More information is coming out about the assassination of a US soldier at a Little Rock recruiting booth.
Per KATV’s report, 23-year-old William Long of Conway died shortly after being transported to a Little Rock hospital. The second wounded soldier, Quinton Ezeagwula (age unknown), remains in a local hospital in stable condition. His wounds are not life-threatening.
The cowardly assassin, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad – aka Carlos Leon Bledsoe and a recent convert to Islam – was already on the FBI’s Joint Terrorist Task Force radar since his return from Yemen. He was, in fact, arrested at that time and had a fake Somali passport.
Bledsoe had all the hallmarks of a budding terrorist operative in the US, with friends in all the right global locations, ripe with jihad movements….Yemen, Somalia and Columbus, Ohio.
But investigations take time to compile evidence enough to hold, and convict, a suspected terrorist. This isn’t like picking him up on a foreign battlefield. With Constitutional rights in place, law enforcement can be the only option for terrorists who operate on US soil. And the very nature of that method of counterterrorism often requires the death of victims – such as this fine young man, cut down on American streets – when evidence is insufficient to thwart a plot in advance.
And now, officials say, the FBI and the CIA are engaged in an intense effort to reconstruct Muhammad’s path to extremism — and allegedly to murder — taking apart his life, examining his friendships, educational records, travel within the United States and possible contacts with extremists overseas.
Though police have told ABC News that a preliminary investigation indicated that Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 24, acted alone, authorities are trying to determine whether others were involved in the Monday shooting that also critically wounded another soldier. Muhammad has pleaded not guilty to the shooting.
Police could only guess at the motive for Muhammad’s attack.
“We believe that it’s associated with his disagreement over the military operations,” Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas told The Associated Press.
According to a police report, Muhammad told police that he saw two uniformed U.S. soldiers in front of the recruiting office before he shot and killed Pvt. William Long, 23, and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, while they were taking a break outside the U.S. Army recruiting station where they both worked.
Bledsoe didn’t resist arrest, but he was prepared for a shooting joy ride that day. At his immediate disposal was approximately 200 rounds of ammunition. In his car was magazines, all loaded up with 100 additional rounds of ammo and stashed in a vest, an SKS rifle, two pistols and two military books.
According to the video report at the ABC story linked above, he was “hunting” US soldiers. And most of our armed forces service men and women are not wandering around US streets in battle-ready status. This, of course, makes them sitting ducks for wannabe-jihadis like Bledsoe.
It might be noted that this is the environment to which Obama wishes to import Gitmo detainees, despite polls saying this is not the wishes of the nation.
Add to this, the pressure Obama has been putting on the nation to accept the Chinese Uyghur detainees that so many say are proven not to be enemies of the US. Perhaps it’s timely to find out that these “harmless non-terrorists” don’t hold any love for the US, and instead say we are worse than Nazis.
Oh yeah… bring ’em here.
I swear this parallel universe I seem to be existing in today is becoming more and more like a nanny-induced, prozac walking nightmare. Has all logic escaped our elected officials?
Bledsoe is a perfect example of why these Gitmo detainees should not be tried in the US judicial system, nor released in our nation in the event they are acquitted for lack of admissable evidence in the courts. The Uyghur detainees, who we were told are harmless and not antagonistic, have proven themselves to be filled with hate…. thank heavens before we welcomed them with Obama’s open arms.
It is obvious that we cannot trust the ACLU detainee lawyers for facts, nor our elected officials for wise decisions. And should we attempt to do so, we might find ourselves with many more US soldiers assassinated on the streets, unable to defend themselves because of nanny gun laws that apparently only apply to the good guys.
Vietnam era Navy wife, indy/conservative, and an official California escapee now residing as a red speck in the sea of Oregon blue.