December 4, 2012, - 1:09 pm

WTF?! Nidal Malik Hasan Judge Removed for “Bias” After Ordering Beard Shaved

By Debbie Schlussel

The tragedy for America and the 13 lives that Nidal Malik Hasan took in an Islamic terrorist attack on Fort Hood is that, more than three years after the mass murder he perpetrated, he has yet to face justice and be tried. This savage should have been tried, convicted, and executed long ago. And this is in military court, which is supposed to be more serious than other courts. But apparently not. Instead, it’s turned into a circus and a charade, with the latest news that the judge in the case, Col. Gregory Gross, has been removed for “bias,” primarily for ordering Hasan’s beard shaved. Huh?

A military judge’s “duel of wills” with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan over whether Hasan would have to shave made the judge appear biased, requiring his removal from the case, a military appeals court ruled Monday. . . . Hasan, who is Muslim, said that he had grown the beard for religious reasons and that it was protected under freedom of religious expression.


Military prosecutors disagreed, as did the judge, Col. Gregory Gross, who ruled that the beard violated the military dress code. Gross held Hasan in contempt of court for refusing to shave, ordered him removed from the courtroom, and ultimately ordered that his beard be forcibly shaved.

Hasan appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. The appeals court ruled that military command, not a military judge, has responsibility for grooming standards, and that Gross could no longer convincingly appear to be unbiased in handling Hasan’s case.

Gross’ order to shave Hasan’s beard — and the six counts of contempt he issued to Hasan — were wiped out by the appellate court’s ruling. . . .

“The decision to remove [Hasan] from the courtroom, the contempt citations and the decision to order [Hasan's] forcible shaving in the absence of any command action to do the same could leave an objective observer to conclude that the military judge was not impartial.”

The appeals court did not specifically rule on Hasan’s claim that his beard was protected under freedom of religion.

“Should the next military judge find it necessary to address [Hasan's] beard, such issues should be addressed and litigated anew,” the court said.

The appellate court’s ruling also cited an incident in which Gross found what he believed to be feces on the floor of a bathroom and ordered Hasan not to use the bathroom again. Department of Emergency Services staff later said the material was mud that had been tracked in by a guard.

“In light of these rulings, and the military judge’s accusations regarding the latrine, it could reasonably appear to an objective observer that the military judge had allowed the proceedings to become a duel of wills between himself and [Hasan] rather than an adjudication of the serious offenses with which [Hasan] is charged,” the ruling said.

This is absurd. Hasan never had a beard throughout his military career, when he was devout enough of a Muslim to mass murder the Americans who paid for his schooling from birth through medical school. That he suddenly needs one now is baloney. Removing Col. Gross is a travesty, and only serves to appease Hasan and fellow Muslims, further delaying justice for those who can never get back the lives he took in the name of Islam.

The Fort Hood soldiers who shot Hasan would have done us all a favor if they had finished this guy off, right then and there.

Now, he’s a spectacle and he knows it, making a mockery of America and showing other Islamic terrorists for the gazillionth time that mass murdering Americans doesn’t necessarily result in swift punishment . . . except for the loyal Americans who serve in the military and attempt to administer justice, like Col. Gross.

As I always say, America is Desperate But Not Serious.

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64 Responses

Too bad we do not have the military that we had in WW2.
He would have been taking a dirt nap months ago.

Jesse on December 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    If this was the WWII army Hasan wouldn’t have been IN it. He wouldn’t have been admitted to military academy.

    tiarosa on December 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Gee and Timothy McVeigh was tried convicted and put to death in 6 years!! What’s the holdup here. Oh yes, Tim was a white Christian! No political Correctness issues there!!!!!

    Snofoot on December 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

It smells like the hand of the top levels, and-or EJH, or his military associates, many of which are in a conspiracy for islam, against highest interests of USA. They are seeking a judge who is biased for islam. It is a typical current regime nefarious script. Subversives, all.

Jack on December 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Fuck Nidal Malik Hasan’s “freedom of expression.” The 13 people he murdered to please his God, Allah, have no expression. Message to the military: Shave his beard, give him a few slices of Tombstone Pizza as his last meal, waste him, and bury him.

Seek on December 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Give him the kind of haircut they give to new recruits, and after his fair trial, give his last meal of pizza,and make sure his pizza has bacon, and ham, and sausage on it, then give him an islamic execution–lop his head off with a dull knife..

