U.S. Marine reservist arrested for several shootings at military facilities

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Pentagon Scare Suspect Yonathan Melaku Linked to DC-Area Military Shootings

Pentagon Scare Suspect Yonathan Melaku Linked to DC-Area Military Shootings - ABC News

The man blamed for triggering a terror scare at the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery last Friday has been linked to a series of shootings that targeted military locations in the Washington, D.C., area last fall. Preliminary forensic evidence appears to tie Yonathan Melaku to at least one or two of the five shootings, ABC News has learned. But the forensics, which sources say are ballistics evidence, remain incomplete.

The shootings last fall targeted the Pentagon, the National Museum of the Marine Corps twice, a Marine Corps recruiting center and a Coast Guard facility in Virginia. At the time, the FBI said it suspected the shooter was a disgruntled military man. Melaku is a Marine reservist.

Melaku, a 22-year-old Ethiopian native, was arrested in the early-morning hours Friday in Arlington National Cemetery after he ran from a police officer on patrol. Police found three shell cartridges and baggies containing a substance that appeared to be an explosive in his backpack



He's gonna love Guantanamo this time of year
 
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Pentagon Scare Suspect Yonathan Melaku Linked to DC-Area Military Shootings

Pentagon Scare Suspect Yonathan Melaku Linked to DC-Area Military Shootings - ABC News

The man blamed for triggering a terror scare at the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery last Friday has been linked to a series of shootings that targeted military locations in the Washington, D.C., area last fall. Preliminary forensic evidence appears to tie Yonathan Melaku to at least one or two of the five shootings, ABC News has learned. But the forensics, which sources say are ballistics evidence, remain incomplete.

The shootings last fall targeted the Pentagon, the National Museum of the Marine Corps twice, a Marine Corps recruiting center and a Coast Guard facility in Virginia. At the time, the FBI said it suspected the shooter was a disgruntled military man. Melaku is a Marine reservist.

Melaku, a 22-year-old Ethiopian native, was arrested in the early-morning hours Friday in Arlington National Cemetery after he ran from a police officer on patrol. Police found three shell cartridges and baggies containing a substance that appeared to be an explosive in his backpack



He's gonna love Guantanamo this time of year
Only 2 comments:

1. Our masters say we are not being infiltrated by those with allegiances to "things" other than Country and Corps or Service and instead spend time and energy on rooting out largely non-existent white supremacists that are "so 80s."

For example:

Beware of Homeland Security Training for Local Law Enforcement, by An Insider

By James Wesley, Rawles on March 30, 2011 8:28 PM

I’ve been in law enforcement for the past 18 years. I have attended a variety of training over those years. During the 1990s, most training I attended was community-oriented, sponsored by local agencies or private companies specializing in police training. Themes common to training of the past included topics such as Constitutional rights, community partnerships, youth-oriented programs and problem-oriented policing.
During the past several years, I have witnessed a dramatic shift in the focus of law enforcement training. Law enforcement courses have moved away from a local community focus to a federally dominated model of complete social control. Most training I have attended over the past two years have been sponsored by Department of Homeland Security (DHS), namely the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
No matter what topic the training session concerns, every DHS sponsored course I have attended over the past few years never fails to branch off into warnings about potential domestic terrorists in the community. While this may sound like a valid officer and community safety issue, you may be disturbed to learn how our Federal government describes a typical domestic terrorist.
These federal trainers describe the dangers of “extremists” and “militia groups” roaming the community and hiding in plain sight, ready to attack. Officers are instructed how to recognize these domestic terrorists by their behavior, views and common characteristics. State data bases are kept to track suspected domestic terrorists and officers are instructed on reporting procedures to state and federal agencies. The state I work in, like many others, have what is known as a “fusion center” that compiles a watch list of suspicious people.
So how does a person qualify as a potential domestic terrorist? Based on the training I have attended, here are characteristics that qualify:

