November 15, 2013

Appeals Court Upholds al Qaeda Blogger's Conviction

Boston local Tarek Mehanna was dealt a blow Wednesday when a federal appeals court upheld his conviction of aiding al Qaeda by providing translation to their media arm. Mehanna was well known on the forums and ran his own Iskandari blog.

The ACLU and various Islamist front groups like CAIR and MPAC said that by helping al Qaeda Mehanna was simply exercising his free speech rights. An argument completely and totally rejected by the appeals court:

The appellate court at times took a dismissive tone in addressing Mehanna's arguments to overturn his conviction. Some were cast aside as "meritless," while others were described as "convoluted theories" and "fishing in an empty stream." ...

The argument that Mehanna merely engaged in protected speech can only be accepted by "looking at the evidence through rose-colored glasses..." the court ruled. "His coconspirators testified that [Mehanna] persistently stated his belief that engaging in jihad was 'a duty upon a Muslim if he's capable of performing it,' and that this duty included committing violence. The evidence further showed that, following United States intervention in Iraq, the defendant concluded 'that America was at war with Islam,' and saw American 'soldiers as being valid targets.'"

How al Qaeda was this guy? We found out about his first (there were more to come) arrest by none other than Ishallahshaheed -- you know, Samir Khan who got droned along side of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.

So, have fun with that whole cornhole thing there Tarek!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:47 PM | Comments |