Thursday, June 04, 2009

Arkansas Recruiting Station Murder:
The Alleged Killer and Probable Cause

Yesterday's New York Times article about the Little Rock recruiting station alleged killer has me scratching my Homeland Secure head.

The reportedly heavily armed shooter of two Army recruiters and killer of one is the former Carlos Bledsoe and current Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad who is in the process of changing his name to Abdulhakim Bledsoe "for religious reasons," according to the Gray Lady.

What troubles me is that Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad apparently was detained in Yemen, not for jaywalking but for possessing a fake Somali passport, according to the Times,

"The episode in Yemen prompted a preliminary inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other American law enforcement agencies into whether the man, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, had ties to extremist groups, the officials said. But that investigation was inconclusive, they said, leaving the bureau with insufficient evidence to wiretap his phone or put him under surveillance."

Someone help me with this. Does Somalia have a Disneyland or other resort at which Bledsoe vacationed? Isn't Somalia the home of Black Hawk Down? Isn't it a pirate sanctuary, a lawless country whose gross national product includes Al-Qaeda in all its varieties? And Yemen? Didn't Osama Whats-His-Name live there? Isn't that country today's biggest state-sponsored Al-Qaeda threat?

Why wouldn't a judge just on the basis of Bledsoe's travels and phony passport detention have allowed a little pen registering or listening-in by the FBI?

Frankly, I have no problem with the NSA or FBI recording or monitoring my phone conversations. In fact, I wish they'd log all the No Call List violations and transmit them electronically to the FTC for me.

Based solely on yesterday's article, I can't help wondering if a dead soldier just back from boot camp might not have been killed had the authorities looked a little more aggressively into Bledsoe in all his iterations.

And I sure hope he wasn't under some kind of surveillance when he allegedly carried out this assassination.

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