Attempted Terrorist Attack in Kansas Goes Little Noticed
In April 2015, John Booker attempted to detonate what he believed was a 1,000 pound bomb outside the fence of Fort Riley, Kansas. It turns out the fake bomb had been coordinated with the FBI:
Booker acknowledged in court that he told one of the FBI informants that he wanted to kill Americans and engage in violent jihad on behalf of the Islamic State group. His plea agreement said he made a video in April 2015 telling Americans “today we will bring the Islamic State straight to your doorstep.”
In court, Redmond once referred to Booker as Muhammad. Booker had an alias, Muhammad Abdullah Hassan.
It turns out Booker actually enlisted in the US Army in 2014, but his enlistment was terminated before basic training even began after the FBI questioned his public statements about wanting to copy cat Nidal Malik Hasan‘s “insider attack“:
Booker told investigators that he enlisted to commit an insider attack against American soldiers like the one Maj. Nidal Hassan carried out at Fort Hood, Texas, according to prosecutors.
Had he been successful, he would have been at least the sixth US military member who was motivated by his Islamic faith to either attack or attempt to attack his fellow troops. The others included:
- Soldier attempted to join ISIS (Hasan Edmonds, arrested 2015)
- Fort Hood attack thwarted, PFC Abdo, two life sentences (2011)
- Shots fired at Pentagon, other military bldgs (Marine Reservist Yonathan Melaku, 2010)
- Fort Hood massacre kills 14 (Army Maj Hasan, 2009)
- Fragging in Kuwait by Army Sgt Hasan Akbar (2003) (death sentence on appeal)
At least ten other incidents have been recorded in which non-military members have attempted to or successfully killed US troops, most in the US itself:
- Chattanooga recruiting center attack (Mohammad Abdulazeez, 2015)
- Execution-style attack thwarted (Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 2015)
- Pipe bomb attack thwarted (Jose Pimentel, 2011)
- Remote control airplane Pentagon attack thwarted (Rezwan Ferdaus, 2011)
- Seattle recruiting station attack thwarted (2011)
- Frankfurt airport attack kills 2 US Airmen (Arid Uka, 2011, life sentence)
- Baltimore recruiting center bomb thwarted (Antonio Martinez, 2010, 25-year sentence)
- Quantico attack by Raleigh jihadists thwarted (6 multi-decade prison sentences, 2009)
- Arkansas recruiting station attack by Abdulhakim Muhammad (2009, life without parole)
- Fort Dix attack thwarted (2007) (6 convictions, 4 life sentences)
The 21-year old Booker readily admitted to being motivated by his extremist Islamic beliefs to kill US troops, admitted he enlisted to do so, and even believed he was about to do so in a suicide car bomb attack — yet his story has received surprisingly little attention.
It turns out Booker isn’t alone. Daniel Seth Franey is an Army deserter was recently arrested on weapons charges and similarly had a history of statements supporting the Islamic State and of killing US troops. Yet, like Booker, news of his arrest barely registered.
It’s almost as if Americans are becoming blasé about foiled terrorist attacks.
Interestingly, however, Michael “Mikey” Weinstein pays himself a quarter-million dollars a year, funded by people he’s managed to convince that Christians are the true national security threat in the United States. While the list above of Islamic extremists either within the US military or trying to attack it grows, Weinstein has never provided a single example of a Christian doing the same thing — and yet he attacks solely Christians.
Weinstein has apparently found a niche market of Americans more scared of fictional Christians than factual Muslims.
To not be scared by terroristic threats or such attempts is admirable, as it defangs the very tool upon which Islamic extremists rely. To not care about threats or attempted attacks could be worrisome, though.