Monday, September 03, 2007

Megahed's Dad plays the race card

The AP reports:

...The father of a University of South Florida student accused of transporting explosives across state lines along with another student facing a terrorism-related charge says his son is not a terrorist.

"It's killing me," Samir Megahed said Saturday. "We have no charge like this in my family for 400 years. It's killing all my family in Egypt."

Engineering students Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, 24, and Youssef Samir Megahed, 21, were indicted Friday on federal charges of carrying explosive materials across state lines. Mohammed also faces terrorism-related charges of teaching and demonstrating how to use the explosives.

The students, both born in Egypt, have been held since Aug. 4, when they were stopped with what authorities described as pipe bombs in their car in Goose Creek, S.C. They were near a Navy base where enemy combatants have been held.

Megahed, 60, of Tampa, said Saturday... "If he was a white man and not from the Middle East, I'm sorry, he would not be here today..."

Remember kids: never violate the traffic laws while driving near a sensitive military installation with a trunk full of "fireworks" that resemble pipe bombs and a laptop that contains explosives training videos, because you could get profiled.

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