Pvt. William Long was assassinated by a Muslim wannabe jihadist just over 24 hours ago. His fellow soldier, Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula was luckier… and is recouperating in a local hospital. Two of America’s finest were ambushed – not while engaged in a firefight in one of Janet Napolitano’s “overseas contingency operations”, but in a parking lot in Little Rock, AR. In fact, neither Pvt. Long, nor Pvt. Ezeagwula, had yet been deployed to any theatre or battlefield.
The two young recruits were fresh out of basic training, and not regular recruiters. Instead they were pulling some of their first duties in the service of their country in a program using new basic grads to recruit within their home territories.
They were unaware of the threat that stalked them, and were ill-equipped and unarmed…. incapable of defending themselves in a US street battle. They would have had a better chance at self-defense on the streets of Fallujah, or the dirt roads of Afghanistan. Pvt. Ezeagwula may one day have that deployment. Pvt. Long never will.
Witnesses told police that a man inside a black vehicle pulled up outside the recruiting center and opened fire about 10:30 a.m. Long fell onto the sidewalk outside the center, while Ezeagwula was able to crawl toward its door.
Muhammad told authorities that he approached the recruiting center in Little Rock by car on Monday and started shooting at two soldiers in uniform, according to a police report.
“He saw them standing there and drove up and shot them,” Lt. Terry Hastings told The Associated Press. “That’s what he said.”
The media remains relatively low profile on it’s coverage of this Muslim man’s cowardly attack on two of America’s unarmed warriors in the name of jihad. In fact, the mainstay of the stories are featuring the assassin, and not the assassinated.
It’s also painful to note the US POTUS doesn’t blink an eye, bow his head, or even mention the names of these two young men, or the attack. Even TOTUS is silent… nary a glint of light from the media spotlights are seen reflected off Obama’s right hand “man”.
Is it because Pvt. Long’s death, and Pvt. Ezeagwula’s wounds, were not sustained in the glory of battle? Is it quite possible they view this as just another shooting death that needs no comment from the Commander in Chief?
Or is it because it is the first successful terrorist attack on US soil since 911 on Obama’s watch, and we dare not notice the system flaws that allowed it?
NYT’s has more on Carlos Bledsoe – altho most media refer to him by his Muslim name, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad. Oddly enough, it was just over a week ago that Muhammad petitioned once again to change his name – this time to Abdulhakim Bledsoe. The petition was never completed, and I have to wonder if his family privately heave a sigh of relief.
But Muhammad is no stranger to the FBI files. They had their hands on Bledsoe once before, detaining him in Yemen with a fake Somalian passport. However Bledsoe, a US citizen with Constitutional rights by birth, was freed to continue his personal jihad that was to end one new soldier’s life, and send to the hospital.
Why? How does that happen? Despite the hallmarks, the connections, the travels and the trails to jihad centers, and such obvious suspicious behavior, the FBI didn’t have “sufficient evidence” to meet legal demands for either a wiretap or surveillance?
What were they missing by our legal standards that prevented them for further investigation? What if this was to be more than a “hunting” expedition for Bledsoe?
And what would they have found, had they been able to scrutinize Bledsoe more carefully…
From Mr. Muhammad’s Little Rock apartment, the police seized a computer, a cellphone and paper with handwriting in Arabic, the inventory said.
Then of course, there’s his mobile concentration of firepower – Muhammad as a walking arsenal…
Mr. Muhammad was heavily armed when he was arrested Monday shortly after fleeing the shooting scene in his black Ford truck. The police confiscated an SKS military-style rifle and a .22-caliber rifle found inside the truck, they said, as well as a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun he had tucked in his waistband.
Mr. Muhammad was wearing a green utility belt holding more than 150 rounds of ammunition for the two rifles, and an additional 24 rounds for the handgun were in his pants pocket, according to a police inventory.
Inside the truck, the inventory said, investigators also found several boxes of ammunition and a red duffle bag containing two homemade silencers, binoculars, clothing and medicine. There were also several CDs labeled in Arabic writing.
The bad guy has all this, has been in the hands of the FBI and set loose with no ability to scrutinize him closer. Meanwhile, two of America’s finest, ready to serve, are on the streets and unable to carry a weapon with our nation’s laws.
Something is seriously wrong with this picture.
Just what does it take within US law to be able to track a domestic jihadi? No wiretaps or surveillance allowable? Is it that we must just wait until he, in his cowardice, cuts down unarmed American soldiers in a southern town’s parking lot?
And for what?
“Mr. Muhammad stated that he was mad at the U.S. military because of what they had done to Muslims in the past,” an arrest report filed by the Little Rock police said. “Mr. Muhammad further stated that he would have killed more soldiers if they had been on the parking lot.”
Jihad seems to recruit brain dead, defective humans, and this one really makes a box of rocks look like a Nobel Prize winner. What the US military has done to Muslims? …right. Anyone ask Bledsoe where was his outrage at what his jihad buds have done to their fellow Muslims? Probably not…
And considering the fire power Bledsoe was wearing, and additionally stashed in his truck, I’d say when he was done with that parking lot, he had other stops in mind for emptying a few more magazines. Thank heavens for Curt’s peers, who nabbed this loser before he got any further.
The NYTs polishes off their quasi-profile on this domestic terrorist by citing a few other recruiting office events… perhaps an attempt to marginalize the attack as an unfortunate incident by a victim of bipolar disorder, or something else inflicted upon him by his tragic life.
Military recruiters said they could not recall a recent fatal attack against a recruiting station. But the shootings were a reminder that recruiting offices are often targets of threats and sometimes actual violence.
Last year a small bomb shattered the glass facade of a military recruiting station in Times Square. No one was injured in the early-morning explosion, which remains unsolved.
And in 2004 a 42-year-old man, apparently angry about having failed basic training 20 years before, fired shots at an Air Force recruiter in San Leandro, Calif., before killing himself.
Somehow I find that 20 grudge for failing basic hard to swallow… but let me say this in no uncertain terms…. *none* of these events is akin to the deliberate stalking of US military in our city streets by the enemy’s foot soldiers. Wake up Obama and ilk. Wake up America. “Overseas contingency operations” has a new sister… “domestic contingency operations”.
If the US is to become a war zone, with US citizens able to travel to these countries on false passports, and still roam free, then our military needs to be armed at all times…. 24/7… ready for battle.
And if our city streets are to become part of the urban warfare battlefronts, then the intel agencies need some better tools to at least investigate, if not detain, those like Bledsoe. This was a man who had obvious reasons to be watched, was in the FBI’s grasp, and still walked free.
As I said in my post earlier today, Murdering US soldiers on the streets – the drawbacks of using law enforcement as terrorist policy, if our laws for US citizens are this inadequate for simple surveillance, not one Gitmo detainee should be brought to US soil to experience the same loose rules.
Oddly enough, the NYTs mentions Muhammad/Bledsoe’s father – his business, and notes his avoidance of the press and public for reactions.
Has anyone contacted the families of Pvt. Long, and Pvt. Ezeagwula, or are they less important… less newsworthy… than the human pondscum known as the Islamic jihadi?
And perhaps, more importantly, has their Commander in Chief bothered to be in touch?