Skip to comments.ANOTHER CYBERSPACE/MEATSPACE CONVERGENCE
Posted on 11/12/2008 3:53:13 PM PST by Cindy
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." (Read More...)
(Excerpt) Read more at internet-haganah.com ...
BOSTON.com - THE BOSTON GLOBE: "FBI ACCUSES MAN OF LYING IN TERROR CASE Sudbury resident arrested on way to job overseas" by Shelley Murphy and Milton J. Valencia (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Statements that Tarek Mehanna allegedly made to the FBI two years ago...") (November 12, 2008)
October 21, 2009
Terror Arrest In Boston (UPDATED, BUMPED: Blogger Arrested)
SNIPPET: UPDATE: Confirmed, this is Terek Mehanna. But theres 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 bloggers, 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, Mehannas 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, Mehannas 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 doesnt go off to fight the jihad because its hard and who recently has set up his own media division in support of terrorist organizations.
Jihad Fields Are Calling, whos 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).
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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.
“Terror Cases Share Desire to Kill Americans”
October 21, 2009
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. Attorneys Office in Houston. Maldonado came to the attention of federal investigators in late 2005 while his family was living in a southwest Houston apartment.
by IPT News Feb 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm
Key Massachussets Terror Case Witness Gets Probation
SNIPPET: A man who cooperated in an FBI terrorism investigation in Massachusetts was sentenced to probation Thursday after pleading guilty to a weapons charge.
Bilaal McCloud, 54, of Roxbury started cooperating with investigators after his 2005 indictment for illegally possessing a semiautomatic pistol and ammunition. He is credited with helping build the case that led to terrorism charges against Tarek Mehanna, 27, of Sudbury, and 28-year-old Ahmad Abousamra, formerly of Mansfield, the Boston Globe reported.
March 17, 2010
“The New England Jihadis”
SNIPPET: “An excellent report by American for Peace and Tolerance on the Boston blogger and would-be jihad Tarek Mehanna. Do we know Tarek? Yes, we do. And yes Tarek knows us. Oh what a small world it is! This guy is a real piece of work.”
“Sudbury to Mumbai: Connecting the Dots”
Video Description - Quote:
March 17, 2010
This video focuses on the October arrest of Tarek Mehanna, a Sudbury, Massachusetts resident whom the FBI charged with planning to machine gun shoppers in a New England mall. The video offers a glimpse into a loosely-coordinated web of radical Islamic individuals and organizations based in New England with ties to Islamic terrorist groups overseas. This web is responsible for the radicalization of the next generation of American Muslims.
The video demonstrates the disheartening phenomenon (given the historical moderation and success of Boston Muslims) of the current groundswell of support for Tarek within a segment of the Boston Muslim community and its virulent response to his arrest. The video shows how Islamic radicals have been using the Internet to organize thousands of supporters and raise money for Tarek a man who the FBI alleges had enjoyed gloating over propaganda videos of Al Qaeda terrorists disemboweling and burning the bodies of American GIs in Iraq. (Tarek and his friends mockingly called these mutilations Texas BBQs.)
Category: Nonprofits & Activism
Tags: Tarek Mehanna radical Islam Islamism terrorism Hafiz Masoood Hafiz Saeed Abdul-badi Abousamra Ahmad Abousamra Islamic Center of New England
NO BAIL FOR ALLEGED SUDBURY TERROR PLOTTER
BOSTON.com - BOSTON GLOBE ^ | November 18, 2009, 05:46 pm | y Shelley Murphy and Martin Finucane
Posted on November 22, 2009 1:10:44 AM PST by Cindy
SNIPPET: “Prosecutors allege that Mehanna, 27, and a second man, Ahmad Abousamra, 28, formerly of Mansfield, tried to join a terrorist training camp overseas, but were rejected, then plotted to shoot shoppers at a suburban mall, but scrapped the plan because they could not get automatic weapons. They are also accused of plotting to kill two unidentified government officials. Mehanna also allegedly incited violence by translating pro-jihad materials from Arabic to English and posting them on the Web.”
