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Superseding Indictment Charges Two Men with Conspiring to Provide Material Support to...
Boston.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release ^ | June 17, 2010 | n/a

Posted on 06/21/2010 1:18:29 AM PDT by Cindy

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Superseding Indictment Charges Two Men with Conspiring to Provide Material Support to a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization

BOSTON, MA—Two men were charged today in a superseding indictment with one count each of conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division, announced today that TAREK MEHANNA, 27, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and AHMAD ABOUSAMRA, 28, who currently resides in Syria, were charged in a superseding indictment with one count each of conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. This charge is additional to the prior 10-count superseding indictment charging them with providing and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, conspiracy to provide false information to law enforcement, and a number of separate counts of false statements to law enforcement.

The superseding indictment alleges that, beginning in or about 2001 and continuing until in or about the date of the return of the superseding indictment, MEHANNA and ABOUSAMRA conspired with each other, and others, to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely al Qaeda, by agreeing with their co-conspirators to provide personnel, expert advice and assistance, services, and other assistance. According to the superseding indictment, MEHANNA and ABOUSAMRA committed numerous overt acts that they believed would further their objective to provide material support to al Qaeda.

MEHANNA was previously indicted in January 2009 for making false statements to members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with a terrorism investigation. On October 21, 2009, he was arrested on a Criminal Complaint and on November 5, 2009, he was charged in a superseding indictment and is currently being detained based on an order from the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts.

If convicted on the material support charges, MEHANNA and ABOUSAMRA each face up to 15 years’ imprisonment, to be followed by supervised release for any term of years up to life and a $250,000 fine, on each of the two counts. If convicted of conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, MEHANNA and ABOUSAMRA each face up to life imprisonment, to be followed by supervised release for any term of years up to life.

Two of the false statement counts alleged against MEHANNA and one alleged against ABOUSAMRA concern false statements in connection with a terrorism investigation; on those counts, the defendants face a maximum of eight years' imprisonment, to be followed by three years’ supervised release and a $250,000 fine on each count. The remaining false statement counts and the conspiracy to provide false information, each carry up to five years’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and involved officers and agents from a number of other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey Auerhahn and Aloke S. Chakravarty of Ortiz’s Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit.

The details contained in the superseding indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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1 posted on 06/21/2010 1:18:30 AM PDT by Cindy
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Boston.FBI.gov: Boston, MA - "SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT CHARGES TWO MEN WITH CONSPIRING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO A DESIGNATED FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION" (SNIPPET: "... TAREK MEHANNA, 27, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and AHMAD ABOUSAMRA, 28, who currently resides in Syria...") (June 17, 2010)
BOSTON.com: "NO BAIL FOR ALLEGED SUDBURY TERROR PLOTTER" by Shelley Murphy and Martin Finucane (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.") (November 18, 2009, 05:46 pm)
RevolutionMuslim.com: "1ST LETTER FROM TARIQ!!" ("19 November 2009 08:30 Revolution Muslim")

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THE JAWA REPORT - blog: "BOSTON BLOGGER ASSISTED AL QAEDA IN IRAQ" (November 13, 2009)

INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "GOVERNMENT'S PROFFER AND MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF DETENTION" (November 12, 2009)

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INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "THE 'FREE TARIQ MEHANNA' FACEBOOK GROUP" (October 30, 2009)

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INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "UNDERSTANDING TEREK MEHANNA" (SNIPPET: "What is important to understand about Terek Mehanna is how his online activities - operating his own website, translating key jihadi texts in to English, and distributing videos - were manifestations of his underlying ambition to eventually participate in real-world terrorism, an ambition which is amply demonstrated by the activities described in the criminal complaint against him.") (October 27, 2009)
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BOSTON HERALD.com: "TERROR SUSPECT A PHARMACIST, SON OF A PROFESSOR" by Jessica Van Sack and Laura Crimaldi (SNIPPET: "He also maintains a blog at iskandrani.wordpress.com, where he posts English translations of Web pages devoted to influential jihad advocates and spiritual patrons in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to an arrest affidavit. His online blog identity is Abu Sabaaya.") (October 21, 2009)
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LONG WAR JOURNAL.org: "THE GOVERNMENT'S ALLEGATIONS AGAINST TAREK MEHANNA" by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross (October 23, 2009, 10:20 pm)

