Misunderstander of Islam arrested in Hawaii on charges he tried to join U.S. military, desert and wage jihad against U.S. troops
War Is Deceit, after all. “NYC-born man arrested in Hawaii in terror case,” from AP, October 26 (thanks to D. C. Watson):
HONOLULU — A New York City-born man was ordered to return from Hawaii where he was arrested on charges he tried to join the U.S. military at a Times Square recruiting station so he could he could be deployed to Iraq, desert and fight with anti-American insurgency forces.
Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, 21, was charged with making false statements in the midst of a New York-based terrorism investigation, authorities said Monday….
The complaint said under questioning, he admitted that one of his Web sites was “designed to mirror and reformat the teachings of radical U.S.-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki” and “that in the past, he agreed with and sympathized with al-Qaida’s violent jihad against the West.”
The complaint also alleged Shehadeh attempted to recruit another person to join him to train in Pakistan immediately after the two discussed a sermon by al-Awlaki.
The complaint said Shedaheh insisted he tried to go to Pakistan for religious, not military, training. But witnesses who knew him told investigators that he instructed them that it was the duty of Muslims to fight jihad – and that signing up in Times Square was the best way to achieve his goal.
Shehadeh “informed (one witness) that he hoped to be deployed to Iraq,” the complaint said. “At the time he was applying to join the military, Shehadeh told (the witness), when he arrived in Iraq, he intended to commit ‘treason’ and fight United States soldiers. (He) explained that joining the military was an easier way to join jihad because the military would provide him with training, transportation and a weapon.”
The complaint said Shehadeh traveled to Hawaii in April 2009. There, he bought an airline ticket to Dubai in June, but was intercepted by FBI agents who told him he was on a “no fly” list.
In subsequent interviews, he allegedly admitted he had hoped to join the Taliban and receive “guerrilla warfare” and “bomb-making” training, the complaint said.