    John Illiois on December 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    14,not 13.

    jj33898 on December 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

the single biggest
accomplishment ( ?! )
of the left

has been their most cherished and idyllic goal

the triuph of FORM OVER SUBSTANCE

prestigio on December 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I’ll try again…Yu, Sir, are correct.

    WilliamMunny on December 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Great comment, Prestigio …

    Pray Hard on December 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

It would indeed have been better if the soldiers had “finished this guy off” – double-tap according to Zombieland rules. We wouldn’t be paying his medical care (he’s now paralyzed below the waist), his legal fees, and his salary. (Yes, he’s still collecting military pay.) But who’s to say those soldiers wouldn’t have been charged for “excessive force” or for denying Hasan’s “rights”? Given the declaration that preserving the Army’s “diversity” was a priority, nothing would surprise me.

Raymond in DC on December 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    He got hit five or seven times, something like that. Too bad they weren’t all in his head. What a f’ing farce.

    Pray Hard on December 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

“WTF?” indeed! Here’s the problem with that appeals court. As of right now, and until the court rules on his status, he is still an Army officer and expected to abide by the rules. If he shows up in court in uniform but with a beard, he will be technically out of uniform and thus in contmept of court. After seeing this travesty of justice for the Fort Hood TERRORIST (even if the Army won’t call him that), the next time this happens on an Army post don’t be surprised if the first responders shoot first and ask questions later.

I can only hope the prosecution appeals this decision and tries to have him reinstated. He is simply enforcing existing Army regulations, which – as you said, Debbie – he had no problem obeying until now.

Sean M on December 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Sean,

    I agree. The “grunts” out there do a great job, but until the brass grows a pair and stops worrying about their jobs, political vs defense, this will be the norm. My hope is that the guys retiring soon will call the c-i-c to the carpet and demand that he act as such. Colin Powell can kiss my ass. He’s a political sell-out.

    WilliamMunny on December 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm

See how easy it is for enemies of America to use the Constitution against us? There is a cultural shift in this country, and its not going to end well.

FrenchKiss on December 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Unless we wake TF up!

    Pray Hard on December 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Can I have this piece of crap and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s executions for christmas? Unbelievable that these scumbags are still breathing!

    Canadian Steve on December 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

What’s so bad about this? Just a racist, traitor, murderer getting away with…murder.

The case started with all the media covering a “shooting” and after it was determined that it was perpetrated by a guy with an islamic sounding name, very few media outlets even released the name until days later, let alone suggested that this shooting was a terror attack.

Now, its literally years later and piece of trash whackjob has a platform to spread his insanity. The status is not quo.

alex on December 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Jews have been forced out of the US military just for visiting Israel or wearing a yamulke, and this POS gets paid, is allowed to grow a beard, and has his meds paid after killing 13 soldiers???

Sick, sick, sick.

Jonathan E. Grant on December 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

This is repulsive on so many levels that I’m sickened. Political Correctness has run amok.

And, IIRC, when I was in the Army we were told that we were under martial law and that the Constitution did not protect us as soldiers. Did that change since 1979? If not, then he is still subject to military standards which include appearance standards. How is this even an issue?

DS_ROCKS! on December 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

That military “Appeals” Court is a charade. Does anyone think for a second that had a Hasidic with curley locks been required to have them cut off by the judge, that the judge would be removed for “bias” against the defendant’s religion? Of course not! What you obviously have here is disgusting Islamo-pandering of the worst kind. This would be a perverse joke if it happened in a civil court case. But in a military case? It boggles the mind.

What’s next? Finding some “technicality” to release this murderer? Shockingly, not so far fetched an idea as you might think.

Ralph Adamo on December 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I think the last two days (and 2 columns…the other one was how the FBI refuses to rightfully prosecute those who broke the law with Islamic death threats against DS) have concretely proven to those willing to read and comprehend that the USA has turned a very ugly and dangerous corner.

This stuff is as serious as a heart attack but America is NOT serious.

It’s best to just inform yourself on this Islamic infiltration as much as you can. The Islamic infiltration in this devolving Gubmint is absolutely heinous.

And with Obama-Putin at the helm for 4 more horrible years y’all had better gird your you-know-whats!

