FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan has declared he is going on a hunger strike as a form of protest.
In a March 27 letter written from his death row cell at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Hasan said he is going on a hunger strike in order to protest “America’s hatred for (Shariah) Laws,” according to an article from the Army Times.
“I will reduce and then maintain a total body weight of 99 pounds,” Hasan wrote in the letter. “I hope this will also serve as a reminder of how weak the Muslim Ummah (community) is and as a reminder to the believers of the importance of following God’s Laws despite the disbelievers’ hatred for it. And most of mankind are disbelievers!”
On Nov. 5, 2009, Hasan, then a U.S. Army psychiatrist, opened fire on unarmed soldiers at Fort Hood, killing 13 and injuring more than 30 others.
Armed with a pair of handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, Hasan opened fire in a medical processing station for deploying troops.
He was found guilty in August 2013 on 13 counts of premeditated murder and was sentenced to death. He now is on death row at Fort Leavenworth awaiting appeals.
On March 27, Fort Hood’s commanding general, Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, issued a statement saying that Hasan will not be dismissed by the Army until he is executed. Hasan is one of six inmates on death row at Fort Leavenworth, according to the Army Times article.