  • Expressions of libertarian philosophies (statements, bumper stickers)
  • Second Amendment-oriented views (NRA or gun club membership, holding a CCW permit)
  • Survivalist literature (fictional books such as "Patriots" and "One Second After" are mentioned by name)
  • Self-sufficiency (stockpiling food, ammo, hand tools, medical supplies)
  • Fear of economic collapse (buying gold and barter items)
  • Religious views concerning the book of Revelation (apocalypse, anti-Christ)
  • Expressed fears of Big Brother or big government
  • Homeschooling
  • Declarations of Constitutional rights and civil liberties
  • Belief in a New World Order conspiracy
A recent training session I attended encouraged law enforcement agencies to work with business owners to alert police when customers appear to be stockpiling items. An example was given that a federal agent was monitoring customers at a well known hunting and fishing retail outlet and noting who was purchasing certain items. This is something to remember the next time you purchase a case of ammo at one of these popular outdoor sports retail stores.
Methods of developing evidence of terrorist activity from virtually any search have also been discussed. Various common materials which may be associated with homemade explosives are listed, such as lengths of pipe, gunpowder, matches, flammable liquids and fireworks. Officers are told when these items are found, they can be listed as “bomb making materials”. The training even goes so far as to instruct officers that the items are cleverly disguised as legitimate, such as gasoline stored near a lawn mower, pipes stored in a shop building or gunpowder stored with reloading materials.
One course I attended used the example of a person employed as a plumber being the target of a search warrant. In this example, the officers were told how to use his employment as a plumber as further evidence of terrorism. The suspect’s employment would be described as an elaborate scheme to justify possessing pipes and chemicals so as to have bomb making materials readily available. Based on this example, all plumbers are potential pipe bomb makers. All gun dealers are plotting to provide arms to gangs or terrorists. All pest control companies are preparing mass poisonings. By using this logic, simply having the ability to do something criminal automatically makes the person guilty of plotting the crime. With all the various methods of manufacturing methamphetamine, it would also be easy to claim that a disassembled clandestine drug lab was located during the search. In other words, it is easy to frame anyone for possessing bomb making materials (or other crimes) if the officer knows what items to list in the report and how to link these items to terrorism.
Another common tactic used in DHS sponsored training is the slander of certain ideologies by linking an erroneous characteristic to a particular group. Here are some examples:

  • These groups hold the anniversaries of certain dates as significant such a Ruby Ridge, Waco and Hitler’s birthday
  • They oppose abortion, support gun rights and are affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan
  • They are fearful of big government, espouse support for the Constitution and want to kill police officers
  • These groups collect firearms, survivalist books and explosives
  • These extremists read books such as Patriots, One Second After and The Anarchist Cookbook
  • They are religious zealots, reading the book of Revelation, speak of the second coming of Christ and plan mass murders to summon the end of the world
  • These people grow their own food, raise livestock and plot attacks on commercial food production facilities
Do you see how this tactic works? List common characteristics of libertarian/conservative minded people, then throw in a slanderous accusation. If A and B apply, then you should automatically presume C applies as well. If they were disturbed by the incidents at Ruby Ridge and Waco, then obviously they must celebrate Hitler’s birthday. Officers are being conditioned to assume criminal and terroristic views when politically-incorrect views are observed. As simple-minded and ridiculous as this line of thinking is, there are some officers who unfortunately buy into this.
Another training session I attended two years ago discussed the dangerous of people who have strong views of the U.S. Constitution. One trainer made the statement that “these people actually believe the Second Amendment gives them the personal right to own a gun.” Of course, the trainer failed to mention that our Founding Fathers, as well as recent Supreme Court rulings, verify this view as being completely accurate. The obvious attempt here was to suggest to officers that the Second Amendment does not apply to individual gun ownership and to be suspicious of anyone who holds such a view. It was also stressed to be cautious of anyone who quotes the Constitution and even worse, actually possesses a copy of this radical document. Incredibly, in the United States of America today belief in our founding legal principles is now grounds for being labeled a domestic terrorism. Imagine how they would respond to some of the known statements of Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry or George Mason concerning the issue of individual liberty and limited government. It is true that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.
There are several things that we, the patriotic, self-sufficient defenders of liberty can do to counter this effort. First, get involved in local elections. Elect county sheriffs who will not fall for such propaganda nor go along with oppressive federal agendas. Elect city council members who will not tolerate such behavior by their city police department. Elect state representatives who will hold state agencies accountable for participating in such tactics. Bring these issues up during elections, demand a public statement on their position on such propaganda and a promise to stand against these efforts while in office.
Second, get to know your local law enforcement officers. It is much more difficult for DHS to brainwash officers against people they personally know. When you are viewed as a neighbor, friend or fellow Christian, these officers are far less likely to submit your name to a terrorist watch list or view you as a potential terrorist. We want local officers to be personally offended when they hear members of their community slandered in such ways.
Third, always be friendly and courteous when speaking to your local officers. Even if that officer has fallen for this propaganda, be sure not to resemble the negative stereotypes labeled to us. After the fifth, sixth or maybe tenth time he deals with one of us, he or she may come to realize we are of no threat to law enforcement or anyone for that matter. Eventually, the officer may attend one of these training sessions, hear the propaganda and say to himself, “This isn’t true, I’ve dealt with many people like this, they are God-fearing, liberty loving Americans, they are not the enemy!”
I hope you find this information useful. Please remember that there are many people in law enforcement that have not, and will never, fall for DHS propaganda. Some of the most patriotic defenders of liberty and believers in self-sufficiency can be found in law enforcement. Officers like me will continue to do our part to fight tyranny from within while the general public can do its part by electing liberty-minded candidates to office and educating their friends and neighbors about issues important to all of us.


