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Georgia Tech Student Indicted on Terrorism Charges

Posted By Director On April 21, 2006 @ 4:03 am In Arrests/Convictions,Domestic Terrorism | Comments Disabled

The “Alleged” Terrorists Among Us…

21 April 2006: The Northeast Intelligence Network is following the case of Syed Haris AHMED, the Pakistani Georgia Tech student who was arrrested by federal authorities on March 23 on charges related to terrorism. According to developing information, AHMED, 21, who was under investigation and surveillance for the last 12-14 months, has been indicted on charges of providing “material support” to a terrorist organization. AHMED appeared before US Magistrate Joel Feldman Wednesday, pleading not guity to the charges contained in the indictment.

Information from federal authorities indicates that the AHMED, a student who traveled from the U.S. to Pakistan in 2005 where he attended an Islamic terrorist training camp. Information obtained from a source close to the Northeast Intelligence Network states that “AHMED had taken digital photographs and videotape, which were in his possession and on his computer, of significant commercial buildings in Atlanta and other locations for terrorist purposes.” Federal agents confiscated computer hard drives and data CDs from the family home.

Not surprisingly, his family denied the charges and downplayed the material evidence, noting that AHMED is A mechanical engineering major. Although they admitted that Ahmed ”had become increasingly religious in his Islamic faith,” his family denied that he could be involved in anything related to terrorism. He came to the United States with his family in 1997 and became an American citizen. He resided with his family near Dawsonville before he moved to an off-campus apartment near Georgia Tech, where he lived until his arrest.

Also according to investigative documents, federal authorities traced a video “of potential targets and other significant footage” on the Internet to AHMED. Aqccording to media reports, AHMED’S mother, Faiqa AHMED, said that her son told her that [it was] a building, but not an important building.” His family offered no comment on his reported attendance at the Islamic terrorist training camp.

Patrick Crosby, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, would not confirm whether an investigation was ongoing or even if an arrest occurred.

AHMED graduated from Centennial High School in Alpharetta, Georgia and has worked at various retail establishments while living with his parents. Samia Ahmed, the suspect’s sister, said her brother’s interest in Islam had been growing. ” Lately, he was getting more interested in Islamic studies and was trying to teach himself Arabic so he could read the Qu’ran. “He was trying to learn everything,” she said. “He’s still very innocent in his mind. He’s still a child.”

According to his mother, her son traveled to Pakistan in 2005 “to visit cousins.”

The AHMED family came to the United States from pakistan in 1997 after winning a green card in a lottery. Ahmed has three sisters, one who still resides in Pakistan. His father, Syed Riaz Ahmed, is a computer science professor at North Georgia College in Dahlonega.

Ahmed’s father said he learned of his son’s arrest on March 26, when he returned to the U.S.from a trip to Pakistan to visit relatives. He admitted being questioned by federal authorities at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and granted a request from federal agents to search the family’s home, where they confiscated computers and related storage media.

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