Tech student charged with supporting terror group

AJC: Tech student charged with supporting terror group

A 21-year-old Georgia Tech student taken into federal custody last month has been charged with giving “material support” to a terrorist organization, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday.

The student, Syed Haris Ahmed, a mechanical engineering major who had become increasingly religious in his Islamic faith, was arrested March 23 by the FBI.

“This is the first international terrorism charge ever filed in Georgia,” said U.S. Attorney David Nahmias shortly after unsealing the indictment “The charge against Mr. Ahmed is serious and involves national security and will be prosecuted with that in mind.”

Authorities declined to provide details about the charges but said they had investigated Ahmed for about a year.

8 comments

  1. DoubleDawg3 says:

    I always knew those Techies were terrorists! J/k of course, but this is pretty serious stuff.

    Thie mention of terrorism brings me to the question I’ve thought of over the past few weeks — Does anyone worry that if the US ever begins a strict crackdown on illegal immigration, including large amounts of deportation — some immigrants (potentially, those whose close family members are taken from the family and deported) might turn to violent actions against the US — I mean, I’m not talking hijacking planes or anything – but there could be some serious riots and as Oklahoma City showed us – acts of terrorism don’t take millions of dollars to plan and carry out.

  2. DoubleDawg3 says:

    Sorry for posting twice — I meant to add that I don’t really think my “hypo” will be a major problem, but I do think it’s a possibility. There are a lot of immigrants in the U.S. – especially in The Southwest – so I think large scale deportation (if it ever occurred, which I don’t think will happen) could lead to some ill feelings and violence.

  3. Melb says:

    DD3, I think a better question to ask is what kind of government would we be if we were trying to round up 11 million people, all who would have to go to some sort of detention center before they were deported? Is that the kind of country we want to be where we round up people and put them in detention centers? I would hope that American citizens and immigrants wouldn’t stand for that type of behavior. Though I wouldn’t advocate violence, non-violent resistance always seems to have a stronger effect. But to answer your question I think that it would depend on how the government rounds people up. — Just to even say that makes me cringe. I really hope that the America I love hasn’t got to the point where they see that as a good possible alternative.

  4. Bill Simon says:

    Melb, do you have a pot of gold that you can donate to us to help PAY all of the medical bills that are being run-up for these 1 million some-odd illegals?

    I’ll bet you think money grows on trees, right? Or, do you just suppose that everyone should keep giving more and more to the guvment to pay for all the folks who come here and stay illegally?

  5. Melb says:

    Mr. Simon, Right now there are 22,000 immigrants in detained in the United States at a cost of 600,000,000 a year. How much do you think it will cost for 11 million? Not to mention the erosion of liberties provided to all who step foot in America by the Constitution.

    I believe that there should be a path to amnesty/guestworker program/securer borders. This way they will be all be tax paying citizens and there will be no doubt that when they need a government service that they will have been paying for it.

    So aggressive, maybe you should work out or something instead of shooting off at the mouth.

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