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Lawyer: Ark. attack suspect 'radicalized' [while in prison] in Yemen
Google AP ^ | June 4, 2006 | By JON GAMBRELL

Posted on 06/04/2009 5:01:39 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The man accused of fatally shooting a soldier outside a recruiting center begged for FBI agents to free him from a Yemeni jail where he was "radicalized" by Islamic terrorists, his lawyer told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Lawyer Jim Hensley described Abdulhakim Muhammad as an impressionable youth driven to public service in an impoverished Middle Eastern country. But teachings by "hardened" terrorists in Yemen and experiences with Afghan child refugees who were missing limbs drove him to become someone his parents didn't recognize, Hensley said.

"Here comes the FBI, who may be able to help this guy or save his life, and then they leave and then he's got to go back in with these hardened terrorists. He's got to survive, how do you live with that?" Hensley said. "He absolutely feels that the FBI and anyone else associated with the United States government left him to the wolves, that's for certain."

The FBI referred calls to a spokesman who was not in his office Thursday. Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley did not immediately respond to a call for comment.

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Hensley said Muhammad was a college student in Tennessee and left early to pursue volunteer work teaching English to children in Yemen. The lawless and impoverished country on the tip of the Arabian peninsula — also the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden's family — was the scene of one of al-Qaida's most dramatic pre-9/11 attacks, the 2000 suicide bombing of the destroyer USS Cole off the Aden coast that killed 17 American sailors.

While in Yemen, Hensley said Muhammad married and converted to Islam...

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"Muhammad spent four months in the prison before U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., was able to intercede with the State Department on his behalf, Hensley said. While in prison, Muhammad faced torture and beatings from jailers, prisoners or both that left him scarred, the lawyer said."
1 posted on 06/04/2009 5:01:39 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

I would say he was mired in islam as are all muslims.


2 posted on 06/04/2009 5:05:23 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Jim Robinson
So, he gets beat in Yemen, but takes it out on his home country? What a nut.

Well, his problems are going to be over soon enough when Arkansas sticks the needle in him. He can take up his grievances with Allah after he finishes with his 72 virgins.

3 posted on 06/04/2009 5:05:56 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: Jim Robinson
this is the first successful terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11 and barely a peep out of the MSM.
4 posted on 06/04/2009 5:09:26 PM PDT by txroadkill (The Internet is all about me)
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To: Jim Robinson

“The man accused of fatally shooting a soldier outside a recruiting center”

Hello Associated Press! You left out part of the story:

The man accused of fatally shooting a soldier AND CRITICALLY WOUNDING ANOTHER outside a recruiting center


5 posted on 06/04/2009 5:10:29 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Jim Robinson

The FBI did this to me, the FBI did that me.

So I shot a soldier.


6 posted on 06/04/2009 5:13:14 PM PDT by This_far
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To: Jim Robinson
Cry me a river. Feed him to the hogs...

Allahu Fubar

7 posted on 06/04/2009 5:21:58 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Shooting? In Arkansas? Of a Soldier? By an Islamic terrorist?

When did this happen?

Gee, you’d think something like that would be in the news.(end sarcasm)

Just put this rabid dog down.


8 posted on 06/04/2009 5:29:06 PM PDT by Never on my watch (At least with Doctors I can get a second opinion. With 'Professional Journalists' there is only one)
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To: Jim Robinson

First question: What U.S. Citizen goes to Yemen, unless they’ve already been radicalized, and are seeking terrorist training?

I realize former Yemeni nationals would. Certain business people would too. But as a convert to Islam in the U.S. with no family or business ties to Yemen, it doesn’t make any sense at all to go to Yemen, unless...


9 posted on 06/04/2009 5:30:18 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama is mentally a child of ten. Just remember that when he makes statements and issues policy.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Translation...”Bush’s fault”.


10 posted on 06/04/2009 5:31:07 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Jim Robinson

Oh The Curly Defense. He’s a victim of Surcumstance /sarcasm. Hang E’m high with a new short rope.


