Saturday, October 11, 2014

Oklahoma: Alton Nolen, 30, a Convert to Islam, Despite Evidence, is Charged with ONLY Murder

According to Yahoo News, Alton Nolen, 30, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Colleen Hufford, 54, and grandmother and food worker at Vaughan Foods in Moore, OK. 

Just after 1600 hours on September 25,  Colleen Hufford, a 54-year-old grandmother and worker at Vaughan Foods in Moore, OK, was standing in the doorway of the front office in the food processing facility's main building when Alton Nolen, a co-worker who had just been suspended over an argument with another colleague, violently grabbed her from behind.

As horrified employees watched, Nolen, a production line worker with a criminal history, savagely sawed at Hufford's throat with a large kitchen knife he had gone home to retrieve, severing her head.

Nolen then converged on Traci Johnson, a 43-year-old co-worker, viciously slashing her face and her throat in an attempt to decapitate her, too. Yet, his bloody rampage came to an abrupt end when he was shot and wounded by the company's top executive, who also happens to be a reserve deputy sheriff. Johnson, while severely wounded, survived.
Nolen, who was charged with first-degree murder last week and is likely to face the death penalty, "openly admitted to beheading" Hufford and trying to do the same to Johnson, according to a court affidavit. 

Authorities said he told investigators he had felt "oppressed" at work and was angry with Johnson, who had filed the complaint that led to his suspension. 

Johnson, who is white, and Nolen, who is African-American, had gotten into an argument about race, according to law enforcement officials.

As residents of Moore grapple with the shock of what happened in their small town, the gruesome nature of the crime has also sparked a politically charged question: Was it an act of Islamist terrorism or an extreme case of workplace violence?

The grisly attack came after months of highly publicized beheadings by the Islamic State (IS) and just days after the FBI warned local law enforcement officials around the country to be on guard against domestic attacks by supporters the terror group. 

COMMENT: Very bizarrely, the FBI has identified no links between Nolen and IS, although it is very clear that Nolen was a recent convert to Islam, had voiced religious rants at his workplace, beheaded one Vaughan Food co-worker when she refused convert to Islam and attempted to behead another Vaughan employee. If anything, Alton Nolen was sympathetic to the Muslim faith. 

Nolen had recently converted to Islam while serving time in prison for drug and assault charges, posted long anti-US rants to his Facebook page, where he was listed under the name Jah'Keem Yisrael. On the page, which has since been removed, he published photos of Osama bin Laden and militant fighters as well as warnings to people who did not adhere to Muslim beliefs.

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A screen grab of Alton Nolen's Facebook page where he was listed under the name Jah'Keem Yisrael.

A screen grab of Alton Nolen's Facebook page where he was listed under the name Jah'Keem Yisrael. On March 7, Nolen shared a gruesome photo of the aftermath of a beheading, and in his last Facebook post, published on September 23, he warned of the sinful world's end. 

Police said they are investigating reports that Nolen had been attempting to recruit co-workers to Islam, a detail that has fueled concerns about a terror link. 

Nolen reportedly yelled out phrases in Arabic as he was carrying out the attacks, though the DA's office is still investigating exactly what was said.
Others disagree, insisting that Nolan's extreme views and the fact that he was apparently mimicking the violence perpetrated by jihadist groups overseas justifies viewing the attack as an act of terror. 

At the state capitol, a group of Republican state House members who make up the Oklahoma Counterterrorism Caucus issued a statement warning of the "dangers posed to this country and other freedom-loving peoples by Sharia," or Islamic law, and said that Nolen's actions should be designated as an act of terrorism.
His words were echoed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, who told FOX NEWS that the attack was "an act of violence that is associated with terrorism." Perry, a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said, "Americans aren't confused about what this is....I think any rational thinking American is going to look at this and go, 'This is more than just normal workplace violence.'"
In Washington, Rep. Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder last week calling on the Obama Administration to "not be quick to just dismiss this as workplace violence."View gallery
In his letter to Holder, Wolf warned the administration to not allow "political correctness to drive the investigation" in Oklahoma. "Whether the Nolen investigation ultimately shows he communicated directly with terrorists abroad or was independently inspired by the recent IS beheading videos, there is no question this attack represents a direct threat from radicalized Islamic extremists to the American people," Wolf wrote.

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