Kansas Muslim accused of plotting to detonate jihad bomb at Fort Riley military base for the Islamic State

ByPamela Geller on April 10, 2015
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It’s almost every day now. America is under siege. Obama say, “Fore!” Kerry say, “Inshallah!” And those of us who have sounded the alarm about this for so many years are demonized, smeared and marginalized.

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“Kansas man accused of plotting to detonate bomb at Fort Riley military base,” Fox News, April 10, 2015 (thanks to Christian):

A 20-year-old Kansas man plotted to kill American soldiers with a vehicle bomb at the Fort Riley military base, an attack he planned to carry out on behalf of the ISIS terror group, prosecutors announced Friday.

John T. Booker, also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, was arrested as part of a lengthy FBI investigation. Federal authorities said he was arrested near the army base in Manhattan, Kansas, as he completed final preparations to detonate the bomb, which had, in fact, been rendered inert while he was under FBI surveillance.

“As alleged in the complaint, John Booker attempted to attack U.S. military personnel on U.S. soil purportedly in the name of (ISIS),” 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.”

Prosecutors said Booker repeatedly stated he wanted to engage in violent jihad on behalf of ISIS. He became an Army recruit and said he intended to commit an insider attack against American soldiers, like Major Nidal Hassan at Fort Hood in Texas.

Booker is the latest among a number of ISIS sympathizers who have been arrested by the FBI in recent weeks.

A criminal complaint unsealed Friday charged Booker 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 a designated foreign terrorist organization.

He was due to appear Friday afternoon in federal court in Topeka.

The criminal complaint Friday alleged that Booker spent months developing and attempting to execute a plan that would result in his own death as an ISIS suicide bomber. It also alleged that he “planned to pull the trigger of the explosives himself so that he would die in the explosion,” Kansas U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said at a news conference.

“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 Kansas City FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric 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 allegedly plotted to construct an explosive device for attack on American soil for months during meetings with two FBI informants. He told one killing Americans was permissible because the Koran “says to kill your enemies wherever they are.”

Prosecutors said the jihadi wannabe advanced the plot by acquiring components for a vehicle bomb, producing a propaganda video and renting a storage locker to store components for the explosive device.

Prosecutors said he identified Fort Riley as the target and talked about his commitment to trigger the device himself and become a jihadi martyr.

His arrest came behind the wheel of a van he belived was packed with 1,000 pounds of explosive.

Last year FoxNews.com reported exclusively that Booker was under investigation for threatening online to commit a “Fort Hood-inspired” act of terror just weeks away from reporting for basic training.

The military learned of his radicalism – which had apparently been on display for months in online posts where he praised Usama bin Laden and pledged to die for radical Islam.

FoxNews.com reported then that Booker was the subject of an FBI alert.

“Getting ready to be killed in jihad is a HUGE adrenaline rush! I am so nervous,” read a March 19. 2014 post on the Facebook page authorities believe belonged to Booker. “NOT because I’m scared to die but I am EAGER to meet my lord.”

FoxNews.com reported Booker enlisted in the Army in February 2014 and was due to report for basic training less than two months later on April 7. But the FBI interviewed him in March and alerted the Army, which formally discharged him.

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  • Walter Sieruk

    This Muslim man who was scheming to create a bomb,with of course much deadly intentions, may in a very strange and odd way might be so warped and deluded, because of his religion, that he actually views such a murderous bomb attack as something that is ,in essence,”good.” This only exposes just how Islam can warp and delude the way of thinking of some people to the extent as to that they think of evil as good and good as evil. Furthermore, the Bible explains about those who have such a strange ,odd, warped and deluded mindset as to view evil as good and good as evil. For Isaiah 5:20. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil…” [N.I.V.]

    • SubSumeYou

      I’m DUMBSTRUCK.

  • SubSumeYou

    Man, WTF? !?!?!?!? SMDH…WTF?

  • Mohammed Schicklgruber

    Workplace violence. Nothing to do with Islam.

  • Sufferfortribe

    Maybe the Feds should have left the 1,000 pounds of explosives in the van, drove this loser out to the middle of nowhere………and detonated it.

  • pennant8

    Just saw this report on my local news. The usual plain vanilla reporting. No mention of the jihad connection.

  • Veracious_one

    no doubt another pious convert, what goes on inside the mosques that causes one to become so violent? surely they’re not teaching peace….ban mosques

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  • Stranger

    He, not only is stupid but is ignorant as well. That is what ISIS is doing with idiots, misguide them. Quran never as to harm innocent people, to the contrary it say if you killed one innocent person you killed the whole humanity and if you saved one person you saved the whole humanity!

    • Zippy

      The Qur’an is referring to Jews (the Children of Israel) not muslims when it says that for them to kill one innocent person is the same as killing all of humanity. So Jews are told they shouldn’t kill. Muslims by contrast are ordered to fight those who don’t believe in Allah or the Last Day, or obey Muhammad’s restrictions, or pay the disbeliever Jizya tax (for Christians and Jews only) and feel themselves subdued (Qur’an chapter 9 verse 29).

      Islam clearly defines ‘innocence’ as being muslim and obeying Muhammad’s commands, everyone else is ‘guilty’ and therefore fair game for slaughter or enslavement.

    • Guitarzan

      B.S. taqiyya is lying to infidels.

  • Guitarzan

    We need to arrest and execute as many as is humanly possible and send images of their execution throughout out social media the same way they publicise their constant acts of barbarism.