FBI's $50,000 Reward to Capture Fugitive Terror Suspect and Northeastern Graduate Spotlights Boston's Extremist Networks
by CHARLES JACOBS
October 10, 2012
Boston, MA. Dr. Charles Jacobs, President of Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), a Boston-based interfaith group, today praised the FBI for its recent announcement of a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Northeastern University alumnus and terrorist fugitive Ahmad Abousamra.
"Abousamra is a product of the radicalization young American Muslims," Jacobs said. "According to his indictment, he justified murder of civilians, such as the September 11, 2001 attacks because he believes civilians were not innocent because they paid taxes to support the government and because they were Kufar (non-believers)."
Abousamra is charged with traveling to Pakistan and Yemen to seek military training so he could kill American soldiers, as well as conspiracy to provide material support and resources to Al Qaeda. His co-conspirator, Tarek Mehanna, a Sudbury Massachusetts native, was captured and sentenced to 17.5 years in prison on similar charges.
During Mehanna's trial, some Muslim leaders openly encouraged their constituents to support him. Former Northeastern University Muslim Chaplain Abdullah Faaruuq gave sermons and organized demonstrations in his support. The University severed ties with Faaruuq in the aftermath of a video expose that showed Faaruuq's defense of Mehanna. (www.nuextremism.com)
"Indeed," said Jacobs, "Mehanna's supporters have built a large web presence among online extremists, who post messages like "Close Guantanamo Bay, Reopen Auschwitz" on Free Mehanna websites."
Jacobs said, "It is important to know that Ahmad Abousamra is intimately tied to Boston Islamist circles. He is the son of Abdulbadi Abousamra, a Syrian immigrant and former vice-president of the Muslim American Society (MAS) of Boston, a group identified by Federal prosecutors as the American front group of the Muslim Brotherhood. In Boston, the MAS runs Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center - the largest mosque in the Northeast. This mosque held an event in support of Tarek Mehanna last year."
Americans for Peace and Tolerance praises the FBI's intensified efforts to capture Ahmad Abousamra.