TERRAPLEXIC.org/Current-Intelligence: "WHEN IDEOLOGUES (PLAN TO) ATTACK" by Marisa Urgo (SNIPPET: "Today, the FBI arrested for a second time Tarek Mehanna, a 27 year old Massachusetts man. This time Mehanna was arrested on various terrorism-related charges associated with a plot to attack shopping malls. Mehanna's plot appears to have been more "aspirational" rather than operational. However, the Mehanna arrest is significant, because he was a member of a prominent circle of young Salafist-Jihadists living in the United States. His blog was primarily dedicated to Salafist-Jihadist thought, and it was regularly linked back on by other members of the circle. Those members remain very active online, blogging and sharing jihadi media. They are for the most part the virtual epicenter of Salafist-Jihadism in the United States.") (October 22, 2009)
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Boston.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release: Boston - "MASSACHUSETTS MAN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO TERRORISTS" (SNIPPET: "...Terek Mehanna, 27...") (October 21, 2009)

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BOSTON HERALD.com: "BELTWAY SNIPER ALLEGED INSPIRATION FOR TERROR SUSPECT" by Laura Crimaldi and Laurel J. Sweet (October 21, 2009)

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DINAH LORD - blog: "More about Tarek Mehanna: Jihadi poet who "didn't go to Yemen to graze goats"." (October 21, 2009)

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THE JAWA REPORT - blog: "TERROR ARREST IN BOSTON (Updated, Bumped: Blogger Arrested)" -posted by Howie (October 21, 2009)

stepping back in time...THE JAWA REPORT - blog: "Arrested Blogger Identified: Tarek Mehanna" -posted by Rusty (November 12, 2008) (Updated October 21, 2009)

stepping back in time..."ANOTHER CYBERSPACE/MEATSPACE CONVERGENCE" (November 12, 2008)

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INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - IPT News: "TERROR CASES SHARE DESIRE TO KILL AMERICANS" (October 21, 2009)

2 posted on 06/21/2010 1:19:06 AM PDT by Cindy
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ON THE INTERNET:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/mehanna/index

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/abousamra/index


3 posted on 06/21/2010 1:24:23 AM PDT by Cindy
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www.facebook.com/notes/smy-lklyjy/an-interview-with-tariq-mehanna-may-allah-swt-prove-his-innocence-and-hasten-his/396127208733

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www.revolutionmuslim.com/2010/05/interview-with-tariq-mehanna-may-allah.html

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010

“An Interview with Tariq Mehanna (May Allah swt Prove his innocence and hasten his release without blame or charge, aameen.”

SNIPPET: “Transcribed and posted by Fajr at Islamic Awakening

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POSTED BY TALIBA AL-QURAN”


4 posted on 06/23/2010 7:19:22 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.telegram.com/article/20110804/NEWS/108049423/-1/NEWS04
Thursday, August 4, 2011

“Terror charges against former Worcester teacher allowed to stand
Judge rejects free speech bid”

By Denise Lavoie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON —

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.”


5 posted on 08/04/2011 3:27:28 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://articles.boston.com/2011-08-21/news/29912324_1_evidence-tarek-mehanna-terror

“Judge denies terror suspect’s attempt to suppress evidence”
August 21, 2011|By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff

SNIPPET: “A federal judge has denied a motion from a Sudbury man to suppress classified evidence obtained through a special surveillance program before his trial on terrorism-related charges, which is scheduled to begin in October.”

SNIPPET: “Officials do not have to show that the commission of a crime is imminent to obtain a FISA warrant for electronic surveillance.

Mehanna is facing charges that he conspired to provide material support to Al Qaeda and tried to join a terrorist training camp in Yemen, among other violations.”


6 posted on 09/01/2011 3:24:40 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2011/10/10/good_news_occupy_boston_holds_rally_for_accused_terrorist

“...’Occupy Boston’ Holds Rally for Accused Terrorist” by Guy Benson
(October 10, 2011)


7 posted on 10/10/2011 2:50:36 PM PDT by Cindy
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Previous thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2391905/posts

“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


8 posted on 10/22/2011 6:12:32 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.boston.com/yourtown/boston/fenway_kenmore/articles/2011/10/22/mass_man_goes_to_trial_on_us_terror_charges/

“Mass. man goes to trial on US terror charges”
By Denise Lavoie
AP Legal Affairs Writer / October 22, 2011

SNIPPET: “BOSTON—Prosecutors portray Tarek Mehanna as a terrorist in the making, a man who tried to help al-Qaida by promoting violent jihad online and traveling to Yemen to seek training in a terrorist camp.”


