November 23, 2011
"If we didn’t know he was your son, we would say he was a member of Al Qaeda"
Even as many of Tarek Mehanna's friends in Boston continue to be in denial about the level of his involvement with al Qaeda's online efforts, testimony at his trial yesterday indicates that those who knew him the best were worried that he left the reservation. But not to worry, Mehanna was from a "good family". No one ever goes astray in a "good family", right?
His father also told Mehanna to refrain from visiting questionable Islamic websites and to pack up certain books because, “apparently, they fuel my ideas,’’ Mehanna told the friend, Daniel Spaulding.Despite was his friends think they know about him, Mehanna was very active in promoting al Qaeda online. Perhaps Mehanna thought he could legally get away with this, but in a time when American men and women are dying fighting the group is it too far of a stretch to say promoting al Qaeda is not free speech but is in fact sedition?
This came after a board member at the Islamic Center of New England in Sharon told Mehanna’s father, Ahmed, that, “If we didn’t know he was your son, we would say he was a member of Al Qaeda,’’ according to the testimony of Spaulding.