Tarek Mehanna’s father said the young man’s 17 ½-year prison term on terror charges was unjust, and Mehanna’s lawyer likened him to Martin Luther King Jr. or Nelson Mandela. But federal prosecutors said after his sentencing today that he had gotten what he deserved. “Mr. Mehanna faced the consequences of his actions -- for conspiring to support terrorists, for conspiring to kill Americans oversees, and for lying to the FBI,” said US Attorney Carmen Ortiz. “This is not about the First Amendment. This is about how Tarek Mehanna made decisions for himself with no consideration for others,” she told reporters outside US District Court in Boston.
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