Skunky on December 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Skunky, the ruling was grotesque. Also, Col. Gross’s termination effectively ended his military career. He has a black mark on his record that will preclude any promotion. A mass murderer won another victory against a soldier merely performing his duty. Does anyone seriously doubt that a non-Muslim would be spared the burden of following long standing military regulations? Major Hasan did not sport a beard before his killing spree, but has decided to now as an act of defiance and contempt. Major Hasan is quite proud of his crimes.

    Worry01 on December 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Absolutely Worry!

      Add Colonel Gross to two others in the Military that were also recently dismissed (& now are early retiring by force) for doing what a good American should (but Obama-Putin would NOT allow). And those two are General Ham and Rear Admiral Gaouette. Both involved in the Benghazi case.

      Skunky on December 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

        Skunky, the genuinely incompetent and treacherous are seldom being punished.

        Worry01 on December 5, 2012 at 5:03 am

He is a psychiatrist, even though not a very good one, so he certainly knows how to manipulate the US personnel he is dealing with.

Little Al on December 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm

“WTF???” is right! He murders several people at Fort Hood in 2009 and we STILL haven’t been able to get this guy a trial (and hopefully an execution) date because of a damn beard??? And the judge is removed because he told the nut to shave?

Something about this just ain’t right…

D. O'Nay on December 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Fuck it, let him keep his beard, then use THAT against him to show that he went over to the dark side. He’s not so muslim in that he’s afraid to die. He’s a little bitch-boy like so many of these losers. I hope he gets access to this website. And to the loser brass that kisses Obama’s ass, grow a pair; do what’s right. You dishonor those who die for you.

WilliamMunny on December 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm

i don’t know this america,is our military so far left that they will follow o,bungholes orders to attack us?i don’t think we are ever going to get rid of this commie traitor who is going to dispose of the constitution and do what ever he wants to do to us.i urge all of you to buy gun and ammo and if you know any hackers get them to hack the names and addresses of federal agents so that when they pay us midnight visit we can return the favor.ds did you hear hillary tell the jews that they should show that they know what it feels like to be oppressed like the paleosimians.

bruce on December 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I wonder if the judge was kicked off the case because he was Jewish, and the army wants to bend over backwards on behalf of the Muzzies. In the military’s eyes, it’s better to discriminate against a Jew than a Muslim. Just ask Jonathan Pollard who got life for a crime of aiding an ally, while those who aided Pakistan or China by giving more sensitive info have gotten 1-3 years at most. Pollard’s case was not before a military judge, but the rationale is the same.

Jonathan E. Grant on December 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm

This bullshiite makes me madder than Chris Christie locked in a closet full of slim fast. This evil rotten scumbag murders our brave soldiers back in 2009 and he’s still breathing. And now it seems that this freaking coward and his team of lawyers have gotten the judge to step down because he had the gall to tell the douchebag to cut the flea trap off his face. Would someone please tell me WTF is wrong with this picture. Oh wait nevermind I know. From the top down in the Army chain of command starting with our idiot commander in chief we have a bunch of politically correct muslim apologists. I say just strap the bastard to the electric chair as is with his little beard and be done with him already.

Ken b on December 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

After not allowing our soldiers to kill terrorists, after handling this murderer of our soldiers to play the system, after using affirmative action to promote certain less qualified people to officers over others, any person, particularly white straight male who serves in the military is an idiot. It is better they prepare to serve their state when the state secedes.

Jonathan E. Grant on December 4, 2012 at 7:07 pm

The following is a compilation from a 2009 CNN interview and from a 2010 Meet the Press interview. It helps explain why Hasan will probably never face the death penalty, and how the military has whored itself out :

., General George Casey, Chief of Staff of the Army, indicated concern that the “real tragedy” would be harming the cause of diversity, saying, “As great a tragedy as this was, it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well,” Several months later, in a February 2010 interview on Meet the Press, Casey said, “Our diversity not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

Jonathan E. Grant on December 4, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    True but sad that a general who is commissioned to provide the defense of our country by making sure our men are trained properly, have the equipment to go fighting with, and lastly make those dificult decisions as to who is going to die and where, can say such an asinine ciomment. One of many reasons I had to get out of the military. Do not get me wrong, there are still plenty of good leaders out there but unfortunately they are becoming less and less. The ones in higher staff and command positions are what I called politicians/managment in a uniform. All they care is to get the lucrative positions with in the Pentagon and retire fat and happy and after their service is over, they will go to the defense industry or a lobbying group and get paid another large amount of moeny for speaking tours. Not afraid to die for my country but that does not mean to waste my life becasue of some dangerously conceived rules of engagement where we are trying to win the minds and hearts crap. I still to this day pray for the men and women that stay in the military and have put up with crap like this.

    Mario on December 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I wonder who decided that “diversity” was meaningful and or the way things “should be”? “Diversity” is as meaningless a word as “Islamophobia”. An Islamist blood-sacrificing soldiers in the name of diversity, how bleedingly ludicrous.

    Pray Hard on December 5, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Casey is a disgrace to the uniform he wears and a disgrace to the country. He is nothing but a toady to the administration spouting the party line. I can assure you, that if Vidkun qQuisling were alive, Obama would nominate him as the next head of the Joint Chiefs. Like the three stooges, this would be our history…..Mullen, Casey, Quisling. One in the same. Pray for our nation.

    herbster on December 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

To not require an army officer to adhere to an army regulation is bias all right; Islam shaking in the boots appeasement bias.

lee, of the lower case "l" on December 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm

The only thing the average grunt can do is to avoid service. Even the morons who run the military (including Barky) might think twice if recruitment plummets. There are only so many transsexuals and lesbians to make up the difference, after all.

skzion on December 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

BTW, apropos trannies, Bradley Manning is still alive.

skzion on December 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

First, about uniform regualtions, there are exceptions. Case in point of Sikhs allowed to keep beard and their long hair(tied under their turbans), and their turbans. One just needs to google, “Sikh joins US Army” to see the different articles about it. Now the question about this piece of sh#t that is trying to make an exception with this beard. He should have been forceably shaved because this guy did not join wearing a beard or claiming an exception et cetra. He only began growing his beard after he was jailed for executing those sholdiers at Fort Hood. I am surprised that the US Army is bending backwards for this guy. What next? He wants to wear muslim garb and we should let him instead of wearing prison orange jumpsuits? Hate to say it but the top brass really is out of touch with many things and this trial is one of them. I agree with you Debbie, too bad the MP was not able to take this guy out of our misery because look at what a circus his trial is becoming. Seems that other army private Private Manning is being shown more restrcitions concerning his confinement and his crime was to leak out classified material. Not trying to say Private Manning does not deserve to be incarcerated for what he did but compared to what this piece of sh*t did in actually killing soldiers on a military base, Private Manning is seen to be more of a risk. Sad that are country keeps sliding down into the moral, economic, and spiritual abyss slowly but surely.

Mario on December 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Major Hasan never asked for an exemption prior to the commission of his crime. It is just an act of defiance related to the crime he committed and a show of contempt for the court. Major Hasan just needs to be tried for his crime. Forcing potential witnesses to wait so long and allowing evidence to grow stale serves no legitimate purpose. A civilian prosecution of someone who had committed a similar crime would not have taken this long. The delay comes from political intervention from the top. It is still not impossible that an insanity defense is in the works. However, it is possible that Major Hasan would prefer to be a shaheed, and that is delaying matters. Islamic megalomania could not be displayed with an insanity plea.

    Worry01 on December 5, 2012 at 8:07 am

After doing some research, I’m confused now. As noted in the article below from October 18, 2012, it says that the “Army appeals court ruled Thursday that the Fort Hood shooting suspect CAN have his beard forcibly shaved off before his murder trial.”

Can anyone make any sense out of the latest decision of the Army appeals court to order Judge Gross to recuse himself? Is there more than one appeals court involved here?

Army appeals court rules Fort Hood shooting suspect can be forcibly shaved
ANGELA K. BROWN
October 18, 2012 10:29 PM EDT
Associated Press

FORT WORTH — An Army appeals court ruled Thursday that the Fort Hood shooting suspect can have his beard forcibly shaved off before his murder trial.

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the military trial judge’s decision to order Maj. Nidal Hasan to appear in court clean shaven or be forcibly shaved, according to a release from Fort Hood. The opinion came on the heels of last week’s hearing at Fort Belvoir in Virginia in which the court heard arguments from both sides.

Hasan, who did not attend the hearing, has said he grew a beard because his Muslim faith requires it, despite the Army’s ban on beards. A few exceptions have been made for religious reasons.

