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Former Hawaii man convicted of lying to FBI about joining al-Qaida

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:12 a.m. HST, Mar 26, 2013

NEW YORK >> A former Hawaii man has been convicted of lying to the FBI about plans to team up with the Taliban or al-Qaida.

A jury on Monday found Abdel Hameed Shehadeh guilty in federal court in Brooklyn.

Friends of Shehadeh testified that he spoke of wanting to die while waging violent jihad, or holy war, abroad against the U.S. military. They said the former Staten Island resident had hoped to attend a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

The defendant first drew the attention of the FBI in 2008 when he bought a one-way plane ticket to Islamabad. Prosecutors say he later lied by saying he was going to get religious training.

FBI agents arrested Shehadeh at his residence in Honolulu in October of 2010. Shehadeh is a U.S. citizen who was born and raised in New York.

He faces up to 21 years in prison at sentencing. No date has been set.

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cojef wrote:
Really?? If you are an arab, for gosh sakes don't visit Afghanistan or Pakistan, or idly make stupid remarks, cuz you'll get arrested.
on March 25,2013 | 03:58PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Doesn't the FBI know that everyone in Hawaii lies? It's a cultural thing.
on March 25,2013 | 09:15PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
It is a Constitutional RIGHT to lie. Under our Constitution one has a Right and freedom to plan, plot, intend and conspire all one wants. Of course the enforcers of the Law think otherwise. We have a Right to travel anywhere one wants with the proper papers of that Country. A Right to train at any camp. To say learn to kill there or here in the US is no different. One has a Right to learn good or bad as one wants, that is freedom. What the Law is doing is Unconstitutional. To say he lied to the FBI is saying that if you killed someone and no one knows yet, the FBI can 'ask' you if you did it and one has to answer and NOT lie. Gee, istn't that an easy way to solve Crimes? Just ask and the have to be truthful? In other words, no can plead not guilty. Pity.
on March 26,2013 | 12:54PM
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