Another terrorist plot uncovered in Massachusetts

posted at 11:39 am on October 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

This one comes as less of a surprise to authorities, who have tracked Tarek Mehanna for at least several months.  Mehanna already faces one indictment for perjury in connection to the investigation, and now federal prosecutors have charged him with plotting jihad in the US:

U.S. federal prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts man with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, alleging he and co-conspirators traveled to the Middle East seeking training, discussed attacking a shopping center, and distributed videos promoting holy war.

Tarek Mehanna, 27, from Sudbury, Massachusetts, had been previously indicted in January 2009 for making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other officials in connection with a terrorism investigation, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release on Wednesday.

“Mehanna and the co-conspirators had multiple conversations about obtaining automatic weapons and randomly shooting people in a shopping mall, and that 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,” the Justice Department said.

This seems like a slow-motion terror operation.  Mehanna had been at it for seven years without actually taking any action other than conspiring and blogging.  Rusty at My Pet Jawa has some good background on Mehanna, written at the time of his initial arrest late last year.  That’s not a sleeper cell, it’s a coma cell, and after reading Rusty’s post, it appears that Mehanna was not trained for discretion.

The feds claimed in their press conference that Mehanna had conspired to target “executive branch” figures for assassination in the previous administration.  They didn’t get any more specific than that, but one presumes that Mehanna didn’t take much interest in Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta.  That wouldn’t be the first would-be jihadist to target the President; Abu Ali got a life sentence in 2005 for his plot to assassinate George Bush.


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the_nile on October 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Michael Moore weights in (pun not intended):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ8rpcgCoi4

RightWinged on October 21, 2009 at 11:42 AM

I miss the days of Bush when these plotters disappeared to unknown places.

portlandon on October 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM

This seems like a slow-motion terror operation. Mehanna had been at it for seven years without actually taking any action other than conspiring and blogging.

In all honesty this sounds more like a pathetic loser who blog “death to America” but never really intends to do anything about it.

highhopes on October 21, 2009 at 11:44 AM

this is obviously a case of government RACISM!!!

these are just poor practictioners of the ‘religion of peace’

as long as they practice it in a blue area, who cares?

right4life on October 21, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Not to worry, Holder will get him “sprung”.

Tim Zank on October 21, 2009 at 11:45 AM

But don’t worry, all this will stop when we bug out of Afghanistan. Because that won’t embolden the jihadis or anything…

Realist on October 21, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Mehanna is a Christain right? These Christains are always trying to do this in the name of Christianity. /sarc off

WashJeff on October 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I sure hope that Obie gives him a good talking to prior to his release.

Dukehoopsfan on October 21, 2009 at 11:48 AM

In all honesty this sounds more like a pathetic loser who blog “death to America” but never really intends to do anything about it.

highhopes on October 21, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Exactly. If we jail him, why exactly are Daily Kos, Michael Moore and Bill Ayers running around free?

Just kick all of their worthless asses out of the country and let freedom ring.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2009 at 11:48 AM

You must realize that the Flemish Menace is insidious so naturally they move slowly.

Remember to use the handy field guide to identify them.

In all seriousness I don’t care if these guys are slow or fast or idiots, every time they are caught they discourage other low level idiots and worry the high level ones. I’d just as soon nail them as not.

petertheslow on October 21, 2009 at 11:49 AM

the_nile on October 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM

excellent

cmsinaz on October 21, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Didn’t these terrorist get the memo that President Obama won the peace prize and we are one big happy family now? :-)

JeffinSac on October 21, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Didn’t these guys get the memo from Michael Moore that they’re only supposed to attack red states?

NoDonkey on October 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM

highhopes on October 21, 2009 at 11:44 AM

I am with you on this. He is most likely just your average idiot who thought he could hide behind the anonymity of the internet and blog away. If he made any moves from rhetoric to reality I say hit him with everything. If he was just the moron he appears to be give him 30 days or so and keep tabs on him.

txaggie on October 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM

subhan allah

blatantblue on October 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Like clockwork, Mehanna’s family defends him as a nice boy who just completed his graduate work to become a pharmacist.

It’s always the poor uneducated that become terrorists…/

Caper29 on October 21, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Crap. We can’t blame Bush for “domestic spying.”

…but I’m sure someone will.

perroviejo on October 21, 2009 at 12:00 PM

I’m guessing this Mehanna is of Irish extraction, a good Catholic boy and all, whose family dropped the “O” from O’Mehanna when they made the great trek over from County Cork.

Has anyone cue’d the outrage from CAIR yet?

HadithHarry on October 21, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Good thing they are still searching my grandma at the airport. Profiling 17-35 year old Muslim men just doesn’t seem nice.

doginblack on October 21, 2009 at 12:01 PM

I miss the days of Bush when these plotters disappeared to unknown places.

portlandon on October 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Yeah, It’s always better when we can’t find them. /s

rjl1999 on October 21, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Like clockwork, Mehanna’s family defends him as a nice boy who just completed his graduate work to become a pharmacist.