The appeals court also ruled that Col. Gregory Gross, the trial judge, properly found that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not give Hasan the right to have a beard while in uniform during his trial. The court specifically upheld Gross’ previous ruling that Hasan did not prove that his beard was an expression of a sincerely held religious belief. The appeals court said that even if Hasan did grow a beard for a sincere religious reason, compelling government interests justified Gross’ order requiring Hasan to comply with Army grooming standards.

The appeals court also upheld six contempt of court findings against Hasan, starting about a month after he showed up in court in June with a beard. Gross fined him $1,000 for each instance.

Hasan’s attorneys have said they will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, which means Hasan’s court-martial remains on hold.

Hasan, 42, faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 attack that killed 13 and wounded more than two dozen others on the Texas Army post, about 125 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

The Army has specific guidelines on forced shaving. A team of five military police officers restrains the inmate “with the reasonable force necessary,” and a medical professional is on hand in case of injuries. The shaving must be done with electric clippers and must be videotaped, according to Army rules.

Hasan would not be the first military defendant forcibly shaved. The Army has done it to five inmates since 2005, including one person who was forcibly shaved twice, according to the Army’s Office of the Chief of Staff.

Ralph Adamo on December 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm

If you’re like me, and you feel comfortable reading court opinions, here is a link to the actual order that forced the judge to be removed from the Hasan case:

http://www.stripes.com/polopoly_fs/1.193587!/menu/standard/file/hasan.pdf

As I read the court order, the “reason” given for asserting that Judge Gross was “impartial” was that he did not follow the Army’s “chain of command.” According to this appeals court, Judge Gross’s “mistake” was that he did not order the government to take the action against Hasan’s failure to follow the dress code.

But this is clearly just a “technical” legal pretext for a weasel decision by the appeals court. The “chain of command” argument is irrelvant because the government would have forced Hasan to shave his beard even if Judge Gross had done what the appeals court suggested he should have done–so the result would have been the same: Hasan gets his beard shaved off. Period. Consequently, even if the Judge had erred as the appeals court asserts that he did, it was NOT a prejudicial error against the defendant.

Thus, I conclude that this was a political CON JOB–not a decision based on legal principles.

Ralph Adamo on December 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

This ruling is quite absurd and defies any real common sense. However the American justice system is not based on common sense, but rather on the foundation that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. I’m not going to defend anyone’s guilt except not that of a mass murderer, but legally speaking he is still “innocent” and deserves a fair trial without any impartiality.

I don’t agree with it, but unless we change our constitution, it is what it is. Lawyers nowadays are so focused on the smallest loopholes and that’s why we’ve witnessed people get away with murder based simply on the fact that their lawyers had a better “game plan”.

Kershaw on December 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    What does that have to do with the man’s beard or his trial being repeatedly delayed? There is no Constitutional issue involved here.

    Worry01 on December 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

Just for Christmas to create ever lasting peace we should round up all Jews and send them to Jewpiter.

johnny finger on December 5, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Finger, thank you for your infantile effort at antisemitism. Your caregiver might want to know where your finger has been.

    Worry01 on December 5, 2012 at 8:09 am

Why is the US military even listening to Hamas-linked Ku Klux Kair?

Rocky Lore on December 5, 2012 at 12:21 am

Business as usual. An administration prepared to back the creation of a legal fiction by hijacking the term marriage to apply it to relationships between two people of the same sex will be prepared to create any legal fiction it so wants.

Bronson on December 5, 2012 at 3:51 am

Yes, there is a Rabbi who wears a beard while in uniform (Guard Reservist); he serves as a Jewish Chaplain; a Non-Combatant. While Nidal is a Doctor (another “non-combatant” designation he WILL be issued a mandatory sidearm in the event of deployment to a “Combat Zone.” Said sidearm is to be used to “protect the patient” in the event he must defend the incapacitated patient from harm. [Ref: Geneva Convention] However, if there is a probable/real threat of chemical attack [gas etc.] he WILL be required to maintain a “clean shaven” face etc.’ facial hair longer than approximately 1/4″ will not allow for an air-tight seal of standard issue gas masks, thus placing the soldier at risk of becoming a casualty in the event of a gas type attack.Army regs follow:
“Army Regulation 670-1 governs hair and grooming practices or accommodations based on religious practices. Exceptions based on religious practices that were given to soldiers in accordance with AR 600-20 on or prior to 1 January 1986 remain in effect as long as the soldier remains otherwise qualified for retention.

