August 31, 2007, - 1:57 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
So much for the FBI warnings that University of Sami’s (Al-Arian) Friends a/k/a University of South Florida students Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed and Youssef Samir Megahed–the Smiling Mugshot “Just Fireworks” Muslim terrorists–were not terrorists.
A Federal Grand Jury says they are, and indicted them:
Two Egyptian students at the University of
South Florida who were arrested in South Carolina have been
indicted on federal charges for carrying explosives across states
One of the men also is charged with teaching the other how to
use the material for violent reasons.
Twenty-four-year-old Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed faces terrorism charges for teaching and demonstrating how to use the explosives.
So, FBI, what say you? We already know what CAIR will say.
And by the way, while the FBI is now taking the credit, it really belongs to the Sheriffs Deputies in South Carolina, upon whom the FBI cast doubt. They were proven correct, and hopefully will be further vindicated with a conviction, which is another hurdle.
More here — they tested the explosives at a storage facility, it appears:
Two Egyptian students at the University of South Florida were indicted Friday for carrying explosive materials across states lines and one of them was 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.
He and Youssef Samir Megahed, 21, an engineering student, were stopped for speeding August 4 in Goose Creek, South Carolina, where they have been held on state charges.
The two men were stopped with pipe bombs in their car near a Navy base in South Carolina where enemy combatants have been held. They were held on state charges while the FBI continued to investigate whether there was a terrorism link.
Mohamed was charged with distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction, which is a terrorism-related statute, a Justice Department official said. The crime carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.
He and Megahed both face with charges of transporting explosives in interstate commerce without permits, which carries a 10-year prison penalty. Their defense attorney, Andy Savage, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The indictment was handed up in Tampa, Florida.
In South Carolina, where Mohamed and Megahed have been held in the Berkeley County jail, U.S. Attorney Reginald I. Lloyd praised state and federal authorities for cooperating in the four-week investigation that initially did not look like a terrorism case. [DS: The FBI deserves no praise. They deserve disdain for questioning the deputies' case.]
“The arresting deputy’s vigilance and the immediate response of our local investigators and prosecutors are highly commendable,” Lloyd said in a statement.
Since the August 4 arrest, authorities sought to determine whether Mohamed and Megahed were fledgling terrorists or merely college students headed to the beach with devices made from fireworks they bought at Wal-Mart in their car, as they claimed. The local sheriff in South Carolina said the explosives were “other than fireworks.”
The charges follow several searches in Tampa, including of a storage facility and a park where the explosives might have been tested, authorities said.
Hopefully, the Justice Department doesn’t screw it up at trial, as it has a track record of doing at trial.
3-2-1. CAIR’s legal defense fund for these two starts now.
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