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The bombmakers' friend
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/1/9 | Debra J. Saunders

Posted on 10/01/2009 7:41:05 AM PDT by SmithL

On Tuesday, Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old Afghan immigrant who was a teenager in Queens during the Sept. 11 attacks, pleaded not guilty to federal terrorism conspiracy charges in New York.

This is a scary story. Police stopped and searched Zazi's rented car on the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 10, as the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks loomed and President Obama was about to join world leaders at a U.N. confab.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, Zazi flew to Pakistan in August 2008 to receive bombmaking instructions, returned to use the Internet and nine pages of handwritten bombmaking notes he had e-mailed himself from Pakistan to purchase and mix triacetone triperoxide (TATP) - the explosive used in the 2005 London transit bombings that killed 52 commuters.

Prosecutors have announced that they will use communications obtained under the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act that allows for secret wiretapping for national security reasons. The New York Daily News reported that authorities had been watching Zazi for more than a year after a "lucky hit" wiretap caught Zazi communicating with Osama bin Laden's followers.

Meanwhile, in Washington, a group of Democratic senators are working to undermine FISA. Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced the Retroactive Immunity Repeal Act that would make the country free again for lawyers who want to sue telephone companies for cooperating...

As Dodd said in a news release: "We make our nation safer when we eliminate the false choice between liberty and security."

Wrong; it is a very real choice. As Heritage Foundation fellow Jena Baker McNeill told me, allowing lawyers to sue telecommunication companies "would probably chill their willingness to participate in national security investigations" -which is not good because "the government can't do this without their participation."

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaida; connecticut; democrat; democrats; dodd; feingold; fisa; globaljihad; jihad; leahy; merkle; merkley; nowot; oregon; pakistan; tatp; terrorist; vermont; wisconsin

1 posted on 10/01/2009 7:41:07 AM PDT by SmithL
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Dodd is the gift that keeps on giving. The people of CT better get rid of this walking pile of manure. His corruption already cost us trillions of dollars and now his stupidity could cost us thousands of lives.
2 posted on 10/01/2009 7:58:56 AM PDT by peeps36 (Democrats Don't Need No Stinking Input From You Little People)
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SNIPPET from post no. 1:

"Meanwhile, in Washington, a group of Democratic senators are working to undermine FISA. Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced the Retroactive Immunity Repeal Act that would make the country free again for lawyers who want to sue telephone companies for cooperating...

3 posted on 10/01/2009 4:00:07 PM PDT by Cindy
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