The requirement for hair grooming standards is necessary to maintain uniformity within a military population. Many hairstyles are acceptable, as long as they are neat and conservative. It is not possible to address every acceptable hairstyle, or what constitutes eccentric or conservative grooming. It is the responsibility of leaders at all levels to exercise good judgment in the enforcement of Army policy. All soldiers will comply with the hair, fingernail, and grooming policies while in any military uniform or while in civilian clothes on duty.

Leaders judge the appropriateness of a particular hairstyle by the appearance of headgear when worn. Soldiers will wear headgear as described in the applicable chapters of AR 670-1. Headgear will fit snugly and comfortably, without distorted or excessive gaps. Soldiers may not wear hairstyles that do not allow proper wear of headgear, or that interfere with the proper wear of the protective mask or other protective equipment.

Extreme, eccentric, or trendy haircuts or hairstyles are not authorized. If soldiers use dyes, tints, or bleaches, they must choose those that result in natural hair colors. Colors that detract from a professional military appearance are prohibited. Soldiers should avoid using colors that result in an extreme appearance. Applied hair colors that are prohibited include, but are not limited to purple, blue, pink, green, orange, bright (fireengine) red, and fluorescent or neon colors. It is the responsibility of leaders to use good judgment in determining if applied colors are acceptable, based upon the overall effect on the soldier’s appearance.

Soldiers who have a texture of hair that does not part naturally may cut a part into the hair. The part will be one straight line, not slanted or curved, and will fall in the area where the soldier would normally part the hair. Soldiers will not cut designs into their hair or scalp.

Soldiers may not wear hairnets unless they are required for health, safety, or duty performance (such as a cook). No other type of hair covering is authorized in lieu of the hairnet. The commander will provide the hairnet to the soldier at no cost.

Male Hair Standards

Male haircuts will conform to certain standards. The hair on top of the head must be neatly groomed. The length and bulk of the hair may not be excessive or present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance. The hair must present a tapered appearance. A tapered appearance is one where the outline of the soldier’s hair conforms to the shape of the head, curving inward to the natural termination point at the base of the neck. The hair will not fall over the ears or eyebrows, or touch the collar, except for the closely cut hair at the back of the neck. The block-cut fullness in the back is permitted to a moderate degree, as long as the tapered look is maintained.

In all cases, the bulk or length of hair may not interfere with the normal wear of headgear, protective masks, or equipment. Males are not authorized to wear braids, cornrows, or dreadlocks (unkempt, twisted, matted, individual parts of hair) while in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. Hair that is clipped closely or shaved to the scalp is authorized.

Males will keep sideburns neatly trimmed. Sideburns may not be flared; the base of the sideburn will be a clean-shaven, horizontal line. Sideburns will not extend below the lowest part of the exterior ear opening.

Males will keep their face clean-shaven when in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. Mustaches are permitted. If mustaches are worn, they will be neatly trimmed, tapered, and tidy. Mustaches will not present a chopped off or bushy appearance, and no portion of the mustache will cover the upper lip line or extend sideways beyond a vertical line drawn upward from the corners of the mouth. Handlebar mustaches, goatees, and beards are not authorized. If appropriate medical authority prescribes beard growth, the length required for treatment must be specified. For example, “The length of the beard will not exceed ¼ inch.” Soldiers will keep the growth trimmed to the level specified by appropriate medical authority, but they are not authorized to shape the growth into goatees, or “Fu Manchu” or handlebar mustaches.

Males are prohibited from wearing wigs or hairpieces while in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty, except to cover natural baldness or physical disfiguration caused by accident or medical procedure. When worn, wigs or hairpieces will conform to the standard haircut criteria.”

Sick_Boy on December 5, 2012 at 8:22 am

Some could see this coming. Schempp (1963) was the Supreme Court decision that took us on the road toward a secular society.

BUT….surprise, surprise, the Muzzies come along years later, and fill the vacuum–against a backdrop of the libs having to show that they are not against religion at all.

Erich Segal got it wrong: Being a liberal means never having to say you’re sorry.

Red Ryder on December 5, 2012 at 9:13 am

    You’ve got a strange interpretation of Shempp, Vitale and other decisions concerning religion-state separation. These rulings protect us from religious despotism, not promote it. Muslims, far from relying on these cases to make their point, have worked their way AROUND them, falsely claiming denial of due process and equal protection.

    Separation remains every bit as necessary as it was a half-century ago.