2, His poor marksmanship alone warrants a dishonorable discharge and hard time making small rocks out of big ones.
 
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Aye, I remember hearing about the Marine Corps Museum being targeted last year. What's this skinny's problem?
 
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Aye, I remember hearing about the Marine Corps Museum being targeted last year. What's this skinny's problem?
"Melaku, a 22-year-old Ethiopian native" Any guesses?

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/06/17/national/main20071998.shtml

A source told CBS News that the man detained in the discovery of a
suspicious vehicle outside the Pentagon Friday morning has been identified
as a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Lance Cpl. Yonathan Melaku told authorities during questioning Friday
morning that he was carrying explosive materials, the source told CBS News
investigative producer Pat Milton.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Melaku is a
naturalized U.S. citizen from Ethiopia. Bomb-sniffing dogs have been sent
to his home in Fairfax County, Va.

Previously, FBI Special Agent Brenda Heck, who heads the bureau's
counterterrorism division in its Washington field office, told reporters
that a non-explosive material was found in a backpack the suspect was
carrying at the time of his arrest.

A law enforcement official speaking on the condition of anonymity said
officials found what appeared to be an unknown quantity of ammonium
nitrate. The official, who was not authorized to release the information,
said nothing else was found that would have enabled an explosion. The
official said tests were being done to determine the substance and the
exact concentration.

Ammonium nitrate is a chemical compound that is widely used in fertilizers
and can be used in explosives with the correct concentration.

A law enforcement source told Milton that the suspect now identified as
Melaku was carrying a notebook that contained the phrases "al Qaeda,"
"Taliban rules" and "Mujahid defeated croatian forces" when he was
detained.


(At left, Yonathan Melaku is seen following his arrest May 26, 2011, in
Loudoun County, Va. Source: WUSA-TV/Loudoun County (Virginia) Sheriff's
Office)

Despite the references to the terror organization that organized the 9/11
attacks, the group fighting U.S. forces in Afghanistan and the Arabic word
for "holy warrior," the law enforcement source told Milton that the
suspect is not thought to have been involved in a terrorist act or plot.


"It seems to be washing out at this point, but it is still being drilled
down on," the law enforcement source told Milton.

Al Qaeda hit list of individuals posted on web
Video: David Martin reports on "The Early Show"

The law enforcement source said the backpack also contained 20 spent 9 mm
shell casings and three cans of black spray paint.

The suspect was being held by the U.S. Park Police. No charges have been
filed against him.

"This is all very unfolding and a continuing investigation," Heck told
reporters.

CBS News affiliate WUSA-TV in Washington reports that Melaku appears to
have an extensive criminal record in the capital area. In Loudoun County,
Va., Melaku has four pending cases for grand larceny stemming from a rash
of vehicle break-ins.

The suspect was detained after the U.S. Park Police came across him in
early Friday morning in Arlington National Cemetery, when it is closed,
triggering an investigation. The Park Police then launched a search for a
vehicle, which was found near the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., just outside
of Washington, D.C., Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser said.

The 2011 red Nissan prompted the Arlington County Fire Department's bomb
disposal unit to follow protocols, including the use of a water cannon, to
render the vehicle safe, Arlington Police spokeswoman Cpl. Crystal Nosal
told reporters.

Heck said no suspicious items were found in the vehicle.

Pentagon police spokesman Chris Layman said the car was in bushes near the
Pentagon's north parking lot.

Previously, the suspect was reported to have been suspected of planting
suspicious devices in the Arlington area, at the national cemetery, the
Pentagon and the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo
Jima Memorial. Schlosser did not confirm that report.

