Terrorists in Tennessee?

In Crime on December 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I guess there could be stranger things.

Hazam Ali Ahmed, a 35-year-old who operates a convenience store in Knoxville, was charged with felony weapons charges recently

Hamaz Ali Ahmed Indictment

after two guns were found in his store. Now, a convenience store operator with guns? What next? Aquariums with water?

Except last week, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, at a bail hearing, an FBI agent who is a member of the local Joint Terrorist Task Force there, testified that Ahmed had been caught on tape three years ago allegedly trying to recruit a confidential informant into Al Qaeda.

“He referred to jihad,” the agent said. “He asked the confidential source if he would be interested in joining jihad. He stated that he was connected to Al Qaeda, that he had worked for them for several years. He wanted to the informant to join Al Qaeda.”

His defense lawyer maintained he had “been joking” and tried to make a point tat the comments were made almost four years ago.

Prosecutors, though, pointed out that Ahmed doesn’t own any property in the United States and that his wife and five kids live in Yemen, where he is starting a business.

The judge ordered him held.

So, is he a terrorist in training or a convenience store owner who wanted a little protection?

I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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