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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:47 am 
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Since this is (unfortunately) becoming a more common occurrence, I thought it might be appropriate to spin this off into its own thread--separate from the Iraq, Syria, Yemen & Religion of Peace threads.

Let's start things off with a terrorist from Kansas (no, not you Wilkerson ;-) ):

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John T. Booker Jr. wanted to blow up Ft. Riley

POSTED AT 10:01 AM ON APRIL 11, 2015 BY JAZZ SHAW

Just in case you were starting to feel too comfortable with the state of affairs on the domestic front, you can go back to panic mode now. John T. Booker Jr. of Topeka, Kansas was arrested this week on charges that he was in the final stages of planning a suicide bombing attack on the United States Army base at Fort Riley, all in the name of ISIS. The good news in this case is that the FBI was all over the scheme from Booker’s early planning stages and they ensured that the 1,000 pound “bomb” he had prepared was a dud, so military personnel were never in immediate danger. The bad news is that this guy didn’t come slinking into the country through the back door… he was right from the heartland.

A Topeka, Kansas, man has been charged in federal court with attempting to detonate a vehicle bomb at Fort Riley military base near Manhattan, Kansas, announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom of the District of Kansas and Special Agent in Charge Eric K. Jackson of the FBI’s Kansas City Division. The defendant was arrested as part of an FBI investigation, and the device used by the defendant was, in fact, inert.

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John T. Booker Jr., 20, of Topeka, Kansas, was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed today with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives), one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Booker is expected to make an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree of the District of Kansas in federal court in Topeka.

Booker was arrested this morning near Manhattan, as he completed his final preparations to detonate a vehicle bomb targeting U.S. military personnel.

“As alleged in the complaint, John Booker attempted to attack U.S. military personnel on U.S. soil purportedly in the name of ISIL,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “Thanks to the efforts of the law enforcement community, we were able to safely disrupt this threat to the brave men and women who serve our country. Protecting American lives by identifying and bringing to justice those who wish to harm U.S. citizens remains the National Security Division’s number one priority.”


Booker has been going by the name of Muhammad Abdullah Hassan recently and cited the Quran, which he said told him to “kill your enemies wherever they are.” As horrible as it sounds to say, this is beginning to sound like a rerun of a really bad movie.

In the days and weeks to come there will no doubt be an avalanche of reporting on exactly how Booker wound up on the radical side of the fence. He was actually talking to recruiters about joining the Army himself just last year. His father is an Army veteran who served in Desert Storm. According to Booker Sr. his son moved out of the family home after high school and he’s only spoken to him a couple of times in the past year. The father is a Methodist and mom is a Catholic, both apparently unaware that their son had converted to Islam.

One question which may be harder to nail down is the timing of Booker’s “conversion” and what he was doing when he looked into enlisting in the military. Apparently he was already on the road to jihad because his early plans were discovered during the recruiting process and he was dropped from consideration at that time. (In fact, that was apparently how he was found out to begin with.) So while it’s tough to prove, it’s not difficult to imagine that Booker’s early, unformed plans involved joining the military so he could carry out an attack from the inside, similar to the terrorist attack at Fort Hood.

I wouldn’t expect this guy to qualify for bail, so he’s probably out of action for good at this point. But since he’s still a civilian and he was caught before anyone was actually killed, it sounds like the death penalty is off the table and the best we’ll get is life in prison without parole. Barring some discovery of staggering incompetence on the part of the FBI, this trial will probably be little more than a formality and will no doubt take several years to play out. In closing, I’d like to offer a tip of my hat to the feds for staying on top of this and bringing it to a successful conclusion before anyone was murdered.


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From the US Dept. of Justice:

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Topeka, Kansas, Man Charged in Plot to Explode Car Bomb at Military Base

A Topeka, Kansas, man has been charged in federal court with attempting to detonate a vehicle bomb at Fort Riley military base near Manhattan, Kansas, announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom of the District of Kansas and Special Agent in Charge Eric K. Jackson of the FBI’s Kansas City Division. The defendant was arrested as part of an FBI investigation, and the device used by the defendant was, in fact, inert.

John T. Booker Jr., 20, of Topeka, Kansas, was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed today with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives), one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Booker is expected to make an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree of the District of Kansas in federal court in Topeka.

Booker was arrested this morning near Manhattan, as he completed his final preparations to detonate a vehicle bomb targeting U.S. military personnel.

