Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- A Massachusetts man was charged with plotting terrorist attacks that included shooting up shopping malls and targeting two unidentified U.S. officials as part of a "violent jihad" against Americans.
Tarek Mehanna, 27, was arrested this morning at his home in Sudbury, about 17 miles (27 kilometers) west of Boston, Acting U.S. Attorney Michael K. Loucks said at a press conference. Mehanna had been out on bail on a charge of lying to authorities about the location of a man who trained with al-Qaeda members intent on overthrowing the Somali government, Loucks said.
Loucks said Mehanna, Ahmad Abousamra, who is currently in Syria, and a third man who is cooperating with authorities wanted to obtain automatic weapons and attack U.S. shopping malls. The trio abandoned the plans before 2006 because they couldn't get the weapons, Loucks said.
"The killing of civilians was considered OK because civilians are taxpayers and are non-believers," Loucks said. He wouldn't disclose where the attacks were supposed to take place....
The U.S. complaint alleges that "Mehanna and coconspirators discussed their desire to participate in violent jihad against American interests and that they would talk about fighting jihad and their desire to die on the battlefield," prosecutors said in today's statement.
The trio also wanted to assassinate two members of the U.S. Executive Branch who are no longer in office, Loucks said. He wouldn't identify the targets....
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Boston Muslim a Misunderstander of Islam, was plotting "violent jihad"
Honest Ibe Hooper and Brave Ahmed Rehab of CAIR are even now on their way to Boston to explain to Tarek Mehanna how he is getting the Religion of Peace wrong, wrong, wrong. Aren't you, Ibe? Ahmed? Anyone? Anyone?