March 8, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Melvin Bledsoe the heartbroken father of Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad [aka, Carlos Leon Bledsoe] - responsible for the 2009 jihadist attack on the Little Rock Army Recruiting Center, killing one and wounding another - is slated to appear as a witness on the third panel of Rep. Peter King's investigation into the rise of radicalism among domestic Muslims.
We assume the purpose of Mr. Bledsoe's appearance is to trace the path his son took in becoming an Islamic holy warrior/mujahideen/jihadist, and he has a wealth of information to impart.
As per standard operating procedure these days, law enforcement officials have been tight lipped regarding Muhammad's reason for the shootings, clearly nervous at the prospect of having to deal with the defendant's claimed membership in al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula and his proud Islamism.
In a series of notes sent to the Memphis based newspaper, Commercial Appeal and also to Judge Herbert W. Wright, a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge, Muhammad provided great insight into his motivation for his rampage, which he claimed was Islamic law:
Below from these letters:
"...how I became Muslim. I don't believe in the word "convert." What I use "revert" because we Muslims believe that all mankind are born into Islam...I went to Yemen to learn, meaning more about Islam...Yemen is quoted from our beloved Prophet...as a place of faith and wisdom...it is one of the few places left in the Islamic world where people are actually still Muslims...[speaking of his source of income in Yemen]...I felt uncomfortable teaching the language of the Enemy to my brothers and sisters...my wife's [he was married in Yemen] family is from Abyan...which was bombed by American drones...by O'l Uncle Sam...they claimed they targeted a meeting of the Mujahedeen...I read a statement from our Shaykh "Anwar Al Awlaki," and he said that they killed 17 women and 23 kids...We want revenge...They kill our soldiers, we kill theirs, but if they bomb our women, children and elders Guess what? We'll bomb theirs..the apostates of Yemeni government are true dogs. I wish I had some of their blood on my hands..."
Separate letter to the judge:
"I'm writing this because I want to plead guilty. To all charges I face...I'm affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Member of Abu Basir's Army. This was a jihad attack on infidel forces...I believe it was justified...according to Islamic laws and the Islamic religion. Jihad to fight those who wage war on Islam and Muslims..." [source, I'm Al-Qaeda, Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/jihad]
By further delving into the information contained in his son's very lucid notes, perhaps the American people will finally be able to fully grasp the nature and especially the ideology [political Islam] which drives our enemies.
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