Daniel Joseph Maldonado, center, is escorted into the federal courthouse for his sentencing hearing Friday in Houston. Maldonado pleaded guilty in April to a charge of receiving training from a foreign terrorist organization.
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“FBI accuses man of lying in terror case
Sudbury resident arrested on way to job overseas”
By Shelley Murphy and Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff / November 12, 2008
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Statements that Tarek Mehanna allegedly made to the FBI two years ago in the midst of a terrorism investigation came back to haunt him last weekend, when the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy graduate was arrested as he was about to board a Boston flight to start a new job overseas.
Mehanna, 26, who was living in a sprawling house in Sudbury with his parents, is charged with lying to the FBI in December 2006 when questioned about the whereabouts and activities of Daniel J. Maldonado, a former Methuen resident who was suspected of training at an Al Qaeda terrorist camp to overthrow the Somali government.”
“SUBJECT: MALDONADO, DANIEL JOSEPH”
(February 22, 2007)
Stay strong, Boston
I know that one of the nations great cities will rally in the wake of marathon attacks
by S.E. Cupps
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013, 10:41 AM
SNIPPET: According to a 2011 infographic from Boston.com, the website of the Boston Globe, Bostons high-profile events, including the marathon, made it one of the top 10 potential terror targets in the country, even though there had been no attacks in Massachusetts over the last decade.
And though there had been no attacks, there had recently been some significant ties to terrorist plots hatched in the area.
In 2007, Daniel Maldonado, who had ties to Methuen and Lowell, was charged with supporting terrorists in Somalia.
In 2008, Sudbury resident Tarek Mehanna was arrested for allegedly plotting to kill U.S. troops in Iraq, conspiring to support Al Qaeda and traveling to Yemen in an attempt to get terrorist training.
And in 2011, Rezwan Ferdaus, an Ashland man with a physics degree from Northeastern University, was charged with an Al Qaeda-inspired plot to send a remote-controlled aircraft carrying explosives into the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol.
His arrest prompted Rep. William Keating, the states only member of the House Homeland Security Committee, to remind his constituents of the dangers of homegrown extremists, even in Bostons tony suburbs.