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  • Public Documents Contradict Claim Email Spying Foiled Terror Plot

    06/07/2013 7:39:22 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Ben Smith
    Defenders of the American government’s online spying program known as “PRISM” claimed Friday that the suddenly controversial secret effort had saved New York City’s subways from a 2009 terrorist plot led by a young Afghan-American, Najibullah Zazi.
  • Awlaki’s Martyrs March On

    10/21/2012 12:05:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | 19 October 2012 | JUDITH MILLER
    Its hero and editor are dead, but the al-Qaida magazine, Inspire, continues to do just that. According to the complaint filed in federal district court in New York, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, a student from Bangladesh arrested Wednesday and charged with trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in ManhattanÂ’s Financial District, was the latest Islamist militant to try to follow the example of the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and the English-language magazine, Inspire, created in his honor. Quazi Nafis, who came to the United States last January on a student visa, had big...
  • Central figure convicted in 2009 NYC jihad plot nowhere to be found

    11/26/2011 4:05:55 PM PST · by opentalk · 9 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | November 25, 2011 | Creeping Sharia
    An almost too detailed depiction of the Najibullah Zazi’s 2009 jihad plot to bomb NYC subways. If you have time read it, otherwise, some troubling excerpts via Homegrown Terror | 5280 – The Denver Magazine. As Zazi began driving the last 500 miles to New York, his case finally had the full attention of the U.S. government. The eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was a day away, and Davis was now doing regular secure video teleconferences with the heads of the New York field office and the FBI’s National Security Branch, among others. During one video call, an official...
  • Steve Emerson Exposes Durbin Hearings as Cover for Islamists

    03/28/2011 4:32:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 3/28/11 | Frank Gaffney
    Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism joined me on the radio today and shared some shocking information about several people involved in the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights hearing set for Tuesday in the US Senate. The first, a witness for the hearing, Farhana Khera of Muslim Advocates who alleged that the FBI was trying to entrap the Imam who helped Nazibullah Zazi evade FBI surveillance– and concluded that Muslims should not help the FBI. Emerson documents other shocking instances of U.S. government political cover for America’s enemies–
  • Little-known Egyptian is key al-Qaida figure

    10/15/2009 7:48:32 PM PDT · by YoungGunConservativeRadio · 4 replies · 284+ views
    Young Gun Conservative ^ | Rudolph Carrera
    It is imperative that anyone wanting to be up on the War On Terror should go out of his way to learn as much about the players involved as possible. The AP/Yahoo! reports on an Egyptian character called Mustafa Abu al-Yazid who has been named as a contact of suspected Denver-based Muslim Najibullah Zazi.
  • Qaeda Leader Indicted in New York Subway Plot (the beast, Shukrijumah)

    07/07/2010 10:15:02 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 7-7-10 | William K. Rashbaum
    Meeting with violent Salvadoran gangs in Honduras. Seeking radioactive material at a university in Hamilton, Ontario. Running an import-export business and teaching English — wife and child in tow — in Morocco. Hiding out in Suriname. *snip* — or, to be more precise, the rumored trail — of an American citizen who spent part of his youth in Brooklyn, went to college in Florida and has long been on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most-wanted list, a senior Qaeda operative who over the last seven years has been portrayed as part wraith, part James Bond, and large-scale bogeyman. On Wednesday,...
  • US officials: Al-Qaida operative tied to NY plot

    07/01/2010 3:50:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 57 replies · 1+ views
    (AP) via ^ | June 30, 2010, 4:48 pm | Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo
    SNIPPET: "U.S. counterterrorism officials have linked one of the nation's most wanted terrorists to last year's thwarted plot to bomb the New York City subway system, authorities said Wednesday. Current and former counterterrorism officials said top al-Qaida operative Adnan Shukrijumah met with one of the would-be suicide bombers in a plot that Attorney General Eric Holder called one of the most dangerous since the 9/11 terror attacks."
  • "Securing the Homeland by Renewing American Strength, Resilience and Values" [ John Brennan]

    05/26/2010 4:01:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies · 510+ views - Speech ^ | For Immediate Release May 26, 2010 | n/a # Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 26, 2010 Remarks by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan at CSIS “Securing the Homeland by Renewing American Strength, Resilience and Values” Thank you very much John, and I would like to take a moment to express my appreciation to CSIS for inviting me back. You invited me here a little after six months after I came into this administration and I greatly appreciate the invitation...
  • Two New York Men Arrested for Trying to Help Al Qaeda

    04/30/2010 10:05:51 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 39 replies · 1,227+ views
    WNBC New York ^ | Fri, Apr 30, 2010 Updated 12:46 PM EDT | JONATHAN DIENST and PETE WILLIAMS
    Two New York men have been arrested and charged with trying to help Al Qaeda terrorists, has learned. An official announcement on these latest terror arrests in New York is expected later Friday. Law enforcement officials said there is no specific threat to the city and that the case centers more on the men's efforts to assist the terror network overseas. These terror related-arrests come just months after the FBI and NYPD arrested three men in the so-called Zazi subway terror plot. A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara declined to comment saying any announcement would come later Friday....
  • Police Let Terrorist Slip Through

    04/26/2010 1:54:12 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 6 replies · 565+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/26/2010 | Wall Street Journal
    Port Authority police were told to stop and search would-be subway bomber Najibullah Zazi's car last September as he drove up to the George Washington Bridge—but waved him across without finding two pounds of explosives hidden inside. The failure to uncover the explosives after an alert about Mr. Zazi from the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been widely discussed among police but never publicly disclosed. It stoked longstanding tensions between the Port Authority Police and the New York Police Department, which are more pronounced since the 9/11 attacks. The Port Authority is tasked with protecting the bridges, tunnels and major...
  • Suspect: al-Qaida ordered suicide attack in NYC

    04/24/2010 3:36:21 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 7 replies · 783+ views
    Google News/AP ^ | Apr 24, 2010 | TOM HAYS
    They were former classmates at a New York high school, both on a mission to join the Taliban and fight U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But when Zarein Ahmedzay and Najibullah Zazi arrived in Pakistan in the summer of 2008, two high-ranking al-Qaida operatives gave them another set of marching orders. "They told us we would be more useful if we returned to New York City ... to conduct operations," Ahmedzay said Friday in a guilty plea that offered more chilling details of a foiled plot attack on the New York City subways last fall. Asked by a judge in federal...
  • Zazi cohort pleads guilty in subway terror bombing plot, blames Jews

    04/23/2010 5:16:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 441+ views
    ny post ^ | 4/23/10 | JANON FISHER
    A city cab driver who the feds claim plotted with a self-confessed al-Qaeda terrorist to unleash an attack on the subway system pleaded guilty today to terrorism charges -- then went on a rant against "Zionist Jews" for trying to destroy this country. Zarein Ahmedzay appeared in Brooklyn federal court and told a judge that he received orders from al-Qaeda leaders to carry out the botched plot last September to bomb several Manhattan subway lines. "Your honor, I strongly urge the American people to stop supporting the war against Islam. It would be in their interest," warned Ahmedzay. "I am...
  • Queens Imam Sentenced to Time Served in Terror Plot

    04/16/2010 2:22:43 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies · 378+ views
    New York Law Journal ^ | 04/15/10 | Mark Fass
    Ahmad Afzali, the Queens imam who pleaded guilty in March to lying to law enforcement officials about his relationship with Najibullah Zazi, the airport worker who planned to bomb New York's subways, was sentenced by a federal judge yesterday to time served. Mr. Afzali, who left his native Afghanistan following the Soviet invasion, also agreed to "self-execute" removal from the United States in the next 90 days in order to avoid a deportation hearing. Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Afzali warned Mr. Zazi and his father that they were under law-enforcement surveillance, then, as Assistant U.S. Attorney James P. Loonam told...
  • Zazi case sheds light on US plot, Pakistan connections

