September 14, 2007
Car’s explosive contents revealed at hearing for USF students
TAMPA — PVC pipe filled with homemade “low-grade explosive mixture” and a videotape instruction for turning a remote-controlled toy car into a detonator were among the items found in the car driven by two University of South Florida students arrested in South Carolina and now facing federal explosives charges, according to a federal prosecutor.
A judge set bail at $200,000 for one of the defendants, Youssef Megahed, but the government immediately appealed, which means Megahed will remain in custody.
Earlier in the court hearing Friday, an assistant U.S attorney outlined the evidence confiscated from the car driven by Megahed and another suspended USF student — describing a container and three pipes filled with a low-grade explosive mixture.
The list also included a videotape that instructs viewers on how to convert a toy electric car into a detonator. Defendant Ahmed Mohamed has admitted making the tape, and in it he says he intended the instruction “to save one who wants to be a martyr for another battle,”said federal prosecutor Jay Hoffer.
……Those items included: three pieces of PVC piping that were filled with a mixture of potassium nitrate, Karo syrup and cat litter. Federal authorities called it a potassium nitrate low-grade explosive mixture, and said they also found more of that mixture in a separate container in the trunk.
Additionally they found an electric drill, a box of .22 caliber bullets, a five gallon container filled with gasoline and 23 feet of safety fuse.
The re-indictment, with additional charges:
The new seven-count indictment adds terrorism and weapons charges against one of the defendants, Ahmed Mohamed. It also includes a new charge against Mohamed and Youssef Megahed relating to the devices found in the trunk of their car when they were arrested Aug. 4 in South Carolina. It replaces a two-count indictment handed up last year.
Experts say the new indictment shows the prosecution trying to ensure success at trial by offering jurors alternative avenues to convict.
Well, shit I sure hope so.
Of course, the leftwing legal effetes who represent would-be jihadists are having hissy fits:
“When you look at this indictment, there’s more holes than cheese,” said Jonathan Turley, who teaches at George Washington University Law School and who is currently representing former USF professor Sami Al-Arian in his terrorism case. “The indictment on its face seems to be a bit of overreaching based on the known facts. The indictment presents a far more sinister picture than what has been reported publicly.”
That’s right, Turley. Let’s wait and see what damage they can do with what they’ve already got before we arrest them.
The FBI already has its hands full tracking, surveilling, and sorting out the thousands of threats presented by muslim terrorists, both homegrown and imported. Added to the threat, are the university and ACLU shysters who check their ethics, morals, and sense of loyalty at the door for smug self-indulgent perfidy.
In certain circles, it’s cool and edgy to be on the same side as the bad guys; even if they might be seated on a plane flown by the next Mohammad Atta.