Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, who planned to attack a military installation in Seattle, pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to kill government employees and use a weapon of mass destruction.
In the months preceding his arrest in June 2011, Abdul-Latif, a convert to Islam, posted comments online and recorded and uploaded videos on YouTube (including nine of himself) that shed light on his interpretation of Islam and general mindset prior to the plot, as well as his growing militancy.
His co-conspirator, Walli Mujahidh, pleaded guilty last December to conspiracy charges. Mujahid had been charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. officers and to use weapons of mass destruction, as well as another firearms charge.
The plot to attack a Military Entrance Processing Station in Seattle is just one in a series of plots and attacks against military personnel in the U.S. in recent years. Others include a planned attack on the Fort Dix Army Base in New Jersey, a plot in New York to shoot down military aircraft, the shooting at the Fort Hood army base and a planned attack on the Marine Corps base in Quantico.
Abdul-Latif faces between 17 and 19 years in prison under the terms of his plea agreement.