Abdel Hameed Shehadeh is causing a stir, all right – but not the one he might have wanted.
The 22-year-old former Staten Islander who’s charged with trying to join the Taliban in Pakistan has become a sort of hero for America after reportedly naming dozens of alleged pro-jihadists in New York and Hawaii.
His statement now fills a 22-page FBI report, which Shehadeh and his lawyer currently are trying to toss from his trial, the Daily News reported.
But whether or not it gets suppressed, authorities now know about all the people Shehadeh met in his travels. It’s also given conservative groups such as FrontPage Magazine something to crow about.
While the FBI figures out how much they can trust – or prove – their young suspect’s observations, authorities aren’t releasing names of the people Shehadeh mentioned. But the Daily News listed a few colorful details about some of them:
* Brooklyn teachers of Islamic Salafi orthodoxy, a branch of Islam that has become associated with violent jihad against civilians.
* A livery cab driver.
* An Ethiopian Muslim in the U.S. Army.
* A student at the College of Staten Island who attended a Brooklyn College fundraiser for a terrorist. What do they do at a fundraiser like that, anyway? Hold a raffle?
* A reputed member of Hamas who lives in Syracuse.
* A homeless husband and wife who drive around in a luxury BMW sedan, and who met with Shehadeh and watched a beheading video.
* A couple of guys who sell pro-jihad T-shirts. And where exactly does one wear those? At the gym?