August 31, 2007

Terror in Tampa Update: Terrorism Charge Filed!

The plot thickening even more. One charged with transporting explosives across state lines and the other charged with instructing how to use them for violence.

I don't think I'm going too far on a limb to suggest that by "violence" they mean jihad.

Whether or not that jihad was going to be waged in the U.S. or abroad is still a mystery. As I said yesterday, the fact that the Feds want DNA from these characters means they suspect that at least one of them is involved in some other plot. The terror charges today tell us nothing about what that plot was.

Despite what you learned on CSI, it will take some time before the DNA can be processed and compared to another sample. Think days or weeks rather than hours. Expect more charges to be filed at a later time against at least one of them. These charges may be the tip of the iceberg.

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.

And to think that I spent all those years as a teaching assistant actually teaching the assigned subject material when I could have been having fun teaching people how to blow sh*t up! Oh, wait...this is USF...maybe learning jihad is part of the curriculum?

Thanks to Michelle for the tip and for reminding me just how right I was ;-) Looks like she will be doing updates, so check her out for the latest.

UPDATE: Michelle now has link to the actual indictment up. But what I find interesting is Dan Riehl's reminder that there is an unindicted third person involved who fled (or left) to Canada.

Hmmm, could the some other place where their DNA may link them be in Canada?

PS-I'm doubling down on the 'tip of the iceberg' statement above. CAIR went from seething about the two getting arrested to shutting up and 'letting the facts stand on their own merit' way too quick. When CAIR abandons your cause then you are up a creek.

UPDATE: For doriangray--why the Sami al-Arian connection matters:

If the Goose Creek two turn out to be the real deal, their recruitment and radicalization may have taken place in engineering school at USF.
Maybe, but I think a likelier explanation would be that they were radicalized on the internet and came to South Florida because of its jihad friendly atmosphere. The fact that the FBI seized their computers is a clue here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:38 PM | Comments |