Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Staten Island man wanted to join Taliban

From WPIX:

A New York City-born man was ordered to return from Hawaii where he was arrested on charges he tried to join the U.S. military at a Times Square recruiting station so he could he could be deployed to Iraq, desert and fight with anti-American insurgency forces.

Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, 21, was charged with making false statements in the midst of a New York-based terrorism investigation, authorities said Monday.

A U.S. Department of Justice news release said Shehadeh was arrested Friday in Honolulu. A judge there ordered him on Monday to return to Brooklyn to face charges. It was unclear when he would appear in a New York court.

A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn said the FBI and the New York Police Department had been investigating Shehadeh "and several other individuals in connection with a plot to travel overseas and wage violent jihad against the United States and other coalition military forces."

The complaint alleged that Shehadeh, who was born in the United States and lived on Staten Island, caught the attention of U.S. authorities by buying a one-way ticket to Pakistan in June 2008. Once he arrived there, Pakistani officials wouldn't allow him into the country and he returned to New York.

A follow-up investigation found that Shehadeh had created Internet postings and video promoting jihad, the complaint said.

In October 2006, the complaint said, Shehadeh went to Times Square to try to join the Army. It said when a recruiter asked him if he'd traveled overseas, he lied and said he'd only been to Israel.

Later that month, Shehadeh tried to fly from Newark, N.J. to Jordan, where he again was not allowed entry. Once he returned to the United States on a flight to Detroit, counterterrorism investigators confronted him about the his radical Internet writings.

The complaint said under questioning, he admitted that one of his Web sites was "designed to mirror and reformat the teachings of radical U.S.-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki" and "that in the past, he agreed with and sympathized with al-Qaida's violent jihad against the West."

The complaint also alleged Shehadeh attempted to recruit another person to join him to train in Pakistan immediately after the two discussed a sermon by al-Awlaki.


Anonymous said...

Send him to Gitmo.

Anonymous said...

Maspeth Mom says..

Yup ... good for him . I would have flew him stright to the mountains of Pakistan and dumped him there. See how long that fantasy lasts. A few days of eating camel shit for breakfast lunch and dinner with the savages who will ass rape him, he would piss his pants and start bawling. Then he would be a little more grateful and thankful to the USA.

Anonymous said...

I would have flew him stright to the mountains of Pakistan and dumped him there.

Rikers Island is the second best option.

Big Hairy Balls said...

Let's put him on trial for treason. Whether he's convicted or not a strong lesson will be taught to anyone else considering going down that road.

ew-3 said...

Problem with Rikers Island is he is liable to recruit more to his cause. Prison is prime recruiting territory.
Conspiracy to commit terrorism. We need to have a way to incarcerate them in a different way, far from the general prison population.

Anonymous said...

If I grew up in a McMansion like that I'd likely do the same.

Anonymous said...

De-ball him. So he never reproduces.

Anonymous said...

Lets send him to the Taliban in a PINE BOX! Better yet, cardboard... He ain't worth the wood!!!