    04/14/2010 1:59:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 219+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | April 13, 2010 7:20 PM | Wes Bruer
    The continued cooperation of Najibullah Zazi with the investigation into his attempt to carry out terrorist attacks in New York City has led to the arrest of a fourth suspect, a Pakistani citizen, two days ago, and has shed some new light on the details of the case and the specific targets Zazi and his co-conspirators intended to hit. Few developments in the case have come out of Pakistan, where the fourth suspect, who has not been named, was arrested. Authorities say he will be extradited to the United States soon, but that "he may not ultimately be charged in...
  • Zazi Plot Planned Attacks on Busiest Subway Stations

    04/12/2010 9:22:10 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies · 308+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 12, 2010 | Victoria Cavaliere
    New details have emerged in a foiled plot to bomb New York City's subways, as authorities reportedly arrested another suspect in Pakistan. The unidentified man is the fourth man arrested in connection with the plan to stage a series of suicide attacks on subway trains last September. Law enforcement officials had said more arrests overseas were likely. This suspect will be extradited from Pakistan to the U.S. where he will be charged in Brooklyn's Eastern District Court, The Daily News reported today. The suspect will join Zarein Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin, accused of being the planned second and third suicide...

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • AP Sources: NYC terror probe nabs 4th in Pakistan

    04/12/2010 9:23:40 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 10 replies · 298+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 4/12/10 | DEVLIN BARRETT and TOM HAYS
    A fourth suspect in a disrupted plot to bomb New York City subways has been arrested in Pakistan, law enforcement officials said Monday. The principal suspect in the case, Najibullah Zazi, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators, key developments that prosecutors hope will help them trace the plot back to its roots in Pakistan, where Zazi and former friends from high school allegedly traveled in 2008 to seek terror training.
  • Zazi, Al Qaeda pals planned rush-hour attack on Grand Central, Times Square subway stations

    04/12/2010 9:28:47 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 814+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, April 12th 2010, 4:00 AM | BY John Marzulli
    Chilling new details about the foiled Al Qaeda plot to blow up the city's busiest subways have emerged as a fourth suspect was quietly arrested in Pakistan, the Daily News has learned. The unidentified man, who helped plan the plot, is expected to be extradited to the U.S. to betried in Brooklyn Federal Court with Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay of Flushing, Queens, sources said. The cooperation of would-be lead bomber Najibullah Zazi has helped law enforcement officials piece together a fuller picture of the evil plan to kill innocent straphangers around the 9/11 anniversary last year.Zazi and his two...
  • Queens imam guilty of helping terror wannabe Zazi says 'I've signed my own death sentence'

    03/04/2010 5:22:34 PM PST · by STARWISE · 21 replies · 850+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 3-4-10 | John Marzulli
    A Queens imam pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to feds who were investigating whether he tipped off wannabe terrorist Najibullah Zazi that he was being watched. Ahmad Afzali faces six months in prison and deportation 90 days later under the plea deal - which he said amounts to an execution. "I just signed my death sentence," the Afghan national said outside court, explaining that he has no idea where he would go after leaving the United States. "I'm between a rock and a wall." Afzali lost his composure several times during the proceeding before Brooklyn Federal Judge Frederic Block, wiping...
  • Police: NYC terror plotter Zazi planned with at least 2 bombers to kill rush-hour commuters

    02/24/2010 10:10:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 225+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/24/10 | TOM HAYS and ADAM GOLDMAN
    NEW YORK — A man who admitted plotting to bomb the city's subway system wanted to do so with the help of at least two other bombers during rush hour, when the most people could be killed, police said Tuesday. "This was particularly disturbing," police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. "It was his intention to be on trains during rush hour period and to kill New Yorkers. No question about it." The man, 25-year-old Najibullah Zazi, pleaded guilty Monday to charges including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and supporting al-Qaida, which he said trained him in Pakistan.
  • Najibullah Zazi pleads guilty to plotting NYC terror attack, supporting Al Qaeda

    02/22/2010 4:15:26 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 295+ views
    DAILY NEWS ^ | February 22nd 2010 | John Marzulli
    Accused terror plotter Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty Monday, admitting he and others were on the verge of carrying out "martyrdom operations" in Manhattan subways. Appearing in Brooklyn Federal Court, Zazi said the transit attacks were planned for Sept. 14, 15 or 16 - days after the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. He and his co-conspirators aborted the ghastly plot after Zazi's car - packed with chemicals and detonators - was stopped on the George Washington Bridge by investigators who had tailed him from Denver. "I realized law enforcement was watching," Zazi, 25, said matter-of-factly in court. Sources said...
  • Source: Zazi's dad, uncle tried to destroy bomb-making chemicals (ROP Alert)

    02/03/2010 8:10:26 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 2 replies · 342+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/3/10 | Drew Griffin, Kathleen Johnston and Tim Lister
    The father and uncle of Najibullah Zazi -- who is accused of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in a terrorist attack -- poured chemicals down a drain and shredded containers in an effort to destroy evidence, according to a source close to the investigation. The source tells CNN that an FBI Evidence Response Team discovered chemical residue in pipes at a property in the Denver area, and found that attempts had been made to shred the containers that held the chemicals -- which included hydrogen peroxide, an ingredient in some forms of high explosives. Najibullah Zazi's father, Mohammed...
  • NY federal grand jury indicts father of Colo. airport driver accused in terrorism plot

    02/01/2010 11:33:41 AM PST · by freespirited · 1 replies · 158+ views
    LA Times ^ | 02/01/10
    A federal grand jury has charged the father of an airport driver accused in a terrorism plot with conspiring to obstruct a criminal investigation of the matter. A newly unsealed indictment says Mohammed Wali Zazi conspired to conceal and destroy chemicals, glasses and masks in a terrorism probe. His son Najibullah Zazi (NAH'-jee-bul-ah ZAH'-zee) was charged in September with plotting to attack New York City with homemade bombs. The indictment accuses Mohammed Zazi of obstructing the investigation by conspiring with others to destroy or conceal glasses, liquid chemicals and containers. Mohammed Zazi lives in Colorado. He has a court appearance...
  • New York Jihadist Crashes Car, screams "WE LOVE DEATH MORE THAN YOU LOVE LIFE!"

    01/11/2010 10:32:18 AM PST · by Cindy · 55 replies · 2,203+ views
    (NEW YORK POST) via JIHAD ^ | January 11, 2010 | n/a (NEW YORK POST) “New York jihadist crashes car, screams “We love death more than you love life!”” SNIPPET: “Adis Medunjanin, 25, called 911 as he sped erratically away from federal agents through Queens streets at up to 90 mph. “We love death more than you love life!” he exclaimed in Arabic. Medunjanin also praised Allah moments before he rear-ended another vehicle, sources said. Police are investigating the bizarre crash as a possible suicide attempt by the frantic Medunjanin, in the wake of a federal raid on his Queens home....”
  • Homeland Insecurity

    12/12/2009 2:00:56 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 758+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 12, 2009 | Daniel Byman
    Americans are now learning what citizens of Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and other foreign countries have long known: that some of our own can and will go to great lengths to kill their fellow citizens. Ramy Zamzam and four friends from the Washington, D.C., suburbs were detained in Pakistan in a police raid on a house allegedly tied to a militant group earlier this week. One of the men had recorded a video filled with images of war and declarations that young Muslims must act. The five Americans, students in their 20s, are now being questioned by...
  • Arrests Raise Fears of American Jihad

    12/12/2009 5:43:09 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies · 1,324+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 12, 2009 | Evan Perez
    U.S. counterterrorism officials say 2009 has turned into the year of homegrown jihad, with the unmasking of the most serious suspected terror plots involving Americans in about five years. U.S. investigators are still trying to determine what drew five young Americans to travel last month to Pakistan, where local authorities allege they had sought to join extremist groups that have attacked U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. U.S. investigators have interviewed some of the men, but haven't verified the information Pakistani officials have released on the case. The surge in alleged terror cases has raised concerns among counterterrorism officials. Some officials say...
  • Napolitano Warns Al-Qaida in U.S.

    12/03/2009 5:29:47 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies · 1,634+ views ^ | Thursday, December 3, 2009 2:22 PM | Jim Meyers
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned that al-Qaida followers are inside the U.S. and pose the threat of terrorist attacks on Americans. “The fact is that home-based terrorism is here,” she said in an address to the American-Israel Friendship League in New York on Wednesday night. “And like extremism abroad, it is now part of the threat picture that we must confront." “Individuals sympathetic to al-Qaida and its affiliates, as well as those inspired by their ideology, are present in the U.S., and would like to attack the homeland or plot overseas attacks against our interests abroad.” Napolitano said a...
  • Queens Imam Involved In Terror Investigation Granted Holiday Travel

    11/21/2009 1:03:47 AM PST · by Cindy · 13 replies · 900+ views - NY1 NEWS ^ | November 20, 2009, 9:14 am | n/a
    Note: The following news brief is a quote: 11/20/2009 09:14 AM Queens Imam Involved In Terror Investigation Granted Holiday Travel By: NY1 News The Queens imam under house arrest for allegedly interfering with a terror investigation will spend Thanksgiving in Virginia. According to reports, Ahmad Afzali was given permission to travel to his father’s home for the holiday. A federal judge in Brooklyn approved the trip after a request was filed by Afzali’s attorney. Federal prosecutors reportedly did not oppose the request, but the office of pretrial services was concerned his electronic ankle monitoring bracelet would be out of...
  • Birmingham's Rashid Rauf linked to new US terror plot

    11/15/2009 8:10:17 PM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 1,075+ views
    SUNDAY ^ | Nov 15 2009 | by Ben Goldby, Sunday Mercury
    SNIPPET: "TERROR mastermind Rashid Rauf has been linked to a fresh Al Qaida plot to launch attacks on the US. The Birmingham-born extremist has been named by witnesses due to testify against Najibullah Zazi, who was arrested for plotting suicide bombings in New York. MI6 officers have linked the plot to a complex terror network said to be directed from Pakistan by Rauf and fellow jihadists. Zazi, 24, was identified through an intercepted communication, and was further implicated by US national Bryant Neal Vinas, who was captured in Pakistan last November. Vinas, 26, allegedly admits meeting Rauf and receiving training...
  • British spies help prevent al Qaeda-inspired attack on New York subway

    11/09/2009 7:09:55 AM PST · by Labour-Watch · 31 replies · 1,376+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 11/09/09
    British spies have foiled a terrorist plot by a suspected al Qaeda operative to blow up the New York subway. The plan, which reportedly would have been the biggest attack on America since 9/11, was uncovered after Scotland Yard intercepted an email. The force alerted the FBI, who launched an operation which led to airport shuttle bus driver Najibullah Zazi, 24, being charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. The Afghan is alleged to have been part of a group who used stolen credit cards to buy components for bombs including nail varnish remover. The chemicals bought were...
  • December trial date for dad of terror suspect Zazi

    10/21/2009 1:21:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 294+ views
    (AP) via - News ^ | October 20, 2009 | n/a
    SNIPPET: “DENVER — A Colorado man whose son is accused of plotting a terror attack in New York City is scheduled to go to trial in December on a charge of lying to investigators. A federal judge on Tuesday scheduled a 10-day trial for Mohammed Wali Zazi starting Dec. 7 in U.S. District Court in Denver.”
  • Queens Imam Indicted On Federal Charges

    10/21/2009 1:10:26 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 398+ views - News ^ | 10/20/2009 11:19 PM | By: NY1 News
    Note: Photo and video included. SNIPPET: "Ahmad Wais Afzali, 53, is charged with tipping off Najibullah Zazi that New York City police detectives were after him. Afzali is also accused of lying about it to federal agents. The Imam remains free on bail." His lawyer says the indictment is "merely a tired rehash of the same discredited allegations."
  • Al Qaeda Ties Exposed in NYC Bombing Plots

