I’m headed out shortly to go to Washington and the Code Red Rally, but wanted to get this up quickly. There is a lot I could say about it, but one question right off the top of my head is, what’s up with Tennessee and Muslim immigrants? Has the word gone out to ‘go to Tennessee young man?’ Hat tip: Jerry Gordon (Update: Gordon’s post here).
Is a Northwest Knoxville convenience store operator a jihad jokester or a terrorist-in-waiting?
That was the question U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton faced Monday as federal prosecutors Jeff Theodore and Will Mackie pushed for the detention pending trial of Hazam Ali Ahmed.
The 35-year-old Ahmed was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms after authorities last week found two guns inside the Central Convenience Store on Keith Avenue that he operated.
However, testimony at Monday’s hearing shows Ahmed has been on the radar screen of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force since at least January 2006.
FBI Agent Mark D. Murphy testified that an informant clandestinely recorded chats with Ahmed in early 2006 during which Ahmed allegedly tried to recruit the informant into the terrorist network al-Qaeda.
Note to FBI: If you are looking for more to get this guy on, check his food stamp transactions. These Muslim convenience stores are notorious for buying food stamps from people in need of cash for 50 cents on the dollar and then being reimbursed by the taxpayer for the full dollar. Use our search function for key words ‘food stamp scams.’ The fact that he owns nothing in the US and has a family in Yemen tells me he is likely sending those funds back ‘home.’