October 21, 2009, - 1:19 pm

Tarek Mehanna, Yet Another Privileged, Homegrown Islamic Terrorist

By Debbie Schlussel

But, wait, I thought American Muslims were supposed to be more moderate.  I thought they were supposed to be different from the 19 hijackers on 9/11, that they hijacked their religion.  I thought that only poor Muslims–who don’t have economic opportunities and are deprived and, therefore, angry–are the ones who want to commit terrorist acts.  Well, as you know, I didn’t believe any of this conventional baloney.


Tarek Mehanna is yet another example of how Islam and its inclination to destroy us knows no borders or nationalities or socio-economic strata.  And how it’s not “them” hijacking the religion, but rather, the religion hijacking them.

Read the federal criminal complaint against Mehanna.

Mehanna is a U.S. citizen, college grad, and from a wealthy Boston-area Muslim-American family. Oh, and he was such a loyal American that this Muslim took joy in repeatedly watching video of an American soldier being mutilated to death in Iraq.

A man living in suburban Boston was arrested on Wednesday on federal terrorism charges after the authorities said he had conspired with others to attack people at a shopping mall in the United States, and to attack two members of the executive branch of the federal government.

Remember when Muslims immigrant Sulejman Talovic murdered several people execution-style at a Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square mall on the eve of Valentine’s Day?

We were told by authorities that it “wasn’t terrorism.” Uh-huh.

Boston investigators arrested Tarek Mehanna, 27, on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. The conspiracy occurred between 2001 and 2008, said acting United States attorney Michael K. Loucks at a news conference in Boston on Wednesday.

Mr. Loucks said Mr. Mehanna had conspired with others — including Ahmad Abousamra, who has fled to Syria — and had “multiple conversations” to carry out attacks in and outside of the United States.

“The conversations went so far as to discuss the logistics of a mall attack including coordination, weapons needed and the possibility of attacking emergency responders,” Mr. Loucks said, with plans to “randomly shoot people” in a mall, coming from different entrances.

However, Mr. Loucks said, Mr. Mehanna, a United States citizen, could not obtain weapons to carry out the attack. . . .

In May 2008, Mr. Mehanna graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, where his father is a professor of medicinal chemistry. Mr. Mehanna has been living with his parents in the affluent Boston suburb of Sudbury, Mass. He was out on bail from an earlier arrest, in November 2008, at Logan airport, when he was charged with lying to federal investigators in a 2006 interview about a friend and suspected terrorist, Daniel Maldonado.

Prosecutors said Mr. Mehanna lied about his contact with him and where Mr. Maldonado was living at the time. Mr. Mehanna, prosecutors said, had sought to obtain automatic weapons from him. But Mr. Maldonado, a native of Massachusetts and a convert to Islam, has since been imprisoned and serving a 10-year sentence for training with Al Qaida in Somalia.

The new complaint against Mr. Mehanna also states that he and his associates traveled to Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, seeking training from various terrorist groups to fight against American soldiers. But the groups rejected their efforts to join them.

To fuel their fervor for jihad activities, the complaint states that Mr. Mehanna and his associates obtained, watched and distributed videos of an attack in Iraq and of a mutilation of an American soldier.

Yes, let’s hear it for those moderate upper-class loyal American Muslims. Tarek Mehanna is Exhibit A.

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An American Muslim goes “native” and dreams up plans to gun down fellow Americans in a shopping mall. And we’re told he’s too American to contemplate harming us.

Until the Feds discovered it wasn’t an inhibition at all. We gotta ask… how many Tarek Mehannas are out there? Just because he got caught doesn’t mean it will happen to others. And another terrorist attack on US soil is just a matter of time.

America… desperate but not serious about fighting terror.

NormanF on October 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm

All those caught doing the same should chraged with attempted first degree murder.

ward on October 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm

All those caught doing the same should be charged with attempted first degree murder.

ward on October 21, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Sadly, the sooner these people start their mass killings the better for the rest of us. Maybe, just maybe then the American people will wake up and revolt against the usurper and all his Marxist friends who are intent on destroying this country.
Until such time nothing will be done to protect the American public. This country will continue importing more and more of these barbarians until it is too late to do anythnig about it.

wolf2012 on October 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm


Bob Porrazzo on October 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Don’t worry Wolf,,, sooner or later one of these muzzy scumbags will do a Belsan and everybody will be shocked that a muzzy could do such a thing, well when the tide turns, it will be bloody, and retribution will be swift and brutal. It will start in Europe first and very quickly spread here and my friends you can take that to the bank.

