Speaking of Homegrown Terror...

Posted: Aug 10, 2006 10:08 AM

Two held on terror charges in Ohio, found with air passenger lists and airport security info.

Two men were charged Wednesday with money laundering in support of terrorism after authorities said they found airplane passenger lists and information on airport security checkpoints in their car.

Deputies stopped Osama Sabhi Abulhassan, 20, and Ali Houssaiky, 20, both of Dearborn, Mich., on a traffic violation Tuesday. They found the flight documents along with $11,000 cash and 12 phones in the car, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Prosecutor Susan Vessels declined to say how the phones, cash or flight information involved terrorism.

Abulhassan and Houssaiky admitted buying about 600 phones in recent months at stores in southeast Ohio, said sheriff's Maj. John Winstanley. The men said they sold the phones to someone in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb.

Michelle Malkin blogged it last night.

And, there are the missing Egyptian students...11 college-aged Egyptians took off after hitting JFK Airport last week instead of showing up at a Montana university they were supposed to be attending.

Three of those guys are now in custody.

The FBI on Saturday issued a nationwide alert to law enforcement agencies. Included were the students' names, ages, passport numbers and photographs.

"At the present time there are no known associations to any terrorist groups. Approach with caution," the lookout bulletin said. (Watch Homeland Security work on the mystery -- 2:22)

Mohamed Ragab Mohamed Abd Alla and Ebrahim Mabrouk Moustafa Abdou, both 22, turned themselves in to police in Manville, New Jersey, after seeing news reports that federal agents were looking for them, a law enforcement source said.

The two men showed up at the police station and asked why they were being sought, the source said.

One was picked up in Minnesota. Lorie Byrd (who has pictures of the students):

Even though the FBI keeps repeating the line that these men pose no terrorism threat, how about they investigate the possibility anyway. I mean, it's not like Minneapolis has never had a connection to al Qaeda before.
From an AP report I got in my e-mail about today's British terror plot:

The plot was not believed to be connected to the Egyptian students who disappeared in the United States more than a week ago before reaching a college they were supposed to attend in Montana. Three of the 11 have since been found and the FBI has said neither they nor the still-missing eight are believed to be a threat.