In a letter to the Killeen Daily Herald, Maj. Nidal Hasan summed up his motive for the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting: "I was defending my religion."

Hasan, who is Muslim, mailed three pages of handwritten notes and three additional typed pages to the Herald's newsroom from his cell at the Bell County Jail.

"It is one thing for the United States to say 'We don't want Shariah (God's) law to govern us' but its [sic] not acceptable to have a foreign policy that tries to replace Shariah law for a more secular form of government," the accused Fort Hood shooter wrote.

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