CBS News reports that the Marine Corps Memorial is open to the public.
Arlington National Cemetery was briefly closed but has since reopened.

Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security,
told CBS News that federal agencies were involved with the investigation.

"DHS is monitoring a suspicious vehicle incident causing road closures
around the Pentagon," Chandler said. "This is a law enforcement matter at
this time, with the U.S. Park Police and the Arlington County Police
Department as leads and other federal agencies on the scene."

In another incident earlier this week, a motorist found with a gun and
what appeared to be a suspicious package near the Pentagon was taken into
custody.
It has been noted elsewhere that our current Masters will go to great lengths to disclaim any connection to Islamic terrorism unless they are cornered by enough evidence that they cannot deny it--the Army Major who did the shooting at the Army Base is a good example.
 
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Possibly the same problem the dog, Nidal Malik Hasan, had - or at any rate probably the same imam. At least the Marine just shot at buildings instead of soldiers like the so-called shrink Hasan did. It's a pity that LE didn't take Hasan down and save the expense of a trial.
This writer captures some of the problem and it is even in the Pentagon:

Diana West


The Pentagon Mantra: PC Trumps Security?


The year is 1942. The place, the Pentagon. A Berlin-born aide to the U.S. deputy secretary of Defense has learned that a military intelligence officer has not only read Hitler's "Mein Kampf," but is lecturing senior officers about Hitler's heretofore unexamined goals of world domination.
This schweinhunt must go. At least, that's what the German-born staffer thinks. Did I mention he's fluent in German? That's partly why the deputy secretary of Defense relies so heavily on his aide's judgment on all things German, particularly when it comes to the War on Nazism's German outreach program. This program brings Nazi apologists into the inner sanctum of the American war machine ...
Sound crazy?
Travel forward to 1973. The deputy secretary of Defense's Soviet-born, Russian-speaking aide is gunning for the one intelligence officer who has boned up on Marx, Engels and Soviet military doctrine. Why? Because the officer refuses to "soften" his brief on communist ideology, and is presenting it to the military leadership -- now hearing it for the first time since the Cold War began. If communist plans for global domination become common knowledge, the aide realizes, gazing thoughtfully at a blown-up photo of Soviet mouthpiece Vladimir Posner on his office wall, the Pentagon will surely change strategy and halt the USSR outreach program, which gives commie symps Pentagon access ...
Totally outlandish, right?
Once upon a time, yes. But this month, the Washington Times' Bill Gertz reported on a not entirely dissimilar real-life version of such fictions, the termination of Maj. Stephen Coughlin (USAR). Coughlin, a lawyer and reserve military intelligence officer, has been the Pentagon's sole specialist on Islamic law charged with lecturing senior officers on jihad doctrine -- military leaders who have been fighting the so-called war on terror for years without an inkling of Islamic ideology. His contract with the Joint Staff will end in March, Gertz wrote, because Coughlin "had run afoul of a key aide" to the Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England.
That "key aide" is Cmdr. Hesham Islam (USN ret.), an Egyptian-born, Arabic-speaking Muslim whom Gordon England describes as "my interlocutor" and "personal, close confidante." According to Gertz, England's interlocutor and confidante confronted Stephen Coughlin seeking "to have Mr. Coughlin soften his views of Islamist extremism."
Note the irony in this choice of words. "Islamist" and "extremism," like "Islamofascism" and other euphemisms, are words that draw a PC curtain over mainstream Islam. They effectively shield the religion and its tenets from the scrutiny necessary to assess the ideology driving our jihadist enemies. Of course, lifting that PC curtain on Islam and its jihadist tenets is precisely the affect of Stephen Coughlin's Pentagon brief. It goes against what political correctness tells us; it also goes against what Islamic advocacy groups tell us.
For example, Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), is someone who advocates decoupling the word "Islamic" from the word "terrorism" for discussions of, well, Islamic terrorism. Why do I mention this? ISNA is a group that has been strenuously "outreached" by Gordon England's Pentagon even as the Justice Department has officially labeled it a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Wonder if England ever thought much about the large picture of Mattson -- head of what Justice has said is an MB front organization -- hanging amid the photos on Hesham Islam's office wall.
What Hesham Islam wanted from Stephen Coughlin was a softer interpretation of Islamic law and jihad, and, as Gertz reported, in the process he slurred Coughlin as "a Christian zealot or extremist `with a pen.' " Now Coughlin is out.
This high-level effort, in effect, to deny the connection between Islamic law and what the military calls the "enemy threat doctrine" should ring bells, not just in the military, but in Congress, which obviously has Pentagon oversight responsibilities. And what about the FBI? When a citizen is denounced as a "Christian zealot or extremist" shortly before his government contract is dropped, has a civil rights violation occurred?
More questions. Why is the deputy secretary of Defense engaged in Muslim "outreach" in the first place? And how good (safe) is his "outreach" advice if, to name a couple of examples, it brings ISNA into a bizarro relationship with the Pentagon, and sends a longtime apologist for assorted terrorists, Muslim Public Affairs Council's Salam Al-Marayati, on a Pentagon-sponsored trip to Guantanamo Bay? When such advice brings the military's woefully belated education on jihad to a halt, it becomes shockingly clear that the Pentagon is more concerned with political correctness than protecting the nation.
The Pentagon Mantra: PC Trumps Security? - Diana West - Townhall Finance
 
