October 28, 2011
Boston Terror Trial Update: Mehanna Viewed Osama bin Laden as "Real Father"
Interesting arguments made today in the trial of Boston online jihadi and blogger, Tarek Mehanna:
By moderating online chats from the “cushy bedroom” of his parents’ Sudbury home about the monster he thought of as his “real father,” 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, and translating bin Laden’s recorded calls to arms into English subtitles, assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty said Mehanna, 29, “viewed himself as part of the media department of the terror group." ...Mehanna's lawyer is arguing that working for al Qaeda is "free speech".
“It meant killing, it meant bullets, it meant martyrdom,” said Chakravarty, noting that in the summer of 2005, al-Qaeda “personally solicited” Mehanna to translate works by leader Ayman al-Zawahri.
I guess he's never heard of "sedition".