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October 06, 2007

Hand Signals Sent Between SC2?

Officials seem to suspect far more secret signals than actually seem sent, but who knows.

The federal government says a tape of Yousef Megahedís brother Yahia shows him using secret code through facial movements and then sign language to communicate with Megahed. The government told a federal judge, thatís why Megahed is a danger to the community.

And when the government first played that tape of what it said was Megahedís brother sending secret signals to him when he was talking to him while he was in jail it looked as if it had a real smoking gun. Unfortunately for the government at the time the tape was made, Megahed was in his cell and couldnít see it and Megahedís brother says he was just seeing himself on camera and making faces because he was bored.

Adam Allen, Megaheadís attorney, says he thought it was rather funny and comical that the government would make such assumptions of a 24-year-old. Although Megahedís attorney wouldnít go as far as saying the government tape was embarrassing, he canít understand how prosecutors could tell a federal judge that this was part of dark conspiracy.

They don't have to allege a dark conspiracy. Just a conspiracy. And given these nice kids were caught with explosives and are now known to have been shopping for a high-powered rifle, none of this can be called "rather funny and comical."

Dan Riehl was kind enough to send me a half-speed version of the "signaling video," which I've uploaded to YouTube.

Eh. The faces seem to me to be playing around, and that makes it seem likely he's just playing with his hand to watch how it looks on the video. The signals don't seem to have the crispness one would expect from actual signals, and with so few of them, what message could be communicated?


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