*Bumped* Army Recruit Seeking Ft. Hood Style Attack on the Lam -- (UPDATE) *Exclusive* Suspect is John Thomas Booker, Jr. --UPDATE: No Immediate Threat (Rebumped ***Busted! ***)
LAST YEAR the FBI announced it was searching for an ex-army recruit suspected of plotting a Fort Hood-inspired Islamist attack. Rusty Shackleford at The Jawa Report has identified the suspect – John Thomas Booker, Jr. He goes by the alias Muhammad Abdullah Hassan on Facebook.Oh and Hassan, watch the cornhole bud. *** End 2015 update original post below*** UPDATE 4/2/2014 PM -- Shooting at Fort Hood on the very day after I posted this!Federal prosecutors have announced an arrest in a case involving a “national security matter.” U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom and an FBI special agent announced that 20-year-old John Thomas Booker from Topeka was arrested in Manhattan for trying to support ISIS. He wanted to set off a bomb at Fort Riley. The arrest was made Friday morning.
Selfie of "Muhammad Abdul Hassan from his FB page
On 20 March 2014, the Kansas City Division FBI became aware of an individual named BOOKER aka Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who had publicly stated his intention to commit jihad, bidding farewell to his friends and making comments indicating his jihad was imminent. BOOKER had been recruited by the US Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for Basic Training on 7 April 2014. Kansas City Division Agents interviewed BOOKER on 20 March 2014.There's a BOLO out on "Booker", but it's not clear to me if the FBI and military want to catch this guy why they don't publicly release his real name along with a picture? If he decided not to show up for basic training, then here are the reasons as I see them: a) he suspected that his plot had been detected so he ran (Update: I don't know how I overlooked this, but the FBI interviewed him in March so of course he realized they were on to him); b) he got cold feet, in which case was there really any crime committed since he may have decided not to carry out the original plot; c) he decided to commit some other act of terror. One last thing that may be cause for worry:
Law enforcement sources familiar with the alert said it appeared to suggest that there may be others in addition to Booker who also might have expressed similar intentions to commit jihad against U.S. military installations. [emphasis mine]A bigger plot with multiple suspects on the loose? So, it sounds like the military is treating this as a potential threat against bases within the US ... so we go with option "C", even if it is only a precautionary alert as to what "Booker" might do. I'm a little late to this party, so has anyone heard anything else about this guy? UPDATE: Apparently this guy's Facebook page was a treasure trove of information, but it's down now. The Heavy grabbed some photos before FB suspended his account. I've posted one of those pics at the top. This one is from his Linkedin account.
19 years old
b. Auguest 12, 1994
AKAs:"Booker", "Muhammad Abdullah Hassan"
If you encounter Mr. Booker contact your local FBI office Also, email me if you see any more pics of this guy or have any more information. UPDATE: Via @C1TYofFL1NT this looks like it's his YouTube account. Standard jihadi stuff, but he does post some comments in which he asks people to pray for him to become a martyr.
"I wanna be a martyr (shaheed)!!! YA, brothers and sisters. Make a dua for me asking Allah to make me a martyr, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!! My name is above in blue"
But although the reference was to the 2009 shooting on a Texas military base in which 13 people were killed and more than 30 injured, the FBI downplayed the threat on Tuesday and said it was not hunting for the man. “We have interviewed this individual,” an FBI spokesman said. “There is not a manhunt and there never was one. There is no imminent threat to public safety, nor should the public be concerned that this threat exists from an individual at large."Dudes, next time just say that at the beginning! So, what's the deal with this then? Thanks to WTD for that last update.
Posted by: TimothyJ at April 01, 2014 12:04 PM
Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at April 01, 2014 03:21 PM
I know where there are at least 72 alligators. No guarantees on virginity.
Posted by: Kafiroon at April 01, 2014 04:02 PM
Posted by: Bill at April 01, 2014 04:45 PM
Posted by: ShadowFox at April 01, 2014 05:57 PM
FoxNews Exclusive: Ex-Army recruit whose 'Ft. Hood-inspired jihad' prompted alert not a threat: FBI http://tinyurl.com/odk9tsy
Hat tip goes to VladTepesblog
Posted by: wtd at April 01, 2014 07:01 PM
Posted by: Bubbe at April 01, 2014 07:10 PM
Posted by: Rusty at April 01, 2014 07:40 PM
Posted by: Howie at April 01, 2014 09:09 PM
Aren't those the guys that declare any obvious islamic killing not a terrorist act? The guys that decided the Boston bombers were no threat?
Etc. etc. etc.
Fatally Bungling Incompetents
Posted by: Kafiroon at April 01, 2014 10:14 PM
Posted by: Kevin at April 02, 2014 07:50 AM
Posted by: Kevin at April 02, 2014 07:54 AM
Posted by: Kevin at April 02, 2014 07:55 AM
One of these fine days one of these Islamo traitors will find himself with a launch key.
Posted by: obsidian at April 02, 2014 10:33 AM
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