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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Suspected Anti-Masonic Terrorist Plotter On Trial

The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting this week on the trial of terrorism suspect Syed Haris Ahmed, a Pakistani-born former Georgia Tech student arrested in March 2006. Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee stand accused of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

Ahmed admitted to FBI agents that he had taken "casing videos" of Washington landmarks, including the U.S. Capitol and the Scottish Rite House of the Temple, that wound up on the computer of a London terrorist. The casing videos were discovered on the computer of Younis Tsouli, an al-Qaeda-inspired computer expert from London who is serving a 10-year prison sentence.

Ahmed admitted the videos would be helpful to "plan something," according to transcripts of his FBI interviews. He and Sadequee took the videos and placed them on the internet to attract the attention of terrorists, in the hopes they would be recruited. Ahmed acknowledged meeting with extremists in Toronto and going to Pakistan in 2005 for jihadist military training, where he intended to join Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (Soldiers Of The Pure), a Kashmir based terrorist group.

Ahmed told agents that his jihadist thoughts led him to contemplate attacks on Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, the Masonic Temple in Washington and oil refineries in Texas. Ahmed said he contemplated attacking Dobbins because he once lived near there. He said he believed Freemasons were like the "devil."

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