Wife: Seattle bomb plot suspect is proud American
SEATAC, Wash. -- One of two men charged with planning to attack a Seattle military recruiting station was proud to be American, according to his wife, while videos apparently posted by him on YouTube show a man sympathetic to al-Qaida's leader in Yemen and passionate about a radical interpretation of Islam.Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif has a criminal background, but allegations that he plotted a terrorist attack surprised those who knew him.
"He never spoke to anybody," Aziz Junejo, a spokesman for the SeaTac mosque, said Friday as he pointed to the spot where Abdul-Latif often sat. "He was sort of anti-social in that sense. It was completely a shock to us."
Abdul-Latif's videos strayed on a range of topics - from U.S. politics to Muslim doctrine to the British royal wedding. He railed against the latter, questioning why there was so much focus on what the couple was wearing.
"We spend so much time chasing these kafirs (unbelievers) around, while at the same time they are murdering our brothers and sisters overseas," Abdul-Latif said.
He praises fighters in the videos, asking for blessings for those who struggle for the cause of Allah. And, at some points, he calls for action.
"We must establish jihad," Abdul-Latif said in a video posted in May, showing him speaking down into a steady camera. "I don't care what anybody says about that: You can turn me in to the FBI or whatever. We need to establish jihad with the tongue, with the heart and with the hand."