11 posted on 06/04/2009 5:31:34 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgement? Which one say ye?)
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To: Jim Robinson
While in prison, Muhammad faced torture and beatings from jailers, prisoners or both that left him scarred, the lawyer said."

Too bad they didn't torture him just a little bit more...like they did Daniel Pearl.

12 posted on 06/04/2009 5:35:02 PM PDT by top 2 toe red (O-B-A-M-A = One Big Ass Mistake, America.)
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To: Jim Robinson

How about this headline?

Democrat Congressman Gets Terrorist Released From Yemen Jail. Terrorist Returns to Launch Attack.

Cohen should be held responsible for this attack.


13 posted on 06/04/2009 5:42:41 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Jim Robinson

horsecrap of a defens. Get him off the planet.


14 posted on 06/04/2009 5:58:24 PM PDT by SueRae
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To: DoughtyOne

Of course. The reasons he went there in the first place were altruistic.


15 posted on 06/04/2009 6:01:47 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Jim Robinson

He had a calling...

Sounds like his Lawyer also missed his calling, he could write those three dollar paperback romance novels they sell in the super market.


16 posted on 06/04/2009 6:21:34 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: txroadkill

Avoid the MSM. They’re not a source of reliable or useful information, anyway.


17 posted on 06/04/2009 6:21:38 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by governments. You've been warned.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Lawyer Jim Hensley described Abdulhakim Muhammad as an impressionable youth driven to public service in an impoverished Middle Eastern country

I know lawyers will say absolutely anything, but really - "driven to public service?"

18 posted on 06/04/2009 6:24:39 PM PDT by livius
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To: Jim Robinson

I keep hearing people on Fox and other news outlets referring to this person as being a “Home Grown Terrorist”. I think your thread here should be adequate to put that theory to rest - obviously he wasn’t a disenfranchised American youth who turned to Islam after being poorly treated here.


19 posted on 06/04/2009 7:00:05 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier presently instructing at Ft. Benning.)
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To: johniegrad

Yes, no doubt. /s


20 posted on 06/04/2009 7:22:26 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama is mentally a child of ten. Just remember that when he makes statements and issues policy.)
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To: Jim Robinson

All this had to happen during the last administration. It’s Bush’s fault.


21 posted on 06/04/2009 7:40:02 PM PDT by Flint
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To: Jim Robinson

These guys are always victims, no matter what they’ve done wrong. I guess the old “He was just turning his life around” is all used up by now.

So what?

McCain(not that I’m a big fan or anything like that)was tortured and he didn’t go shooting up a VA Hospital or anything like that.


22 posted on 06/04/2009 7:48:11 PM PDT by Califreak (Stammer Lee, TOTUS and Beltway Bob have turned 1600 into a circus)
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To: txroadkill

It’s not the first successful terrorist attack since 9/11.


23 posted on 06/04/2009 8:29:30 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: DoughtyOne
First question: What U.S. Citizen goes to Yemen, unless they’ve already been radicalized, and are seeking terrorist training?

You're exactly right. The FBI can't just magically spring you from a foreign jail. You commit a crime in an extremist country like Yemen, you're going to be f@%@$#$g savagely treated in a barbaric prison.

So, he blamed the FBI for leaving him in prison? Why was he in prison? Why was he in Yemen? None of those things had anything to do with the FBI. This is the flimsiest of defenses. He was in Yemen for a reason, and it wasn't sightseeing. He started the path of jihad himself, and followed it to it's natural conclusion.

24 posted on 06/04/2009 8:35:06 PM PDT by Steel Wolf (Oh, well. Back to the drawing board....)
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To: Jim Robinson; Cindy; Miss Marple
"Muhammad spent four months in the prison before U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., was able to intercede with the State Department on his behalf, Hensley said.

Oh, look what Mr. Cohen's previous claim to fame is:

STEVE COHEN {D-TN}: Compared Alaska Governor and GOP VP candidate SARAH PALIN to PONTIUS PILATE

25 posted on 06/04/2009 8:35:32 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Steel Wolf
Why was he in prison?

