UPDATE: USF Students Mohamed and Megahed Charged in New 7-Count Superseding Indictment

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

megahedmosmile19 April 2008: On Wednesday of this past week United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announced the filing of a seven count superseding indictment against University of South Florida students Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif MOHAMED and Youssef Samir MEGAHED. The Kuwait-born Egyptian MOHAMED is charged in all seven counts. Megahed is charged with counts three and four.

It would it most instructive to remind the reader that Ahmed Bedier, the executive director of the Tampa, Florida chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), offered very shortly after the arrest in Goose Creek, South Carolina of MOHAMED and MEGAHED the abortive disarming comment that both were just “really naïve kids.” Bunk Mr. Bedier, pure, unadulterated bunk. These two adult men are Islamic jihadists in the purest sense of the word. They are no different than “enemy combatants” plucked from the soil of Afghanistan, and that they were plucked from the soil of South Carolina makes them Islamic insurgents on American soil. Read more below.

Are these jihadists innocent of waging jihad on American soil until proven guilty? Yes, that is American law. However this must be considered in the context of what MOHAMED freely admitted to American authorities (as reported by FoxNews ) back in October 2007 that the video he made and distributed on the internet was a jihadi tutorial on how to turn a toy into a remote controlled detonation and ignition system in order to “assist those persons in Arabic countries to defend themselves against the infidels invading their countries.” Right, that’s why MOHAMED had the explosives and other bomb making paraphernalia in the trunk of the car and the instructional video on the laptop which was unsuccessfully hidden under the seat at the time of the arrest.

The Count Charges of Superseding Indictment and Maximum Term of Imprisonment

1 Proving material support to terrorism,
Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339A 15 years

2 Distributing information which teaches and demonstrates the making or use of explosives,
Title 18, United states Code, Section 842(p)(2)(A) 20 years

3 Transporting explosive materials in interstate commerce without the requisite federal license
Title 18, United States Code, Section 842(a)(3)(A) 10 years

4 Possession of a destructive device without the proper registration
Title 26, United States Code, Section 5861(d) 10 years

5 & 6 Illegal possession of a firearm by a non-immigrant alien, Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(5)(B) 10 years for each count

7 Carrying a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence,
Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A) Life

Consult previously published Northeast Intelligence Network reports for applicable background.