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U.S. citizen Tarek Mehanna was sentenced to 17 years in a supermax prison. Having watched his country invade Iraq and kill thousands of Muslims, in his 20s he spoke against the U.S. war. To critics of the case, it appears he was convicted essentially for translating publicly available text and videos from Arabic, for visiting Yemen without finding a mujahedin training camp, and for declining to become an FBI informant against a friend whom Mehanna had counselled against violence. The FBI built the case against Mehanna using the friend's testimony, and in exchange the friend was not charged. Mehanna neither hatched a plot, nor had a weapon.
- Live radio interview by Amy Grunder, first aired on "Sounds of Dissent" on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston, 2012-04-14.
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