For possession of a bogus Somali passport...I suppose his lawyer will tell us he needed a bogus passport to teach English.

26 posted on 06/04/2009 8:40:17 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: popdonnelly

We need to start calling them state run media.


27 posted on 06/04/2009 8:42:54 PM PDT by bergmeid
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To: piasa
I'm sorry, that was more of a rhetorical question.

Let me break it down further.

No non-Arabic speaking American gringo rolls into Yemen, gets married, gets a fake Somali passport, and gets religiously radicalized in prison (4 months?!) without solid extremist connections.

Does. Not. Happen.

He's one-man May Day parade of terrorism red flags. I shudder to think who his associates are. Even if he is just a loose cannon wacko terrorist wanna-be that woke up one day and started shooting, whoever set up his lifestyle for him in Yemen is a real-deal terrorist. And I'm not yet convinced he's the fluke he seems to be.

28 posted on 06/04/2009 8:49:40 PM PDT by Steel Wolf (Oh, well. Back to the drawing board....)
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To: Steel Wolf
Oh, I just responded for the benefit of anyone who is still catching up. He's definitely no fluke...

2006 & 2007 : (OHIO : FUTURE ARK SHOOTER A M MOHAMMED aka BLEDSOE ATTENDS OMAR IBN EL KHATTAB MOSQUE IN COLUMBUS) ABC News reported Thursday Muhammad appears in 2006 and 2007 to have attended the Omar Ibn el-Khattab mosque in Columbus, Ohio, also frequented by three men later convicted of anti-U.S. terrorism. The other men are Nuradin Abdi, convicted in 2007 of planning to blow up an Ohio shopping mall; Iyman Faris, convicted in 2008 of planning to blow up New York's Brooklyn Bridge, and Christopher Paul, convicted in 2008 of conspiring to use explosives against targets in the United States and Europe.--------FBI: Alleged killer may have eyed Atlanta UPI ^ | June 4, 2009 Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2009 8:53:43 PM by Jim Robinson

29 posted on 06/04/2009 8:56:25 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

Well, this is getting even more interesting.
Thank you piasa.


30 posted on 06/04/2009 9:00:34 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Califreak

His lawyer is probably claiming the guy was radicalized in Yemen because he knows this joker may have more potential charges coming down the pike relating to his time and associates in Ohio.


31 posted on 06/04/2009 9:11:01 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

I’m just sick of all the victim cr8p.


32 posted on 06/04/2009 9:17:59 PM PDT by Califreak (Stammer Lee, TOTUS and Beltway Bob have turned 1600 into a circus)
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To: SoCalPol

See above...


33 posted on 06/04/2009 9:25:03 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

Thanks for the ping.

The old victim defense.

*driven to public service in an impoverished Middle Eastern country*

What, no areas left in his state or elsewhere in U.S.
to help to get them going and back on their feet.

His Atty. is so busy spinning, he will run out of thread.


34 posted on 06/04/2009 9:56:08 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Jim Robinson
B S !!!
35 posted on 06/04/2009 10:01:13 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: piasa

I would like to know more about why Rep. Cohen intervened on his behalf! Maybe we should start claiming that he was also responsible for the killing of a military man just like the leftist kooks have been saying about conservatives in the murder of Tiller the baby killer.


36 posted on 06/04/2009 10:09:31 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Steel Wolf

Yes, I agree. Thanks.


37 posted on 06/04/2009 10:18:29 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama is mentally a child of ten. Just remember that when he makes statements and issues policy.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Sounds like a load to me.

Anybody who’s not a moron would be kissing American soil as soon as he landed after such experiences as he describes.

Looks like his defense is going to be to blame America. Somehow, we Americans willed him to seek out a soldier and pull that trigger.

It’s hard for me to imagine or believe that four months in a prison, even the horrors of a middle east prison, would change somebody’s basic character from good to evil. Maybe it was the other way around - maybe they sensed or saw that this guy is a dumbass lowlife or weak of character and would be easy to convert to terrorist.

