"His struggle as a seeker of justice..."
Currently serving a 17-1/2 year sentence at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, convicted terrorist Tarek Mehanna was the recipient of 36th annual Sacco & Vanzetti Social Justice Award presented by The Community Church of Boston, as reported by MetroWest Daily News of Framingham, Massachusetts on Jan. 6, 2013.
Touted as a hero for "his struggle as a seeker of justice," Mehanna "was convicted in 2011 on various terrorism-related charges after federal prosecutors said he traveled to Yemen to seek training in a terrorist camp in order to fight U.S. soldiers in Iraq and translated texts for terror groups."
A congregation numbering in the dozens gathered at the Community Church to hear a tape recording of Mehenna's sentencing statement in which he proclaimed his innocence, and also defended his belief in "Muslim’s right to self defense," but insisted he did not conspire to kill American troops in Iraq.
Meanwhile, members of the Tarek Mehanna Support Committee rallied on his behalf, stating that the convicted terrorist is a "political prisoner and target of FBI persecution."
Sporting the grandiose title of "Congressional Director," Linda Jenkins of the Mehanna Support Committee called the evidence against Mehanna "laughable" and suggested the real reason for his arrest "was that he was a politically outspoken Muslim who refused to collude with the FBI."
MetroWest Daily News offered no evidence of the Mehanna supporters accusations against the FBI.
The Mehanna saga has been extensively covered in the Communist Party news publication Worker's World.
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