Feds Weigh Public Risk, Evidence in Terror Probes

By: Greg Bluestein AP Email
By: Greg Bluestein AP Email

ATLANTA (AP) - Two men convicted of terror-related charges earlier this year in Atlanta will soon be sentenced, the culmination of a delicate investigation by federal authorities.

FBI agents saw Syed Haris Ahmed, who was suspected of being linked to terrorists, walk outside of a Home Depot store in January 2006 with materials that could be used in bombmaking.

The situation exemplified the tough decision faced by other terror investigators across the country: They could swoop in and
keep him from potentially building a bomb, which could leave them with a case too weak to win a conviction. Or they could keep building a stronger case, and risk a potential attack.

The agents ultimately held off and gathered more evidence, including videos Ahmed and co-defendant Ehsanul Islam Sadequee took of possible targets.

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