Florida Muslim accused of conspiring to aid al-Qaeda and join jihad groups waives bail hearing

Shelton Thomas Bell of Jacksonville, FL

Florida is mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report fifty-six times. Eleven of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers either lived in or visited Florida. Mohammed Atta and two of the 9/11 hijackers who flew the planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon trained at an airfield in Venice, FL. President Bush on 9/11 was at the Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, FL when the first plane struck the World Trade Center.

Floridians are hypersensitive to terrorists in their midsts.

“Fla. Man Accused of Training With Terrorists Held,” from the Associated Press, August 8 states:

A 19-year-old Florida man accused of conspiring to aid al-Qaeda and traveling to the Middle East to join terrorist groups in Yemen waived his bail hearing. Shelton Thomas Bell, of Jacksonville, is charged with two federal counts of trying to provide material support to terrorists. His attorney said Thursday there was no need to decide bail on federal charges because he is already in state custody on grand theft charges.

Bell is accused of stealing money and computers to finance his trip to the Middle East.

A judge granted public defender Lisa Call’s request that Bell be allowed to re-address the federal bail if anything changes in the state’s case.

If convicted of the federal crimes, Bell could face up to 30 years in prison.

Robert Spencer from Jihad Watch writes, “Yet another convert to Islam misunderstands his new, peaceful religion as involving violence against non-Muslims. There are no converts to Christianity who have misunderstood it as involving violence against non-Christians — so it doesn’t seem to be a general misunderstanding. Nonetheless, no mosque or Islamic organization in the U.S. has any program to teach converts to Islam to reject this understanding of Islam that they ostensibly reject. But government and law enforcement authorities don’t seem in the least concerned about that, so why should anyone else be? What could possibly go wrong?”

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