OK, I got a vowel wrong, the FBI arrested Tariq Mehanna, not Mohanna. From today's Boston Globe:
"Statements that Tarek (correction: Tariq) Mehanna allegedly made to the FBI two years ago in the midst of a terrorism investigation came back to haunt him last weekend, when the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy graduate was arrested as he was about to board a Boston flight to start a new job overseas."
"Mehanna, 26, who was living in a sprawling house in Sudbury with his parents, is charged with lying to the FBI in December 2006 when questioned about the whereabouts and activities of Daniel J. Maldonado, a former Methuen resident who was suspected of training at an Al Qaeda terrorist camp to overthrow the Somali government."
"An FBI affidavit unsealed in federal court in Boston Monday alleges that Mehanna told agents on Dec. 16, 2006, that he had known Maldonado for three or four years and that when he last spoke to him two weeks earlier, Maldonado was living in a suburb of Alexandria, Egypt, and working for a website."
"But Maldonado had actually placed several calls from Somalia to Mehanna's Sudbury home four days before the FBI interview, urging him to 'join him in training for jihad,' the affidavit says."
"After Maldonado's capture a month later, a cooperating witness secretly recorded conversations with Mehanna, who fretted about lying to the FBI, according to the affidavit."
"...The complaint filed against Mehanna in Boston charges him with knowingly making false statements concerning an FBI investigation involving international terrorism. He is not facing any charges of terrorism."
The Boston Globe article doesn't mention that Tariq Mehanna is likely blogger Abu Sayaba, who runs the 'Iskandari' blog which posts English language translations of classical Islamic texts in support of violent jihad. And warns Muslim men that women are forbidden, especially "women of this country." How do we know this? According to The Jawa Report, Samir Khan of North Carolina, a violent jihad supporter, wrote about the arrest on his blog. Samir Khan operate Inshallah Shaheed, an openly pro-jihad, pro-Osama website. The New York Times wrote about Samir last year.
You can read the Google-cached version of Samir Khan's blogpost about the arrest here (thanks, Howie!). Quote:
"We have been informed from our brothers that are good friends with Abu Sabaya, that he was recently arrested in the Boston airport. He was on his way to his new hospital job to a Muslim Country when the FBI arrested him."
Kind of gives lie to the notion that Muslims are driven to jihadi ideology and terrorism due to poverty or oppression, doesn't it? A pharmacology degree and lives in Sudbury?
Something else is at work here. We need to talk openly about the spread of Islamist ideology, be it by the Muslim Brotherhood or Deobandi or Salafi/Wahabis or the Islamic Front. The feds can never arrest enough people to do more than make a dent, although these arrests and trials do put a damper on things and make people think twice. Something much bigger is needed to counter the violent jihadi mentality, and to expose the "stealth" jihadi ideology that primes young Muslims to support violent jihad against the West.
UPDATE: Latest from The Jawa Report here, putting the pieces together, compiling young Tarek's online jihadi friends.