9 posted on 10/22/2011 6:13:43 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3254/prosecutors-say-mehanna-plotted-jihad

For The Record - The IPT Blog

“Prosecutors Say Mehanna Plotted Jihad”
by IPT News • Oct 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm

SNIPPET: “Opening statements began Thursday in the federal trial of a Massachusetts man charged with conspiring to help al-Qaida terrorists.

Tarek Mehanna “began translating jihad material … material that would encourage others to participate in jihad, which was itself a service to Al Qaeda,” federal prosecutor Aloke Chakravarty told the 16-member jury, the Boston Globe reported.

Chakravarty drew attention to an al-Qaida manual translated by Mehanna called “39 Ways to Make Jihad.”

“This is essentially training material to get ready to serve and participate in that fight,” Chakravarty said.

But defense lawyers claim Mehanna visited Yemen for religious purposes and his online jihadi activities are protected by the First Amendment as long as they do not involve a terrorist organization.”


10 posted on 10/28/2011 1:29:19 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/witness-says-suspect-wanted-to-fight-americans-in-iraq-hope-to-participate-in-jihad/2011/11/17/gIQANYeKVN_story.html

“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.”


11 posted on 11/18/2011 5:55:22 PM PST by Cindy
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Cindy.
TAREK MEHANNA, 27, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and AHMAD ABOUSAMRA, 28, who currently resides in Syria

12 posted on 11/19/2011 2:50:22 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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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...)
WASHINGTON POST.com (AP): Boston - "WITNESS SAYS SUSPECT WANTED TO FIGHT AMERICANS IN IRAQ, HOPE TO PARTICIPATE IN JIHAD" (November 17, 2011) (Read More...)

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13 posted on 11/21/2011 3:29:09 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/witness-in-massachusetts-mans-trial-describes-plan-to-get-training-at-overseas-terrorist-camp/2011/11/28/gIQApvib5N_story.html

“Witness in Mass. man’s trial says group discussed mall attack, shooting Ashcroft, Rice”

By Associated Press, Published: November 28

SNIPPET: “BOSTON — A former friend of a Massachusetts man accused of conspiring to help al-Qaida testified Monday that they traveled overseas with a third friend to try to get into a terrorist training camp.

Kareem Abu-zahra, testifying in the trial of Tarek Mehanna (TEH’-rek meh-HAH’-nah), said the men also discussed shooting people at a shopping mall, attacking an Air Force base and shooting prominent U.S. officials.”


14 posted on 11/29/2011 1:26:43 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.wowktv.com/story/16145494/ex-pal-terrorist-training-led-mass-man-to-yemen

“Ex-pal: Terrorist training led Mass. man to Yemen”

Posted: Nov 29, 2011 9:26 AM PST
Updated: Nov 29, 2011 12:36 PM PST
By DENISE LAVOIE
AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON (AP) -

SNIPPET: “Mehanna’s lawyers have repeatedly said that Mehanna went to Yemen because he wanted to find religious schools, not to seek training at a terrorist camp.

Abu-zahra, however, testified that he, Mehanna and Abousamra used religious study as a “cover story” to anyone who asked them about the trip, including their families and authorities who questioned them along the way or after the trip.”


15 posted on 11/30/2011 1:47:07 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3350/raising-money-for-lady-al-qaida

“Raising Money for ‘Lady Al-Qaida’”

IPT News
December 19, 2011

SNIPPET: “A Northeastern University Muslim chaplain, who also is a Roxbury, Mass. imam, hailed a terrorist convicted of attempting to murder Americans in Afghanistan as “brave,” while painting the United States as an oppressive nation of infidels.

“They say that she took up a machine gun while they held her captive in the other room and was ready to attack her captives. What a brave woman she is,” Abdullah Faaruuq said at a Dec. 8 fundraiser for Aafia Siddiqui.

Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist also known as “Lady al-Qaida,” is serving an 86-year prison sentence after being convicted of attempting to assault and murder American officers in Afghanistan. Prosecutors say she grabbed an Army officer’s M-4 rifle and fired it at another officer and other members of a U.S. interview team at an Afghan police compound in July 2008. She was originally detained by Afghan officials who found in her possession notes about a “mass casualty attack” in the United States, along with a list of New York landmarks.

The fundraiser, “In Support of our Sister, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui,” was held at the Islamic Center of Worcester. Speakers repeatedly cast her prosecution and conviction as unjust.”

SNIPPET: “In addition to lauding Siddiqui’s “bravery,” Faaruuq also condemned American soldiers, the very people who defend America, as “kafirs,” meaning infidels.

“And if my mother was in the same place,” he said, “she would have took (sic) her West Indian machete and cut her way through those kafirs.””

SNIPPET: “The presiding judge who reviewed all the evidence saw things differently. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said “significant incarceration” was called for because Siddiqui’s acts were premeditated. In his sentencing, he also noted anti-American statements witnesses said were made by Siddiqui while firing on the soldiers, like “I want to kill Americans” and “Death to America.”

It’s not the first time Faaruuq has engaged in violent rhetoric while standing up for Siddiqui. Charles Jacobs, president of the Boston-based Americans for Peace and Tolerance, wrote in October that Faaruuq sees cases like Siddiqui’s as part of an effort to target Muslims in America. Muslims should “grab onto the gun and the sword, go out and do your job” in response, Faaruuq said.

Faaruuq also is advocating for Tarek Mehanna, on trial in Boston for conspiring to support terrorists and to kill Americans in a foreign country.

Also coming to Siddiqui’s defense at the fundraiser was Imam Siraj Wahhaj of the Masjid Al-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, New York. Wahhaj has a history of defending convicted terrorists, listed as an unindicted co-conspirator and having served as a character witness for Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called “blind sheik,” convicted of conspiring to bomb the World Trade Center in 1993.”


16 posted on 12/19/2011 3:55:49 PM PST by Cindy
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www.fbi.gov/boston/press-releases/2011/massachusetts-man-convicted-on-terrorism-related-charges

Massachusetts Man Convicted on Terrorism-Related Charges

U.S. Attorney’s Office
December 20, 2011

District of Massachusetts

BOSTON—After 10 hours of deliberation, a federal jury has convicted a Sudbury, Mass., man of four terrorism-related charges and three charges related to providing false information to the government.

Tarek Mehanna, 29, faces up to life in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda; providing material support to terrorists (and conspiracy to do so); conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country; conspiracy to make false statements to the FBI and two counts of making false statements.

Carmen M. Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said, “Following weeks of testimony and evidence, a jury of Mr. Mehanna’s peers have rendered a just verdict of guilty. I want to commend the investigators and prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this case, and who also work day after day serving the interests of the public to ensure the integrity of our national security. Preventing a terrorist attack is our number one priority, and as a result of their hard work, a potential threat has been eliminated.”

“From his travel to Yemen to receive training to kill American soldiers to his material support for terrorism at home, Mr. Mehanna’s efforts to use and support violence followed no pre-defined path and knew no bounds,” said Richard DesLauriers, the Special Agent in Charge of the Boston FBI. “The FBI has a clarion mission to investigate all potential threats to the United States in order to protect our community from harm. The FBI fulfilled its most important mission by stopping Mehanna’s conspiracy to support terrorism, the goal of which was an unlawful affront to our nation’s cherished ideal of peaceful dissent.”

“Although each of the various state, local and federal agencies of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force worked together to thwart Mr. Mehanna’s terrorist activities, I’d like to recognize the Lowell Police Department, which played a particularly important role in the investigation. Working together, our community and nation should be proud of the Joint Terrorism Task Force’s effort to detect, deter and prevent homegrown violent extremists like Mr. Mehanna and others who seek to use violence, rather than democratic means, to achieve their political or social goals.”

During the course of the nearly eight week trial, the jurors heard testimony that Mehanna and co-conspirators discussed their desire to participate in violent jihad against American interests, and talked about fighting jihad and their desire to die on the battlefield. The co-conspirators attempted to radicalize others and inspire each other by, among other things, watching and distributing jihadi videos. Mehanna and two of his associates traveled to the Middle East in February 2004, seeking military-type training at a terrorist training camp that would prepare them for armed jihad against U.S. interests, including U.S. and allied forces in Iraq. One of Mehanna’s co-conspirators made two similar trips to Pakistan in 2002.

