The 21st Century Phenomenon





Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif (L) and Walli Mujahidh (R) were arrested over an alleged plot to attack the military recruitment station in Seattle, USA Justice Department announced, on Thursday 06/23/2011. They were arrested after a nearly month-long investigation and accused of planning an attack on the Seattle site with machine guns and grenades but were foiled when a prospective accomplice contacted authorities (see also – Norris Hiding). 

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif and Walli Mujahidh, both Muslim converts, harbored grandiose plans for an attack on a military recruitment station in Seattle and said if a single gunman at Fort Hood could kill 13 people, three gunmen could kill many more, according to the criminal complaint (see – Fort-Hood Shooting). 

Since early June 2011, authorities said they have been monitoring Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 33, of Seattle, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, which granted him the nick name “Jihad-Joe”, is married and owns a  janitorial services company in Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, 32, of Los Angeles, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr. 

The men spoke about gaining access to the facility by driving a “truck that looks like the Titanic” through the “front gate,” the complaint says, and Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif told the source his objective was to “take out anybody wearing green or a badge.” “Imagine how many young Muslims, if we’re successful, will try to hit these kinds of centers,” said Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, according to the complaint. “Imagine how fearful America will be, and they’ll know they can’t push Muslims around.” 

Earlier this month, when Abdul-Latif noticed a security guard at a Seattle military recruiting station, he appeared unconcerned. “We’ll just kill him right away,” he told an FBI source posing as an accomplice, according to the criminal complaint. “We can kill him first.” 

The USA Attorney’s Office in Seattle said the defendants initially planned to attack Joint Base Lewis-McChord but later changed targets. 

An FBI agent wrote in the complaint that the pair fantasized about the headlines the attack would generate — “Three Muslim Males Walk Into MEPS Building, Seattle, Washington, And Gun Down Everybody” — and speculated that if they got control of the building, TV news crews would arrive to cover them. Walli Mujahidh spoke with investigators after the arrests and confessed, the complaint said. 

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif allegedly purchased machine guns the pair intended to use at the Federal Center South building, which houses various units of the military. The weapons were inoperable, and the public was never at risk. 

Law enforcement agents were alerted about the plot by a citizen who was asked to participate and supply firearms, authorities said. The investigation has provided audio and videotape evidence of the two suspects discussing the would-be assault, authorities said. 

Since the men lived far apart, they had conversations over the phone about how the attack should be carried out and also spoke about ways to train with the firearms beforehand, according to the compliant, obtained by

The complaint shows that on 06/14/2011, Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif met with the FBI source, asked the source to obtain machine guns and grenades for the attack and, days later, paid the source $800 cash for the weapons. 

Days later, Walli Mujahidh, who lived in Seattle four years ago before moving to California, is said to have taken a bus from Los Angeles to Seattle and met with the Abdul-Latif and the source to discuss details of the attack. They allegedly talked about using machine guns and grenades. 

Joseph Anthony Davis – Abdul-Latif has previous felony convictions for first-degree robbery and custodial assault, as well as misdemeanor convictions for obstructing a law enforcement officer, assault and theft. When Joseph Anthony Davis was prosecuted on the robbery charge in Kitsap County, Washington, in 2002, he was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation, and despite some “issues,” he was found competent to participate in his defense, the FBI agent wrote. Joseph Anthony Davis was sentenced to 31 months in prison on that charge. Frederick Domingue Jr. – Walli Mujahidh got acquainted with Joseph Anthony Davis Latif while incarcerated in Seattle in early 2007. Bothe, then, converted to Islam and adopted their Islamic names Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif for Joseph Anthony Davis and Walli Mujahidh for Frederick Domingue Jr..

* In 02/2011, Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif posted an ad on-line seeking a teaching job in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. He also posted multiple comments on-line praising Anwar al-Awlaki, posted an Awlaki sermon on his YouTube video account, and made a YouTube video in which he blasts President Obama for authorizing the killing of Awlaki (see -Shabwa 05.05.11).  There’s no indication Awlaki was in direct contact with the Seattle suspects.



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