Islamitische studenten VS blijken toch terroristen

september 3, 2007

De twee Amerikaanse studenten die vorige maand zijn aangehouden worden beschuldigd van terrorisme. Ahmed Mohamed en Youssef Megahed werden in augustus aangehouden tijdens het observeren van de marinebasis Naval Weapons Station Charleston. De mannen waren in het bezit van explosief materiaal dat door moslim belangenorganisatie CAIR werd afgedaan als vuurwerk.

Dat de Egyptische ingenieurstudenten niet de naïeve kinderen zijn zoals CAIR beweerde blijkt uit hun achtergrond. In Egypte is de 24-jarige Mohamed al eers gearresteerd in verband met terrorisme. Ook hij heeft toegegeven dat hij een video op Internet heeft gezet waarop hij uitlegt hoe je een autobom moet maken.

Two Egyptian students enrolled at the University of South Florida have been indicted for carrying explosive materials across states lines. One of the defendants also is charged with teaching the other how to use them for violent reasons.

Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, 24, an engineering graduate student and teaching assistant at the Tampa-based university, faces terrorism charges for teaching and demonstrating how to use the explosives.

According to officials familiar with the case, Mohamed has been arrested previously in Egypt on terrorism-related charges. He is said to have produced an Internet video showing how to build a remote-controlled car bomb.

Een woordvoerder van CAIR over de zaak


Islamitische belangenorganisatie ontevreden over justitie VS

augustus 22, 2007

De koepelorganisatie van islamitische organisaties in Amerika klaagt dat het Amerikaanse ministerie van justitie verantwoordelijk is voor de terugloop aan leden en financierders. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) wil hiervoor naar de rechter gaan, omdat justitie de organisatie beschuldigt van financiële steun aan terroristische organisaties.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) says it is suffering from a decline in membership and fundraising and blames the Justice Department for listing it as an unindicted co-conspirator in a case involving a charity accused of terrorist ties.

CAIR is asking a federal judge to strike it as one of the more than 300 Muslim groups listed as unindicted co-conspirators in the government’s case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which is currently on trial in Dallas.


Moslims aangehouden tijdens observeren marinebasis VS

augustus 9, 2007

Twee jonge moslims in het bezit van pipe bombs zijn aangehouden tijdens het observeren van de marinebasis Naval Weapons Station Charleston.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – Two men found with several pipe bombs in their car near a Navy base were charged Monday with possession of an explosive device, authorities said.

Ahmed Abda Sherf Mohamed, 24, and Yousef Samir Megahed, 21, admitted to having what they said were fireworks, Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt said.

Voordat details over de pipe bombs waren vrijgegeven begon een islamitische mensenrechtenorganisatie al te mekkeren dat de mannen aangehouden zijn omdat het moslims zijn.

Before details about the pipe bombs were released, the executive director of a civil rights organization for Muslims in Tampa criticized the arrest as racial profiling, an accusation South Carolina police denied.

Volgens CAIR – Council on American-Islamic Relations – hebben de mannen niets met terrorisme te maken. Als zij het zeggen moet het wel kloppen, want de organisatie wordt zelf verdacht van banden met terroristische organisaties.

“Definitely this is not related to terrorism,” said Ahmed Bedier of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“Had these been two good ol’ boys from South Carolina driving through and speeding — and even if they did have some fireworks — nobody would have been arrested,” Bedier said.

Wat de jongens daar precies deden met hun zelfgemaakte pipe bombs, gemaakt van spullen van de Wal-Mart, wisten ze zelf ook niet.

Officers became suspicious because the men quickly put away a laptop computer and couldn’t immediately say what they were doing in the area or where they were going, DeWitt said.

A deputy then found what he thought were explosives in the 2000 Toyota Camry and called the bomb squad. Technicians confirmed the devices were pipe bombs and destroyed them, according to sworn statements in the arrest warrants.

Hun profiel lijkt sterk op die van de kapers van 9/11

University spokesman Ken Gullette said Mohamed is a civil engineering graduate student who came to the school in January. He earned his undergraduate degree in Cairo and was in the country on a student visa.

Megahed, who has permanent resident status in the United States, is an undergraduate and has been at the university since 2004, but has not declared a major, Gullette said.

Neither has ever been arrested by campus police or disciplined by the university, Gullette said. Both were enrolled in classes this summer. Gullette said the university is cooperating with authorities.

If convicted of the felony charge, the men would face from two to 15 years in prison.

Bron: MSNBC