After returning to the United States, Mehanna continued his efforts to provide material support by, among other things, translating and posting on the internet al Qaeda recruitment videos and other documents.

In December 2006, Mehanna was interviewed by federal authorities regarding a trip by Mehanna, Abousamra and another individual, to Yemen in 2004. During that interview, Mehanna provided false information and made fraudulent and fictitious statements about the purpose of that trip and his relationship with coconspirator Daniel Joseph Maldonado, aka Daniel Aljughaifi. Mehanna lied to the FBI concerning where Maldonado was living at the time and what Maldonado was doing. Just a few days prior to the FBI interview, Mehanna received a call from Maldonado, who was in Somalia receiving military-type training for jihad. Mehanna admitted in recorded conversations, that he had lied to the FBI about Maldonado’s whereabouts and training in Somalia. Mehanna also lied to the FBI concerning his trip to Yemen in 2004. Mehanna did, in fact, go to Yemen with Abousamra and another individual to conduct, and to subsequently engage in, jihad.

In 2007, Maldonado pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Texas, admitting that he had traveled from Houston to Africa in November 2005 and then on to Somalia in December 2006 to join the Islamic Courts Union and elements of al-Qaida to fight “jihad” against the Transitional Federal Government to establish an independent Islamic State in Somalia. Maldonado was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the maximum statutory penalty for receiving military training from a terrorist organization.

Mehanna faces up to life in prison on the charge of conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, up to 15 years in prison on the charges of providing material support and conspiring to do so, up to eight years in prison on each of the charges of making false statement, and up to three years on the charge of conspiracy to make false statements. All counts carry up to three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) members: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs Border Protection, the Massachusetts State Police and the Lowell Police Department, in addition to other members of the FBI’s JTTF. The JTTF includes officers and agents from a number of other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey Auerhahn and Aloke S. Chakravarty of Ortiz’s Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit and Jeffrey Groharing, Trial Attorney with the Department’s National Security and Counter Terrorism Section.


17 posted on 12/21/2011 4:28:19 AM PST by Cindy
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http://forum.internet-haganah.com/showthread.php?449

“Tarek Mehanna found guilty on all counts”
(December 20, 2011


18 posted on 12/21/2011 4:34:11 AM PST by Cindy
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ON THE INTERNET:

www.box.com/shared/sjzamx000x


19 posted on 12/21/2011 4:35:24 AM PST by Cindy
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stepping back in time...

http://internet-haganah.com/harchives/006439.html

12 November 2008
“Another cyberspace/meatspace convergence”


20 posted on 12/21/2011 4:37:06 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3351/massachusetts-man-convicted-of-terror-support

For The Record - The IPT Blog

“Massachusetts Man Convicted of Terror Support”
by IPT News • Dec 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm

SNIPPET: “A federal jury on Tuesday found Massachusetts resident Tarek Mehanna guilty on all counts in the latest homegrown terrorism conviction.

Mehanna was convicted of four terror-related charges and three charges of lying to authorities. The charges include conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaida, providing material support to terrorists (and conspiracy to do so), conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, conspiracy to make false statements to the FBI, and two counts of making false statements.

Prosecutors say that Mehanna and two friends traveled to Yemen in 2004 to train at a terrorist camp with the ultimate goal of fighting U.S. soldiers in Iraq. After failing to find a camp, Mehanna returned to the United States where he launched his own al-Qaida “media wing,” translating and distributing online publications endorsing violent jihad.

“From his travel to Yemen to receive training to kill American soldiers to his material support for terrorism at home, Mr. Mehanna’s efforts to use and support violence followed no pre-defined path and knew no bounds,” said Boston FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers.

Mehanna’s father, Ahmed, said he was “stunned” by the verdict, which he saw as “political.””


21 posted on 12/21/2011 4:39:33 AM PST by Cindy
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Document:
http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/case_docs/1951.pdf

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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3528/prosecutors-want-25-years-for-al-qaida-supporter

For The Record - The IPT Blog  

“Prosecutors Want 25 Years for Al-Qaida Supporter”
Apr 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

SNIPPET: “A Massachusetts resident convicted on all counts in a homegrown terrorism conviction should serve 25 years in prison, prosecutors argue in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday.

