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Muslim Planned To Attack Malls, Troops

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Feds: Mass. man planned terror attacks on US malls

By Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON – A 27-year-old Massachusetts man conspired 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, federal prosecutors said Wednesday as they announced his arrest.

Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury sought — but never received — training in terrorist camps and worked with others from 2001 to May 2008 on the conspiracy to "kill, kidnap, maim or injure" people in foreign countries and the politicans, authorities said.

The politicians were members of the executive branch who are no longer in office, authorities said. They refused to give their names.

Prosecutors said Mehanna conspired with two other men: Ahman Abousamra, who authorities say is now in Syria, and an unnamed man, who is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

The three men discussed their desire to participate in "violent jihad against American interests" and talked about "their desire to die on the battlefield," prosecutors said.

Mehanna had "multiple conversations about obtaining automatic weapons and randomly shooting people in shopping malls," Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Loucks said. Their plan was thwarted when they could only get handguns, not automatic weapons, he said. Prosecutors would not say which malls had been targeted.

They also hoped to attack U.S. troops stationed in Iraq.

Mehanna’s attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., did not immediately return calls for comment.

Mehanna, a U.S. citizen, was arrested in November and charged with lying to the FBI in December 2006 when asked about the whereabouts of Daniel Maldonado, who is now serving a 10-year prison sentence for training alongside al-Qaida members to overthrow the Somali government.

Mehanna told the FBI that Maldonado was living in Egypt and working for a Web site. But authorities said Maldonado had called Mehanna from Somalia urging him to join him in "training for jihad."

Authorities said Wednesday that Mehanna and his conspirators had contacted Maldonado about getting automatic weapons for their planned mall attacks.

Of course the Associated Press did not mention the religious affiliation of any of these innocents.

And speaking of discretion:

The politicians were members of the executive branch who are no longer in office, authorities said. They refused to give their names.

Gee, we wonder who those two politicians might be.

Paging Mark Potok (of the SPLC)…

By the way, you get a real sense of the AP’s priorities when they note three times how these bravos were unable to get automatic weapons.

You see, Islamic terrorists don’t kill people. ‘Automatic weapons’ do.

Well, let’s hope Mr. Mehanna likes living in Bermuda on the taxpayers’ dime.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Muslim Planned To Attack Malls, Troops”

  1. proreason says:

    We’ve seen a flurry of reports of Terrorist being foiled in the last few months. And all of these guys are SERIOUS terrorists, not the holloween kind that Bushhitler was always finding.

    Obviously, Obamy’s enlightened means of protecting our country (i.e., Miranda rights, demonizing CIA agents, trials in the American court system for all, funding Hamas, negotiations with Iran, open borders, love for all except Americans) are really paying off.

    Or perhaps the watchdog press is toeing the line a little better nowadays.

  2. beautyofreason says:

    “A pharmacy college graduate…”

    Well, I guess that poverty and the so-called western hegemony don’t cause terrorist acts.
    Maybe Islam does. I’ve yet to see another religion that turns people into mere weapons with such disregard for human life and forces that I see as good – things such as dogs, music, humor (Khomeini : “there is no humor in Islam”), and figurative art. For instance, the Amish have very strict beliefs regarding technology and lifestyle but I have never seen hatred and violence from that group.

    We are importing Islamic problems to our shorts. This mall shooting crap is the same stuff that Israel deals with on a regular basis. Earlier this year Hezbollah tried to bomb a large mall and take out infidels / Jewish people doing nefarious things such as shopping for clothes.

    Just today I heard some guy yelling on the street about how someone was “insulting the prophet.” Granted, it could been a reference to multiple religions but I have to ask myself, what have we done in the country by allowing people to come here who support Islamic law? Unlike several decades ago, there are now Islamic organizations within the United States comprised of immigrants from countries ruled under Shariah law that neither support the West nor the Constitution.

    I completely support freedom of speech and religion, but I was under the impression that would-be immigrants must affirm their support for the Constitution and United States before living here. Since they can merely lie and play into a diversity niche group in the liberal panacea without changing their totalitarian perspectives, I suppose we are in for more would-be terrorist attacks.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      The whole premise of any devout muslim living here in the US as a citizen is laughable on the face of it. OK, so I’m a bigot. Whatever.

      But when you take the religion of islam, and you take those who believe devoutly in islam, there it runs headlong into the basic foundation of the United States and its system of laws.

      It has always…and I mean ALWAYS escaped me that persons leave their dreaded, oppressive homeland to come to the land of the free…and then want to practice their oppressive homeland ways when they get here. I mean…I need to hear Penn and Teller explain it to me…because I’m at a complete loss. What am I missing? Did I not get a program? Who are the antagonists again?

      And to hear yet another flaming liberal pant-load ‘splain it to me about “they’re just like you and me…blah blah blah…” well…

      NO THEY AREN’T!!!!

      They CAME HERE….I did not GO THERE! If I did go there, I would expect to have to abide by their laws…like a particular young man in Saudi Arabia who was caned for having a party. Nobody in the rest of the world seemed to see a problem with that.

      Perhaps it’s our own selective enforcement of our own laws…when I steal something, I get a fine, go to jail, etc. But when a celebrity steals something….they are told to go home and think about what they did….

      When a muslim commits a crime….somehow the liberal cockroaches come out of the freakin’ woodwork and bring their pitchforks and torches and want to lynch the US Justice system. WHY????

      I have so many things that just make my head hurt and every day there’s more. So don’t bother me if you see me staring and glaring at some arabic &%$# with his moth-eaten beard and messed up ways. I’ve gone the intolerant route. I lived in Libya for some time…I didn’t like them then…and I like them a whole lot less now. There are dozens of races, creeds and religions I can get along with…but not arabs.

      Prejudice? You’re damned right. Why? Because this is MY country. I remember how I was treated in YOUR country. So get out of mine.

  3. canary says:

    “Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Loucks said. Their plan was thwarted when they could only get handguns, not automatic weapons, he said.”

    Duh, they were working on explosives, not guns, as their ultimate goal was to go to Iraq and fight on the battle field.

    I thought fed term “acting” meant temporary.

    • canary says:

      “automatic weapons” might be difficult. But, semi-automatic weapons aren’t difficult, and shouldn’t be when we home-grown terrorists are on the rise, and Obama has always enjoyed their company. Does the pardon mean Bill Ayers can have a weapon or vote? Oh, forgot, he liked bombs.

  4. canary says:

    AP: Mass. terror suspect taught kids at Muslim school
    By Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie Oct 21 2009

    BOSTON – 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),

    They say he was a sweet guy and loved by his students.

    The 27-year-old Mehanna, who has dual U.S. and Egyptian citizenship,

    BOSTON (AP) — A pharmacy college graduate

    they used code words like “peanut butter and jelly” for fighting in Somalia and “culinary school” for terrorist camps

    Tarek Mehanna, 27, was arrested Wednesday morning at his parents’ home in Sudbury, an upscale suburb 20 miles west of Boston,..

    ordered by the judge to stand to hear the charge against him, he refused. He finally did stand — tossing his chair loudly to the floor —

    Mehanna — a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, where his father is a professor —

    conspired with Ahmad Abousamra, who authorities say is now in Syria, and an unnamed man, who is cooperating

    the men justified attacks because U.S. civilians pay taxes to support the U.S. government and because they are “NON-Believers.” (!)

    “Because Abousamra was an Arab (not Pakistani) the LeT camp would not accept him,
    because of Abousamra’s lack of experience, the Taliban camp would
    not accept him

    Mehanna and Abousamra traveled to Yemen in 2004 in an attempt to join a terrorist training camp.

    Mehanna allegedly told a friend, the third conspirator who is now cooperating with authorities, that their trip was a failure

    The men, who had allegedly received tips on whom to meet from a person identified in court documents as “Individual A,” said half the people they wanted to see were on “hajj,” referring to the pilgrimage to Mecca in Islam, and half were in jail.

    “They traveled all over the country looking for the people Individual A told them to meet,” authorities allege in the criminal complaint.

