The Capitol Hill attacker: a quick profile view

The April 2nd  Capitol Hill attack has once again exposed how the threat of domestic terrorism in the United States is always present, and this time all signs lead to a mentally ill individual with an ideological motivation repeatedly exposed on social networks. Indeed, a very dangerous combination.

Despite the fact that it will take far more time to obtain an exhaustive picture of what surrounds the deadly attack, it is still useful to make a few considerations regarding the attacker’s profile and the dynamics of the attack, according to the information currently available.

Noah Green’s modus operandi and profile reflect characteristics that make him very similar to a so-called “lone wolf” acting in the name of Isis (as frequently seen in Europe), including a very fast radicalization process whose dynamics are still unclear: did it occur online? Did Green meet people who contributed to his radicalization? The main difference between Green’s case and Isis “lone wolves” or “zombies” seems to be exclusively in the ideology.

According to numerous sources, Green was mentally ill and had recently turned from a quiet and non-violent person to a depressed, and paranoid individual who had even expressed suicidal intentions. However, this doesn’t necessarily indicate that the terrorist motive is automatically ruled out, as it would imply that all terrorists have to be mentally healthy and rational in order to take action, something which would make no sense.

The modus operandi

Phase 1: Green rams his vehicle against a security barrier at the northern entrance of the US. Capitol Hill.

Phase 2: Green comes out of the vehicle armed with a knife and tries to stab USCP officers; he is consequently shot and killed.

Final outcome: one officer killed, one wounded, attacker killed. [1] [2] [3]

The ideological motivation

US and UK sources have pointed out the ideology fueling Green, as he publicly expressed on Facebook his growing support for Louis Farrakhan and the extremist group “Nation of Islam”. Green credited Farrakhan (whom he defined as “Jesus, the Messiah”), with saving him from the “terrible afflictions” which he had suffered, blaming the CIA, FBI and the other agencies. In one post just a few hours before the attack, he had branded the federal government the “#1 enemy of Black People”.

On Facebook he often wrote about “mind control”, “the anti-Christ government”, “end times”, and other disturbing claims:

I consider him my (Farrakhan) spiritual father. Without his guidance, his word, and his teachings that I’ve picked up on along the way, I would’ve been unable to continue”…

Preaching to the multitudes, calling a million black men to Washington, and standing up to the most powerful government of modern times. He has done miraculous work not just with me, but with the lives of millions.”…

And again: “I was on the right track and everything I had planned was coming into existence. It required long hours, lots of studying, and exercise to keep me balanced while experiencing an array of concerning symptoms along the path (I believe to be side effects of drugs I was intaking unknowingly). However, the path has been thwarted, as Allah (God) has chosen me for other things.”

Green wished to rename himself “Noah X” in honor of Malcolm X, (a notorious member of the “Nation of Islam” who was assassinated in 1965), and revealed he had sent $1,085 as a donation to the Nation of Islam.

On his biography page for the football team which he played in, Green had indicated that he was majoring in business and that the person in history he’d most like to meet was Malcolm X.

It is also interesting to notice how in December 2020, Green had petitioned to change his name to Noah Zaeem Muhammad but failed to appear at his hearing in Indianapolis.

Green had also spent some months in Botswana on some kind of “spiritual mission” before going back to the United States, as exposed by his brother. It would be interesting to dig deeper into Green’s activity in the African country as well [4] [5] [6] [7]

IN SUNTO

Name: Noah Green

Alias: “Noah X”, “Zaeem Muhammad”

Location: Washington DC

Site: Government

Target: Law enforcers

Attackers: 1

Weapon: car + knife

Nationality: US

Age: 25

Mental Illness: Yes

Previous convictions: no

Motivation: Anti-Government

Ideology: Nation of Islam

Deceased attackers: 1

Deceased victims: 1


[1] https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56620113

[2] https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/04/02/us/us-capitol-police-attack

[3] https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/02/politics/us-capitol-incident/index.html

[4] https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14536644/capitol-killer-noah-green-nation-islam/

[5] https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/04/02/noah-green-went-from-football-player-posting-extremist-groups/7068100002/?fbclid=IwAR1rjwSwCZv3kNJQoT8msl96TdTrJcEwK2uALq2ZoUSBp1CKK7SxbjxITIA

[6] https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/capitol-hill-ramming-attacker-member-of-antisemitic-nation-of-islam-org-663975

[7] https://www.washingtonpost.com/gdpr-consent/?next_url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2flocal%2fpublic-safety%2fnoah-green-capitol-attack%2f2021%2f04%2f02%2f74f75802-93fe-11eb-a74e-1f4cf89fd948_story.html

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