Tarek Mehanna was convicted in December on charges related to terrorism and lying to federal authorities.”


22 posted on 04/12/2012 12:47:50 AM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks for the update.
BUMP for good freeping.


23 posted on 04/12/2012 12:50:33 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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Thank you Lancey Howard and you’re welcome.


24 posted on 04/12/2012 12:58:11 AM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/boston/press-releases/2012/tarek-mehanna-sentenced-in-boston-to-17-years-in-prison-on-terrorism-related-charges

Tarek Mehanna Sentenced in Boston to 17 Years in Prison on Terrorism-Related Charges

U.S. Attorney’s Office
April 12, 2012

District of Massachusetts

BOSTON—A Sudbury, Massachusetts man who was convicted last year on charges that he conspired to kill Americans was sentenced today to 17.5 years in federal prison.

Following a two-hour hearing in U.S. District Court in Boston, Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. sentenced Tarek Mehanna, 29, to 210 months, to be followed by seven years of supervised release. In December 2011, Mehanna was convicted by a jury, after 10 hours of deliberation, of four terrorism-related charges and three charges related to providing false information to the government.

Following an eight-week trial, Mehanna was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to al Qaeda, providing material support to terrorists (and conspiracy to do so), conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, conspiracy to make false statements to the FBI, and two counts of making false statements.

According to testimony at trial, Mehanna and co-conspirators discussed their desire to participate in violent jihad against American interests and their desire to die on the battlefield. The co-conspirators attempted to radicalize others and inspire each other by, among other things, watching and distributing jihadi videos. Mehanna and two of his associates traveled to the Middle East in 2004, seeking military-type training at a terrorist training camp that would prepare them for armed jihad against U.S. interests, including U.S. and allied forces in Iraq. One of Mehanna’s co-conspirators made two similar trips to Pakistan in 2002.

After returning to the United States, Mehanna continued his efforts to provide material support by, among other things, translating and posting on the Internet al Qaeda recruitment videos and other documents.

In December 2006, Mehanna was interviewed by federal authorities regarding a trip by Mehanna, Ahmad Abousamra, and another individual to Yemen in 2004. During that interview, Mehanna provided false information and made fraudulent and fictitious statements about the purpose of that trip and his relationship with co-conspirator Daniel Joseph Maldonado, aka Daniel Aljughaifi. Mehanna lied to the FBI concerning where Maldonado was living at the time and what Maldonado was doing. Just a few days prior to the FBI interview, Mehanna received a call from Maldonado, who was in Somalia receiving military-type training for jihad. Mehanna admitted in recorded conversations that he had lied to the FBI about Maldonado’s whereabouts and training in Somalia. Mehanna also lied to the FBI concerning his trip to Yemen in 2004. Mehanna did, in fact, go to Yemen with Abousamra and another individual to conduct, and to subsequently engage in, jihad.

In 2007, Maldonado pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Texas, admitting that he had traveled from Houston to Africa in November 2005 and then on to Somalia in December 2006 to join the Islamic Courts Union and elements of al-Qaida to fight against the Transitional Federal Government to establish an independent Islamic State in Somalia. Maldonado was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the maximum statutory penalty for receiving military training from a terrorist organization.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) members: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs Border Protection, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department, in addition to other members of the FBI’s JTTF. The JTTF includes officers and agents from a number of other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey Auerhahn and Aloke S. Chakravarty of the Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts and by Jeffrey Groharing, Trial Attorney with the Justice Department’s National Security Division.


25 posted on 04/13/2012 12:51:56 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3529/convicted-al-qaida-plotter-sentenced-to-17-years

For The Record - The IPT Blog

“Convicted Al-Qaida Plotter Sentenced to 17 Years”

by IPT News • Apr 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

SNIPPET: “A federal judge in Boston sentenced a Massachusetts man to 17 ½ years in prison Thursday for conspiring to aid al-Qaida terrorists.

Tarek Mehanna was convicted in December on charges related to a plot to kill U.S. soldiers overseas. Mehanna and two co-conspirators traveled to Yemen in 2004 to seek training in a terrorist camp with the goal of plotting jihad against American troops stationed in Iraq. After failing to find a camp, Mehanna and others returned to the United States to plot attacks within the United States including randomly shooting people in a shopping mall. Mehanna also launched his own online al-Qaida “media wing” to translate and distribute publications by the terrorist group.

