Goose Creek suspect has terror past in Egypt

posted at 3:01 pm on September 1, 2007 by Bryan

Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, the USF student indicted in the Goose Creek case, was once arrested on terrorism suspicions in his native Egypt.

Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, 24, an engineering graduate student and teaching assistant at the Tampa-based university, faces terrorism charges for teaching and demonstrating how to use the explosives.

According to officials familiar with the case, Mohamed has been arrested previously in Egypt on terrorism-related charges. He is said to have produced an Internet video showing how to build a remote-controlled car bomb.

Mohamed and Youssef Samir Megahed, 21, also an engineering student, were stopped for speeding Aug. 4 in Goose Creek, S.C., where they have been held on state charges. Police found pipe bombs in their car near a Navy base in South Carolina where enemy combatants have been held. They have been held in a South Carolina jail while the FBI continued to investigate whether there was a terrorism link…

Both Mohamed and Megahed are in the country legally on student visas, officials said. (emphasis added)

Question for the vigilant Michael Chertoff: How did a man with a past arrest on terrorism charges get into the US?


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Question answer: Welcome to Miami. Luggage pickup is downstairs at B-6 claim area.

Limerick on September 1, 2007 at 3:10 PM

Limerick on September 1, 2007 at 3:10 PM

I wouldn’t put it past Sec. Chertoff to say something that flippant! LOL.

RushBaby on September 1, 2007 at 3:18 PM

Is anybody surprised at this?

No doubt, CAIR (arm of HAMAS) will be defending him and his activities.

No doubt the ACLU will be claiming that trying to blow up a Naval Weapons Station is a constitutionally protected form of “free speech.”

No doubt, the New York Times will belittle this and nothing important, nothing to see here, move along.

No doubt, DKOS/DU/Moveon.org will say that this was all fabricated by the evil BOOOOSH administration’s plan to implement fascism and to prevent the 2008 elections.

georgej on September 1, 2007 at 3:19 PM

Question for the vigilant Michael Chertoff: How did a man with a past arrest on terrorism charges get into the US?

He came in via an airport instead of crossing the U.S. Mexican border, which surely would have been his down fal because the Border Patrol’s mission is to
stop terrorists

We have to bait terrorists into falling into the waiting trap that is our Southern border.

Theworldisnotenough on September 1, 2007 at 3:20 PM

But I’m sure he’s just an innocent model rocketeer out for a pleasant drive near a military base. Right, Chertoff.

Buzzy on September 1, 2007 at 3:28 PM

I summon Nonfactor and Bradky (as our resident libs) to tell us that these guys are “lonewhackos” and just a bunch of nobodies, with no real plan.

RightWinged on September 1, 2007 at 3:30 PM

And these dirtbags are here in the US on student visa’s. geez.

ajmontana on September 1, 2007 at 3:31 PM

Alas, but I fear, they, those who would protect us, are asleep at the wheel, yet again.

Kini on September 1, 2007 at 3:36 PM

How exactly did this scumbag get a visa? Does DHS do ANYTHING except criticize the pro-border-enforcement crowd?? After 9/11, there is NO EXCUSE for granting visas to people with links of any kind to terrorism!

mojojojo on September 1, 2007 at 4:26 PM

Why are they smiling? Are they so unaware of what is happening around them or to them? How many times were they dropped on their heads as kids?

CrimsonFisted on September 1, 2007 at 4:35 PM

Alas, but I fear, they, those who would protect us, are asleep at the wheel, yet again.
Kini on September 1, 2007 at 3:36 PM

Let me fix that for you:
Alas, but I fear, they, those who wShould protect us, are asleep at the wheel, yet again. have absolutely no intention of doing so.

They are bureaucrats, and that is all they intend to be; they would rather hinder the real protectors (Law Enforcement officers, Border Patrol Agents, FBI, NSA etc.) than to actually work to protect Americans from foreign menaces.

LegendHasIt on September 1, 2007 at 5:25 PM

What?! Egypt actually arrests people for terrorism?

boomer on September 1, 2007 at 6:29 PM

AP – so, is somebody going to call Lettuce-Head’s press shop and get them on record about this, like tomorrow?????

dont make ME do it.

Mike D. on September 1, 2007 at 6:29 PM

USF??? What is the university doing to recruite such fine upstanding students??

Claimsratt on September 1, 2007 at 9:55 PM