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‘SUDDEN JIHAD’ SYNDROME? Missouri Bus Station Murder Shares Much in Common with Boston Marathon Bombing

The Boston Marathon Bombing trial garnered a lot of media attention in recent days, in part, because the men suspected of committing the attack were Muslims and the attack itself bore earmarks of Islamic terrorism.  Conversely, a deadly shooting that took place in Missouri almost four years ago involved a Muslim man as the alleged shooter but has received little news coverage beyond the Show-Me State.

Mohamed H. Dawod

Mohamed H. Dawod

Less than 48 hours before the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, witnesses say then-25-year-old Mohamed H. Dawod shot to death Justin Hall, 32, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, at a Greyhound bus station in Springfield, Mo. Soon after the shooting, Dawod found himself facing charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Almost two years of hearings and mental health assessments followed, and Dawod was committed to a mental institution to face mental evaluations every six months until he is deemed competent to stand trial or permanently committed.

Should Dawod face trial instead of remaining in a mental institution?

Some might claim Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old Boston Marathon bomber, was crazy when he participated in the plot that killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others at the site of the famous footrace. Still, he was found guilty of multiple crimes, including murder, for his actions in concert with his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shootout with police hours after the bombing.

Witnesses reported Dawod and his alleged victim were passengers on a bus traveling from Amarillo, Texas, but did not to know each other, and were preparing to board the bus for the last leg of the journey to St. Louis when the shooting took place.

Soon after the shooting took place, police officials in Missouri’s third-largest city were quick to label the incident involving the Glendale, Ariz., native as “random,” according to a Sept. 9, 2011, report in the Springfield News-Leader.

According to a local television report the same day, those same police officials said that, because of a language barrier, they had only learned Dawod’s name and had asked the FBI to help them with the investigation.  Also in that report was this:

Ten separate witnesses say they did not notice the men fighting or arguing before the shooting.  One passenger said she watched the suspect wander around the terminal until the call to line up to re-board the bus.  “She then observed the suspect remove a silver and black handgun from a back pack he was carrying,” the officer wrote.  “The suspect then pointed the handgun upward while saying something.  The witness could not understand what the suspect said and didn’t know if he was speaking English.”  No matter what was said the witness said Hall didn’t react or turn around.  Shortly after the witness says Dawod shot him from a few feet away.

Soon after the shooting, I wondered aloud whether the words Dawod reportedly shouted as he pointed his gun in the air could have been “Alluh Akbar,” the cry that’s been heard coming from the mouths of so many Islamic extremists moments before they suffer from so-called “sudden jihad syndrome.”  Unable to answer that question with certainty, I pointed readers to a same-day report in the Springfield News-Leader that contained more insight about the supposed “language barrier.”

Click image above to read charges filed against Mohamed H. Dawod in Greene County, Mo.

Click image above to read charges filed against Mohamed H. Dawod in Greene County, Mo.

Based largely on interviews with three people who were at the scene of the shooting, the article noted two observations I had made early on in my coverage of the case — that is, the shooter tried to fire again but could not because his gun jammed and witnesses believed the shooter intended to shoot several people.  In addition, however, it noted that Patrick Beeman, Hall’s traveling companion, said Dawod asked police a question in English after he was arrested:  “He said, ‘if I quit shooting at people, can I get back on the bus?’”  In other words, he does speak English!

Because I haven’t seen any news coverage of the Dawod case since the report of Dawod being committed, I sent email messages to two people — Dawod’s defense attorney, Stuart Paul Huffman, and Greene County, Mo., Prosecutor Dan Patterson — this morning. In my message, I requested “as much detail as possible” about Dawod’s status.

As soon as I hear back from these men, I will provide an update in this space. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 5/15/2015 at 1:25 p.m. Central:  Dawod has been declared incompetent to proceed with trial, according to Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson as reported in this article published Thursday. The next step? A probate court proceeding will take place and Keith Schafer, director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, will decide whether to move forward with either commitment or guardianship proceedings.

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Could Online Dating Site Help USA Wage War on Terror?

EDITOR’S NOTE:  With Islamic terrorism still a hot-button issue and stories surfacing about Western teenage girls wanting to join Islamic terror groups, I thought I’d lighten the mood and share some humor below that I shared for the first time in a post seven years ago this month. Enjoy!

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Today, I read an article which stirred in me an idea that might lead to greater success in waging the War on Terror. After sharing this idea online, I fully intend to share it with intelligence officials in Washington, D.C.

The article chronicled the story of a girl who, two years ago at the age of 16, left her home in Michigan on an adventure that would eventually lead her to Tel Aviv — at least she hoped it would. Once at her destination, she planned to marry a Palestinian man she met online. The high school student didn’t reached her destination, but came close. After flying halfway around the world, she was detained by U.S. authorities in Amman, Jordan, had her passport confiscated and was sent back to the United States.

After reading the article, I couldn’t help but think that, if a 16-year-old was able to lure a then-20-year-old Palestinian man into an online love affair that almost culminated in marriage, a crop of older, wiser professional women with covert spying experience should be able to do the same job, but with even greater success.

An idea began percolating in my mind.

Instead of marriage, the intent would be to lure suspected members of Middle Eastern terrorist groups into online “love traps” of our own making.

To lead our online assault strategy, we can tap Dr. Neil Clark Warren and his team of matchmaking minds at eHarmony.com. They can assist the nation’s intelligence agencies in setting up a social networking site designed to attract jihad-crazy Muslims who are either members of or supporters of known terrorist organizations, including Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda and others. We’ll call the project “JiHarmony.com.”

In much the same way as eHarmony.com narrows the field of potential mates from millions of candidates to a highly select group of singles with whom one shares deep levels of compatibility, JiHarmony.com will narrow the field of likely Islamic extremists down to a smaller number who share deep-seeded hatred for Western ideologies.

Unlink other sites, such as the Wanted by the FBI web site, that match criminals based on a picture and a paragraph, JiHarmony.com will identify likely terrorists based on their incompatibility with the most important areas of life — like Western values, character, intellect, sense of humor, spiritual beliefs, passion, and up to 24 other dimensions.Once we identify the terrorists based on information they submitted via the JiHarmony.com web site, we can set them up on “dates” with Western intelligence operatives posing as their compatibility “matches.”

You can figure out the rest from here. Let me know if you think it will work.

Though I received no feedback from anyone in the U.S. Intelligence Community about this idea, I find it hard to believe they wouldn’t implement it. After all, it’s BRILLIANT!  Isn’t it?

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