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Possibly the same problem the dog, Nidal Malik Hasan, had - or at any rate probably the same imam. At least the Marine just shot at buildings instead of soldiers like the so-called shrink Hasan did. It's a pity that LE didn't take Hasan down and save the expense of a trial.
 
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Possibly the same problem the dog, Nidal Malik Hasan, had - or at any rate probably the same imam. At least the Marine just shot at buildings instead of soldiers like the so-called shrink Hasan did. It's a pity that LE didn't take Hasan down and save the expense of a trial.
And there is this:

Atlas Shrugs
 
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"Melaku, a 22-year-old Ethiopian native" Any guesses?



It has been noted elsewhere that our current Masters will go to great lengths to disclaim any connection to Islamic terrorism unless they are cornered by enough evidence that they cannot deny it--the Army Major who did the shooting at the Army Base is a good example.
What are you talking about dude? In every attack on America, you guys like to boost about some Invisible Islamic Terrorists operating from some bunker in Syria or Iran.

You guys created this problem so dont moan over it. Obviously, if somebody who is not a Muslim, nobody really bothers questioning his faith, and in this case, hes a black african, so let the bashing commence as per usual.

Your government is very silent on the Israeli Pollard case, I guess you guys also like to disclaim any connection to Israel.
 
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What are you talking about dude? In every attack on America, you guys like to boost about some Invisible Islamic Terrorists operating from some bunker in Syria or Iran.

You guys created this problem so dont moan over it. Obviously, if somebody who is not a Muslim, nobody really bothers questioning his faith, and in this case, hes a black african, so let the bashing commence as per usual.

Your government is very silent on the Israeli Pollard case, I guess you guys also like to disclaim any connection to Israel.
I must say at the outset you evoked fond memories of my halcyon days of mirth and idleness at uni in the 60's with your epithet "dude."

As to the rest of your post, if I can figure out what you are trying to say I will respond in due course. How's that suit you, dude?
 
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What are you talking about dude? In every attack on America, you guys like to boost about some Invisible Islamic Terrorists operating from some bunker in Syria or Iran.

You guys created this problem so dont moan over it. Obviously, if somebody who is not a Muslim, nobody really bothers questioning his faith, and in this case, hes a black african, so let the bashing commence as per usual.

Your government is very silent on the Israeli Pollard case, I guess you guys also like to disclaim any connection to Israel.
Islam has always been peaceful from the first days. Why those Timorese christian children deserved beheading in the name of Muhammed and Allah, their crime was learning to read. Acid on an Afghan schoolgirl? makes you hard doesnt it?

Pollards in jail for Life and the Israelis have tried time and again to get him released. he's going nowhere. What's there to be talking about?
 
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What are you talking about dude? In every attack on America, you guys like to boost about some Invisible Islamic Terrorists operating from some bunker in Syria or Iran.

You guys created this problem so dont moan over it. Obviously, if somebody who is not a Muslim, nobody really bothers questioning his faith, and in this case, hes a black african, so let the bashing commence as per usual.

Your government is very silent on the Israeli Pollard case, I guess you guys also like to disclaim any connection to Israel.
Wow, I never thought someone could mumble in text... <shrug> first time for everything I guess.
 
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What are you talking about dude? In every attack on America, you guys like to boost about some Invisible Islamic Terrorists operating from some bunker in Syria or Iran.

