SCOTUS Refuses Appeal of Soldier Who Murdered Fellow Military
Hasan Akbar, real name Mark Fidel Kools, was convicted in 2005 of “fragging” from an incident in 2003. He was a Sergeant attached to the 326th Engineer battalion in Kuwait. He killed two American officers in a grenade/shooting attack that took the lives of two military officers, Army Captain Christopher Seifert and Air Force Major Gregory Stone, and wounded 14 others. The SCOTUS refused to hear his appeal of the death penalty on Monday.
Akbar/Kools was the first soldier to be convicted of “fragging” since the Vietnam War. He will die by lethal injection.
Yes, this was terrorism, but no one is calling it that. Akbar/Kools is a Muslim convert.
The Washington Post reported at the time,
“The attack jarred Camp Pennsylvania not long after 1 a.m. March 23, 2003, as members of the 101st Airborne Division, known as the “Screaming Eagles,” were preparing to move from central Kuwait to Iraq. Grenades were rolled into several tents, setting off loud explosions, and shots were fired.
In the commotion, medics discovered that many of the wounded were members of the 1st Brigade’s senior command staff. A search turned up an American soldier, who was taken into custody and later identified as Akbar.”
He wrote in his diary:
“My life will not be complete until America is destroyed.”
The attack took place at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait. He threw hand grenades into several tents of sleeping military, then used his rifle to shoot into the ensuing chaos.
Another diary entry said,
“…as soon as I am in Iraq, I will kill as many of them as possible.”
He didn’t get to join his unit for the Iraq push because of a reprimand. The prosecution alleged that the attack was premeditated, because he turned off the generator that ran the lights, and stole hand grenades.
A military jury of 13 men and 2 women found him guilty and sentenced him to death.
SCOTUS refuses to hear his appeal
The case has been filtering through appeals courts since 2005. But the Supreme Court turned away the appeal on Monday, leaving the conviction in place.
The defense claimed that Akbar was mentally ill, and that the military knew about it. The Army says he acted out of “resentment.” Do we really care about the motive when the carnage is so high?