[Guest post by DRJ]
Remember last month’s South Carolina incident in which 2 University of South Florida students were stopped for speeding 7 miles from the Goose Creek Naval Weapons Station (where enemy combatants have been held) and then jailed on explosives charges?
The Tampa Tribune reports that a federal grand jury in Tampa, Florida, has asked for “DNA and hair samples” from Youssef Megahed, one of the 2 students, and heard testimony from 3 other witnesses:
“…the FBI searched a home at 12402 Pampas Place in Tampa that is owned by Noor and Ana Salhab. Authorities said the search was related to the case involving the students. Noor Salhab later told reporters that his son, Ghassan, has been living in the home and that he has been renting to college students while waiting to sell it. Noor Salhab said a friend of Mohamed’s rented a room there, and Mohamed planned to move in on Aug. 7. Noor and Ghassan Salhab, with attorney Brooke Elvington, spent about an hour in the grand jury area Wednesday. Neither would talk to a reporter.
Also appearing before the grand jury Wednesday was Ahmed Bedier, who has been a spokesman for the Megahed family. Bedier is executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and a frequent media spokesman for Muslims and Islamic causes. He was accompanied by attorney Lyann Goudie and appeared to be in the grand jury area for about an hour. Bedier declined to answer questions about his testimony, saying he wanted to check with the national headquarters of CAIR about what he was allowed to say. Bedier has called for fairness in the investigation of the students. He has stopped short of vouching for them.”
Apparently the investigation is ongoing.