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.
(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxboston.com ...
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“Terror Cases Share Desire to Kill Americans”
October 21, 2009
“Beltway sniper alleged inspiration for terror suspect”
By Laura Crimaldi and Laurel J. Sweet
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - Updated 10h ago
SNIPPET: “The Sudbury man accused of terrorism - who still lives at home with his parents - wanted to gun down mall shoppers in a plot inspired by the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks, according to court records connected to todays arrest.
The 27-year-old also aimed to kill two members of the executive branch of the government, records state.
But Tarek Mehanna, of 6 Fairhaven Circle, could never obtain the guns he desired to carry out his twisted attack.”
Adding to post no. 16:
stepping back in time...
“Houston man gets 10 years for al-Qaida training”
Houston Chronicle ^ | July 20, 2007 | CINDY GEORGE
Posted on July 20, 2007 7:14:46 PM PDT by Dubya
SNIPPET: “Daniel Joseph Maldonado, a former Houston resident who convereted to Islam and admitted training with terrorists, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison and given a $1,000 fine.
Maldonado, 28, pleaded guilty in April to training with al-Qaida in East Africa. He is the first American charged with joining the terrorist organization in Somalia. The charge carried a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
He admitted his association with terrorists in exchange for no further prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Houston. Maldonado came to the attention of federal investigators in late 2005 while his family was living in a southwest Houston apartment.”
ADDING 1 link to post no. 16:
Why won't Moozzi bring it to the South ??!!?!
Could it be Firearms Ownership ?!?!?!?!??
~~~ALLAH~ALLAH~FUBAR!!!~~~ CHICKIN’ SHIITEZ!!!
Speaking of Somalis :
FEBRUARY 13, 2002 : (MEMPHIS : WMD INQUIRY BY SOMALI WITH A NIGERIAN VISA) Federal and local authorities are investigating a man who approached a University of Memphis professor last week seeking information about weapons of mass destruction. The professor, who wished to remain anonymous, said a man of Middle Eastern descent approached him while he was in his office Feb. 13 and asked for a crash course in the physics that deals with mass destruction.
In return, the man told the professor he would pay him money for the requested information. He told me that money was no object, and that he had plenty of it, said the professor. The professor said the bizarre nature of the mans inquiry and inconsistencies the man gave about his background prompted him to notify Federal authorities while the man sat in his office.
The ...[FBI]... then informed U of M police , who found the man still sitting in the office when they made the scene. Bruce Harber, director of public safety at The U of M, said the man was compliant during questioning and supplied officers with a ...[TN]...drivers license and a work visa. However, Harber said the man gave conflicting statements about background information and how he got to the U of M campus. Police then contacted...[INS]... to confirm his background. INS verified that the information was valid and released the man.
Authorities would only identify the man as a Somalian citizen carrying a visa issued from Nigeria who is currently living in Memphis. ... The man is not a student at The U of M.-——— FBI investigating mass destruction inquiry
The Daily Helmsman ^ | February 21, 2002 | By Rick Russells...
I sure don’t recall that one.
Thanks for posting it Piasa.
Note: The following post is a quote:
Neighbors, Friends Surprised At Terror Arrest
Posted on October 22, 2009 3:49:22 PM PDT by traumer
BOSTON — People who know the friendly Muslim family that has lived in Sudbury for the past six or seven years, where the mother even provides day care out of the home, simply cannot believe it.
Tarek Mehanna, 27, the son of a well-liked Boston pharmacology professor, was arrested by federal officials at his parents’ sumptuous suburban home Wednesday, accused of lying about trips to the Middle East to seek terrorist training and plotting to attack Americans in a U.S. shopping mall.
At his federal court appearance on the charges, Mehanna briefly refused to stand for the judge and tossed a chair to the floor. His father said his son is upset by the accusations.
“My son is very nervous, because that is all fabrication in his eyes,” his father Ahmed Mehanna said.
“He is a very good guy. He’s very innocent,” Mehanna’s mother Saoud said.
(Excerpt) Read more at thebostonchannel.com ...
“WHEN IDEOLOGUES (PLAN TO) ATTACK”
Author: Marisa Urgo
SNIPPET: “Today, the FBI arrested for a second time Tarek Mehanna, a 27 year old Massachusetts man. This time Mehanna was arrested on various terrorism-related charges associated with a plot to attack shopping malls. Mehanna’s plot appears to have been more “aspirational” rather than operational.
However, the Mehanna arrest is significant, because he was a member of a prominent circle of young Salafist-Jihadists living in the United States. His blog was primarily dedicated to Salafist-Jihadist thought, and it was regularly linked back on by other members of the circle. Those members remain very active online, blogging and sharing jihadi media. They are for the most part the virtual epicenter of Salafist-Jihadism in the United States.”
