Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the 23-year-old accused of killing a U.S. soldier and injuring another in the attack Monday in Little Rock, was born in Tennessee as Carlos Leon Bledsoe. He reportedly converted to Islam as a teenager, and court records show he changed his name in March 2006.
There is no indication that the suspect was part of any larger plot to attack the military at this time.
Prosecutors say he Muhammad was targeting U.S. soldiers "because of what they had done to Muslims in the past" and was angry about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Neil Livingstone, a national security and terrorism consultant, said some people on the margins of society are "easy marks" for radical Islamists who energize them with twisted teachings about Islam.
"Most of these guys - I think what it comes down to - they're misfits, they believe they've suffered injustice. ... They basically are striking back at society."
That is especially the case in prisons, where many black inmates convert to Islam and which have been identified as a "radicalizing cauldron" by law enforcement officials.
Which brings me to another point for me blogging about this, if many in prison are converting to Islam now, what do we think is going to happen if we house terror suspects in our prisons when we close GITMO.
Wouldn't it stand to reason that this could increase the recruiting of those that are already attracted to Islam to learn the radical Islamic ways and become terrorists themselves?
Just food for thought, folks.
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