Notice how he never calls him a Muslim terrorist at any point in the press conference. John T. Booker, 20, also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan (photo right) plotted to kill American soldiers with a vehicle suicide bomb at the Fort Riley military base, an attack he planned to carry out on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group.
FOX News Booker allegedly plotted to construct an explosive device for attack on American soil for months during meetings with two FBI informants. He told one that killing Americans was permissible because the quran “says to kill your enemies wherever they are.”
The terrorist 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 John 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.
Friday night, a second person was charged in connection with the alleged plot. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Alexander Blair of Topeka had been charged with one count of failing to report a felony.
The criminal complaint alleged Blair, who “shared some of Booker’s extremist views,” had loaned Booker money to rent a storage unit where he could store bomb components. 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.
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.
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.