    Seek on December 5, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Oh dear. Try reading the post! This “separation” as you call it, led to a secular/atheist society. Thus, an opening was created for our precious immigrants and our forced tolerance of Islam.

      Be careful what you wish for.

      Or, to paraphrase Dr. Phil: “How’s that separation working out for you?” In Islam there is NO separation of religion and state, you poor fool.

      Red Ryder on December 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

        It seems you have a reading comprehension problem. That separation thing is working just out great for me, thank you. And our country is way better off for it.

        More to the point, the roots of church-state separation lay in our nation’s founding. The Supreme Court rulings of the early 1960s didn’t “create” a secular society. We already had one, even if its precepts too often went ignored. Nor did the rulings “open the door” for Islamic or any other kind of immigration. They had absolutely nothing to do with immigration!

        It’s the LACK of separation in Islamic police states that helps create these monsters. Maybe they could use a dose of what we have.

        Seek on December 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

          @Seek-

          Then, we can agree to disagree, I guess—if you think this country is “better off” now. BTW–as to your cherished separation doctrine…

          dervied from a long-misunderstood quote, taken from Jefferson’s 1802 letter to the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut.

          Jefferson, you see, was widely perceived as being somewhat less than religious, even atheist, and, as the article says, “The Baptists, who supported Jefferson, were outsiders–a beleaguered religious and political minority in a region where a Congregationalist-Federalist axis dominated political life.”

          Here is the quote:

          Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

          Author Daniel L. Dreisbach gives us a sense of what Jefferson really believed:

          Throughout his public career, including two terms as President, Jefferson pursued policies incompatible with the “high and impregnable” wall the modern Supreme Court has erroneously attributed to him. For example, he endorsed the use of federal funds to build churches and to support Christian missionaries working among the Indians. The absurd conclusion that countless courts and commentators would have us reach is that Jefferson routinely pursued policies that violated his own “wall of separation.”

          Please learn some real history. In other words, please forget what you were taught in school.

          Red Ryder on December 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

By validating his beard religiosity, they are also validating his murder religiosity. I guess he wasn’t a devoid Muslim until he murdered thirteen Americans? His “faith” and his “rights” make me want to projectile vomit. I knew the current occupants of the administration would pull some sort of retarded dhimmi stunt after the election and I guess this is just the beginning. I’m also assuming that it will only get worse. I think it would be totally cool if, during the trial, every military person in the room would pull a .45 and empty it on Mr. Workplace Violence …

Pray Hard on December 5, 2012 at 10:34 am

We now have (Obviously) Obama’s minions on the Military Appeals Court. Another honorable Colonel sent to the dustbin. Lest we forget also the Colonel dismissed for his teaching that Islamo-terrorists are dangerous. And where is our esteemed head of the Joint Chiefs. If Al Gore was in the men’s room due to drinking too much iced tea, General Dempsey was receiving a breathing treatment after breathing in the shoe polish fumes while shining fearless leader’s shoes. Dempsey, and others, are a disgrace to the the uniform and to the country. Our military is beginning to look like the pimps and pimpettes on CNN. I have the perfect solution to this created from whole cloth “Beard controversy.” Tomorrow, at dawn, instruct the firing squad to aim for the beard. Then bury this Hassan animal with a full rack of good old Texas barnecued spare ribs on his chest.

herbster on December 5, 2012 at 11:50 am

Poor little Hasan and his religious expression.

If the beard is a religious matter then the whole affair is a religious matter.

Like honor killings. They are not murder, but a religious experience.

This guy should face a firing squad.

The positive side to this horror is that the Department of Emergency Services staff can tell the difference between shit and mud.

panhandle on December 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Beards? There was a post involving mustaches the other day. I say forcibly shave him. As my Dad used to say, “Why cultivate hair on your face, when it grows wild on your ass?”.

CornCoLeo on December 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

@Red Ryder- Great to show the WHOLE entire on misquoted quote. People like Seek have come to believe that seperation of church and state is in the Constitution and “freedom of religion” actually means freedom FROM religion.

Mario on December 6, 2012 at 12:18 am

Folks should realize by now that under the present administration Hasan will never recieve the punishment he deserves unless he’s snatched out of the brig by a posse and beheaded. After massacreing 13 unarmed US soldiers, what is the need of a trial…more wasted taxpayer money?

joesixpack31 on December 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm

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