OK, so Rome is not quite in the “ATL” but it’s close enough.
A Georgia man pleaded guilty to providing “material support” to Hamas:
Mohamed Shorbagi, 42, who lived near Rome, entered his guilty plea on Aug. 28, federal authorities said Friday. Shorbagi’s court documents were unsealed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta Friday morning.
“This case illustrates that people who illegally support foreign terrorist organizations may be found anywhere in the United States, even in quiet and pleasant places like Rome,” U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said in a prepared statement. “We will use every lawful tool to ferret out terrorism and those who provide material support to it, regardless of where they live or how they try to hide their criminal activities.”
Terrorism is not a story that gets a lot of coverage locally but perhaps it should. This is not the first time a Georgia resident has been charged with providing “material support” to a terrorist organization. We must also remember that Mohammed Atta, one of the 9/11 pilots, spent time in Lawrenceville at Briscoe Field as well as a local gym.
Thankfully, the FBI is arresting some of these guys and the DOJ is prosecuting them with some success as this guilty plea suggests.
Other posts on local terrorists at the Buzz Blog: