Sgt. Hasan Akbar - Muslim Military Murderer UPDATE
The Associated Press has issued this report on the murderer of two U.S. officers in an attack that injured 14 other of his fellow servicemen. His LAWYERS, of course, seeing his best, PLAUSIBLE defense have not denied his obvious guilt. Instead they invoke an insanity defense. This man, Hasan Karim Akbar (born Mark Fidel Kools), a college graduate, has been paid from U.S. coffers rather hansomely since his first enlistment in April 1998. He has certainly been aware of conscientious objector opportunities, and could even have left the military in 2002 instead of re-enlisting. Instead, he chose to betray his comrades. However, and this is vitally important, he apologized (so, if you are a memember of the LAWYER-nose-ring-lead party, you must obviously set aside common sense, invite more perfidy in the ranks of our heroic defenders and forgive him):
"I want to apologize for the attack that occurred. I felt that my life was in jeopardy, and I had no other options. I also want to ask you for forgiveness," Akbar told the 15-person military jury before deliberations began. ...He spoke in such a low voice that even prosecutors sitting nearby had trouble hearing, with one lawyer even cupping his ear."
"He is a hate-filled, ideologically driven murderer," the prosecutor said, adding that Akbar wrote in his diary in 1997, "My life will not be complete unless America is destroyed."
A defense psychiatrist testified that although Akbar was legally sane and understood the consequences of his attack, he suffered from forms of paranoia and schizophrenia. Really. how did he get in the service in the first place?
What do you think he deserves? Any death sentence would be the subject of an automatic appeal. Execution would be by lethal injection. Prosecutors have said Akbar launched the attack at his camp - days before the soldiers were to move into Iraq - because he was concerned about U.S. troops killing fellow Muslims in the Iraq war.
Akbar is the first "American" since the Vietnam era to be prosecuted on charges of murdering a fellow soldier during wartime. Allah willing, his ass would be fried at 1200 degrees for three minutes. However, sanctioned methods allow execution only by leathal injection.