Here is a tidbit from the Lexington-Herald Leader (similar here at LA Times) on next month’s Art. 32 hearing in the Maj. Hasan case.  The story comes with this quote from NIMJ founding father Gene Fidell on DoD’s response to a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeesubpoena requesting information on Maj. Hasan:  

Eugene R. Fidell, who teaches military law at Yale University, saw no harm in giving the material to the committee, as long as it is not publicly released. But he also said it could be become public record during the court-martial anyway.

“Why not release it?” he said. “I’m not convinced that Congress needs to hibernate while this case goes forward. This is going to be one of the most potentially watched court-martials in American history.”

The statement follows up on an earlier letter from Fidell after the Cmte. sent subpoenas to DoD for information about Maj. Hasan’s personnel files, see coverage here.  The Art. 32 hearing in the case is still scheduled for June 1.

In other news, here, a few congressmen are reportedly seeking to designate victims in the Ft. Hood shootings and a shooting in Little Rock, Arkansas by a gunmen alleged to have extremist Muslim views as “combat casualties” in the FY2011 NDAA.

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