July 28, 2009

Confirmed: Eighth Traitor on the Lam in Pakistan (UPDATED: Traitor ID'd)

Yesterday I noted that if your read the indictment against seven home grown jihadis in North Carolina carefully, that there was reference to an unnamed eighth American traitor who had left for Pakistan last October ... with no mention of returning to the US.

Today the it was confirmed that an eighth American connected to the cell was still at large, presumably now working with the Taliban, al Qaeda, or any number of other related violent Islamist groups:

Also Tuesday, the feds said an eighth member of the alleged network is still at large. That person is believed to be in Pakistan, according to a law enforcement official who wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the investigation...

U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding declined to discuss the alleged eighth suspect's whereabouts but said the public should not be worried.

"Federal authorities hope to have him apprehended shortly," Holding said. Holding wouldn't identify the person, and the defendant's name is redacted from court papers...

The indictment says the unnamed defendant is a U.S. citizen who went to Pakistan in October 2008 to "engage in violent jihad." It does not say whether the person returned to the United States. Holding declined to discuss the person's whereabouts but said the public should not be worried.

Who is this mystery traitor? I'm assuming that the Feds wouldn't have arrested the seven without having number 8 already in custody. As with Bryant Neal Vinas who was arrested last year but who's indictment was only unsealed last week, it might be awhile before we learn of his identity.

Thanks to Robert Spencer who has more.

UPDATE: Bill Warner ID's the guy as 20-year-old American college student, Jude Kenan Mohammad.

A guy who was arrested last year on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. With a laptop. I'd leave Sammy out of this one -- there are other eHadis out there -- but it seems clear that cyberjihad was somehow involved.

But don't worry. His mom says it's all a big misunderstanding. She vouches for him.

Anyway, Sis. Toldjah thanks Pres. Bush for the capture. Given the FISA involvement and Obama's on again off again opposition to it, I'm inclined to agree.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:37 PM | Comments |