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The forgotten jihadists in Georgia

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 15, 2008 10:08 AM

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“Childish” talker Syed Ahmed

The nutroots love to gloat when terrorism prosecutions don’t pan out. And when our guys do get the goods on jihadists on American soil? Insert chirping crickets.

In April 2006, I noted the arrests of 21-year-old Georgia Tech student Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee on international terrorism charges. In June 2006, I obtained and published the unsealed March 2006 affidavit detailing charges against Sadequee.

Today, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports on the bombshell admissions of Ahmed:

When Syed Haris Ahmed first sat down with counterterrorism agents on March 10, 2006, the Georgia Tech student acted as if he had done nothing wrong.

But over the next week, through 12 hours of arduous and sometimes-threatening questioning, the 21-year-old Ahmed changed his story dramatically. He admitted to taking “casing videos” of Washington landmarks, including the U.S. Capitol, that ended up on the computer of a London terrorist. He acknowledged meeting with extremists in Toronto and going to Pakistan for jihadist military training.

Even so, Ahmed told agents at one point, “It was nothing. It was just childish talk and stuff like that.” He also admitted in a signed statement: “I hoped to be recruited into a Jihadi training camp where I could learn how to fight Muslim oppressors everywhere.”

By March 17, 2006, Ahmed told agents that his jihadist thoughts led him to contemplate attacks on Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, the Masonic Temple in Washington and oil refineries in Texas. Ahmed said he contemplated attacking Dobbins because he once lived near there. He said he believed Freemasons were like the “devil.” He suggested the attack on U.S. oil refineries to raise the price of oil and bring more money to the Middle East, because “it is Muslim property and it’s being stolen,” Ahmed told agents.

Ahmed, born in Pakistan and raised in Dawsonville, now stands indicted with co-defendant Ehsanul Islam Sadequee of Roswell of federal charges of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Ahmed and Sadequee, who was born in Virginia to Bangladeshi parents, have pleaded not guilty.

No big deal? Wrong:

The casing videos, Richards said, were found on the computer of Younis Tsouli, an al-Qaeda-inspired computer expert in London now serving 10 years in prison.

Ahmed admitted the videos would be helpful to “plan something,” according to the transcripts.

Plan what? he was asked.

“Some kind of terrorist act. I don’t know,” Ahmed answered.

At one point, the agents asked him directly if he were planning terrorist activity. Ahmed replied: “Look man . . . it was nothing; it was just childish talk and stuff like that.”

May he spend a long, long time growing up…behind bars.

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