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Terror in the Beltway update: Shots at Va. Coast Guard recruiting station

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 2, 2010 10:07 AM

Late last week, I noted the spate of related shootings in the Beltway area targeting military buildings — including the Marine Corps Museum in D.C., the Pentagon, and a vacant Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly, Va.

Ballistics tests have tied all the attacks together.

Now, FOX 5 in Washington, D.C. reports another incident involving a Coast Guard recruiting station in Woodbridge, VA:

FOX 5 has learned of shots fired into a Coast Guard recruiting office in Woodbridge, Virginia.

It’s unclear exactly when this happened.

Police are on the scene at this time.

The office is close to Potomac Mills Mall.

This makes now the fifth shooting at a military facility since October 17th.

Pictures at WUSA 9.

As I said last week, this is all chillingly reminiscent of the jihadi sniper attacks in the D.C/Md./Va. area seven years ago. Those of us who lived through it won’t soon forget — and I pray that law enforcement officials have learned from the political correctness-addled incompetence that marked that botched investigation.

And just a reminder of another case involving another high-powered shooter who terrorized the Beltway area:

JARRATT, Virginia (Reuters) – Mir Aimal Kasi, a Pakistani who killed two CIA employees in 1993 in a rage over American policy in the Middle East, was executed by lethal injection on Thursday, in a case that sparked protests in his homeland and fears of retaliation against U.S. interests. Kasi, 38, was pronounced dead at 9:07 p.m. EST (0207 GMT) at the Greensville Correctional Center in southeast Virginia, said Larry Traylor, spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Kasi looked sad as he entered the death chamber, witnesses said. Kasi’s spiritual adviser Dr. Miah Muhammed Saeed, president of the Islamic Center in northern Virginia, accompanied him into the death chamber. The two men appeared to be praying quietly but continuously until Kasi’s death. His last words were, “There is no God but Allah,” said Traylor.

On January 25, 1993, Kasi, also known in Pakistan as Kansi, parked his pickup truck near CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, during the morning rush hour, picked up an AK-47 and began methodically shooting into cars at a stoplight. Two people were killed and three wounded before he got back into his truck and left the scene unhindered. He flew to Pakistan the next day but was arrested in 1997, convicted and sentenced to die.

The U.S. State Department last week issued a warning to Americans abroad. Four Americans were killed in Pakistan after Kasi’s 1997 conviction, and threats were made in Pakistan in recent days to harm Americans if Kasi was executed. But Kasi, who was not believed to have had any links with terrorist organizations, let it be known through his lawyers that he “does not want anybody hurt in his name or as a result of his execution.” As a precaution, however, the Virginia State Police said heightened security was provided at the prison and at the state capitol in Richmond.

ANGRY AT U.S. TREATMENT OF MUSLIMS

An FBI agent testified that Kasi confessed he wanted to punish the U.S. government for bombing Iraq, for what he saw as its involvement in the killing of Palestinians and because the CIA was too deeply involved in the internal affairs of Muslim countries. Protesters in Pakistan said Kasi’s actions were understandable. “Aimal is not a terrorist,” tribal elder Ibrahim Kansi told demonstrators. “His action was a reaction to what was happening to Muslims in Chechnya and Palestine.” The U.S. Supreme Court turned down Kasi’s latest appeal Thursday. And Virginia Gov. Mark Warner denied a clemency request from Kasi’s stepmother and the Pakistani embassy.

He was sentenced to die for the killings of CIA employees Frank Darling, 28, and Lansing Bennett, 66. Three other people, two with the CIA and a telephone company employee, were wounded in Kasi’s rampage. He fired 11 bullets into five cars. Darling’s father-in-law, Richard Becker, whose daughter was in the car when her husband was murdered, issued a statement on behalf of his family. “The justice system of the United States and the State of Virginia performed and have been heard. On Thursday, we will spend time in prayer for Kasi, that God will have mercy on his soul, for his family, that there be no terrorism reprisal, and for world peace,” it said. CIA Director George Tenet said in a statement: “Today, our thoughts are with our two colleagues who were murdered on January 25, 1993, as well as the three others who were wounded that day. They and their loved ones will always be part of our agency family. They will remain in our thoughts and prayers long after today.”

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Flashback: P.C. in the U.S.A.: A deadly, bipartisan infection

Flashback: Shooting at military recruiting center; 1 dead, 1 wounded; suspect is anti-military Muslim convert

Flashback: Special report: Tracing the Left’s escalating war on military recruiters

Flashback: The continuing war on recruiters that the Left doesn’t want to talk about

Flashback: Document drop: Unclassified memo warns military personnel of anti-war threats to recruiters, Army installations/facilities

Flashback: Bastards: Vandals strike at Berkeley Marine recruiting center again

Flashback: Explosion at Times Square recruiting station; Update: Bloomberg blasts the blast; Update: Security video released; Update: House Dems received letters, photo of recruitment center; Fox reports maybe more than 8 received letters; AP says manifesto was anti-Iraq war screed, “Happy New Year, We did it;” Newsday: At least 10 got the package

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