« | »

Would Be Subway Terrorist Pleads Guilty

From an annoyed Associated Press:

Terror suspect Zazi cites NYC subway attack plan

By Tom Hays And Adam Goldman, Associated Press

February 22, 2010

NEW YORK – Terrorism suspect Najibullah Zazi has told a federal judge that he was trained by al-Qaida for a "martyrdom" plan to attack the New York City subways.

The 25-year-old former Denver airport shuttle driver pleaded guilty Monday in New York to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

Zazi also pleaded guilty to counts of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and providing material support for a terrorist organization. He faces a life prison sentence without parole.

The Afghan native says he agreed to the bomb plot because of the United States’ military action in Afghanistan. He says he received training in Pakistan.

He was arrested in the fall after arousing authorities’ suspicions by driving cross-country from Denver to New York around the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks…

One day one of these terrorists isn’t going to get a plea bargain.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Would Be Subway Terrorist Pleads Guilty”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    From a satisfied AP:

    AP source: NYC terror suspect plans plea deal


    By TOM HAYS and ADAM GOLDMAN, Associated Press Writers

    NEW YORK – The key suspect in an alleged plot to attack New York City with homemade bombs has begun cooperating with investigators and is preparing for a possible plea deal, two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation said Monday.

    Najibullah Zazi, a Colorado airport shuttle driver, has begun talking to authorities and plans a guilty plea that could come as early as Monday, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation into the terror plot is ongoing.

    As important as a plea would be, Zazi may be far more valuable to investigators as a source for information about co-conspirators in the United States and Pakistan.

    Three people with inside knowledge of the investigation confirmed that the jailed Zazi volunteered information during a recent sit-down with his attorney and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn. The sit-down, known as a proffer session, typically signals that a defendant has begun cooperating in a bid for a plea deal.

    Zazi’s attorney, William Stampur, didn’t immediately return a telephone message Monday.

    Zazi — accused of receiving explosives training in an al-Qaida terror camp in Pakistan — told prosecutors that he was armed with bomb-making components while en route to New York City last year, but got rid of them along the way, the people said.

    Zazi’s account, if true, could explain what happened to explosive materials authorities suspect were meant for a possible attack on the New York City transit system.

    The government alleges the airport driver and others bought beauty supplies in Colorado to make peroxide-based bombs before he tried to mix the explosives in a hotel room there and then set out cross-country by car in September. Searches of his car after he arrived turned up bomb-making plans on a laptop computer, but no actual devices or materials.

    The cooperation by Zazi suggests prosecutors hope to expand the case and bring charges against other suspects in his case and possibly other terror probes. At the time of Zazi’s arrest, Attorney General Eric Holder called the case the most serious terrorism threat since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    Amid the debate over whether alleged al-Qaida and other terror suspects should be tried in civilian courts, federal prosecutors have sought to demonstrate that they can persuade suspects like Zazi to cooperate and provide more reliable information without coercion.

    One of the people familiar with the Zazi case told the AP that Zazi decided to offer the information after being warned that his mother could face criminal immigration charges.

    This is why it is wrong to bring terror suspects to civilian courts. Coercion in a military system offers no “plea-deal” type of angle, thus, the terrorist is held accountable and will never be released, has no bargaining power and will rot in prison. Knowing they have power for information the good guys so desperately want, they can use that for manipulation. (And will)

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Wow, we got 1. Good. Let’s just take a look how many others might be out there…..

    Out of 1.3 BILLION Muslims, here is our data for the number of muslim extremists we are going to have to catch:

    A “small minority” of 25% (1 out of 4 people) = 325,000,000 radicals world-wide.
    ~The same population of the United States and Saudi Arabia combined.

    10% are extremists = 130,000,000 (130 million)
    ~The entire population of Japan + New Mexico

    5% are extremists= 65,000,000 (65 million)
    ~All of France


    “Oh it’s probably less than 1% I am sure, nothing to worry about!”

    1% are extremists (10 out of 1000 Muslims) = 13,000,000 (13 million world-wide)
    ~The entire population of Illinois

    1/2 of 1% = (5 out of 1000 Muslims) 6,500,000 (6.5 million)
    ~The entire population of Arizona

    1/4 of 1%= (2.5 out of 1000 Muslims) 3,250,000 (3.25 million)
    ~The entire population of Connecticut

    1/8 of 1% = (1.25 out of every 1000 Muslims) 1,625,000
    ~The population of Nebraska

    1/16 of 1% = (.8 out of ever 1000 Muslims) 812,500
    ~The population of South Dakota

    1/32 of 1%= 406,250
    ~The population of Miami

    I have a strong feeling, it is just a matter of time before 1 of the extremists beats the odds, and is successful attacking America.

« Front Page | To Top
« | »