Skip to comments.Feds: Sudbury man planned terror attacks on malls
Posted on 10/21/2009 1:58:09 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants
BOSTON - A pharmacy college graduate conspired with two other men on a terror plot to kill two prominent U.S. politicians and carry out a holy war by attacking shoppers in U.S. malls and American troops in Iraq, prosecutors said Wednesday.
But their plans in which the men used code words like "peanut butter and jelly" for fighting in Somalia and "culinary school" for terrorist camps were thwarted in part when they could not find training and were unable to buy automatic weapons, authorities said.
Tarek Mehanna worked with the men from 2001 to May 2008 on the conspiracy to "kill, kidnap, maim or injure" soldiers and two politicians who were members of the executive branch but are no longer in office, authorities said, refusing to identify the politicians. Mehanna was arrested Wednesday morning at his parents' home in Sudbury, an upscale suburb 20 miles west of Boston.
Prosecutors said the 27-year-old Mehanna a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, where his father is a professor conspired with two other men: Ahmad Abousamra, who authorities say is now in Syria, and an unnamed man, who is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.
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When all the info comes out, I'll bet that the feds were alerted when these terrorists tried to buy machine guns from an FFL dealer or tried to get someone to buy them and convert them to fully automatic weapons.
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Massachusetts Man Charged with Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Terrorists
BOSTONA Sudbury, Mass., man was charged today in federal court with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael K. Loucks and Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI - Boston Field Division, announced today that Tarek Mehanna, 27, of 6 Fairhaven Circle, Sudbury, Mass., was charged in a complaint with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
The complaint alleges that, beginning in or about 2001 and continuing until in or about May 2008, Mehanna conspired with Ahmad Abousamra, and others to provide material support and resources for use in carrying out a conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure persons or damage property in a foreign country and extraterritorial homicide of a U.S. national.
Specifically, the complaint affidavit alleges that Mehanna and coconspirators discussed their desire to participate in violent jihad against American interests and that they would talk about fighting jihad and their desire to die on the battlefield. The complaint further alleges that the coconspirators attempted to radicalize others and inspire each other by, among other things, watching and distributing jihadi videos. It is alleged that, among other things, Mehanna and two of his associates traveled to the Middle East in February 2004, seeking military-type training at a terrorist training camp that would prepare them for armed jihad against U.S. interests, including U.S. and allied forces in Iraq. The complaint also alleges that one of Mehannas coconspirators made two similar trips to Pakistan in 2002.
According to the complaint affidavit, Mehanna and the coconspirators had multiple conversations about obtaining automatic weapons and randomly shooting people in a shopping mall, and that the conversations went so far as to discuss the logistics of a mall attack, including coordination, weapons needed and the possibility of attacking emergency responders. It is alleged that the plan was ultimately abandoned, because of their inability to obtain the automatic weapons they deemed necessary to effectively carry out the attacks.
Mehanna was previously indicted in January 2009 for making false statements to members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the FBI in connection with a terrorism investigation.
If convicted on the material support charge, Mehanna faces up to 15 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
The case was investigated by the FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) members: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs Border Protection, Massachusetts State Police and the Lowell Police Department, in addition to other members of the FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force. The JTTF includes officers and agents from a number of other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey Auerhahn and Aloke S. Chakravarty of Louckss Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit.
The details contained in the complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Tarek Mehanna sounds Mennonite to me. No wait...
Why oh why do they all have to be from Massachusetts?
There is a huge mosque over in that area just off U.S. Route 20 that is a hotbed of hotheads...just like this Mahanna pig.
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Mass. terror suspect taught kids at Muslim school
ap ^ | Oct 21,2009 | By DENISE LAVOIE
Posted on October 21, 2009 3:58:30 PM PDT by Flavius
The Massachusetts man charged with conspiring in a terror plot has been a middle school math and religion teacher at a Muslim school in Worcester.
Colleagues at the Alhuda Academy say they cannot believe the allegations against Tarek Mehanna (TEH’-rek meh-HAH’-nah), who was arrested Wednesday and charged in conspiring to support terrorism. They say he was a sweet guy and loved by his students.
But prosecutors say Mehanna and his associates sought training at terrorist camps and discussed plans to target U.S. troops in Iraq and two politicians and to randomly shoot shoppers at U.S. malls.
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This is weird, I just saw this show a couple of weeks ago. It is a little cheesy but does have some good info.
Yep, and thanks for posting that up Brown Deer.
I appreciate it.
We’re watching the local news about this, and it turns out the man is a teacher at a Muslim school in Worcester. I’m wondering if it’s the school at the mosque on East Mountain St. in Worcester. Make you wonder what he’s teaching the kids.
Ah, OK, I didn’t read your post before my comment. I was wondering if it was the Alhuda Academy.
Muzzies seem to be good at a few things: beating women, chemistry, and blowing people (themselves) up. Thats about it.
October 21, 2009
“Terror Arrest In Boston (UPDATED, BUMPED: Blogger Arrested)”
SNIPPET: “UPDATE: Confirmed, this is Terek Mehanna. But there’s a second man involved in this plot named Ahmad Abousamra. Others involved go unnamed.”
By Howie at October 21, 2009 11:11 AM
stepping back in time...
November 12, 2008
“Arrested Blogger Identified: Tarek Mehanna
UPDATE 10/21/2009: Mehanna arrested again! This time for plotting terror on US soil.”
SNIPPET: “——Begin original post——
The al Qaeda supporter and blogger arrested by the FBI earlier this week has been identified as Tarek Mehanna. Mehanna was arrested as he attempted to leave the country on charges that he had lied to the FBI about prior knowledge of another Muslim blogger’s, Daniel “Al-Jughaifi” Maldanado, plans to travel from Egypt to Somalia to join the jihad. Maldanado is now in federal prison after being convicted of receiving specialized weapons training from an al Qaeda linked group in Somalia.
