Thwarted Fort Riley Attacker Gets 30 Years
John Booker, the 22-year old Kansas man who tried to detonate what he thought was a car bomb outside Fort Riley in 2015, was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison.
When he pleaded guilty in February, he acknowledged that he wanted to kill Americans and participate in jihad to support the Islamic State group.
Booker intended to detonate the bomb, which he believed contained 1,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, and die in the process, prosecutors said.
Booker had previously been unsuccessful in his attempt to enlist in the US Army. In case there was any doubt as to his motivations:
In a video he made for Americans to see after his planned death, Booker said “You sit in your homes and think this war is just over in Iraq. Today we will bring the Islamic State straight to your doorstep.”
Booker is one of 14 civilians — and multiple US troops and veterans — who have been motivated by their Islamic faith to attack the US military.
Prior incidents by US troops:
- Soldier attempted to send ISIS a drone (SFC Ikaika Kang, 2017)
- Army deserter supported Islamic extremism (Daniel Seth Franey, 2016, 10 years on weapons charges)
- 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)
Fourteen civilians or veterans similarly planned to attack or did attack US troops, motivated by their Islamic faith:
- Supported ISIS planned attack (Robert Hester, charged in 2017)
- Advocated terrorism (Mohamed Jalloh, 2016)
- Tried to join ISIS (Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, terrorism charges, 2016, 35-year sentence)
- Fort Riley attempted car-bombing (John Booker, 2015, 30 years)
- 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)