Extremism & Terror

Sudbury to Mumbai

cat sudtomumbaiThis section focuses on the arrest and conviction of Tarek Mehanna, a Sudbury, Massachusetts resident on terrorist charges. Our research offers a glimpse into a loosely-coordinated web of radical Islamic individuals and organizations based in New England with ties to Islamic terrorist groups overseas. This web is responsible for the radicalization of the next generation of American Muslims. We demonstrate the disheartening phenomenon (given the historical moderation and success of Boston Muslims) of the current groundswell of support for Tarek within a segment of the Boston Muslim community and its virulent response to his arrest. The video shows how Islamic radicals have been using the Internet to organize thousands of supporters and raise money for Tarek  a man who the FBI alleges had enjoyed gloating over propaganda videos of Al Qaeda terrorists disemboweling and burning the bodies of American GIs in Iraq. (Tarek and his friends mockingly called these mutilations Texas BBQs.)

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