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Feds Seek Dozen People In Terror Plot

From CNN:

Najibullah Zazi arrives at the offices of the FBI in Denver for questioning on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009.

Source: Feds seek about a dozen people in terror investigation

(CNN) — Investigators are looking for about a dozen more people in connection with a wide-ranging terror investigation that has already netted arrests in Colorado and New York City, a source familiar with the investigation said Tuesday.

Federal agents arrested three men late Saturday in connection with what the Justice Department has said was a plot to detonate bombs in the United States.

Najibullah Zazi, his father Mohammed Wali Zazi and Muslim cleric Ahmad Wais Afzali are charged with lying to federal agents. All three men are originally from Afghanistan.

A federal magistrate set bail at $50,000 Monday during the men’s first appearances in courtrooms in New York and Colorado.

The elder Zazi, 53, whose son is at the center of the investigation, will be allowed to go home under electronic monitoring and required to remain there except for work, medical care, religious services or court appearances, prosecutors said. He is unlikely to be released until later this week.

Prosecutors are asking that his son, 24-year-old Najibullah Zazi, be held until trial. He is scheduled to attend a detention hearing Thursday.

Investigators said Najibullah Zazi has admitted attending courses and receiving instructions on weapons and explosives at an al Qaeda training facility in Pakistan’s tribal areas during a 2008 trip.

They also say he lied to federal agents about explosives-handling instructions they found on his computer.

His attorney, Arthur Folsom, has denied the allegations.

Afzali appeared in a federal court in New York, where a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf. He smiled as he listened to the magistrate read the charge against him, blowing kisses to his wife during the hearing.

Ron Kuby, Afzali’s lawyer, said his client had tried to help federal agents find Najibullah Zazi and called the charge against his client "a bootstrap case" the government brought "to cover up their own failings and the fact that they were the ones who blew this investigation."

According to affidavits outlining the charges against him, Afzali warned Najibullah Zazi that his phone call was being monitored. But Kuby said Afzali was helping "absolutely frantic" federal agents find Zazi, who had attended his Queens mosque with his family as a teenager.

"My client didn’t tip him off, he was already tipped off," Kuby said. "And now, the FBI is looking for somebody to blame."

The plot may have been targeting a major transportation center, such as a large railroad or subway station, sources close to the investigation said last week.

We are so relieved that these innocents have gotten proper legal representation, and as such are no longer cooperating with the authorities.

We certainly can’t have that.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Feds Seek Dozen People In Terror Plot”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    IN case anyone was wondering, this is that exact same attitude that the Clinton administration took that got us into a ton of trouble to begin with…and Carter before that.

    They STILL, to this day….insist on treating these suspects with kid gloves. It’s not kids shoplifting. It’s not domestic squabbles. This highfalutin attitude that “Our system of laws will result in justice” is clearly naive. There is a war…these are war criminals. But wait….Blammo, the boy king said he doesn’t like the word “war on terror”. Or….”victory” for that matter.

    So what is it that you seek, boy? “mutual equality under the sun”?

    What a moron.

  2. proreason says:

    We should let them all go.

    The whole thing was plotted when BushHitler was president, so who can blame them.

    Indeed, they were only being patriotic in attempting to bring down that anti-american regime.

    But now, well, some job openings recently cropped up in Acorn offices around the country.

    They will quickly become productive citizens when provided with useful work.

    And welfare, and tax rebates, and free education, and free health care, and job advancement preferences, etc.

  3. Petronius says:

    “All three men are originally from Afghanistan.”

    If one believes––and I do––that the American end has to be epidemic insanity, this certainly measures up.

    Good grief. Do we really need to import these people into the USA? What possible benefit do Americans derive from such immigration policies? The advancement of the Liberal Death Wish?

    One might think that the much debated 12M to 30M illegals, on top of the one million quota legals who arrive annually, plus the millions of chain-migrant family members, plus the millions of refugees, students, et al. who arrive each year, not to mention the untold millions of anchor babies, would be enough to satisfy them. But no, these millions are insufficient. We must also import Islamic jihadists.

    Even the lowly amoeba has the instinct for self-preservation. Liberalism is madness.

    Romanus orbis ruit.

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