Egyptian student had terrorist leanings, prosecutors say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Prosecutors in Memphis say an Egyptian man charged with using a fake Social Security number to enroll at a Memphis college was either planning or participating in a potential terrorist event.

Twenty-nine-year-old Mahmoud Maawad has been held without bond since his arrest in September while he was a student at the University of Memphis.

He drew the attention of federal authorities when a search of his apartment turned up DVD's on pilot training and charts on the layout of the Memphis airport. One of the DVD's was titled "How an Airline Captain Should Look and Act."

Authorities refuse to talk about their ongoing investigation of Maawad. But in a court filing, prosecutors said a computer seized from his apartment showed he was linking to web sites that are associated with a radical Sunni Muslim organization in Iraq.

The filing said traces of Internet activity on the computer also showed searches for information on how guns and bombs can be smuggled past airport security.

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