October 24, 2002
THEY'VE ARRESTED THE TWO GUYS wanted in the sniper case, after witnesses spotted them sleeping in a car at a rest stop. Other accounts suggest that they were "sympathetic" to Al Qaeda. This story reports:
Several federal sources said Muhammad and Malvo may have been motivated by anti-American sentiments in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Both were known to speak sympathetically about the men who attacked the United States, the sources said.
So much for the "white supremacist" theory. James Morrow has some questions. And reader Michelle Malkin emails this link on the training camp and wonders if there's a connection to the Al Fuqra group.
The TV people are still playing this as "a new kind of serial killer" -- but it's not. It's terrorism. It may be terrorism of the "leaderless resistance" variety -- or not -- but unless this is a huge screwup by the authorities it's pretty obviously Islamic terrorism, and neither the authorities nor the media commentators are enhancing their credibility by pretending otherwise.
UPDATE: James Lileks has some thoughts on what this might mean. And QuasiPundit, which featured all-night updates, has more too.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The training camp in Alabama denies any Al Qaeda connection. And this story supports the denial, more or less.
YET ANOTHER UPDATE: This story links the camp with James Ujaama.