Indictments in the Goose Creek case

Explosives, terror and training charges.

Two Egyptian students at the University of South Florida were indicted Friday for carrying explosive materials across states lines and one of them was charged with teaching the other how to use them for violent reasons.

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.

Michelle has more.

How serious is this? Beats me, but the government tends to downplay terrorism connections when they’re obvious, so this is likely to be the real deal.

It’s probably too early to speculate on this, but what they hey, that’s what blogs are for: The two indicted today went to the University of South Florida, home base of former professor Sami al-Arian. He’s the computer engineering prof who was convicted on terrorism charges last year. Now come these two, students at the same school, indicted on terrorism charges.

I only bring this up not to draw any direct connection between the two cases where there may not be any, but to point out how terror recruiting often works. Dr. Tawfik Hamid, interviewed on Stak Attack a few weeks back, was recruited to the jihad in medical school where he found a terror-friendly atmosphere that brought in guest lecturers like Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri. The UK terror doctors were probably recruited in medical school or university as well. Contrary to the left’s notion that poverty and alienation breed terrorists, it’s usually the opposite: It’s the comfortable and educated who tend to be more susceptible to terror recruitment. Mohammad Atta had a PhD. In Dr. Hamid’s case, he went from secular and barely Muslim at all to full-blown jihadi in medical school. If the Goose Creek two turn out to be the real deal, their recruitment and radicalization may have taken place in engineering school at USF.

The point is, these guys aren’t coming out of Pakistani madrassahs where they do nothing but memorize the Koran. They’re coming out of respectable universities where they have earned respectable degrees in respectable fields. They’re not poor and they’re not alienated; they’re middle class or better and assimilated. And they’re jihadis.