Police in Moore, Okla., say they have not yet determined Alton Nolen’s motivation for stabbing two former coworkers and beheading one of them. Let’s see if we can help them reach some conclusion based on the available evidence.
According to Caleb Howe at Truth Revolt, Nolen is a ten-time loser. That’s the number of times he was arrested by police in the town of Idabel between the years 2004 and 2009. He was charged variously with assault, burglary, obstructing an officer, resisting arrest, drug possession, and larceny.
According to a high school classmate of Nolen, he converted to Islam while in prison in 2011. After that, he began to go by the name of Jah’Keem Yisrael. He maintains a Facebook page in that name.
Truth Revolt has a quote from a local newspaper, the McCurtain Gazette, which interviewed the classmate. The man
told this newspaper that according to … [a] family member, Nolen was telling coworkers Thursday of an Islamic teaching that said women should be stoned for an offense….
Additional information if provided by Jordan Schachtel of Breitbart, who writes that the mosque Nolen attended, the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, was led by Suhaib Webb, an imam with ties to former al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki.
Webb has other ties to radicalism.
FBI surveillance documents found that … two days before the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, Webb spoke at a fundraiser with Awlaki with hopes to raise funds for Atlanta-based H. Rap Brown, a man that shot and killed two police officers. The FBI documents also found that “Webb and Awlaki may be associated with the Muslim American Society,” which is a group described by the Investigative Project on Terrorism as being “founded as the United States Chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The cops are not the only law enforcement agency with a problem connecting the dots. Tom Blumer of NewsBusters notes that the FBI is also reluctant to call a spade a spade. Ditto for the Associated Press and MSNBC:
[A]n alleged killer … converted to Islam; expressed sentiments favored by terrorists; killed a woman by employing terrorists’ favored method, i.e., beheading; shouted Islamic slogans while carrying out his evil deed; and was trying to kill someone else when another armed person shot and wounded him.
“Their problem,” Blumer goes on to say, “is that political correctness demands that they try to convince the public that Alton Nolen’s deeds weren’t linked to terrorism, and that they weren’t even terrorist in nature.”