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The Associated Press says the man on trial for murdering U.S. Army Pvt. William Long at a recruiting center last June has now asked the judge to let him plead guilty to murder and attempted murder.  He now claims he is "a soldier in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and called the shooting 'a Jihadi Attack'."  Surprise, surprise.

The New York Times first reported the alleged shooter’s letter to the judge at its website on January 21 and today posted a follow-up report saying that the Little Rock prosecutor was cool to the plea shift because it would require waiving the death penalty.

The suspect was born Carlos Bledsoe, whose father owns a tour-bus company based in Memphis, with a branch in Little Rock.  Apparently young Bledsoe was trained in the ways of jihad in Yemen, and his Muslim name became Abdulhakim Muhammad.  According to the New York Times, Muhammad said in his letter, "I wasn’t insane or post-traumatic, nor was I forced to do this act."  Apparently this soldier of Allah does not want to be denied the promised rewards for killing an infidel.  No, he wants full credit for his cowardly assault on non-combatants, although he may also want to plea himself out of the death sentence prosecutors seek.  The Christmas bombing attempt in Detroit also had Yemeni roots.

According to the AP story, "Muhammad has called the shootings justified retaliation for U.S. military action in the Middle East."  Since I have previously written that the United States has been in a religious war since September 11, 2001, I take all this as corroboration of my view.  Even Muslim-born, Muslim-educated Barack Hussein Obama, who preferred to refer to our ongoing conflict as a human-caused disaster or some such thing, now admits that the United States is at war with Al Qaeda.

The Authorities Refuse To Take His Plea -- "It Was A Jihadi Attack"

A Tennessee man -- accused in a fatal attack at a military recruiting center in Arkansas in June -- wants to plead guilty and claims to have ties to al Qaeda in Yemen in a letter he wrote to the judge presiding over his case.

In the handwritten letter dated January 12, Abdul Hakim Muhammad said he did not want a trial and insisted the shooting was "justified" under jihad -- "This was a jihadi attack on infidel forces that didn't go as plan," he wrote. "Flat out truth."

It was not immediately clear whether the judge, Herbert Wright Jr., would accept the plea.  Muhammad's lawyer, Claiborne Ferguson, called the letter "highly inappropriate."

"If my client had the intention of pleading guilty, it is misguided and misinformed as to Arkansas law," Ferguson said from Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday. "He can't plead guilty to a capital crime."

That response is why Muhammad said he decided to bypass his lawyer with a letter to Wright.  He wrote that he believed it was "a lie" that he could not plead guilty.

Muhammad, formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe, is charged with killing Pvt. William Long, 23, and wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18.  The attack happened on June 1 at a recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas.  In June, Muhammad pleaded not guilty to one count of capital murder and 16 counts of engaging in a terrorist act.

Before pleading not guilty, Muhammad waived his Miranda rights and gave a video statement indicating political and religious motives, authorities said.  He "stated that he was a practicing Muslim ... that he was mad at the U.S. military because of what they had done to Muslims in the past," Detective Tommy Hudson wrote in a police report at the time.

Muhammad told police, "he fired several rounds at the soldiers with the intent of killing them," according to Hudson's report.

In his letter to the judge, Muhammad claimed he had links to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, a group that has claimed responsibility for the attempting bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas Day.

"My lawyer has no defense," he wrote.  "I wasn't insane or post traumatic nor was I forced to do this act.  Which I believe and it is justified according to Islamic laws and the Islamic religion jihad -- to fight those who wage war on Islam and Muslims."
Muslim Wanted to Cause More Death
Kristina Goetz says, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, an American-born convert to Islam laments:

What I had in mind didn't go as planned but Allah willing He will reward me for my intentions.

He planned for weeks, buying guns secondhand to avoid the FBI.  Then, to test whether the feds were watching, he bought a .22-caliber rifle over the counter at Walmart.  He stockpiled ammo and practiced target shooting at empty construction sites.

By his own account, he was preparing for jihad.

From a black Ford Explorer Sport Trac, Muhammad, a Memphis native, watched two soldiers in fatigues smoking outside a military recruiting center in Little Rock.  He aimed an assault rifle out the window and fired.

Muhammad sped away, hoping to flee 150 miles to Memphis where he would switch cars, but a wrong turn in a construction zone led him to police.  He stepped out of the SUV wearing a green ammo belt around his waist.

"It's a war going on against Muslims, and that is why I did it," an officer heard him say. "You see how I gave up with no problem."

Much of this account emerges from police reports and an 18-page mental-health evaluation contained in court files.  However, Muhammad tells a far broader, detailed story in seven handwritten letters to The Commercial Appeal.  Taken together, those letters are not just an admission of guilt but a profession of failure for having not caused more death and destruction.

The letters, written in pencil between May and October, provide a rare glimpse into the thoughts of a self-described jihadist, according to one national security expert.  Muhammad describes in his own words how he took his declaration of Muslim faith in a Memphis mosque; his motives for moving to Yemen and his attempt to travel to Somalia for weapons training; how and why he planned multiple attacks in the U.S, including ones in Nashville and Florence, Ky., that didn't go as intended; and how he allegedly executed the Little Rock assault.

In his own words:

It's a war out against Islam and Muslims and I'm on the side of the Muslims point blank ... The U.S. has to pay for the rape, murder, bloodshed, blasphemy it has done and still doing to the Muslims and Islam. So consider this a small retaliation the best is to come Allah willing. This is not the first attack and won't be the last.

Muhammad is yet to convince U.S. authorities he's anything other than the murderer of Pvt. William A. Long of Conway, Ark.  He's being held on state charges, awaiting a February trial.

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