They’ll probably drag this dem congressman into court to testify in Abdul’s behalf. I hope that works out good for the congressman come next election.


38 posted on 06/05/2009 3:25:43 AM PDT by bustinchops
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To: Jim Robinson

A creative diversion, but a crock nonetheless. Yemen is one of the most lawless places on earth. Who wants to go there to do volunteer work?


39 posted on 06/05/2009 4:19:18 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( Don't mess with the mockingbird! /\/\ http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: piasa
Oh, look what Mr. Cohen's previous claim to fame is:

STEVE COHEN {D-TN}: Compared Alaska Governor and GOP VP candidate SARAH PALIN to PONTIUS PILATE

Thanks for th einfo, piasa. It's always nice to have background on all the parties involved. Mr. Cohen is obviously a sterling judge of character.

40 posted on 06/05/2009 4:33:53 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Jim Robinson
“While in prison, Muhammad faced torture and beatings from jailers, prisoners or both that left him scarred”

If this is in fact both true AND the motivation for his actions- wouldn't it be an example of how we SHOULD be torturing the prisoners at Gitmo before releasing them so that they would go back and kill Al Quaeda recruiters who ‘left them to the wolves’?

How come when we are accused (wrongly I submit) of torturing prisoners, we're told it's going to cause terror attacks on us; and when Muslims torture prisoners, it causes terror attacks on us?

Just asking...

Will Wallace

41 posted on 06/05/2009 8:33:45 AM PDT by will of the people
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To: Jim Robinson
So it's the government's fault he went to prison for some crime overseas?

And it's the government's fault that the terrorists are radicalized?

And it's the government's fault that this poor yute got impressionable ideas because of the ills “we do”?

42 posted on 06/05/2009 8:57:11 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (June 4, 2009 - the day Barack Obama threw all of America under the bus.)
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To: txroadkill
this is the first successful terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11 and barely a peep out of the MSM.

No, it is another is a sizeable list of successful jihadist attacks on America since 9-11.

Anthrax

The Tampa Teen kamikaze pilot

The DC gay sniper duo

The shooting at LAX Air Israel counter

The Seattle Jewish Community Center shooting

The guy who ran down kufir on a college campus

And these are just the ones that can't be explained away.

We also have some other shooting rampages and things.

43 posted on 06/05/2009 9:00:19 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (June 4, 2009 - the day Barack Obama threw all of America under the bus.)
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To: smokingfrog

Saying that he was a youth engaged in public service is like giving him a haircut and instructing him to put on a “blue suit” for court room appearances. It is window dressing.


44 posted on 06/05/2009 9:02:10 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (June 4, 2009 - the day Barack Obama threw all of America under the bus.)
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To: Steel Wolf
So, he blamed the FBI for leaving him in prison? Why was he in prison? Why was he in Yemen? None of those things had anything to do with the FBI. This is the flimsiest of defenses. He was in Yemen for a reason, and it wasn't sightseeing. He started the path of jihad himself, and followed it to it's natural conclusion.

Valid questions. I believe that the FBI/CIA may have assisted in funding and logistics. Ask yourself why the Feds are giving Arkansas first shot at prosecuting this guy. Remember OKC?

45 posted on 06/05/2009 9:34:01 AM PDT by AH_LiveRight
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To: AH_LiveRight

46 posted on 06/05/2009 10:29:38 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (June 4, 2009 - the day Barack Obama threw all of America under the bus.)
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To: txroadkill
MSM replies

...pursue volunteer work teaching English to children in Yemen...

should work on the judge, yep, should do it! Another good liberal whine.

47 posted on 06/05/2009 12:51:32 PM PDT by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: piasa

MSM never lets the facts stand in the way of good liberal pap...


48 posted on 06/05/2009 12:57:24 PM PDT by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Jim Robinson

Next, his lawyers will blame it on the Bossa Nova..


49 posted on 06/05/2009 8:10:42 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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