March 16, 2009, - 1:26 pm
Extremist Makeover: “Terrorist-Beard-B-Gone” Arrives Just in Time for Smiling Terrorist Megahed Trial
By Debbie Schlussel
Tomorrow, the federal trial begins for one half of the Smiling Terrorist “Just Fireworks” duo, Youssef Megahed.
And just in time for the trial, Megahed shaved off his extremist Muslim facial hair. Yup, the beard is gone, as noted by Tampa Bay radio personality Dan York, who–in the spirit of TV infomercialdom’s Billy Mays–calls it
“Terrorist Beard B Gone” . . . Shave it and forget it!
I hope that bumbling federal prosecutors–who are on the way to losing this trial and were dying for Megahed to take a plea deal–point this out. But, don’t worry, they won’t. As you can see, Muhajid Megahed looks a whole lot less menacing without his Islamic facial hair.
As you’ll recall, Megahed (which is the Egyptian pronunciation of Mujahid–or jihadist/jihad warrior) and Ahmed Mohammed–both Islamic foreign student aliens at the University of South Florida–were stopped for speeding by South Carolina Deputy Sheriff Lamar Blakely, back in August 2007, who noticed that they had pipe bombs in their trunk. They repeatedly lied and changed their stories, alternately claiming the pipe bombs were “just fireworks,” and that they planned to grill at the beach. This, despite the fact that they could not name a beach and were driving out of the way.
As it later turned out, the duo lived at a home once owned by Islamic Jihad terrorist group founder and American front man Sami Al-Arian, posted videos on YouTube instructing how to turn remote control toys into bombs on airplanes and practiced shooting guns at a gun range, in violation of their student visas. As it also turned out, a fellow Muslim shooting buddy of theirs–Karim Moussaoui, who was apparently working with them–was caught in New York City, trying to flee the country and was engaged in a sham marriage to an American woman with whom he never lived.
But, hey, given all this, I’m sure they’re just innocent, regular guys, and we’re just prejudiced against Muslim people.
Let’s hope that we don’t have an O.J.-style jury in this case that thinks that way.
But don’t hold your breath. I predict the feds will lose this. They have a terrible track record in prosecuting terrorists, not because they don’t have good cases, but because they’re not good prosecutors. But, hey, at least they’re consistent. . . consistent losers.
Sadly, with that, so is America’s national security.
By the way, Osama Bin Laden, too, would look a whole lot less menacing to a jury minus his beard.
In case you forgot, the other half of the “Just Fireworks” Smiling Terrorists, Ahmed Mohamed, pleaded guilty last year. So desperate were the feds not to try and lose the case against him that they gave him a plea deal that did not require the normal “cooperation with prosecution” in the Megahed case.