“As alleged in the complaint, John Booker attempted to attack U.S. military personnel on U.S. soil purportedly in the name of ISIL,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “Thanks to the efforts of the law enforcement community, we were able to safely disrupt this threat to the brave men and women who serve our country. Protecting American lives by identifying and bringing to justice those who wish to harm U.S. citizens remains the National Security Division’s number one priority.”

“We face a continued threat from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of causes,” said U.S. Attorney Grissom. “Anyone who seeks to harm this nation and its people will be brought to justice.”

“I want to assure the public there was never any breach of Fort Riley Military Base, nor was the safety or the security of the base or its personnel ever at risk,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Jackson. “Recently the Command Staff at Fort Riley has been working hand in hand with law enforcement to ensure the utmost security and protection for the men and women who serve our country, and the surrounding community that supports the base."

Booker is alleged to have spent months discussing multiple plans before deciding on a plan that involved the execution of a suicide bombing mission.

The complaint alleges Booker told another person “that detonating a suicide bomb is his number one aspiration because he couldn’t be captured, all evidence would be destroyed, and he would be guaranteed to hit his target.” Booker identified Fort Riley as a good target, “because the post is famous and there are a lot of soldiers stationed there,” the complaint alleges.

It is alleged that since March 2015, Booker plotted to construct an explosive device for an attack on American soil. It is alleged he repeatedly stated that he desired to engage in violent jihad on behalf of ISIL. Over a period of months, he took a series of actions to advance his plot. As alleged in the complaint, Booker assisted in acquiring components for a vehicle bomb, produced a propaganda video, rented a storage locker to store components for the explosive device, identified Fort Riley as the target and talked about his commitment to trigger the device himself and become a martyr.

FBI Evidence Response Teams are executing search warrants related to the case.

If convicted, Booker would face a maximum penalty of life in prison.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, including members from the FBI’s Kansas City Division, the Topeka Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tony Mattivi and David Smith of the District of Kansas, and Trial Attorneys Josh Parecki and Rebecca Magnone of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The charges merely contain allegations of criminal activity.

Booker Complaint: http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/fi ... plaint.pdf

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 2:52 pm 
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How many times has the "buy black market explosives on the internet" trick worked for the FBI?

You would think jihadi-wannabes would wake up. Good job by the FBI again.

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jack t ripper wrote:
How many times has the "buy black market explosives on the internet" trick worked for the FBI?

You would think jihadi-wannabes would wake up. Good job by the FBI again.



I will concede that the wannabe jihadists are determined----but that doesn't necessarily mean that they are smart. ;)

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Every now and then dumbasses show up with a plan like to go to the moon on top of a trash can lid on top of a trash can full of gasoline while holding a lighter ... we don't call them astronauts ... we call them demented ... It sounds like "booker" qualifies ... not a "Gee Haad Dee" just a "dumbass" ...

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jwilkerson wrote:
Every now and then dumbasses show up with a plan like to go to the moon on top of a trash can lid on top of a trash can full of gasoline while holding a lighter ... we don't call them astronauts ... we call them demented ... It sounds like "booker" qualifies ... not a "Gee Haad Dee" just a "dumbass" ...


You can always dream.

A man in a TV show went to the moon in a rocket made of a Texaco gasoline semi-trailer tank truck with a cement mixer as the capsule.



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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/doj-charges ... -to-syria/

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Ohio man allegedly plotted attack in U.S. after traveling to Syria

A federal grand jury has charged a Columbus, Ohio man, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud with attempting to provide and providing material support to terrorists, attempting to provide and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and making false statements to the FBI, CBS News' Paula Reid reports.

The three-count indictment was filed Thursday in the Southern District of Ohio. The case is notable because Mohamud, 23, actually went to Syria and returned to conduct attacks, Reid reports. Most "aspiring jihadists" don't leave the country.

According to court documents, Mohamud is a naturalized U.S. citizen and was able to obtain a U.S. passport. In April 2014 he left the U.S. on a one-way plane ticket to Greece. During his layover in Istanbul, he left the airport and completed pre-arranged plans to travel to Syria.

Upon his arrival, the indictment states, he obtained training from terror group Jabhat al-Nusrah in shooting weapons, breaking into houses, explosives and hand to hand combat. He has stated that he was instructed by a cleric in the organization to return to the U.S. to commit an act of terrorism.


According to the indictment, his brother, Abdifatah Aden, fought for al-Nusrah Front and was killed in battle on or about June 3, 2014.

