KXXV-TV is reporting that Major Nidal Hassan, the accused gunman in the Fort Hood shootings, has his rank and continues to receive a paycheck from the military. Lieutenant General Donald Campbell, Jr., the Commander of Fort Hood, says that it is part of the judicial process of innocent until proven guilty. Campbell stated, "The bottom line is when you cut through everything we are as an army, we have to be fair to him regardless of what we saw or we think we saw or whatever the case may be. It's imperative we maintain the integrity of the court martial so he gets as fair a shot as possible defending himself with his team..."
I understand innocent until proven guilty, and I support it wholeheartedly. I am fine with him being able to keep his rank until the court martial. However, I am not fine with him continuing to draw a paycheck. If Hassan had been a bank teller who walked into his bank and started shooting people, he would no longer be working for the bank and therefore, would stop receiving his salary. The same thing would apply to any arrest regardless of location. Hassan is in confinement and no longer performing work for the military pending his court martial. Why is the military giving him free money on top of having all his expenses paid? If the military is simply following its procedures, then the procedures need to be examined.