Tarek Mehanna, 27, of Sudbury, MA, was arrested and charged in federal court today with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
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The complaint says that beginning in or around 2001 -- up until May 2008 -- Mehanna conspired with Ahmad Abousamra, and others to "provide material support and resources for use in carrying out a conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure persons or damage property in a foreign country and extraterritorial homicide of a U.S. national."
More specifically, acting U.S. Attorney Michael K. Loucks said at a press conference this morning that Mehanna and his conspirators had allegedly conspired to shoot and kill one or two members of the executive branch of the U.S. government -- neither, Loucks said, is still a member of the executive branch, and "neither were in any danger at any time." The men also allegedly tried to fight and kill Americans overseas -- traveling to Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen -- and attempting to receive training from the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Toiba.