Are we sure he was not arrested for NOT filling out a prescription for the morning after pill.

WashJeff on October 21, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Maybe they can just relocate him to La Casa Al Queda in Amherst

racecar05 on October 21, 2009 at 12:06 PM

wonder how(what methods) were used to catch them?

jp on October 21, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Good thing they are still searching my grandma at the airport. Profiling 17-35 year old Muslim men just doesn’t seem nice.

doginblack on October 21, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Your grandma is pretty shifty, and I bet she could take down a plane with her walker…if she could just remember where she left her glasses.

Laura in Maryland on October 21, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Wasn’t this sort of thing supposed to stop after we elected Dear Liar? Why do they still hate us?

rbj on October 21, 2009 at 12:10 PM

just a matter of time till some version of this happens.

or Public Transportation gets hit

jp on October 21, 2009 at 12:12 PM

In all honesty this sounds more like a pathetic loser who blog “death to America” but never really intends to do anything about it.

highhopes on October 21, 2009 at 11:44 AM

prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts man with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, alleging he and co-conspirators traveled to the Middle East seeking training

Maybe a little more than blogging

Greed on October 21, 2009 at 12:12 PM

In all honesty this sounds more like a pathetic loser who blog “death to America” but never really intends to do anything about it.

highhopes on October 21, 2009 at 11:44 AM

It is difficult to know for sure a persons intent. In all honesty I hope they throw the perp in the clink for many many years. I am not willing to risk the lives of innocent citizens based on what you think his intent is. Let him spend his life in prison figuring that out for himself.

kanda on October 21, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Another terrorist plot uncovered in Massachusetts

Another Man-Caused Disaster Plot Uncovered in Massachusetts.

Excessive usage of the Non-PC “T” word in this whole story.

HA is obviously just another running-dog lackey of the Foxes!

karl9000 on October 21, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Notice how the terror plots are making headlines now, while they weren’t mentioned under Bush?

Ever wonder why that might be? My guess is intelligence told Bush that making these people famous positively reinforces terrorists.

With Obama it’s all about Obama.

jhffmn on October 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I miss the days of Bush when these plotters disappeared to unknown places.

portlandon on October 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I hope their disappearance was a permanent one, lest some spineless persons in ‘command’ be browbeaten into releasing them sometime in the near future.

Dark-Star on October 21, 2009 at 12:29 PM

This seems like a slow-motion terror operation. Mehanna had been at it for seven years without actually taking any action other than conspiring and blogging. Rusty at My Pet Jawa has some good background on Mehanna, written at the time of his initial arrest late last year.

Of course the 9/11 attacks were also a “slow-motion terror operation”, as it took them 5 years to come to fruition. Remember, these people are patient. They are willing to take their time to get it right.

After all, the 9/11 attacks according to bin Laden were supposed to take place on Bill Clinton’s watch. The only reason they didn’t was because Mohammed Atta told Ozzie that his team needed more time.

Obviously that extra time did the trick, as 3 out of the 4 attacks were spectacular successes.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Come on Ed…. get with it already…

plotting jihad in the US

The proper terminology is: “Unemployed immigrant finds purpose in building a man made disaster”.

How can you expect to be taken seriously when you can’t even accurately describe events….?

/s

Hog Wild on October 21, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Notice how the terror plots are making headlines now, while they weren’t mentioned under Bush?

Ever wonder why that might be? My guess is intelligence told Bush that making these people famous positively reinforces terrorists.

With Obama it’s all about Obama.

jhffmn on October 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Dems would’ve accused Bush of hyping these plots for political gain. “Politics of Fear”

jp on October 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Dems would’ve accused Bush of hyping these plots for political gain. “Politics of Fear”

jp on October 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM

They did that anyway and are doing that right now with healthcare.

I don’t think anyone really listens to that besides the loons and the dems have already sealed that vote.

jhffmn on October 21, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Obviously a ploy by Bush to raise the “Terror Alert” level and distract people from his failed presidency.

And Afghanastan

and Acorn

and Obama-care support

and unemployment

and record deficits

and failed attempt to demonize Fox News

and ……

omnipotent on October 21, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Massachusetts man arrested for Terrorism? Wow! Did someone try to break into Skip Gate’s house again?

Dire Straits on October 21, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Meanwhile, Geert Wilders was called a “racist,” an “intolerant hate-monger” and booed off the stage at Temple University in Philadelphia last night for showing his film about Islamofascist terrorism and suggesting that we stop allowing massive Muslim immigration.