Filed On: Oct 22, 2009 at 0:29
Index: ideas, law, terrorism
"However, the Mehanna arrest is significant, because he was a member of a prominent circle of young Salafist-Jihadists living in the United States. His blog was primarily dedicated to Salafist-Jihadist thought, and it was regularly linked back on by other members of the circle. Those members remain very active online, blogging and sharing jihadi media. They are for the most part the virtual epicenter of Salafist-Jihadism in the United States.
“The government’s allegations against Tarek Mehanna”
By DAVEED GARTENSTEIN-ROSS
October 23, 2009 10:20 PM
SNIPPET: “On Wednesday, Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury, Mass., was charged in federal court with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Well likely be able to learn a significant amount about his ideological leanings, motivations, and radicalization, as Mehanna kept a fascinating blog; similarly, Mehannas friend and ideological cohort Daniel Maldonado kept a blog that yielded some important insights into his own radicalization. This article is concerned not with Mehannas radicalization, however, but with what authorities have alleged in the present case.
Key players. There are five individuals who play significant roles in the affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed by FBI Special Agent Heidi L. Williams (all page numbers in the following analysis refer to her affidavit). Tarek Mehanna is the accused in this case, a 27-year-old pharmacist from Massachusetts. Ahmed Abousamra is a 28-year-old who grew up in the Greater Boston area, whose father is described by the Boston Globe as prominent doctor and Muslim community leader. Daniel Maldonado is a friend of Mehanna and Abousamra who pled guilty two years ago to undergoing terrorist training in Somalia. CW2 is a cooperating witness who had known Mehanna for 15-20 years and was originally part of the conspiracy, but started cooperating with the government in 2006. Individual A is a white convert to Islam who worked as a teacher in an Islamic School in California, and had received religious training in Yemen, and had also attended a terrorist training camp (18).
Timeline of events. The criminal complaint is not written in chronological order. This section reconstructs the timeline of significant events alleged by the government. (It leaves out certain less consequential allegations, including some of those related to the false statements charges.) For Mehanna and Abousamra, it is a frustrating tale of traveling the world in search of jihad, but coming up empty-handed.”
“Muslim accused in Boston terror plot is son of former Muslim American Society leader”
(October 24, 2009)
Re Daniel Maldonado as noted in post no. 16:
22 February 2007
SUBJECT: MALDONADO, DANIEL JOSEPH
A collection of his writings at islamicnetwork.com (organized chronologically), at his blog, and elsewhere, together with the criminal complaint and selected news stories, will all be found here:
Posted on 22 February 2007 @ 12:02
27 October 2009
“UNDERSTANDING TEREK MEHANNA”
SNIPPET: “What is important to understand about Terek Mehanna is how his online activities - operating his own website, translating key jihadi texts in to English, and distributing videos - were manifestations of his underlying ambition to eventually participate in real-world terrorism, an ambition which is amply demonstrated by the activities described in the criminal complaint against him.”
Note: Comments follow (on the revolution.ansar1 site) after this post:
“You Need To Read This: A Letter From The Brother Of Abu Sabaya October 24, 2009
Posted by Abdullah as-Sayf Jones in : General News, News , trackback”
SNIPPET: “This is a letter from the brother of Abu Sabaya (Tarek Mehanna), who was recently arrested for charges of conspiracy (click here to read about his arrest and charges). I ask that you read this with your full attention and take these words to heart, next time it could be you .”
“Terror suspect a pharmacist, son of a professor”
By Jessica Van Sack and Laura Crimaldi
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - Updated 5d 14h ago
SNIPPET: “A spokesman for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Michael Ratty, confirmed Mehanna graduated from the school in 2008 with a doctorate in pharmacy. He also confirmed the suspects father is a professor at the school.
He also maintains a blog at iskandrani.wordpress.com, where he posts English translations of Web pages devoted to influential jihad advocates and spiritual patrons in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to an arrest affidavit. His online blog identity is Abu Sabaaya.”
“In Mehannas Sudbury neighborhood, the terrorism suspect was described as a polite man who often cut his parents lawn and had worked with one of his neighbors as a pharmacy intern at a Walgreens in Marlboro.”
Dr. Mehanna is one of the kindest, said the woman, who did not want to be identified.
SNIPPET: “Neighbors said the family is from Egypt.”
30 October 2009
“THE “FREE TARIQ MEHANNA” FACEBOOK GROUP
Isn’t that sweet...”
SNIPPET: “And from the “Let The Pictures Do The Talking” department, here is a selection of icons of Mehanna’s friends:”
Posted on 30 October 2009 @ 23:46
Closely linked to MAS is the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, whose Executive Director is Mahdi Bray, a former Students for a Democratic Society activist now affiliated with International ANSWER, an anti-war front group for the Communist World Workers Party. "Our mission," Bray has written, "is to build an integrated empowerment process for the American Muslim community." Toward this end, Bray and MAS have been involved in a voter-registration drive and an effort to train 1,000 "activists" in the "skills necessary for effective activism." ------ "MUSLIM AMERICAN SOCIETY (MAS)," www.DiscoverTheNetwork.org, Date: 10/23/2007 7:41:02 PM
Thanks for the additional info piasa.
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