Prosecutors sought a 25-year sentence in a memorandum filed Tuesday. A lengthy sentence would act as a deterrent to jihadi wannabes seeking to imitate Mehanna’s actions, they argued, including traveling overseas to obtain terrorist training as well as using the Internet to publicize al-Qaida’s violent message.

Mehanna “continues to have no respect for American law and would reoffend if given a chance” they argued “A lengthy prison sentence and period of supervised release is needed to ensure that he does not get that opportunity.”

Mehanna’s attorneys say he visited Yemen for religious purposes and his online jihadi activities were protected by the First Amendment.”


26 posted on 04/13/2012 12:57:39 AM PDT by Cindy
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Previous thread:

Quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2391905/posts

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 ...


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...and now a look at the media spin:

www.lawfareblog.com/2012/04/david-cole-on-tarek-mehanna

“David Cole on Tarek Mehanna”
By Benjamin Wittes
Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:23 PM

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www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/apr/19/39-ways-limit-free-speech/

“39 Ways to Limit Free Speech”
by David Cole
April 19, 2012


28 posted on 04/20/2012 12:22:09 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/topics/52/muslim-public-affairs-council-mpac

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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3544/mpac-reposts-pro-terrorist-article

“MPAC Reposts Pro-Terrorist Article”

IPT News
April 19, 2012

SNIPPET: “The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) reposted an article Wednesday suggesting that convicted terrorist Tarek Mehanna was just exercising his freedom of speech, and that Muslims have a right to kill American forces in Iraq. The article, linked from MPAC’s Facebook page and Twitter feed, echoes dozens of previous statements by the group, which has a history of rejecting terrorism convictions, justifying terrorist acts, and accusing America of fighting a politically-motivated campaign against Islam.”


29 posted on 04/21/2012 1:20:59 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3681/cair-chicago-false-terror-equivalence

For The Record - The IPT Blog

“CAIR Chicago’s False Terror Equivalence”

by IPT News • Jul 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

SNIPPET: “The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago chapter defended convicted terrorist Tarek Mehanna Tuesday, arguing his actions in a plot to kill American troops are akin to a report of American military training for a radical Iranian opposition group.

Mehanna was sentenced in April to 17½ years in federal prison after being convicted of conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida, conspiracy to murder in a foreign country, lying to the FBI and providing material support to terrorists. The charges stem from a plot to kill American soldiers overseas.

To CAIR-Chicago, it’s another example of law enforcement’s unjust treatment of American Muslims, In an article by an intern posted on its website and distributed to its email list, CAIR cast Mehanna as a victim of FBI surveillance and harassment who was simply exercising his right of free speech.

He launched his own al-Qaida “media wing” espousing violent jihad and published translations of al-Qaida materials including 39 Ways to Serve and Participate in Jihad and the Expedition of Umar Hadid.

“So were Mehanna’s online posts ‘material support for terrorism’ or was he just using his first amendment right to voice his opinions?” the article asks. “Mehanna was sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison, and it’s suspect that his being Muslim had something to do with his indictment.”

To accept the argument would mean the jury and presiding judge were duped.”


30 posted on 07/21/2012 4:52:44 AM PDT by Cindy
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Quote:

twitter.com/intelwire/status/262732486012964864

J.M. Berger
@intelwire

The Boston Anarchist Book Fair Nov 9-11 will feature a workshop unironically celebrating Tarek Mehanna.

RETWEETS
6:48 PM - 28 Oct 12


31 posted on 10/29/2012 1:18:41 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.lawfareblog.com/2013/04/peter-margulies-on-the-mehanna-briefing/

HARD NATIONAL SECURITY CHOICES

“Peter Margulies on the Mehanna Briefing”
By Benjamin Wittes
Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

SNIPPET: “Peter Margulies of Roger Williams School of Law writes in with the following thoughts on the First Circuit briefing in the Tarek Mehanna appeal:”


32 posted on 04/10/2013 3:02:41 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/11/13/tarek-mehanna-terror-convictions-upheld-federal-appeals-court/s3YH8zd3Bl9x5PKunIE1QN/story.html

“Tarek Mehanna terror convictions upheld by federal appeals court”

By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff


33 posted on 11/13/2013 4:05:26 PM PST by Cindy
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