August 7, 2007, - 5:13 pm

Megahed UPDATE–FBI: “Just Fireworks” Terrorists Who Are “Not Linked to Terrorism” Are Actually Terrorists

Forget Megadeath. Meet the real Megadeath: Megahed. Here’s the latest on the Smiling Mugshot “Just Fireworks” Muslim Terrorists, :
* 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 ?:

Smiling Muslim Terrorists Mugshot: We’re Laughing at You, Stupid Americans

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 , 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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Now would be a good time for some extra potent interrogation techniques.
It sounds as though lives could be at stake.

Koozebane on August 7, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Six years on the eve of 9/11, we’re still in danger. The Feds’ response proves what a mistake creating the Homeland Security Department was. Its supposed to be the lead agency on dealing with terrorism cases but that was given to the FBI, which is clueless on counter-terrorism. DHS does what to secure the homeland? If the people who run it are any indication, it has done little to nothing in the way of the mission given to it by its title. Big Government doesn’t work. Agencies nearer the source of the problem, such as the South Carolina sheriff’s deputies can more quickly address this sort of situation.

NormanF on August 7, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Are we going to let these dirty-undershirt-wearing bedouins roam around this great country of ours free to come and go?
We MUST deport any bedouin caught in the act (like this for example). Slowly, we’ll rid oureselves of this cancer. It’s the only way.
Hey, dumbocrats, you’re next!! Unless you stop pandering to these religion-of-the-pipe-bomb freaks.
GOD and America, baby.

God&America on August 7, 2007 at 8:05 pm

Are we going to let these dirty-undershirt-wearing bedouins roam around this great country of ours free to come and go?
We MUST deport any bedouin caught in the act (like this for example). Slowly, we’ll rid oureselves of this cancer. It’s the only way.
Hey, dumbocrats, you’re next!! Unless you stop pandering to these religion-of-the-pipe-bomb freaks.
GOD and America, baby.

God&America on August 7, 2007 at 8:05 pm

Yet another perfect illustration of the incompetence of huge law-enforcement bureaucracies — they’re all covering their asses on an hourly basis, with every step they take, instead of trying to pre-empt a terrorist act on our soil. Meanwhile, good local law-enforcement, with their eye on the mission, can nab these criminals, like the S.C. Sheriff’s deputies did with the two “firecracker” pipe-bombers, or as the alert female Customs agent did with the “Millenium Bomber,” pre-9/11.
Even more crucial to stopping terrorist acts before they can be initiated, is awareness on the part of the American public (the “Flying Imams” and the recent Defeatocrat measures to crush the “John Doe” amendment come to mind). Be alert, be aware, be on guard! Do not hesitate to contact local law-enforcement if you need help (forget the Fabulous (in their own minds) But Incompetent guys — probably take them a week to get back to you).
It’s looking more and more, now nearly six years after 9/11, that the whole Department of Homeland (In)Security was a big, big mistake, and pretty much everything recommended by the much-heralded “9/11 Commission” should be rejected outright, considering what that thing was: a giant CYA circle-jerk filled with political hacks (Jamie Gorelick? Richard Ben-Veniste? Give me a break!).

theendisnear on August 7, 2007 at 8:32 pm

Amen! Immediate deportation for subversive muslims is the only way to go. Back to your sandy hellhole, akhmed. Enjoy the limitless oppurtunites there – washing your clothes in a dirty river, milking the family goat between prayers, etc.
the fun never ends.
if the feds ever decide to get serious, there are endless financial scams being perpetrated by the mooslem arabs who have slowly destroyed dearborn – they run cash businesses, evade taxation, then funnel the money back to their filthy terrorist-abetting homelands.
all of these treasonous turdsocks should be deported (or killed, i’m not picky).

live from dearbornistan on August 7, 2007 at 8:50 pm

So, what’s CAIR going to say now? Didn’t they initialy say it was just fireworks (and just how the hell would they know that), BUT if it really turned out to be bombs, then that would be a more serious matter? Alrighty then CAIR, what’s your position now?

stevecanuck on August 7, 2007 at 9:02 pm

Debbie, it’s no coincidence that local law enforcement seems a lot more credible than the Feds these days. Your local yokels are keen on catching criminals, especially scary middle eastern ones, and don’t care who they offend in the process. The Feds on the other hand are all about process and don’t really want the hassle and career poison involved with finding terrorists.

Anonymous1 on August 7, 2007 at 10:14 pm

I don’t know why the news keeps highlighting the brig at NSW rather than the 60+ million pounds of conventional ordnance and nuke storage there. Seems that would be a plum target, bigger than 9/11 if they managed to explode all that ordnance. If you managed to survive the blast, there would be very little left. Flooding, blast damage, shock waves, setting off the earthquake fault by Charleston, etc.
And I find it nearly impossible to believe that in a state where you can buy fireworks at roadside stands, a charge relating to “just fireworks” would be a felony and worthy of $500,000 and $300,000 bail. That is an extraordinary amount for “just fireworks.”

Sara on August 8, 2007 at 3:29 am

Anonymous 1, I love being a local yokel.

