Ahmed Mohamed is the Florida former student who has agreed to plead guilty to aiding jihad terrorists: “Mohamed To Admit Terrorism Support,” by Elaine Silvestrini for The Tampa Tribune, June 14:
TAMPA – A former University of South Florida student has agreed to plead guilty to a charge he provided support to terrorists when he posted an Internet video showing how to detonate a bomb with a remote-controlled toy, according to a plea agreement entered in the case Friday.
From the beginning of this case, when Mohamed and his driving buddy Youseff Megahed were arrested in Goose Creek, South Carolina, with what was alleged to be explosive material in the trunk of their car, Ahmed Bedier, then of CAIR, was right on the case. Bedier is the character who has passed up opportunities to condemn stoning and who has said that there was “nothing immoral” about being part of Palestinian Islamic Jihad until it was designated a terrorist group. In “2 Florida students charged in explosives scare face $800,000 bond,” by Noah Haglund, Dave Munday, and Andy Paras in the Charleston Post and Courier, August 5, 2007, Bedier was acting as the spokesman for both men, and downplaying the charges:
Ahmed Bedier, executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights organization for Muslims, said family members have told him they think the materials were leftover fireworks Megahed kept in his trunk since July 4.
“Both of them are really naÃ¯ve kids,” Bedier said.
In later stories Bedier played the race card and acted as an informal character witness for Mohamed as well as Megahed — as in, for example, “Road trip, ‘pipe bombs,’ speeding, then arrests,” by Abbie Vansickle in the St. Petersburg Times, August 7, 2007:
“Had they been two white kids, nobody would be asking those questions,” said Ahmed Bedier, executive director of Tampa’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. […]
Those accusations don’t square with what Bedier heard from their family and friends.
Mohamed, of 2107 E Nedro Road, moved to Tampa in January to pursue a graduate degree in engineering after studying at a university in Egypt, according to USF officials. Bedier said that Mohamed graduated at the top of his class from a prestigious program in civil and environmental engineering and that he served as a research and teaching assistant at USF. […]
Bedier said he had problems with the accusations.
“We’re really concerned about the lack of evidence in this case,” he said.
But last night I asked Bedier for comment on Mohamed’s guilty plea, and he responded by referring me to the Elaine Silvestrini story from today’s Tampa Trib, in which he acts as if he never heard of this Ahmed Mohamed fellow:
Local Muslim activist Ahmed Bedier, who has spoken in support of Megahed, stressed that he doesn’t know Mohamed or the Mohamed family.
Then how did he know before they were both “naive kids,” and that this was all about “racism”? How did he know all that about Mohamed being “at the top of his class”?
He said the video, as described in court documents, was “unacceptable.”
Although apparently it was unacceptable only because it might be “perceived” as such by law enforcement — a “perception” that could get Mohamed 15 years in prison:
He said the case is “a reminder to all Muslim youth out there, especially young males, that they have to be very careful about their actions and what they say. Even if they don’t think they’re doing some kind of criminal act, it might be perceived by law enforcement … that you’re promoting something illegal. That can have some very bad consequences.”
Mohamed, Bedier said, “was sent here on a scholarship to do a doctorate in engineering and not to make videos, and now he’s going to pay the price for that.”
So why is Bedier now claiming not to know Ahmed Mohamed? If Mohamed were a “good old boy,” would Bedier be throwing him under the bus? Is it “Islamophobia”?
Seriously, of course, it is that Bedier doesn’t want it on record that he was defending in the press and acting as the spokesman for a man who has pleaded guilty to aiding jihad terrorists. But it is. Nevertheless, however, the mainstream media will no doubt fall for this, getting amnesia about Bedier’s previous race-baiting and plumping for Mohamed as well as Megahed, and continuing to treat Bedier as if he really were a human rights activist, as he styles himself.