via APNewsBreak: Ark. soldier shooter sent FBI letter. (note AP’s banal headline)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A man who pleaded guilty to shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting station in Arkansas said he also shot at the home of a rabbi in Little Rock days earlier, according to a letter he wrote to the FBI.
In the letter obtained by The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request, Abdulhakim Muhammad said he fired 10 rounds at the home of Rabbi Eugene Levy days before he fatally shot Pvt. William Andrew Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula in June 2009.
A judge sentenced Muhammad to life in prison without parole this week after prosecutors accepted his plea agreement during his capital murder trial for killing Long and hurting Ezeagwula.
In the letter, dated November 24, 2009, Muhammad said he targeted Levy’s house after researching Jewish leaders in Little Rock, Nashville, Tenn., and his hometown of Memphis, where he was born by the name Carlos Bledsoe. He changed his name after converting to Islam in college.
“Figured the FBI wasn’t watching me anymore,” he wrote. “I started my Plans to Attack, recruitment centers, Jewish organizations, across America…” He said he bought rifles, a pistol, ammunition and materials to make Molotov cocktails.
Then, shortly after midnight May 30, Muhammad said he shot at Levy’s house from his truck using a .22-caliber rifle.
“The spent rounds were found during search,” he wrote.
Levy’s wife, Bobbye Levy, said FBI agents visited their home sometime in June after Muhammad was arrested. But she said she didn’t hear any gunshots or find any damage to the house.
“We never knew anything about it until the FBI showed up,” she said.
She wasn’t sure whether the agents found any remnants of a shooting outside. FBI spokesman Steve Frazier declined to comment.
Muhammad said he then drove to Memphis and later Nashville to the homes of two other rabbis. In Nashville, he said he drove to a Jewish community center, “but found there were too many children around so I aborted that.”
So, the self-professed jihadist said he kept driving until he came to a recruitment center in Florence, Ky., but found it was closed.
He decided to go back to Little Rock to revise his plan, and said he drove overnight to Nashville. About 2 a.m. on June 1, Muhammad said he decided to firebomb another rabbi’s house. He said he lobbed a Molotov cocktail at the home, but the fire blew out mid-air.
“Another attempt gone sour,” he wrote.
He made it to Little Rock that morning and spotted two uniformed soldiers outside a military recruiting center in Little Rock. He said he considered firing at them from afar, but decided to get closer so he wouldn’t miss.
He fired an assault rifle at Long and Ezeagwula, who were smoking cigarettes outside. They had recently completed basic training and decided to volunteer as recruiters. Neither had seen combat.
Muhammad rolled down the window and fired an assault rifle. Ezeagwula, then 18, watched his friend fall to the ground as the bullets hit them. In the parking lot, Long’s mother, Janet Long, heard the gunshots.
In his letter to the FBI, Muhammad confessed to his actions, taking full responsibility and professing ties to al-Qaida.
Meanwhile, Long’s parents want to know where the Feds are, while a Congressman wants to honor the two victims of jihad:
Long’s parents have said their son and Ezeagwula deserve the Purple Heart and sent a hefty report to the Secretary of the Army and the AP detailing the reasons why.
“Andy was the first person killed and Quinton was the first person wounded on American soil in a jihad attack since 9/11,” said Long’s father, Daris Long.
Long’s family and the Ezeagwulas have struggled to convince the military and the federal government that the two were victims of the global war on terror, not merely a random act of violence.
No federal charges have been filed in the case, though Muhammad has deemed himself a jihadist and professed ties to al-Qaida. Cherith Beck, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Little Rock, declined to comment.
“If we get the Purple Heart, I’ll be pleased, but I want answers from the federal government on why they’re not pursuing this,” Long said.
Don’t get your hopes up. The Feds haven’t gotten involved yet, but Federal charges against Muhammad surely being considered, former prosecutors say
“I do believe there are federal laws involved with this,” Long’s father, Daris Long, said after Muhammad was sentenced. “I would like to see the feds step up to the plate.” Daris Long described Muhammad as “an enemy of this country.”
Long said he has never received a explanation of why Muhammad hasn’t been charged in federal court, and he doesn’t understand why others have been charged for what appear to be similar crimes, including planning to travel to Yemen to become terrorists or planning terrorist attacks in the United States.
Chuck Banks, a former U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas, said there are “some very serious considerations that are being considered by the U.S. attorney and by the staff regarding that this is an attack on federal military personnel who were in a nom-combatant role at the time they were attacked and killed.”
“I think they are feeling responsibility to the citizens of our country to recognize that this type of attack and crime, violence that been admitted to, a murder, is not going to be tolerated,” Banks said.
Unfortunately for the citizens of our country, Eric Holder tends to side with terrorists.
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