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News :: International : Politics : Race : War and Militarism
FBI Arrests Sudbury Man for Being a Muslim
23 Oct 2009
Tariq Mehanna, of Sudbury, MA, was arrested Wednesday by the FBI in connection with alleged terrorist plots. This is not the first time he has been harassed by the FBI (Mehanna was arrested in 2008 and later released due to lack of real evidence). Mehanna is a devout Muslim and a highly respected figure in his community.
Tariq Mehanna, of Sudbury, MA, was arrested Wednesday by the FBI in connection with alleged terrorist plots. Mehanna is accused of being part of a terrorist plot to kill people at shopping centers. No evidence of the plot, let alone Mehanna's alleged involvement, has been presented. Corporate media reports have been conflicting, with some claiming that Mehanna had attended training camps in predominantly Muslim countries, but others saying that he had been rejected from such camps. No evidence has been shown for either claim.

Mehanna's arrest appears to be connected to the "beauty supply bomb" plot. A man named Najibullah Zazi and others were arrested on suspicion of making a bomb. The "evidence" cited was Zazi's purchase of peroxide at a Denver beauty supply store. No actual bomb was found. Zazi's arrest came shortly after General Stanley McChrystal's request to President Obama to send at least 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan and as anti-war protests were being held across the country. Zazi is an Afghani immigrant.

In June 2006, the FBI arrested six men in Miami and accused them of plotting to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago. It later emerged that the equipment, vehicles, cell phones and even boots used by the plotters had all been supplied by the FBI through an informant in the group. Many commentators concluded that the six had been entrapped by the FBI to build domestic support for the so-called war on terror. Five of the men were finally convicted on some counts in May of this year, after two mistrials. The sixth was acquitted on all counts.

The following statement was released by supporters of Mehanna.

Tariq Mehanna is a 27 year old Muslim Egyptian American born and raised in the United States. Highly educated, Tariq holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He is a devout and tolerant Muslim who is not
only respected in the local Islamic and interfaith communities, but who also gives back to his Islamic community by fulfilling the roles of brother, educator, mentor, scholar, and friend.

Tariq is described by those who know him well as humble, reserved, warm, peaceful, intelligent, knowledgeable, reflective, pragmatic, dedicated, and straightforward. He is a person with strong ethical values who refuses to compromise on them regardless of the circumstances. It is unfortunate then that this customarily admirable trait plays a role in his current situation.

Several years ago, the Boston FBI began to approach Tariq. They recognized that he was a religious Muslim who was active in the local Islamic community, had earned the respect of many, and was beloved to the youth. The FBI recognized in Tariq an individual who is intelligent, charismatic, influential and trusted by many in the local Islamic community.

They decided that they wanted Tariq on their side, and began to approach him in an effort to recruit him as an informant. Their objective was to secure Tariq as a tool to corroborate any FBI claims or accusations against members of the community that
might arise, at the discretion of the FBI. Of course, Tariq flat out refused to backstab his fellow Muslim brothers and sisters, a decision that did not sit well at all with the FBI.

The FBI then proceeded to repeatedly approach Tariq over the coming months, each time pressuring him more and more to collaborate with them. This pressure most often came in the form of blackmail; Tariq was told that unless he consented to
cooperating with the FBI, they would continue finding new ways to disrupt his life and to deprive him of a sense of security. He was told outright by interrogators that they knew he was innocent, but that they would not be satisfied with his refusal to cooperate.

Regardless of whether their methods were unethical, coercive, or failed to respect his civil rights, the FBI were quite fortunate in catching an opportunity to arrest Tariq in 2008 based on a weak accusation of issuing "false statements" to a federal
officer. After two months of imprisonment, his court-appointed attorney, Jay Carney, Jr., was able to negotiate a bail settlement of $1,250,000. Tariq was subsequently released after this absurdly inflated amount was paid by his parents, who were desperate to have him return home safely.

