August 7, 2007, - 5:13 pm
Megahed UPDATE–FBI: “Just Fireworks” Terrorists Who Are “Not Linked to Terrorism” Are Actually Terrorists
By Debbie Schlussel
Forget Megadeath. Meet the real Megadeath: Megahed. Here’s the latest on the Smiling Mugshot “Just Fireworks” Muslim Terrorists, Ahmed Abda Sherif Mohamed and Yousef Samir Megahed:
* They did NOT have “just fireworks.” They had PIPE BOMBS. What were they going to do with them just 7 miles from a Naval installation (where nuclear material is stored AND enemy combatants/terrorists are held)?
* What was on their laptop, also seized by police? Which terrorist group’s stuff is on it?
* Remember the FBI Richard Kolko chorus?:
There’s no (terrorism link). . . . We don’t think there’s that much to it.
That was on Sunday. Well, also on Sunday, the FBI told the two men’s neighbor that they are TERRORISTS, after all. Hello . . .? Terrorists “not linked to terror,” indeed. Chalk up this tremendous catch to alert deputy sheriffs in a South Carolina’s Berkeley County, NOT the Famous But Incompetent PC Keystone Koppery run out of the J. Edgar Hoover Building. Which terrorist group is it? My thoughts: HAMAS/Islamic Jihad, Al-Qaeda, or Hezbollah. Likely one of the first two, since they are from countries where Shi’ites are in the vast minority and since University of Sami’s Friends, er . . . South Florida, attracts Sunni terrorist plotters.
* The Smiling Mugshot “Just Fireworks” Terrorists already have a lawyer, Dennis James Rhoad, who has his own problems. He was charged with coke possession and, for a time, suspended from the practice of law in South Carolina. (Thanks to reader William for the tip.)
More interesting, scary stuff on the terrorist duo and the University of South Florida, from Tampa Bay’s 10 News (thanks to reader Duane for the tip):
When 24-year-old Ahmed Mohamed and 21-year-old Yousef Megahed appeared in court, there was no question in the prosecutor’s mind what this was all about. She says Mohamed was in possession of pipe bombs and materials that could have been made to make more bombs.
Sherri Jackson who was Megahed’s neighbor until March says FBI agents told her they were terrorists.
Jackson says the FBI came to question her Sunday.
Jackson says things seemed suspicious
She says she saw lot of traffic, a lot of people going back and forth, oxygen tanks being delivered UPS and Fed Ex deliveries and a lot going on.
Former FBI agent and terrorist expert Oscar Westerfield if they are terrorist the FBI must find out who is involved in this thing and how far does it go.
Westerfield says much investigation has to be done, but he is concerned that the car was stopped with explosives 7 miles from a naval base that housed detainees, adding it doesn’t look good. . . .
Sherri Jackson is positive of one thing, her former neighbor left as if he didn’t want to be found.
Jackson says they left in a hurry. She adds when they moved in they never looked like they were settled instead they looked like they could be gone in five minutes.
And these arrests focus attention on the University of South Florida which is the former employer of one of the founders of the terrorist organization, The Palestinian Islamic Jihad as well as Professor Sami Al-Arian who was convicted for conspiracy for helping that organization. And now once again USF is under the microscope. [DS: AND also Mana Saleh Almanajam and Shaker Mohsen Alsidran, the two Saudi students who boarded a schoolbus of children in Tampa as a dry run, were also students at USF.]
USF spokesman Ken Gullette says to focus on things like that is grossly unfair. [DS: Not Really.]
It may seem unfair to the university, but the arrests make it a fact USF will have to live with again.
USF bristles at the thought it could be a hot bed of terrorist activity, but in the 90’s the FBI warned the university that problems were brewing and our sources say the University didn’t want to hear it.
Hey FBI, you got shone up by the far smarter, far competent sheriff’s deputies of Berkeley County, South Carolina.
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