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Friday, September 16, 2005

Anyone still against profiling?

This is disconcerting:
When FBI agents walked into Mahmoud Maawad's spartan apartment at 3557 Mynders # 5 on Sept. 9, they found a desk, chair, computer and a Koran.

They also found an airline pilot's uniform, a chart of Memphis International Airport, and instructional DVDs, including one called "How an Airline Captain Should Look and Act."

A federal magistrate Thursday ordered Maawad, a 29-year-old University of Memphis student from Egypt, jailed until his trial on charges of wire fraud and fraudulent use of a Social Security number. "The specific facts and circumstances are scary," Asst. U.S. Atty. Steve Parker said, arguing against Maawad's release.

Since Maawad can't get a Social Security number, "he can't get a pilot's license, and can't go to flight school," Parker said. "But he wants to get behind the wheel of an aircraft."

U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Thomas Anderson ruled that Maawad be held without bond.

Though it's not illegal to buy aviation material, Anderson noted, "it is hard for the court to understand why he has a large concentration of those items, and nothing else to indicate Mr. Maawad plans to stay in the community."

Maawad has been in the country illegally since 1999
, and has used a false Social Security number to enroll in schools and open a bank account, Parker said.

He's been working off-the-books for cash at a North Memphis convenience store, and was arrested by Shelby County sheriff's deputies last spring for selling alcohol to a minor.

Agents are downloading information from Maawad's computer and analyzing materials from his apartment in search of a terrorism connection.

"My school is everything," said Maawad, a clean-shaven man built like a weightlifter. "I stay in this country for seven years; I stay for the school." Maawad said he's studying science and economics at the U of M. Since Maawad can't work legally, he told authorities a friend would support him. When court employees tried to reach that friend, the telephone was disconnected. Between April and August, the penniless student ordered $3,000 in aviation materials, DVDs titled "Ups and Downs of Takeoffs and Landings," "Airplane Talk," "Mental Math for Pilots" and "Mastering GPS Flying," FBI agent Thad Gulczynski testified. He also ordered a pilot's coat and hat, and a chart of the Memphis airport terminal area from Spotty's USA in San Diego.
This situation raises dozens of questions. Here are just a few.
1. If he is penniless, who is funding his actions? Follow the money!
2. If he is here illegally and was arrested last year why is he still here???
3. Most importantly, how many other people like this character are here in this country plotting to do us harm?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

He doesn't neccesarily have to get a pilot's license to get into the cockpit. "Deadheading" is the practice of allowing non-flying "pilots" to catch a ride. Once he had schmoozed his way into a cockpit he potentially could have crashed a plane.

10:40 AM

Blogger Nocoen said...

We need to reserect the Able Danger group and have them continue to ferret out any potentials like this man.

Is it possible for this man to be a deep cover member of a cell that is just waiting for the message and off they go?

This could be AQ MO for the next go round of attacks.

10:50 AM

Anonymous Rodney A Stanton said...

4 years after 911 and we still have illegal aliens sneaking into America to do God only knows what? When is Bush going to get behind the War on Terror? Enough talk time for action.

10:55 AM

Anonymous Jo macDougal said...

If Bush is serious about the War on Terror he needs to enforce our borders. What was this illegal alien doing in America for 5 years?
We need some action from our President not just spending money and enlarging the government. Action to *win* the War on Terror.

11:05 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job getting a Malkin notice.

It's astonishing that this Maawad guy remains in the country.


9:03 AM


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