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December 11, 2012 Off

Seattle Man Pleads Guilty to Planning Attack on Military Station in Seattle

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, who planned to attack a mil­i­tary instal­la­tion in Seat­tle, pleaded guilty on Thurs­day to con­spir­ing to kill gov­ern­ment employ­ees and use a weapon of mass destruction.

]In the months pre­ced­ing his arrest in June 2011, Abdul-Latif, a con­vert to Islam, posted com­ments online and recorded and uploaded videos on YouTube (includ­ing nine of him­self) that shed light on his inter­pre­ta­tion of Islam and gen­eral mind­set prior to the plot, as well as his grow­ing militancy.

His co-conspirator, Walli Mujahidh, pleaded guilty last Decem­ber to con­spir­acy charges. Mujahid had been charged with con­spir­acy to kill U.S. offi­cers and to use weapons of mass destruc­tion, as well as another firearms charge.

The plot to attack a Mil­i­tary Entrance Pro­cess­ing Sta­tion in Seat­tle is just one in a series of plots and attacks against mil­i­tary per­son­nel in the U.S. in recent years. Oth­ers include a planned attack on the Fort Dix Army Base in New Jer­sey, a plot in New York to shoot down mil­i­tary air­craft, the shoot­ing at the Fort Hood army base and a planned attack on the Marine Corps base in Quan­tico.

Abdul-Latif faces between 17 and 19 years in prison under the terms of his plea agreement.

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