Thursday, September 27, 2007

Goose Creek Suspect Admits Making Bomb Training Videos

Far from being an innocent dupe, one of the two suspects being held in connection to terrorism related charges admits to mkaing a bombmaking video that was posted to YouTube.
In a 12-minute video posted on YouTube, an Egyptian man wearing a white shirt, khaki pants and rubber gloves explains in Arabic how to turn a toy boat into a bomb.

His name is Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, and last month he was arrested in Goose Creek after authorities found four PVC pipes containing a mixture of potassium nitrate, kitty litter and sugar in his car’s trunk.

Mohamed told FBI agents he made the video to teach “those persons in Arabic countries to defend themselves against the infidels invading their countries,” according to federal court documents released late Tuesday.

Specifically, he told the FBI “the technology which he demonstrated in the tape was to be used against those who fought for the United States.”
Mohamed and Megahed, were University of South Florida students who were stopped for speeding August 4, 2007 on S.C. 176 in Goose Creek. Explosives and other assorted items were found in the course of searching the vehicle during the traffic stop.

I haven't seen this part reported before:
In the back of the patrol car on the way to jail on charges of possession of an explosive device, the two whispered in their native Arabic while a hidden recorder taped their conversation, according to court documents:

“Did you tell them there is something in them?” Mohamed asked, an apparent reference to the PVC pipes.

“Water,” Megahed said.

“Water! Right? The black water is in the Pepsi.”

A few seconds pass in silence. Mohamed speaks again.

“Did you tell them about the benzene (gasoline)?”

“I have nothing to do with it. I do the fireworks and so... so... so... that is it.”
I'm sure the defense team will try and get the audiotape excluded from evidence, but it is highly suggestive that the two were definitely not being truthful to officers about their intentions. Oh, and it wasn't fireworks but actual pipe bombs that were in their possession.

Goose Creek is home to a US Naval Weapons Station, including a military detention facility for enemy combatants. For prior coverage, see here and here.

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