You guys created this problem so dont moan over it. Obviously, if somebody who is not a Muslim, nobody really bothers questioning his faith, and in this case, hes a black african, so let the bashing commence as per usual.

Your government is very silent on the Israeli Pollard case, I guess you guys also like to disclaim any connection to Israel.
You're planning on running for president in the upcoming election, aren't you?
 
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What are you talking about dude? In every attack on America, you guys like to boost about some Invisible Islamic Terrorists operating from some bunker in Syria or Iran.

You guys created this problem so dont moan over it. Obviously, if somebody who is not a Muslim, nobody really bothers questioning his faith, and in this case, hes a black african, so let the bashing commence as per usual.

Your government is very silent on the Israeli Pollard case, I guess you guys also like to disclaim any connection to Israel.
**** off and die, ****

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A couple of yo-yos trying to emulate the dog Nidal Malik Hasan:

Suspect in Seattle Military Recruiting Station Plot Allegedly Wanted Another Fort Hood

By Edmund DeMarche
&nbsp;Published June 23, 2011 | FoxNews.com



Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif harbored grandiose plans for an attack on a military recruitment station in Seattle and said if a single gunman at Fort Hood could kill 13 people, three gunmen could kill many more, according to the criminal complaint against Abdul-Latif.

He and Walli Mujahidh were arrested in the alleged plot after a nearly month-long investigation, the Justice Department announced Thursday. They are accused of planning an attack on the Seattle site with machine guns and grenades but were foiled when a prospective accomplice contacted authorities.

Since early June, authorities said they have been monitoring Abdul-Latif, 33, of Seattle, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, and Mujahidh, 32, of Los Angeles, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr.

The men spoke about gaining access to the facility by driving a "truck that looks like the Titanic" through the "front gate," the complaint says, and Abdul-Latif told the source his objective was to "take out anybody wearing green or a badge."

“Imagine how many young Muslims, if we’re successful, will try to hit these kinds of centers,” said Abdul-Latif, according to the complaint. “Imagine how fearful America will be, and they’ll know they can’t push Muslims around.”

Earlier this month, when Abdul-Latif noticed a security guard at a Seattle military recruiting station, he appeared unconcerned.

“We’ll just kill him right away,” he told an FBI source posing as an accomplice, according to the criminal complaint. “We can kill him first.”

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle said the defendants initially planned to attack Joint Base Lewis-McChord but later changed targets.

An FBI agent wrote in the complaint that the pair fantasized about the headlines the attack would generate -- "Three Muslim Males Walk Into MEPS Building, Seattle, Washington, And Gun Down Everybody" -- and speculated that if they got control of the building, TV news crews would arrive to cover them.

Mujahidh spoke with investigators after the arrests and confessed, the complaint said.
Abdul-Latif allegedly purchased machine guns the pair intended to use at the Federal Center South building, which houses various units of the military. The weapons were inoperable, and the public was never at risk.

Law enforcement agents were alerted about the plot by a citizen who was asked to participate and supply firearms, authorities said. The investigation has provided audio and videotape evidence of the two suspects discussing the would-be assault, authorities said.
Since the men lived far apart, they had conversations over the phone about how the attack should be carried out and also spoke about ways to train with the firearms beforehand, according to the compliant, obtained by FoxNews.com.

The complaint shows that on June 14, Abdul-Latif met with the FBI source, asked the source to obtain machine guns and grenades for the attack and, days later, paid the source $800 cash for the weapons.

Days later, Mujahidh is said to have taken a bus from Los Angeles to Seattle and met with the Abdul-Latif and the source to discuss details of the attack. They allegedly talked about using machine guns and grenades.

Abdul-Latif has previous felony convictions for first-degree robbery and custodial assault, as well as misdemeanor convictions for obstructing a law enforcement officer, assault and theft.
When he was prosecuted on the robbery charge in Kitsap County, Wash., in 2002, Abdul-Latif was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation, and despite some "issues," he was found competent to participate in his defense, the FBI agent wrote.

Abdul-Latif was sentenced to 31 months in prison on that charge.

Mujahidh does not appear to have a criminal record, the agent wrote.

The two have been charged with conspiracy to murder employees of the U.S., conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (grenades) and possession of firearms in furtherance of crimes of violence, authorities said.

Abdul-Latif is also charged with two counts of illegal possession of firearms. Both men face potential sentences of life in prison if convicted of the charges.

The two made a court appearance on Thursday afternoon.

