Massachusetts man goes to trial on U.S. terror charges

October 22, 2011 at 7:05 am in Grand Forks Herald

Prosecutors portray Tarek Mehanna as a terrorist in the making, a man who tried to help al-Qaida by promoting violent jihad online and traveling to Yemen to seek training in a terrorist camp. But Mehanna’s lawyers say he was just a college kid expressing his political views the way many people do over the Internet and no matter how unpopular his opinions, they are protected by the First Amendment. As Mehanna goes on trial in Boston next week, some experts see it as a case that will test the limits of counter-terrorism laws. Continue Reading