Tariq did return home for nearly a year, living a quiet life, restricted by a court-ordered curfew, and monitored by FBI investigators. In the meantime, the case against him, based on "false testimony" charges, began to stagnate, and court dates
were far and in between with no advances made by the FBI. Over time, the Mehanna family began to finally feel a sense of restored normalcy and stability in their lives.

This feeling was suddenly and violently shattered during the far hours of September 21st, 2009, when FBI agents showed up at the Mehanna home doorstep at 5:00 AM. Despite the lack of ANY new evidence since the prior arrest, the agents
came with an arrest warrant. According to Dr. Ahmed Mehanna, Tariq's father, the agents were visibly excited and enthusiastic about their invasion of the Mehanna private household and the seizure and arrest of Tariq.

The situation facing Tariq now is one where his second arrest means that there is no chance for bail. Tariq is currently incarcerated at the Plymouth Correctional Facility, where he is expected to remain for the several year duration of a new
trial based on outright FALSE AND LUDICROUS accusations of aiding and abetting terrorism. He currently faces LIFE IN PRISON if convicted guilty in a trial by grand jury. We must offer our greatest support and most dedicated effort if there is to be hope of Tariq's release.

Thank you for taking the time to read this history, and we are confident that you will share our knowledge of Tariq's innocence. In addition, it is our sincere hope that the United States justice system remain true to its "innocent until proven
guilty" origins, and for Tariq to receive a fair and just trial.

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Tareq Mehanna was arrested for aiding and abetting terror
24 Oct 2009
Man accused in Boston terror plot is son of former Muslim American Society leaderSo reads the headline on Americans for Peace and Tolerance's fact sheet on the recent Boston-area terror arrests:

Father moves out of town weeks after son questioned by the FBI

•Media reports on the Boston terror arrest have named three individuals as conspirators in the plot to machine gun people in shopping malls and kill American officials.Two, Daniel Maldonado and Tareq Mehanna, are in custody. The third, however, Ahmad Abousamra, escaped to Syria after being questioned by the FBI in 2006.
•According to the complaint, it was Abousamra who introduced Maldonado and Mehanna to each other during an afternoon of watching "jihad videos" in which Islamic terrorists killed and mutilated American soldiers...
•...Ahmad Abousamra is the oldest son of Abdul-Badi Abousamra, former vice president of the Boston branch of the Muslim American Society, which operates the largest Islamic center in the Northeast. The MAS has branches in 34 cities within 23 states.
•The Muslim American Society, according to Federal prosecutors, "was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America." The Muslim Brotherhood is considered to be the first truly modern Islamic supremacist movement. As such, it has spawned or aided most of the Islamic terrorist organizations functioning around the globe today, including Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Lashkar-e-Taibah.
•In December of 2006, Abdul-Badi Abousamra suddenly left Boston and moved to Detroit, just weeks after his son was questioned by the FBI.
•In the 1990s, Abdul-Badi Abousamra became the president of the Islamic Center of New England (ICNE)...
There's a lot more there in very readable bullet-point format. There are ties to various local Islamic groups, other Imams deported for immigration fraud and ties to Pakistani terror group Laskar-e-Taibah.

This all connects together (sometimes obliquely, but still in a very real way) with these other local issues, like the Immigration Imams. This is a tangled web, as we've been remarking for some time.

Miss Kelly is doing her usual thorough examination of the goings on, and she has the following posts that are well worth clicking through: Feds Arrest Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury, Reading Between the Lines - FBI Affadavit on Tarek Mehenna (lots of good detail there), and Mehanna Timeline / Boston Globe Notices Abousamra.

At PJM, Rusty Shackleford tries to answer the question of what's a nice kid like this doing plotting such horrible things? Boston Terror Suspect: Just Another 'Typical American Kid' with Terror Aspirations - "An exclusive report on the recent arrest of American Tarek Mehanna and the author's online monitoring of his jihadist activities..."