FBI agents say Youssef Megahed may have been part of a terrorist cell that was dismantled before it could accomplish its goal, an FBI supervisor testified this morning at Megahed's deportation hearing.
FBI agent Frederick Humphries said the former University of South Florida student used his status as a legal permanent resident to acquire firearms for his friend Ahmed Mohamed, later convicted of helping terrorists. "It appeared this was a cell, a group of individuals who had come together," Humphries testified.
On or about August 12, 2007, MOUSSAOUI told New York FBI Agents that on one occasion, he and AHMED LNU (a person now known to the FBI as AHMED ISHTAY) went to a shooting range with YOUSSEF SAMIR MEGAHED. He claimed that MEGAHED went to the range but that MOUSSAOUI and AHMED remained in the store browsing. MOUSSAOUI told New York FBI Agents he did not see what type of weapon MEGAHED used on this visit to the range.
So why is the New York FBI office involved when the activities of all of three of these people, thus far disclosed, occurred in Florida and South Carolina.
Apparently, they have a strong tie to New York--either Muslim terrorists there or a terrorist attack planned for the area. What is the New York connection? And who is Ahmed Ishtay a/k/a Ahmed Lnu? What is his role in this terrorist conspiracy?
**** UPDATE: Bill Warner sends the smiling photo of Karim Moussaoui, the third Smiling Terrorist and notes that the Temptations, sang in their 1971 song, "Smiling Faces," sang: