Army Islamic Objector Charged with Child Pornography
According to a variety of websites (including his own Facebook page), US Army PFC Nasser Abdo was granted status as a conscientious objector. (His case was previously noted.)
Two days later, his discharge was put on hold as he was charged with possession of child pornography as a result of 34 images on his government-issued computer. The criminal investigation has reportedly been going on for months; Abdo claims the charges are part of a continuing pattern of discrimination.
As discussed previously, Michael Weinstein has remained silent during Abdo’s application for discharge (even after Abdo became his “fan” on Facebook) — despite the blatant contradiction with Weinstein’s own position. He once said of Nidal Malik Hasan:
If it is proven true that Hasan was advocating for Muslims to be excused from combat operations and other U.S. military service, then he should have been aggressively and immediately court-martialed…He was, in essence, exacerbating a horrid stereotype and actually helping to create, if not buttress, the hostile environment surrounding him.
As Abdo has sought discharge for the same logic, Weinstein should be demanding Abdo’s court martial, or perhaps threatening to sue the US military for granting Abdo objector status. Instead, he has done nothing.
Another perspective has been raised saying the US Army may have endangered its prosecution of Hasan by granting Abdo status as a CO, since Hasan expressed the same sentiments as Abdo prior to the massacre at Fort Hood.