s attack on Fort Hood, Galligan said.

In this letter, Hasan describes the beauty and importance of jihad, which he describes as a test that elevates the “mujahadeen” who “are encouraged to inspire the believers.”

Hasan also expressed his belief – stated as fact – that mujahadeen fighters “have a greater rank in the eyes of Allah than believers who don’t fight.”

In a separate letter Fox News acquired just a few months ago, Hasan pledged his allegiance to ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

During his trial, Hasan’s lawyers attempted to make what Neal Sher, a lawyer representing the victims’ families, called a “defense-of-others” plea. In other words, he was protecting his “brother” genocidal jihadists such as al Qaeda and now ISIS.

“His jihadist leanings and willingness to commit jihad were known for years before the 2009 atrocity,” Sher told Fox News. “And ever since then, he has made it abundantly clear he believes in jihad and has attempted to justify the slaughter that took place at Fort Hood.”

The administration’s refusal to classify Hasan’s rampage as an act of terrorism, even in the face of the terrorist’s admissions, has been a source of ridicule. Some people put President Obama’s insistence that the “Islamic State” has nothing to do with Islam in this same category of refusal to recognize reality for fear of being politically incorrect.


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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: [email protected]