2 men accused in plot to attack Seattle recruiting station
Good job by law enforcement and the witness that came forward in preventing this from happening. In Seattle, two men were arrested Wednesday night and accused of plotting to attack a Seattle military recruiting station with machine guns and grenades, federal officials said.
Federal prosecutors identified the two as Khalid Abdul-Latif, aka Joseph Anthony Davis, 33, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, aka Frederick Domingue, Jr., 32, of Los Angeles.
Both were charged in federal court Thursday with terrorism, conspiracy to murder officers and employees of the United States, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and firearms charges.
The complaint states that Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh purchased machine guns and planned to use them in an attack on the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) on East Marginal Way in Seattle, which also houses a day care center.
United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said in a statement that law enforcement officials had been monitoring the pair after receiving a tip from someone who said they had been approached about participating in the attack. That person then worked with law enforcement to help foil the plot. Unbeknownst to the suspects, their weapons also were rendered inoperable and posed no risk to the public.
Federal prosecutors said the two suspects initially planned an attack on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), but later changed targets. The pair intended to carry out their attack with both grenades and machine guns, according to prosecutors.
Mujahidh sent a text message saying, “Everything is fine just waiting to be with you brothers for the sake of Allah. … Allah grant us success in what we go forth to accomplish,” according to court documents.
“Driven by a violent, extreme ideology, these two young Americans are charged with plotting to murder men and women who were enlisting in the Armed Forces to serve and protect our country. This is one of a number of recent plots targeting our military here at home,” said Todd Hinnen, acting assistant attorney general for national security.
Well since Mr. Hinnen won’t say it, I will: These young Muslim Americans were driven by radical Islam to kill fellow Americans. It’s called JIHAD. Thank God this plot was foiled.