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
JIHAD WATCH.org (UPI): "QUESTIONS SURROUND U.S. JIHAD BLOGGER INSHALLAHSHAHEED'S RISE AS AL-QAEDA PROPAGANDIST" (SNIPPET: "In 2005 Khan started a blog called "Inshallahshaheed," or "a martyr soon if God wills," from the suburban home in Charlotte he shared with his parents. Khan, believed to be in Yemen, is suspected of editing "Inspire," an online magazine designed as a recruiting tool for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, intelligence sources said....") (July 21, 2010, 4:26 pm)
HOEKSTRA.house.gov: Washington - "AL QAEDA GOES VIRAL" by Peter Hoekstra (SNIPPET: "Mr. Hoekstra, a Republican from Michigan, is the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.") (July 16, 2010)
INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "What Part of 'There Is No Copyright In Islam' Does Scribd Not Understand?" (SNIPPET: "Samir's own Inspire magazine, ToSd by Scribd after being embedded in Samir's own blog") (July 18, 2010)
INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "'Is He A Big Bad Terrorist, Or A Beegee?'" (SNIPPET: "In the course of reverse engineering that InDesign file Samir used to create the first edition of Inspire magazine (AKA the third edition of Jihad Recollections), Maya found herself compelled to comment in a more visual manner.") (July 18, 2010)
MAKING SENSE OF JIHAD.com - blog: "The uploader ID, firstname.lastname@example.org, is very active on archive.org [hint: search "maher_yassine" in archive.org]. He/she has shared a ton of material connected to or distributed through the Al Mojahden Electronic Network. I have no idea what, if any, connection exists between the uploader ID and The Pest and his network of miscreants, but my guess is that there is one.") (July 18, 2010)
INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - IPT News: "AL QAIDA'S ENGLISH-LANGUAGE TERRORISM BLUEPRINT" (SNIPPET: "Packed with detailed technical instructions, captivating aesthetics and extremist rhetoric, a new English-language magazine issued by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) constitutes a recruiting tool with lethal potential.") (July 13, 2010)
INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "INSPIRE MAGAZINE, THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL" (SNIPPET: "In summary, this magazine is almost certainly the work of American al-Qaida operative Samir Khan - I assume that at a minimum he is responsible for the layout, typography, and graphics. "Inspire" is "Jihad Recollections" with the addition of the imprimatur of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.") (JULY 12, 2010)
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS.com: "CLERIC URGES MURDERING U.S. CARTOONIST WHO DIDN'T DRAW MOHAMMED" by Maayana Miskin (SNIPPET: "The threats against Norris were printed in an online English-language magazine called "Inspire," started by the international terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. The FBI is taking the threats seriously, the Daily News said.") (Last update: July 14, 2010, 7:12 am)
“Jihad Vault: Building an Archive of American Online Jihad”
(January 28, 2011, 08:56 pm)
25 June 2011
“Jihad in Seattle, and Revolution Muslim, et al”
SNIPPET: “I hold a few truths to be self-evident. Among them:
It generally takes a community to make a terrorist, and
A community is held together by the strength of weak ties”
SNIPPET: “The following is a heavily redacted sample of just a few of Abdul-Latif’s Youtube friends and their connections.”
SNIPPET: “This is the real prize. A well known and well-connected American jihadist. Operator of his own blog, and inheritor of the blog of Tarek Mehanna. He’s something of a leading figure in the Revolution Muslim scene, if only because so many of his mates are now behind bars. Not only is he a Youtube friend of Abdul-Latif, but he also posted a number of comments on Abdul-Latif’s pages.”
The Complaint - Background Link
12 November 2009
Government’s proffer and memorandum in support of detention
From USA v Tarek Mehanna
The document details, among other things, the production of the English-translation of 39 Ways to Serve and Participate in Jihad, which was translated by Mehanna and released by at-Tibyan Publications. Recommended if you have an interest in the jihadi media production process.
Posted on 12 November 2009 @ 16:57
Thursday, August 4, 2011
“Terror charges against former Worcester teacher allowed to stand
Judge rejects free speech bid”
By Denise Lavoie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SNIPPET: “As a volunteer before his arrest in October 2009, Mr. Mehanna was teaching science, math and religion at the Muslim academy on East Mountain Street in Worcester.
Authorities have said Mr. Mehanna and two other men sought training at terrorist camps in the Middle East. Prosecutors said the men told friends they were rejected because of their nationality, ethnicity or inexperience, or that they were unable to make contact with people they hoped would get them into such camps.”
Witness says suspect wanted to fight Americans in Iraq, hope to participate in jihad
By Associated Press, Published: November 17
SNIPPET: BOSTON An American in prison for training at a terrorist camp in Somalia testified Thursday that a fellow American accused of plotting to help al-Qaida told him that he would fight U.S. soldiers in Iraq, if given the chance.
Daniel Maldonado took the witness stand Thursday in the trial of Tarek Mehanna, a Sudbury, Mass., man charged with plotting to provide material support to al-Qaida and unsuccessfully attempting to get training at a terrorist camp in Yemen. Mehanna then allegedly began helping al-Qaida by translating and distributing online texts and videos promoting violent jihad.
BOSTON GLOBE.com: "WITNESS TESTIFIES ABOUT TERROR SUSPECT'S INFLUENCE Alleges Mehanna backed 9/11 attacks" by Milton J. Valencia (SNIPPET: "Daniel Maldonado converted to Islam in 1999 and soon found guidance and insight in Tarek Mehanna, the high-profile witness testified yesterday in Mehanna's terrorism trial in US District Court in Boston.") (November 18, 2011) (Read More...)
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.