Terrorist-Wannabe Plotted to Attack Shopping Malls, Soldiers in Iraq, and U.S. Politicians

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Via ABC News:

A pharmacy college graduate made a defiant appearance in federal court Wednesday, hours after being charged with conspiring with two other men in 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.

Authorities say the men’s plans — in which they 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, 27, was arrested Wednesday morning at his parents’ home in Sudbury, an upscale suburb 20 miles west of Boston, and appeared for a brief hearing later in the day. When 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 — only after his father urged him to do so.

“This really, really is a show,” his father, Ahmed Mehanna, said afterward.

Uh…no. That would be balloon boy and his father. This is different…

When asked if he believed the charges against his son, he said, “No, definitely not.”

Ah, yes… he’s such a good boy, his family claimed when he was arrested last year:

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.

This is like the 4th or 5th terror plot that’s been disrupted in the past month and made public, isn’t it?

While al Qaeda traditionally goes for the big and spectacular, just think what a series of smaller-scale terror attacks could achieve from terror cells and jihadist-wannabe, driven by Islamic hate, regardless of whether or not they are affiliated with al Qaeda. Malls, movie theaters, dance clubs, schools, buses…any public setting where people converge.

Prosecutors say Tarek Mehanna worked with two 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 refused to identify the politicians.

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 in the investigation, according to authorities.

The three men often discussed their desire to participate in “violent jihad against American interests” and talked about “their desire to die on the battlefield,” prosecutors said. But when they were unable to join terror groups in Iraq, Yemen and Pakistan, they found inspiration in the Washington-area sniper shootings and turned their interests to domestic terror pursuits while they plotted the attack on shopping malls, authorities said.


Loucks said the men justified attacks because U.S. civilians pay taxes to support the U.S. government and because they are “nonbelievers.”


Court documents filed by the government say that in 2002 or 2003, Abousamra became frustrated after repeatedly being rejected to join terror groups in Pakistan — first Lashkar e Tayyiba, then the Taliban.

“Because Abousamra was an Arab (not Pakistani) the LeT camp would not accept him, and because of Abousamra’s lack of experience, the Taliban camp would not accept him,” FBI Special Agent Heidi Williams wrote in the affidavit.

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

It’s a tough life being a successful terrorist-wannabe-wahhabi.

Mehanna allegedly told a friend, the third conspirator who is now cooperating with authorities, that their trip was a failure because they were unable to reach people affiliated with the camps. 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, authorities said.

The men later 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,” the affidavit said.

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.”

So long as Muslim groups act as apologists and defenders of these failed martyrs and deride religious-ethnic-nationality profiling, the Patriot Act, NSA surveillance programs, and oppose and mischaracterize U.S. foreign policy and our military efforts, they will only do themselves more harm than good; and only enable, encourage, and foster more home-grown Islamic terrorists.

12 Responses to “Terrorist-Wannabe Plotted to Attack Shopping Malls, Soldiers in Iraq, and U.S. Politicians”

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    The Real Ace

    I would make a reasonable statement or start a real debate. But what’s the point the administrators for this site are nothing more than cowards and Fox News puppets. I’ve been blocked so many times and and I’ve gotten the finger so many times I’m beginning to believe that y’all don’t like me. I’m pretty sure I’m right about that one.

    But anyway I’ll leave you’re weakass site alone. I thought mavericks were always ready for a fight. I guess I was wrong. I see what y’all are now ” spin masters ” .I’ll leave now. Before I get blocked…again lol

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    Every terrorists brought to the U.S. for trial will be released by some liberal judge. Can’t the judges and O’Dumbo be held criminally responsible for any crime comitted by the terrorists after release. If they can’t be held liable then it’s time to really arm up.

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    Actually, Real Ace… or shall we call you by your other poster name, “Spin Hater”? I pulled this out of the spam filters, which catch all of us from time to time. I’ve had to dig myself out at times.

    And I see you have 2 or 3 other comments on threads today. So it seems the “spin hater” is a “spin master” him/herself.

    So much for your “reasonable statements”…. and your level of tolerance and patience.

    Warning… having multiple personalities to play sock puppet to each other is a no no here. My suggestion is, pick a screen name, and stick with it.

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    OK — if you are paying attention – you will note the medical connection here — as the ‘medical doctors’ involved in the Glasgow Scotland airport plot — and what is one of the big reasons tooted for needing gov-mint health care — right – shortage of med personnel — and just where do you think they are planning to get them fromm — hummm — with Hossein in the WH – hummm — oh by the way be afwaid – vewwy afwaid – of who is rolling those pills Doc Obi is gonne prescribe —

    Socialize the heath care industry — destroy what is left of the incentives for real people to be involved or pursue a med career and – VOILA — a tsunami of immigrants from turd world cess pools – mostly moslem – all magically with doc and nurse creds – and they and the dickheads in DC will really have us – kind of a neutron bomb sorta thing — presribe the right pills to all the certain people — disseminate certain diseases – etc — wipe out large portions of a population and you get all of their things — on duh silver platter.

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    Old Trooper

    The Real Ace…or whoever you feel you are at this moment…

    Take your issues elsewhere. FA has it’s quota of Trolls now and so far You are a total waste of time and what they call “bandwidth”. Go pull your pud somewhere else. Rude but to the point. Get it?

    My humble apologies to FA Folks for my comments but my patience and tolerance does have limits.
    I enjoy spirited discussion. I admire honesty. I firmly support the 1st Amendment and all of the rest of them. However, I have been known to knock punks off bar stools on 3 continents and resume conversations without blinking an eye.

    Go piss on someone else’s boots, somewhere else Jocko.

    Sorry for the interruption here folks.

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    Old Trooper

    Aleric, the Holder DOJ is having their day in the sun and giving US Constitutional Rights to Terrorists is clearly on his agenda. Sadly so. Our Judicial System is being tested.

    The fact remains that Tarek Mehanna was caught, as were others. We are weeks or months away from another Terrorist attack because America is a prime target and is perceived to be weak because 53% of American voters were confused on Election Day in Nov. 08. We elected an apologist that will not keep America secure, an opportunist that does not share Our American Values and he has a lap dog Congress that is corrupt and equally worthless.

    We will get hit again. Count on it. It just might take that to get America past the 9.10.01 mentality that seems to be most prevalent today.

    Keep the Faith and Happy Birthday Pardner!

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    Hard Right

    Is there some rule that loony leftists have to lie even when it’s not necessary? How pathetic.

    Looks like his arrest last year wasn’t a fluke after all. There’s a shock. As long as the left refuses to see these evil scumbags for what they are and continues to defend and justify their actions this will only get worse. It’s only a matter of time before one of these scumbags get lucky. Then the blood will be on the hands of the left just because they wanted to feel good about themselves. That’s why they deliberately ignore their words and actions. So they can say how non-racist they are and therefore superior. Well, I’m not willing to die for their egos.

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