John Cunningham on August 8, 2007 at 3:56 am

Sara is absolutely correct in her observation. Fireworks are common place here in SC. While the FBI might not be able to tell a roman candle from a pipe bomb, the cops in SC can. Good Grief.
Note to Islamo-crazies: You may want to consider another state for your stupidity.The “yokels” down here will hurt you. Yall come now, ye heah.

Southernops on August 8, 2007 at 9:11 am

It’s quite obvious that the Feds are more concerned about the potential for public hysteria and vigilante(ism?) than encouraging Americans in the fight against the Mohammedans. Indeed no one in the government acknowledges the challenge publicly. This goes hand-in-glove with the Left’s contention that these incidents are merely unrelated, localized common crimes and should be dealt with as such. No problem, now move along (the sooner America collapses the better).

J-Lin on August 8, 2007 at 9:18 am

I really wonder if these neighbors who saw the “suspicious” activity, demeanor, and stuff, ever bothered to report their observations to the proper authority. If the pipe bombs, or worse, had been used in an attack, these people would have to bear some sort of culpable negligence if they didn’t report what they saw.

undaunted on August 8, 2007 at 9:35 am

I’m so sick of the political correctness trying to protect those who KILLED US and those who are STILL TRYING TO KILL US.
How many times does law enforcement have to be proven wrong when they say IMMEDIATELY “there’s no connection to terrorism”?

cankelz on August 8, 2007 at 9:37 am

I used to bump into the Fan Belt Inspectors when I was an Army CID Agent. Because the FBI has primary investigative jurisdiction on all federal property, we had to ask them within 24 hours of initiating an investigation if they wanted to take the case. Invariably, they’d tell us to call back in a few days. So we’d work the case hard and fast because that’s the way you catch bad guys. When we called back with a case update, they would take the case if we’d identified a suspect. Too many times they rolled in and made the arrest and not a word of our work was mentioned in the press. The FBI is a pack of glory hounds. Well, except for HRT. They’re the real deal, bad-ass boys.

undaunted on August 8, 2007 at 9:55 am

Keep up the good work, Debbie.
I’m anxious to learn WHERE these guys were headed in the NC mountains, btw. Assuming they were actually headed this way …. Fontana Dam? Cherokee? Asheville? Possibly they intended to return to Florida via the “other” side of the NC mtns by way of the Lake Norman facilities or Charlotte ….
Fear of hysteria? HA! The result won’t be “hysterical,” it will be orchestrated reaction. The Feds may take these events “lightly,” but regional and local communities don’t. Feds (including Congress) best crack down on such nomadic excursions before a concerned public takes matters into their own hands and innocent people are harmed.
No — I have no knowledge of any orchestrated reactions, but I do know the mentality of folks in SC and NC.

gull on August 8, 2007 at 9:59 am

USF isn’t the only hotbed of terrorist activity in South Florida. Florida Tech (formerly F.I.T), down in Melbourne/Palm Bay is as well, and the “student ghettos” around the campus are home to many suspicious individuals. What scares me is that the USF guys are being caught, while no-one from Florida Tech has ever been apprehended. I too can vouchsafe that the FBI didn’t do anything about the Florida Tech situations, but left it up to the cops (who did a little more) and the apartment managers, who really ran the bums out. So all y’all who think the FBI is not on this case, you’re right. They’re not.

NoMoreJihad on August 8, 2007 at 12:10 pm

Oxygen tanks being delivered eh?
* Used in Nairobi
* Used in Tanzania
* Used in UK/Scotland
* Used daily in Iraq
as boosters etc.
TEDAC at Quantico will look into leftovers from S.C. EOD detonation(s) of device(s).
…but I thought they were such quiet and religious homesick college students??
Kudos to the S.C. Police!

Nuggler on August 8, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Amen. Kudos to the cops who listened to their intuition and did some great police work.

undaunted on August 8, 2007 at 2:26 pm

gull said:
‘No — I have no knowledge of any orchestrated reactions, but I do know the mentality of folks in SC and NC.’
Can you please ask one of those SC or NC boys to run for President, speaking loudly and clearly on these types of conservative issues? We need an old-school hard-ass at the wheel, and fast.

live from dearbornistan on August 8, 2007 at 3:10 pm

You made me chuckle, Dearbornistan.
The person I would suggest is already [officially] running, thank goodness. But I won’t name names at this time.
When I have personal security needs (there are many in my line of work), I make a few phone calls to some stand-up guys who ride those big bikes. I think you know who and what I mean. I’ve seen them clear a parking lot from 4 blocks away ….
I haven’t spoken with my SC cousins about this recent episode, but I can assure you — every one of them will have that “Clint Eastwood” squint in their eyes when we do talk.
The “mentality” I referred to is one of pride, loyalty and a sense of duty — affiliated with the southern (particularly southern mtn.) ethic. Fortunately, this “mentality” has spread to many corners of this wonderful land since 9/11.
Godspeed to all of us.

gull on August 8, 2007 at 6:53 pm

Make no mistake about it: Southerners in general, and Carolinians in particular would be lousy at dhimmitude. There will be NO Carolinastan.

Southernops on August 8, 2007 at 9:25 pm

This artical titled “A family in despair” was on the front page of the Tampa tribune this sunday under the guise of a human interest story about these students and their families. What has the world come to? if the link doesn’t work, go to and look for the “most read” selection “a family in despair”

andyntpa on September 3, 2007 at 11:18 am

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