Steve Dashiak, a bankruptcy attorney representing Abdul-Latif, told The Associated Press he was stunned by the developments, and that his client seemed like a regular man.

"I sensed no ill will from him whatsoever," Dashiak said. "He seemed like a guy just trying to make it, having a rough time because business wasn't going very well. To say that I didn't see this coming would be an understatement."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 
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A couple of yo-yos trying to emulate the dog Nidal Malik Hasan:

Suspect in Seattle Military Recruiting Station Plot Allegedly Wanted Another Fort Hood

By Edmund DeMarche
Published June 23, 2011 | FoxNews.com



Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif harbored grandiose plans for an attack on a military recruitment station in Seattle and said if a single gunman at Fort Hood could kill 13 people, three gunmen could kill many more, according to the criminal complaint against Abdul-Latif.

He and Walli Mujahidh were arrested in the alleged plot after a nearly month-long investigation, the Justice Department announced Thursday. They are accused of planning an attack on the Seattle site with machine guns and grenades but were foiled when a prospective accomplice contacted authorities.

Since early June, authorities said they have been monitoring Abdul-Latif, 33, of Seattle, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, and Mujahidh, 32, of Los Angeles, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr.

The men spoke about gaining access to the facility by driving a "truck that looks like the Titanic" through the "front gate," the complaint says, and Abdul-Latif told the source his objective was to "take out anybody wearing green or a badge."

“Imagine how many young Muslims, if we’re successful, will try to hit these kinds of centers,” said Abdul-Latif, according to the complaint. “Imagine how fearful America will be, and they’ll know they can’t push Muslims around.”

Earlier this month, when Abdul-Latif noticed a security guard at a Seattle military recruiting station, he appeared unconcerned.

“We’ll just kill him right away,” he told an FBI source posing as an accomplice, according to the criminal complaint. “We can kill him first.”

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle said the defendants initially planned to attack Joint Base Lewis-McChord but later changed targets.

An FBI agent wrote in the complaint that the pair fantasized about the headlines the attack would generate -- "Three Muslim Males Walk Into MEPS Building, Seattle, Washington, And Gun Down Everybody" -- and speculated that if they got control of the building, TV news crews would arrive to cover them.

Mujahidh spoke with investigators after the arrests and confessed, the complaint said.
Abdul-Latif allegedly purchased machine guns the pair intended to use at the Federal Center South building, which houses various units of the military. The weapons were inoperable, and the public was never at risk.

Law enforcement agents were alerted about the plot by a citizen who was asked to participate and supply firearms, authorities said. The investigation has provided audio and videotape evidence of the two suspects discussing the would-be assault, authorities said.
Since the men lived far apart, they had conversations over the phone about how the attack should be carried out and also spoke about ways to train with the firearms beforehand, according to the compliant, obtained by FoxNews.com.

The complaint shows that on June 14, Abdul-Latif met with the FBI source, asked the source to obtain machine guns and grenades for the attack and, days later, paid the source $800 cash for the weapons.

Days later, Mujahidh is said to have taken a bus from Los Angeles to Seattle and met with the Abdul-Latif and the source to discuss details of the attack. They allegedly talked about using machine guns and grenades.

Abdul-Latif has previous felony convictions for first-degree robbery and custodial assault, as well as misdemeanor convictions for obstructing a law enforcement officer, assault and theft.
When he was prosecuted on the robbery charge in Kitsap County, Wash., in 2002, Abdul-Latif was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation, and despite some "issues," he was found competent to participate in his defense, the FBI agent wrote.

Abdul-Latif was sentenced to 31 months in prison on that charge.

Mujahidh does not appear to have a criminal record, the agent wrote.

The two have been charged with conspiracy to murder employees of the U.S., conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (grenades) and possession of firearms in furtherance of crimes of violence, authorities said.

Abdul-Latif is also charged with two counts of illegal possession of firearms. Both men face potential sentences of life in prison if convicted of the charges.

The two made a court appearance on Thursday afternoon.

Steve Dashiak, a bankruptcy attorney representing Abdul-Latif, told The Associated Press he was stunned by the developments, and that his client seemed like a regular man.

"I sensed no ill will from him whatsoever," Dashiak said. "He seemed like a guy just trying to make it, having a rough time because business wasn't going very well. To say that I didn't see this coming would be an understatement."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
I am sure our Masters will assure us there are no commom threads between these cases and "there is nothing to see here and to move along" as they have everything under control.
 

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