    Abousamra was rejected by a terror group when he sought training in Iraq because he was American

    decided they were not going to be able to get terror training in Pakistan and “began exploring other options, including terrorist acts in the United States

    Mehanna, a U.S. citizen, was arrested in November and charged with lying to the FBI in December 2006 when asked the whereabouts of Daniel Maldonado, who is now serving a 10-year prison sentence for training with al-Qaida to overthrow the Somali government.

    Mehanna told the FBI that Maldonado was living in Egypt and working for a Web site. But authorities said Maldonado had called Mehanna from Somalia urging him to join him in “training for jihad.”

    Authorities said Wednesday that Mehanna and his conspirators had contacted Maldonado about getting automatic weapons for their planned mall attacks.

    Carney, who represented Mehanna in the previous case, said at the time: “If this is the FBI’s idea of a terrorist, they are using a net that is designed to catch minnows instead of sharks.”

    After his arrest, Mehanna developed a cult following among Muslim civil rights groups and Web sites that believed Mehanna was wrongly arrested. Web sites like the London-based cageprisoners.com, a human rights group that advocates for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other detainees as part of the U.S. war on terror, asked supporters to write Mehanna in prison to keep up his spirits.

    The site MuslimMatters.org asked supporters to pray for his release and published a letter they said Mehanna wrote from prison.

    In the letter, Mehanna thanked supporters and said he was being treated well.

    “I can only think of the countless imprisoned Muslims in the jails of tyrants around the globe and hope that if it is not Allah’s Decree to free them in the near future, that they taste the sweetness that Allah has placed them in prison to taste,” Mehanna wrote.

    He signed the letter, “Your brother in the green jumpsuit.”

    AP writers Jay Lindsay, Bob Salsberg and Russell Contreras in Boston and Devlin Barrett in Washington contributed to this report.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091021/ap_on_re_us/us_massachusetts_terror_charge;_ylt=Ah86Twhy1l9FWaft.5n8aNKs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFpaWhndTBvBHBvcwMzOARzZWMDYWNjb3JkaW9uX21vc3RfcG9wdWxhcgRzbGsDbWFzc3RlcnJvcnN1

    I may have been wrong about explosives being used in malls, but how interesting the monster and his father, were both pharmacists. And of course even the little muslim children will say how nice he was. The 9/11 bombers were nice and loved living in America too.

  5. wirenut says:

    These bearded gutless twits want to die on a field of battle, Huh? Shopping malls are a lot of things, but battlefields?
    I know blowing up children and elderly are high on the scorecard for sick bastards, there’s so much honor in it ya know.
    How about playing f–kyou American style for once you cowards? Sorry, I must have lost my mind. It’s the religion of peace, and I thought the term coward was as low as you could go. I stand corrected.

  6. imnewatthis says:

    This is disturbing. My son goes to school in Worcestor, and he goes to a mall there all the time.

  7. imnewatthis says:

    Not to mention I go to malls too.
    Rusty, you mention you lived in Libya and didn’t like how you were treated there. I would be interested in hearing about your experiences there.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      In 1968 I went to the American School in Tripoli where all the kids whose parents worked for the oil companies did. It was required that the American kids learned arabic. When the (female) teacher found out that I was filling in my practice book from front to back (L to R) instead of back to front (R to L) she started beating the crap out of me with her book. Having a tyrade that I did not understand what I had done wrong, yelling at me in arabic with fury in her eyes. I was 7. The principal decided it would be best for me to go on recess instead of having arabic class each day. So for one hour every day, I was out on the playground, unsupervised. Weird, even then. The playground was all sand. Sand was in everything…my shoes, my clothes, my food….always.

      The van driver who took me to/from school grabbed me one day on the van and pointed at a cigarette butt on the floor of the van and made me pick it up and put it in the trash, presumably cussing me out the whole time in arabic, frequently raising his hand as if to hit me. Again, I was 7, I didn’t smoke, nor have I ever, nor did I then and he used to stare at me and I dreaded the half-hour ride to school. I mentioned it to my parents and it never happened again but I had no clue then about “cultural differences”. For some reason, my brother and I were the only ones on that van…perhaps because we lived farther away, in an apartment instead of in the American housing complex as we were there for a short time.

  8. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Another terrorist brought to justice courtesy of the Patriot Act. Keeping terrorist down and liberals enraged since 2001.


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