AZCoyote on October 21, 2009 at 1:17 PM

“These are the people in your neighborhood…” ~ Fred Rogers

Connie on October 21, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Obama’s presidency has the Marxists and Jihadists crawling out of the woodwork…fancy that.

elduende on October 21, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Obama’s poll numbers must be down. Every time they start to drop below 50% a terror arrest is made : )

Sheerq on October 21, 2009 at 1:29 PM

why exactly are Daily Kos, Michael Moore and Bill Ayers running around free?

Just kick all of their worthless asses out of the country and let freedom ring.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Do you actually listen to yourself? You want lefties locked up and deported… because you allegedly support “freedom”. Do you see any problem with this logic?

orange on October 21, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Saw the headline and thought they’d indicted our 4th House Speaker….

RedMindBlueState on October 21, 2009 at 1:49 PM

“Mehanna and the co-conspirators had multiple conversations about obtaining automatic weapons and randomly shooting people in a shopping mall”

But..but..but…aren’t malls “Gun-free” zones!!!!
/sarc

Juno77 on October 21, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Jeeper. I just got into my office after passing the street where the wanna be terrorist lives. I suppose if he had been able to blow up the natick collection (after hours with no one in there) I would be ok with it.

Rich on October 21, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Alright, that’s it! I am going to get my conceal carry permit so I can take the wife Christmas shopping this year.

faol on October 21, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Alright, that’s it! I am going to get my conceal carry permit so I can take the wife Christmas shopping this year.
faol on October 21, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Excellent idea!

Maybe you both should get your carry permits.

However, I would stay out of shopping malls and other places that are “Self-defense denial zones”.

Juno77 on October 21, 2009 at 2:31 PM

He’s not a terrorist terrorist.

Akzed on October 21, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Shop online!

Tony737 on October 21, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Hey, what do you call a gun that chambers 380 ACP?

A paperweight!

Seriously, what happened in the news lately that dried up the ammo supply?

Juno77 on October 21, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Excellent idea!

Maybe you both should get your carry permits.

However, I would stay out of shopping malls and other places that are “Self-defense denial zones”.

Juno77 on October 21, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Oh, she is taking the class as well. Not practical for her to carry her Ruger Security Six .357 so I got her a little Baretta .32 auto. When the bad guys are looking to see what made the popping sound they get it from my Kimber .45 compact. We’ll have to practice our tag team tactics for a more enjoyable shopping season.

faol on October 21, 2009 at 3:07 PM

The next story that you’ll see out of MA is a local guy opening a can of whoop-ass on some nutjobs in Amherst who are campaigning to bring 2 gitmo creeps to their town (which is the town next to mine).

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OTE1ZTNjOWJiMDBkMjBmYmQxZDc5OTBkM2VhMTA4NDI=

It’s a big can, too. Lovely 2009 vintage.

reaganaut on October 21, 2009 at 3:14 PM

U.S. federal prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts man with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists,


Terrorists?

Did they say “terrorists”?

I thought that was over.

drjohn on October 21, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Hes a “man caused disaster engineer”, not a terrorist, please people get your facts straight.

Viper1 on October 21, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Here in the middle and lower Ohio River Valley region, there are enough concealed-carry folks that a terrorist attacking a public place would quickly feel like Daffy Duck in the middle of a circle of duck hunters. BTW, the usual “terrorist demographic” is also very rare around here.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s off to the backyard for some target practice.

SteelGuy on October 21, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Another terrorist plot uncovered in Massachusetts

Oh thank goodness! When I saw the headline, I thought Ed was talking about the Kennedy’s again.

patch on October 21, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Red Herring – that’s what this chump is – while we’ve been watching him and his, others have been working diligently – this is nothing other than an op for Barry to claim he’s keeping us safe, when in fact that claim would be doubtful.

Hope & Change = flip-flop followed by more flip-flop. . . .

karra on October 21, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Do these terrorists all read Clancy? Debt of Honor had an airliner used as a missile on the Capitol, and Teeth of the Tiger had the automatic weapons in a shopping mall scenario. Too bad the current POTUS wouldn’t have anything like the stones to produce the kind of response the fictional Jack Ryan had for terrorism.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on October 21, 2009 at 7:54 PM

I know I may sound like a loon here, but I don’t thin this guy was a serious threat. Could he have pulled off this? Sure. Would people die? You bet, but this wasn’t a Mumbai style attack. It would be in the vain of it but these guys aren’t professionals like Lashkar-e-Taiba is.

I think the Obama Justice department is using this as a PR to show that they can stop Jihads with the “rule of law.” Even though the only reason why the FBI is able to stop this is because of Bush’s fixes to FISA.

Cr4sh Dummy on October 21, 2009 at 8:19 PM

Another successful domestic contingency operation.

WordsMatter on October 22, 2009 at 9:52 AM

And this in Massachusetts, the most liberal of all states and the most sympathetic to terrorists and their causes. So much for Jug-Eared philosophy that we can win over these savage fanatics with kindness.

MaiDee on October 22, 2009 at 10:50 AM