Second Jihadi Convicted of Terror .... TODAY
So, let me see if I have the score straight. This is just for today, mind you.1) Antonio Martinez, aka Muhammad Hussain, aka Abu Pippi Longstocking pleads guilty to planning to bomb military recruiting stations near Boston. 2) Yonathan Melaku, of Alexandria, Virgina:
pleaded guilty today to damaging property and firearms violations involving five separate shootings at military installations in northern Virginia between October and November 2010 and attempting to injure veterans’ memorials at Arlington National Cemetery.... Melaku admitted today that during the second shooting at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, he set up a video camera within the interior of his vehicle to record the shooting incident. The video shows Melaku repeatedly firing a handgun out the passenger-side window, and he narrates the incident on the video and states, among other things: “That’s my target. That’s the military building. It’s going to be attacked,” and at the conclusion of multiple shots exclaiming, “Allahu Akbar,” repeatedly.... During the pursuit, he dropped a backpack that contained numerous spent 9mm shell casings; four bags containing ammonium nitrate, and a spiral notebook with numerous Arabic statements referencing the Taliban, al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, “The Path to Jihad,” as well as a list of several other individuals associated with foreign terrorist organizations. Melaku admitted that, at the time of his apprehension, he was attempting to enter the area of Arlington National Cemetery containing graves of deceased Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, intending to desecrate and injure the grave markers by spray-painting the markers with Arabic statements and by leaving the ammonium nitrate he was carrying at the sites of the grave markers.One day, two terror related convictions. And, need I mention yesterday? Coloradan Jamshid Muhtorov indicted for attempting to join terror organization in Pakistan. And the day before? In Maryland Shkumbin Sherifi & Nevine Aly Elshiekh charged with plotting to murder a witness who testified against a convicted terrorist -- who, BTW, many who attended their mosque claimed was just an innocent victim of the overactive imaginations of the Islamophobes at the FBI. Innocent, right. That's why he was plotting with his friends on the outside to murder a witness at his trial. If my math is right, that's five arrests, indictments, or convictions of homegrown terrorists in three days. And, to be honest, those headlines were gleaned from a rather cursory glance at my twitter feed. The actual numbers might even be higher. So, the next time some Leftist claims that there is no "homegrown terror" problem please point these inconvenient facts out to them.