"According to the charges in the indictment, Mohamud allegedly traveled to Syria to train with and fight alongside terrorists" said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. "Identifying and neutralizing the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters who return to the United States is one of the National Security Division's highest priorities."

The first two counts, providing material support to terrorists and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization are each crimes punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Making false statements involving international terrorism carries a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.

Mohamud was arrested and detained on state charges on Feb. 21, 2015, and is scheduled to be transferred into federal custody after the indictment was released.

In February, DOJ charged six Bosnian immigrants with providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Three of the suspects had become naturalized U.S. citizens and the others have legal resident of refugee status.

According to the indictment, the defendants sent weapons, U.S. military uniforms and tactical equipment to a man named Abdullah Ramo Pazara, a Bosnian who traveled from St. Louis to Syria in 2013 to join ISIS. They also used Western Union and PayPal to transfer money to Turkey and Saudi Arabia, where third parties sent it to Syria and Iraq. Some of the equipment was also transferred through intermediaries.

Later that month, federal officials charged three Brooklyn residents with providing material support to ISIS. The men, from the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, allegedly devised a plan to travel to Turkey and then to Syria for the purpose of waging jihad on behalf of ISIS. If they were not successful in joining ISIS in Syria, they allegedly planned to commit an act of terrorism in the United States, and one even allegedly offered to kill President Obama if ordered to do so.

Officials later revised the indictment to charge a fourth man for allegedly providing money to one of the other suspects and helping others travel to Syria.


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http://hotair.com/archives/2015/04/20/v ... ist-probe/

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POSTED AT 11:01 AM ON APRIL 20, 2015 BY ED MORRISSEY


As of this morning, the arrests seem rather mysterious, except for the context of missing young men from the Twin Cities Somalian ex-patriate community. The FBI rounded up a half-dozen suspects in Minneapolis and in San Diego in a Joint Terrorism Task Force operation, but otherwise the feds have been mum about the specifics of the threat or threats:

[Video news report at above link]

The FBI arrested several people in Minneapolis and San Diego on Sunday as part of a joint terrorism task force investigation, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger confirmed Sunday evening.

A Somali woman who said she was the mother of two men who were arrested told MPR News that the FBI arrived at her house around noon. One of her sons was arrested at her house; the other was arrested in San Diego. …

Another Somali woman said her son was arrested in Minneapolis around 10 a.m. Sunday, after he returned home from work.

The FBI arrested a total of six men, according to family members, who said they didn’t know why the men had been arrested.


Almost two dozen young men have gone missing over the last eight years, and presumed to have gone back to Somalia to fight with al-Shabaab. The FBI has long suspected that recruiters have sent them overseas, but may be worrying more now about them coming home. Their families have worked with the FBI in an attempt to find them before they get killed, sometimes working against groups like CAIR to cooperate with investigations. The latest arrests have them worried, but now more about ISIS:

Omar Jamal, a Somali activist in Minneapolis, said the community has been abuzz about arrests Sunday of several young Somali men both in Minneapolis and California that appear to be linked to the ongoing investigation related to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and Al-Shabab.

“The community is in a state of confusion,” Jamal said Sunday night. “They don’t know what is going on. … This is a very serious issue. We as a community are concerned about losing our kids to [ISIL].”


Not long ago, al-Shabaab announced that they had targeted the local Mall of America as one site for a Westgate Mall-style attack. The proximity of the arrests certainly reminds people of that threat, but it’s not yet clear that this has anything to do with that specific declaration. The New York Daily News reports that the focus is more on ISIS than al-Shabaab in this probe:

Six people have been arrested in two states in connection with a terrorism investigation in Minnesota, where authorities have been tracking youths who have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight with militants, including the Islamic State group, authorities said. …

Authorities say a handful of Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to fight with militants within the last year. At least one Minnesotan has died while fighting for the Islamic State.


The FBI will hold a press conference later today to discuss the arrests and the charges. They’ve kept this close to the vest so far, except for the usual assurances that the group presented no immediate danger to the US. We’ll see what they allegedly had in mind soon enough.

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You know in the African bush, they say "If you see one animal {giraffe, gazelle, whatever}, then there are at least 50 more who see you, but you do not see them."

I hope that doesn't apply to homeland gee haddees.

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It is one of the lasting pleasantries of... well... "the way of things...." that criminals are on the whole very stupid people when it comes to concealing their intentions or their culpability.


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