Monday, October 22, 2007

Houston Four Muslim students accused of preparing to join the Taliban and fight U.S. forces overseas

Which mosque did these students attend? What do they teach there? Who funds it? Did the imam know about these students' plans? Did he approve? Does anyone know? Does anyone care? "Student faces more charges in 'battlefield jihad' case," by Cindy George for the Houston Chronicle (thanks to all who sent this in):
Federal prosecutors have filed additional charges against Adnan Mirza, one of the four Muslim students accused of preparing to join the Taliban to fight U.S.-led forces overseas.
Mirza, 30, was accused of planning to engage in "battlefield jihad" in the Middle East and financially supporting the terrorism group....
The charges include 10 firearm possession offenses, the alleged purchase of ammunition at a gun show for use during a paramilitary exercise and two conspiracy counts related to the training and financial support. He is accused of failing to secure a work visa before starting a job and overstaying his visa.
The indictment also alleges that $1,000 earmarked for Taliban fighters and their families passed through Mirza's hands.
Mirza, who had been studying biomedical technology at Houston Community College before his arrest last November, engaged in firearms training eight times at Houston-area campsites and shooting ranges from May 2005 through June 2006, the indictment alleges.
Why would a student of biomedical technology want to join the jihad? Doesn't poverty and alienation cause jihad? What's that? Study after study has shown that jihadists are generally wealthier and better educated than their peers, and that they're actually ideologically motivated? What are you, some kind of Islamophobe

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