New York's own Abdel Hameed Shehadeh tried to join the U.S. military, but his plans were foiled. Now that he's in custody, he's been informing on his fellow American jihadists, one of whom is already in the U.S. military.
The government, however, won't release the names.
Abdel Hameed Shehadeh was a fount of information when lawmen interrogating him last year in Honolulu showed him more than 40 photos of possible evildoers, according to court papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Shehadeh’s lawyer is seeking to suppress the 22-page FBI report in which Shehadeh spills his guts.
The alleged rogues’ gallery he describes includes Brooklyn teachers of the Islamic orthodoxy Salafism, a livery cab driver, an Ethiopian Muslim in the U.S. Army and a College of Staten Island student who attended a fund-raiser at Brooklyn College for a terrorist.
Others he ID’d had delivered pro-jihadist speeches at mosques or ranted in online chat rooms, he said, and included a reputed member of the terror group Hamas who lives in Syracuse.
Most bizarre is the homeless husband-and-wife — she comes from a wealthy family and he drives a luxury BMW sedan — who watched a beheading video with Shehadeh, according to an FBI report.
Shehadeh recalled attending a lecture at the Brooklyn Islamic Center in 2008 with someone named “Omar” and a second man who peddled pro-jihad T-shirts. “Almost everything [Omar] and his friend . . . talked about was jihad,” the report states.
The names of the persons of interest are being withheld by the Daily News because Shehadeh’s claims could not be independently confirmed.
Shehadeh’s lawyer publicly filed the FBI report as part of a motion to suppress his client’s post-arrest snitching and statements about his own radicalization.
Shehadeh signed an affidavit claiming he was tricked into waiving his constitutional right against self-incrimination.
The Brooklyn-born Shehadeh, 22, is charged with lying to the feds about a failed attempt to travel to Pakistan and join the Taliban.
He also tried to join the U.S. Army himself, but was rejected because he failed to disclose his overseas trips.
“At some point after stopping the interview, Shehadeh was asked what he was thinking about. (He) answered, ‘How much I incriminated myself,’ ” Special Agent John Tinning and Detective Angel Maysonet wrote. (Source)