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Terrorism suspect arrested in Augusta pleads not guilty to charges

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A terrorism suspect arrested at the Augusta bus station last month pleaded not guilty to federal charges Monday in the Southern District of Alabama.



Mohammad A.R. Abukhdair was returned to Mobile, Ala., after his arrest downtown on Dec. 11. A March 4 trial is scheduled.

According to a sworn statement presented to U.S. Magistrate Judge W. Leon Barfield in Augusta to obtain permission to search Abukhdair’s belongings last month, Abukhdair had been under investigation since 2011, when he was deported from Egypt on suspicion he was involved with a terrorist group.

Abukhdair, 25, is a U.S. citizen and native of Syracuse, N.Y. According to FBI special agent Gytis Zunde’s affidavit, Abukhdair went to Egypt to study Arabic. After he was deported and returned to the U.S., he ended up in Mobile, where he became friends with Randy (Rasheed) Wilson, 25, a friend and former roommate of Omar Hammami.

Hammami, a native of Alabama who was reported fighting alongside al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia, was put on the FBI’s Most Wanted List in November.

According to the FBI affidavit: Abukhdair and Wilson were excited that Hammami was added to the Most Wanted List. Since 2011, they have conspired on how to travel to an African country to join in violent jihadi conflicts. Those plans were completed last month when tickets to Casablanca, Morocco, were obtained. The FBI believes they could then travel to Mauritania.

Because of Abukhdair’s deportation from Egypt, the men believed he would not be allowed out of the U.S., according to the FBI affidavit. He had been stopped and questioned by federal agents when he tried to fly to Jordan in October. Wilson and his family were to fly from Atlanta on Dec. 11. Abukhdair was to travel by bus from Mobile to Montreal, Quebec, where he was to fly out Dec. 13, according to the affidavit.

Wilson was arrested at the Atlanta airport Dec. 11.

Abukhdair and Wilson have since been indicted on federal charges of providing material support to terrorists and making false statements to obtain a U.S. passport.

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Jane18
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Jane18 01/18/13 - 08:47 pm
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Follow-Up

Please keep us informed Augusta Chronicle................

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/19/13 - 08:26 am
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Some may question the FBI's motives

of allowing a known terrorist, under investigation, back into the USA, even after Egypt deported him for terrorist activities.

But much has been accomplished in this case, if the facts as presented are true, and not generated for the media and public like the Fast & Furious scam.

Times have changed, back to 2001-2008 under The BUSH administration . Civil Rights & Liberal groups would have been Screaming GESTAPO.

Whether it be a NEW Admin in town, or logic finally sinking in. These often politically based ranting groups, have been vastly silent these last 4 years?

The article brings up clearly asked without being asked questions.

Why does a Terrorist feel comfortable coming to the USA to avoid legal problems in the Arab world, regarding Militant Islamic terrorism?

Why do we hear so little about the growing number of terrorist activities that are Arab Against Arab Attacks happening in the Arab World?

Has the Militant Islamic Revolution turned on itself and eating its own young, as is a common process with many failing revolutions?

Ivan
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Ivan 01/19/13 - 02:44 pm
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I was tortured for 3 years
Unpublished

I was tortured for almost 3 years by the FBI and their friends only
because 85 years old man, Roland Sibens(chicago) convinced them that I
am a terrorist. I was tortured for working on my prosthetic legs in
the basement. I done absolutely nothing illegal or wrong. They thought
that in theory it is possible to hide bomb in them. They saw an
opportunity to get famous, so they were trying to torture me till I
sign their insane story. They tortured me using more than 100
different torturing methods and trust to me waterboarding is not how
they torture nowadays. I dont know where to find justice.

I think that after 9/11 things got out of control. Freedom fighters
became tyrants. In 1945, most Germans had an opportunity to learn about Nazis death
camps. I hope that one day American citizens will get chance to learn about people
like me, who were tortured with no reason for years.

Ivan
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Ivan 01/19/13 - 02:45 pm
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I was tortured for 3 years
Unpublished

I was tortured for almost 3 years by the FBI and their friends only
because 85 years old man, Roland Sibens(chicago) convinced them that I
am a terrorist. I was tortured for working on my prosthetic legs in
the basement. I done absolutely nothing illegal or wrong. They thought
that in theory it is possible to hide bomb in them. They saw an
opportunity to get famous, so they were trying to torture me till I
sign their insane story. They tortured me using more than 100
different torturing methods and trust to me waterboarding is not how
they torture nowadays. I dont know where to find justice.

I think that after 9/11 things got out of control. Freedom fighters
became tyrants. In 1945, most Germans had an opportunity to learn about Nazis death
camps. I hope that one day American citizens will get chance to learn about people
like me, who were tortured with no reason for years.

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