Like clockwork, Mehanna’s family defends him as a nice boy who just completed his graduate work to become a pharmacist. What his family may or may not know is that Mehanna goes by the online handle “Abu Sayaba” and runs the “Iskandari” website which is devoted to promoting the Salafi ideology.
For instance, Tarek “Abu Sayaba” Mehanna has, literally, dozens of posts recounting the words of Abdullah Azzam, the intellectual backbone of al Qaeda. Also among his favorite authors are Sayyid Qutb.
In addition to friends like Maldanado who has been convicted on terrorism related charges, Mehanna’s online buddies include:
Shades of Swords, who glorifies the executed Bali bombers as martyrs.
Inshallahshaheed, who we have an entire category devoted to and who claims he personally doesn’t go off to fight the jihad because “it’s hard” and who recently has set up his own media division in support of terrorist organizations.
Jihad Fields Are Calling, who’s name pretty much sums it up.
And so on and so forth. In other words, the people he associated himself with online are either a) actively engaged in violent jihad; or b) actively engaged in supporting violent jihad through the distribution of terrorist propaganda.
You can bet that the FBI arrest on relatively minor charges was taken because there was a reasonable fear that Mehanna was leaving the country to join or further support the jihad himself. His friend Maldanado had also left the country to pursue “religious studies” in Egypt, but ended up in an al Qaeda linked training camp in Somalia.
If any one finds a picture of him, please pass it along. Thanks to Miss Kelly.
Above the fold update: Aaron provides handy box score for FOS (Friends of Sasjamal).”
By Rusty at November 12, 2008 10:44 AM | Comments (9) | Trackback l digg this
stepping back in time...
12 November 2008
“ANOTHER CYBERSPACE/MEATSPACE CONVERGENCE”
SNIPPET: “Rusty Shackelford, PhD., credits Samir Khan with the first report of the arrest of Abu Sayaba, proprietor of the “iskandrani” blog, by the FBI in Boston. This corresponds to the arrest of Tarek Mehanna, age 26, on charges of lying to FBI agents when questioned two years ago about his friend and now-convicted terrorist Daniel Joseph Maldonado. Mehanna was about to leave the USA for Saudi Arabia, which evidently prompted the unsealing of his indictment.”
October 21, 2009
“More about Tarek Mehanna: Jihadi poet who “didn’t go to Yemen to graze goats”.”
SNIPPET: “Well, this afternoon I read the criminal search warrant and affidavit and the criminal complaint filed on Tarek Mehanna today (So you wouldn’t have to, my possums.)
I kept Mr. Mehanna’s attorney’s admonishment to remember that his client was innocent until proven guilty in mind. I also know that the government is required to prove its allegations in open court and I am perfectly willing to wait.”
SNIPPET: “About “Culinary School” and “Peanut Butter and Jelly”: These were the code phrases used by Maldonaldo and Mehanna when Maldonaldo called Mehanna from Somalia in early December 2006. “Making a PB & J” meant “fighting the jihad”.
About Tarek the poet: He authored a poem about jihad: “
October 21, 2009 at 06:30 PM
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Make Martyrdom What You Seek, A very nice poem...
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The bullets hit your hearts like the stings of a bee
You fall on your face as all you can see,
Are the Gardens so wide when youre put in the ground
Youve been searching for years and now you have found,
The Ultimate Prize, so sacred, so sweet
Your bargain with your Lord is finally complete,
Because you are all martyrs without fear or grief
Who gave all you had for your precious belief,
You promised Him your souls and He promised you much more
Now you can enjoy what Hes kept in store,
An endless reward for those who stood by
The covenant they made that towards death they would fly,
While graves burn the sinners and squeeze them so tight
Youre shown your places in the Garden, so spacious and bright,
On the Day when Great Terror shall steal all their words
Your souls will rest in the hearts of green birds,
Under the Great Throne with beauty beyond measure
At you ar-Rahmaan laughs, expressing His Pleasure,
Sufficient is this as a heavenly prize
But prepared for you is that never before seen by the eyes,
On your head is placed a crown, one jewel of which is worth
More than all of the jewels contained in this Earth,
You are brought to a gathering with companions so beautiful
The Prophets, the righteous and those who were truthful,
Al-Firdaws, where those of the Right Hand shall meet
Where the soil is white musk, so smooth and so sweet,
You scoop up a handful and throw it in the air
You are relaxed by the rivers flowing everywhere,
Water, milk and honey gushing forth non-stop
So thick and delicious you want to devour each drop,
You drink so much you almost end up falling
Into the flowing current, then you hear voices calling,
You turn and behold! The voices are singing
Coming from Maidens so fair and enchanting,
These are the Hoorees with round and firm chests
Pure untouched virgins, theyre better than the best,
Seventy-two in all, with large eyes of dark hue
Each one created especially for you,
They call out your name asking where you are
But to their disappointment, from the battles you are far,
Your heart is intoxicated by the pleasures of this life
Fear (of death) has wounded your manhood like a sharp knife,
A knife sharpened by the callers to Hells every door
Who pulled the sword from your hand and threw it to the floor,
And given you women, children and money instead
Convincing you this is better than ending up dead,
But no! They are alive, rejoicing and provided for!
When asked what they desire, they will answer no more!
So be from the cream of this heavenly crop!
Shake off your fear and let your doubts drop!
Pick up the sword and grab your horses reins tight!
Throw off your armor and jump into the fight!
Make your path be none other than Islaams high peak
Whose mountain is climbled by making death what you seek!