MA Terror Suspect Smiled For The Camera At Ground Zero, Called NYC “Land Of The Rape”

More information is coming out about Tarek Mehanna, who was arrested in Sudbury, MA today.

An FBI search of a computer belonging to terror suspect Tarek Mehanna found al-Qaeda propaganda, photos of him smiling at Ground Zero in New York and evidence he reveled in the death of American soldiers overseas.

Agents assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force obtained a copy of Mehanna’s hard drive during a search of his bedroom on Aug. 11 and 12, 2006, according to an affidavit.

The computer files revealed Mehanna “glorified” the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and contained pictures of him and others smiling at the Ground Zero site. In the picture, Mehanna posed pointing a finger in the air, the affidavit said.

Mehanna also sought out Web links to a video tribute for 9/11 hijackers and described New York as “the land of rape” in a 2006 communication.

Agents found evidence Mehanna talked online about how to support international terrorism and translated al-Qaeda propaganda from Arabic to English for wider distribution through the Web.

Among the texts found on Mehanna’s computer was “39 Ways to Serve and Participate in Jihad,” which describes how people can raise money and support the movement in spirit through “electronic jihad.” Agents believe Mehanna translated the text to English and posted it on his Web site.

The affidavit claims Mehanna “reveled” in the death of American soldiers overseas. In July 2006, Mehanna sent associates a video he said showed the “aftermath of the retaliation” against American soldiers accused of rape in Iraq.

The video file included images of the “mutilation and abuse” of the remains of American personnel in Iraq and contained a message from Osama bin Laden, who thanked the Iraqi mujahideen for “continued attacks on America and its allies,” the affidavit said.

At his arraignment today, the arrogant punk refused to stand up when the charges against him were read and only did so when he father ordered him to get off his ass, kicking his chair over while doing so.

Lock him up and throw away the key.

MA Man Arrested On Terrorism Charges – Updated

Updated with more detailed Boston Herald report which names his co-conspirator:

Tarek Mehanna, of 6 Fairhaven Circle, is accused of conspiring with Ahmad Abousamra and others to obtain the automatic weapons needed to carry out a mall ambush in which they planned to open fire at random, said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael K. Loucks. Mehanna was already out on bail from a federal arrest last year, charged with lying during a terrorism probe.

Mehanna was arrested at his home at 6 a.m. this morning and booked at the Sudbury police station before being turned over to federal authorities. Federal agents have searched Mehanna’s home and say he is a U.S. citizen. A bail hearing has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in federal court.

Abousamra left the United States for Syria on Dec. 26, 2006, officials said. He said he would be back within a month after visiting his wife, but has never returned, officials said.

Tarek Mehanna allegedly wanted to get some machine guns and mow people down at a shopping mall.

A man from Sudbury was arrested Wednesday on federal terrorism-related charges for allegedly planning attacks inside and outside the United States – including a plot to attack people at a mall.

27-year-old Tarek Mehanna of Fairhaven Circle is charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

Investigators say Mehanna conspired with others over a seven-year period between 2001 and 2008 plotting to “kill, kidnap, maim or injure” people in foreign countries and to kill prominent U.S. politicians.

He and two others allegedly travelled to the Middle East in 2004 to look for military-type training for attacks on U.S. interests.

Prosecutors say Mehanna had “multiple conversations about obtaining automatic weapons and randomly shooting people at a shopping mall.”

“The conversations went so far as to discuss the logistics of a mall attack including coordination, weapons needed and the possibility of attacking emergency responders,” investigators said in a statement.

The plan was scrapped because the men could not get the weapons.

Sudbury is an upscale suburb about 20 miles west of Boston.

The status of the two co-conspirators is still unknown.

If convicted Mehanna faces 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

He was indicted in January for allegedly making false statements to the FBI in a terrorism investigation.

This one hits close to home.  I shudder to think of what he might have been able to pull off especially with Christmas fast approaching.  Check out the picture of his McMansion in the link.  I want to know what he did for a living to afford such place or if he was living with his parents.