Still more about the alleged Little Rock shooter

I have extensively updated last night's post about Abdulhakim Muhammad, who is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a soldier and the wounding of another outside a military recruiting center in Little Rock. Any additional updates throughout the day will be appended to this post.

UPDATE: The global intelligence source STRATFOR has sent out a newsletter analysis on Muhammad that is also posted on its Web site. STRATFOR mentions the significance of Muhammad's middle name, Mujahid:

In Arabic, the word mujahid is the singular form of mujahideen, and it literally means one who engages in jihad. Although Mujahid is not an uncommon Muslim name, it is quite telling that a convert to Islam would choose such a name -- one who engages in jihad -- to define his new identity.

The analysis talks about how difficult it is for investigators to home in on "lone wolf" operatives like Muhammad, and how this reality may have tied the FBI's hands in investigating Muhammad after his return from Yemen:


Sorting out the individuals who intend to conduct attacks from the larger universe of people who hold radical thoughts and beliefs and assigning law enforcement and intelligence resources to monitor the activities of the really dangerous people has long been one of the very difficult tasks faced by counterterrorism authorities.

This difficulty is magnified when the FBI is looking at a lone wolf target because there is no organization, chain of command or specific communications channel on which to focus intelligence resources and gather information. Lacking information that would have tied Muhammad to other militant individuals or cells, or that would have indicated he was inclined to commit a crime, the FBI had little basis for opening a full-field investigation into his activities.

What's more, STRATFOR observes a disturbing political angle to the FBI's limited investigation:

Several weeks ago, STRATFOR heard from sources that the FBI and other law enforcement organizations had been ordered to "back off" of counterterrorism investigations into the activities of Black Muslim converts. At this point, it is unclear to us if that guidance was given by the White House or the Department of Justice, or if it was promulgated by the agencies themselves, anticipating the wishes of President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

UPDATE: CNN has posted an update. Its latest report confuses me as far as when Muhammad changed his name and/or converted to Islam:

The Muslim convert had filed a petition in court April 23 asking to change his name "for religious reasons" to Abdulhakim Bledsoe, but that petition has not received court approval yet.

Of course, that's different information than what The New York Times reported in a story I linked to earlier.

CNN also catches up with a former neighbor in Memphis, "where a former neighbor remembers him as 'a good kid, a happy-go-lucky kid.'" Of course, a more recent neighbor in Little Rock describes him " as quiet -- not loud 'like a normal 20-something-year-old.'"


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