Ohio officer says Jordanian tried to recruit him for terrorist cause
The Associated Press
DAYTON, Ohio- A Jordanian man living in Ohio tried to recruit a Virginia police officer for a terrorist cause, the officer testified in a federal pre-sentence hearing for the suspect.
Vazquez said he contacted Obeid through two Web sites and contacted the FBI after reading Obeid's e-mails.
Obeid, who worked as a cashier in Dayton before his arrest last March on immigration fraud charges, was indicted in October after telling FBI agents that he hadn't used the e-mail account.
He pleaded guilty in December to a felony count of knowingly and willfully making false material representation. He faces a maximum of five years in prison.
Reference librarian Laura Girolamo testified Wednesday that Obeid apparently sent e-mail about gun silencers and constructing hydrogen bombs on a computer at the Troy-Miami County Public Library. She contacted the FBI as well.
Obeid's lawyer, Shawn Kelly, challenged Vazquez's interpretation of the e-mail and said he doubted Girolamo could know for sure that Obeid sent the e-mails from the library.
Obeid's attorneys have argued that he visited terrorist Web sites because he was conducting research for a book about terrorism and world religions.
A federal immigration judge ordered Obeid's deportation in September, and he has not appealed the decision, said Elaine Komis, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Immigration officials said they believe Obeid entered the United States through marriage fraud. He married a Kansas City woman in Jordan and came to the United States in 2001, according to court papers. The marriage was annulled five months later.