AT: A retired military judge questioned why the Army allowed a soldier to continue on active duty despite his statements in support of ISIS.
Col. Gregory Gross said there were similarities between the case of Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang, who was arrested on terrorism charges, and the case of Major Nidal Hasan, who opened fire on soldiers at Fort Hood in 2009, killing
13 14 (including one soldier’s unborn baby –ed.).
Hasan’s views on Islamic extremism were well known to his colleagues and superiors. The same was apparently true of Sgt. Kang.
Noel Tipon, an attorney in military and civilian courts, said there’s nothing in the Army manual on removing soldiers from the service that would address allegations like speaking favorably about a group like Islamic State.
He suspects the FBI wanted to Kang to stay in the Army while they investigated whether he had collaborators.
“They probably said `let’s monitor it and see if we can get a real terrorist cell,’ ” said Tipon, who served in the Marine Corps.