Jihad, coming to your hometown, sooner or later…

A Seattle man accused of plotting to attack a military recruiting station had filed for bankruptcy in May, but Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif was still able to buy weapons.“He stated that the money was being held by someone for him. He was saving up for religious travel,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan told 97.3 KIRO FM…

This is certainly not the first time that religious travel funding has been a factor in a US Jihadi conspiracy. A couple of years ago, the Imam who was the mastermind of the plot to ignite fuel lines and tanks at JFK airport in New York City was apprehended while boarding a flight for Venezuela, en route to a “religious conference” in Tehran…


According to charging documents, on June 16 and 17, Abdul-Latif gave an undercover FBI source $800 to pay for rifles he and Walli Mujahidh, a.k.a. Frederick Domingue planned to use during the attack.

Abdul-Latif said he set the money aside for the hajj and that another person was holding it for him. Abdul-Latif and the source traveled to that person’s place of business to retrieve Abdul-Latif’s money.

So was someone funding the attack?

This is a good question. We worry that the authorities have a lack of curiosity when it comes to such matters. For instance, at the same time the two Jihadis were being apprehended in Seattle, an Ethiopian-American Jihadi was being charged in a lone-wolf plot in the Washington DC area and the Justice Department insists that he “self-radicalized” himself by surfing the internet.

You’ll have to excuse us if we are skeptical about that hypothesis. Jihadis don’t act to commit violence after visiting a few web sites. It takes a lifetime of indoctrination to plant the seeds that enable Jihad to grow inside someone years later. In the case of the Ethiopian, the fact that he was a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps makes it all the more vital that we find out more about when this guy turned to violent Jihad and how. It’s too easy to blame it on the internet.

“The investigators will look at all avenues, but I want the public to be confident that we think we have apprehended and charged the people responsible for this plot,” Durkan said.

By now, if there was a support system for this two-man Seattle cell, you can be sure it has already instituted countermeasures to prevent discovery…



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