Drakken on October 21, 2009 at 5:03 pm

To all so called moderate muslems! Get off your a$$ turn in these scum! run them out! Report them! If you do nothing, Then you are just as guilty as the murderous scum trying to kill people. The backlash against you will be bad! You will have no one to blame but yourselves! Just a observation! Nothing more!

mike c on October 22, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Here is an interesting video from Pat Condell, it is entitled WAKE UP AMERICA.

Nouna on October 23, 2009 at 6:52 am

Nouna on October 23, 2009 at 6:53 am

Mike c: I have been trying to articulate these realities to every American I have known in the last 10 years. Few were interested in hearing it.

Nouna on October 23, 2009 at 7:16 am

Lets stop fear mongering. He hasn’t even been sentenced yet! Everybody’s ready to burn him at the stake. What ever happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty?’ That’s the American way. Everyone on this thread seems to be all patriotic until it comes to upholding the foundations of the American way. Do your research! Tarek was on bail since December of 2009 with NO GPS monitoring! If he was such a threat why wasnt he being detained since day one? You Sheeple are exactly what drives the forces that be. You watch FOX news for 5 minutes and now you know all the in’s and out’s of every situation when in fact you just regurgitate what some bozo reading a teleprompter tells you. I bet you all got your vaccine for the H1N1 and check your kids Halloween candy for razor blades. Fools, you have no clue what’s happening. Wake up AMERICA!

Concerned on November 18, 2009 at 6:05 pm

hey concerned,

your transparent retarded idiocy is the reason most of europe and some of america is coming under attack from islamo-fascist on one side and useful idiots like yourself on the other.

WE HAVE A CLUE a very OBVIOUS clue as to what is happening. THe government is doing NEXT TO NOTHING to fight this. SOON enough it will be retribution time, if you think people are going to let themselves be slaughtered by these satan worshipping fascists you are very wrong. And if so called moderates and peace loving muslims stay silent then they deserve the same fate as those who perpetrate these crimes

pack you all murderous thug supporters in one sack and drop you off back to the crap holes you stemmed from.

natasha on February 11, 2010 at 11:53 am

Hey there Deb, thanks for another cute, fair and balanced article. Are you intentionally trying to come off as an Ann Coulter wannabe? At least be original lol.

A lot of people are kinda curious tho, his affidavit lists all the charges being brought against him and yet not a single one mentions a terror plot, and there are no charges that he wanted to engage in any violent actions.

You’re a lawyer, explain to us why he isn’t being charged with any violent crimes. Either he clearly was not involved in planning such events at all, or somebody made one hell of a typo in that affidavit!

Look Deb, either you are an incompetent attorney or you are intentionally spreading misinformation to manipulate and mislead the people who read your blog. To anybody who posted above, hope you all realize that Deb is BSing you and gets a kick out of how easily you believe everything she says. Take care all!


Hey Read The List Yadda Yadda Yadda, if Ms. Schlussel is an incompetent attorney, then how come she NEVER lost a lawsuit in court (can’t think of a lawsuit the woman lost)? DS is a very competent and excellent lawyer, she knows what she’s doing, because she has the FACTS on her side, while her opposition has nothing but rhetoric and hot-air. And NO DS is NOT BSing any of us that read and comment on this blog, as I said she backs up all of the stories that she posted on this blog with PROVEN FACTS, while those of us who comment here do a “fact-check” by doing a google or yahoo search on any story she writes and it turns out to be proven facts. And I won’t be surprised that you’re the dhimmi/islamist apologist (whether their on the left, right and muslim pressure groups) cabal who are more likely trying so damn hard to put down and take down Debbie, so far you losers have FAILED miserably to try and take down the poor woman.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on August 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Tariq does not belong here because he is a Muslim first then American. He wants to fight for Islam than for America. Why does America need him?

He should use his free speech in Saudi Arabia!

Draculin on October 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Islam is bad news for the whole world. This is not a religion of peace. Only thing these idiots want is to come to house, kill you and plunder.

Draculin on October 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm

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