On December 5, 2012, Amir Bedier, a Cairo accountant, was shot in the face outside the Egyptian presidential palace. His older brother, Ahmed, a Muslim activist from Florida, lauded him as a hero for risking his life to help others. Unfortunately for him, the man he was spinning as a hero is a follower of Osama bin Laden. When the information about this was exposed, within days, the two moved to delete the evidence. Yet, thanks to computer screenshots of the offenses and a need for the public to be educated on the matter, the information lives on.
Both Amir Bedier and Ahmed Bedier spent at least part of their childhoods in the United States. While their father worked on his PhD at the University of Oregon in Corvallis, the siblings stayed in the area going to local schools. Amir's photo is shown on Corvallis' Adams Elementary School graduating class of 1986 – 1987. Ahmed's name is found on a web page devoted to swim team record-holders for Corvallis High School (He set his record in 1989).
The atmosphere in Corvallis, Oregon was as far from radical Islam as possible. According to Sperling's Best Places, only .36% of the population of Corvallis practices Islam today. As Bedier brother Osama Bedier quipped about his early life in Corvallis, "I felt like the only Egyptian there."