Skip to comments.Atlanta men met with ( Islamic )extremists in Toronto: FBI
Posted on 04/22/2006 7:10:50 AM PDT by fanfan
Two Atlanta-area men met with Islamic extremists in Toronto, where they discussed "strategic locations in the United States suitable for a terrorist strike," according to an FBI affidavit made public Friday.
Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee -- U.S. citizens from the Atlanta area -- met with at least three other targets of FBI terrorism investigations during a trip to Toronto last month, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit said the men discussed attacks against oil refineries and military bases. They also planned to travel to Pakistan for military training at a terrorist camp, which authorities said the 21-year-old Ahmed then attempted to do.
Authorities wouldn't reveal exactly what Ahmed allegedly did, but he was indicted on suspicion of giving material support of terrorism.
Ahmed, arrested March 23, was being held at an undisclosed location. He waived his right to arraignment and pleaded not guilty.
In a joint news conference with FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Jones on Thursday, U.S. District Attorney David Nahmias stressed that authorities are not calling Ahmed a terrorist.
"We're not alleging that a terrorist act was committed or that Mr. Ahmed, at this point, we're not alleging that he was involved in a terrorist act. We're alleging that he provided support in the form of goods or services, to commit terrorist acts," said Nahmias.
Both Ahmed and Sadequee claim to have ties in Toronto: they have family in the city, and Sadequee attended high school there.
However, the RCMP did not disclose any information about either of the men.
Ahmed's indictment, unsealed by the court Thursday, carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 US.
Meanwhile, Sadequee was arrested in Bangladesh and was en route to New York City to be arraigned.
The 19-year-old was accused of making materially false statements in connection with a U.S. government terrorism investigation.
'No threat' to public
While the FBI says there is no imminent threat to the public, U.S. Department of Justice spokesperson Bryan Sierra said authorities are taking the case "very seriously. It's national security."
Authorities said the two men spent several days in Canada, where they met with others being investigated by the terrorism task force.
Sadequee is accused of lying to officials about the trip when he was interviewed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in August, as he was about to leave for Bangladesh.
The affidavit said Sadequee told investigators he had travelled alone in January to visit an aunt.
When Sadequee's suitcase was searched at JFK, agents found a CD-ROM. The affidavit said the CD contained encrypted files the FBI has been unable to decode, and a map of the Washington area was hidden in the suitcase lining.
A day later, government agents interviewed Ahmed, who was coming back from a month-long trip to Pakistan, at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
The affidavit also revealed:
* Ahmed went to Toronto with Sadequee in March, and that they had stayed with another conspirator.
* U.S. government agents found money for both men's 2005 bus trip from Atlanta to Toronto was withdrawn from Sadequee's account.
* They had tickets to depart March 6 and return seven days later. But the affidavit said they returned to the U.S. moments apart on March 12.
* In March 2006, Ahmed told agents they had met with extremists and plotted how to disrupt military and commercial communications and traffic by disabling the Global Positioning System.
Ahmed was born in Pakistan and moved with his family to the United States about 10 years ago.
He said he met Sadequee at a mosque in Atlanta, according to the affidavit from FBI agent Michael Scherck. Sadequee, whose family came from Bangladesh, was born in Virginia and lived with his family in Roswell, Ga.
With files from CTV's Washington Bureau Chief Tom Clark and The Associated Press
Cut their heads off.
1. They had a CD the FBI has not been able to decrypt (although the FBI is notoriously incompetent in regards to anything connected with computers--wonder if they even consulted with anyone).
2. Plans to disrupt the GPS? Does anyone know if this would be conceivable, or would this be a pipe-dream discussion amoung young men?
Is one of these guys the kid that was a Ga Tech engineering student?
Toronto has always been a great Convention city....
"He said he met Sadequee at a MOSQUE in Atlanta"
When is our government going to get the picture and target the enemy?
Al Qaida are everywhere.
And you know what's REALLY scarey? Plenty of these types are meeting behind closed doors and no one knows about it.
Glad to see they caught a few more, though. What does this make now since 9/11? Have we hit a hundred foiled attempts yet?
I suspect that you and I will never know.
Thank God for the Armed Forces, and the Intelligence community.
Ha, sure laugh, but Jack Bauer is pretty gooood!
It is always very satisfying to see these types caught.