    10/15/2009 10:21:08 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 1 replies · 301+ views
    AP via The Woodward Report ^ | October 15, 2009
    The airport shuttle driver accused of plotting a bombing in New York had contacts with al Qaeda that went nearly all the way to the top, to an Osama bin Laden confidant thought to be the terrorist group's leader in Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence officials told the Associated Press. Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, an Egyptian reputed to be one of the founders of the terrorist network, used a middleman to contact Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi as the 24-year-old man hatched a plot to use homemade backpack bombs, perhaps on the city's mass-transit system, the two intelligence officials said. Intelligence officials declined to...
  • Muslim advocates charge NYPD is racial profiling in Queens raids tied to alleged Zazi terror plot

    10/11/2009 7:01:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 436+ views ^ | Oct. 10, 2009 | Henrick Karoliszyn and Samuel Goldsmith
    Recent terror raids in Queens have led to a spike in fear and racial profiling, Muslim advocates charge. About 40 people rallied outside the Flushing Public Library Saturday to draw attention to what they called an uptick in targeted policing. The rally was in response to raids last month linked to a suspected bomb plot. Najibullah Zazi, 24, who authorities say was trained at an Al Qaeda terror camp, pleaded not guilty to conspiring to detonate explosives. "An entire community of people and religion should not be profiled or characterized as terrorists because of [one] certain investigation," said Monami Maulik,...
  • Video report: NYC Terror Suspect Zazi Contacted al Qaeda Chief In Afghanistan

    10/14/2009 3:05:50 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 4 replies · 413+ views
    KeepAmericaSafe ^ | October 14, 2009 | Fox News has video posted of the FoxNews report of confirmation New York City terror suspect Zazi contacted the top al Qaeda chief in Afghanistan.
  • NYC Terror Plot Suspect Zazi Contacted by Al Qaeda's Afghan Head

    10/14/2009 10:57:17 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 4 replies · 371+ views ^ | 10-14-09 |
    NEW YORK — Intelligence officials say the terrorist operative who contacted an Afghan immigrant accused of plotting a New York attack was the head of Afghanistan's Al Qaeda operations. The U.S. officials say Mustafa Abu al-Yazid used an intermediary to contact the 24-year-old Najibullah Zazi, of Colorado, as he hatched a plot to attack New York's mass transit system. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case remains under investigation.
  • AP sources: al-Qaida's Afghan head contacted Zazi

    10/14/2009 11:12:33 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies · 240+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 14, 2009 | ADAM GOLDMAN and BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE
    NEW YORK (AP) - The airport shuttle driver accused of plotting a bombing in New York had contacts with al-Qaida that went nearly all the way to the top, to an Osama bin Laden confidant believed to be the terrorist group's leader in Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence officials told The Associated Press. Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, an Egyptian reputed to be one of the founders of the terrorist network, used a middleman to contact Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi as the 24-year-old man hatched a plot to use homemade backpack bombs, perhaps on the city's mass transit system, the two intelligence officials said....
  • Terror and the theatrical paradigm

    10/11/2009 12:53:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 720+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 11, 2009 | J.R. Dunn
    Pittsburgh was treated to an impressive show the week of the recent G20 conference. A nice assortment of military choppers of various types and missions, along with odder aircraft difficult both to identify and explain. Both police and the National Guard were out in force, with downtown nearly sealed off. None of this hardware was used against the "3,000 - 4,000" (more like a few hundred) anarchist demonstrators when they turned their righteous wrath on a dozen Starbucks and a Whole Foods store. No serious confrontation was expected and none occurred. Because all of it - the Guard troops, the...
  • NYC Terror Suspect's Friend, Activist Group Urge Against Targeting Muslims

    10/10/2009 4:04:06 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies · 838+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 10/10/2009 | Staff
    Members of the New York City Muslim community suggested Saturday they were being unfairly targeted in a terror plot probe, as a friend of the probe's prime suspect said the scrutiny has put his "life on hold." Several people speaking Saturday afternoon at a news conference cautioned authorities against profiling Muslims in their probe of an alleged bomb plot with links to Al Qaeda. The suspect, Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan immigrant who worked in Denver and New York City, is being held without bond in New York. The friend, Naiz Khan, befriended Zazi 10 years ago at a mosque.
  • Feds question 2 men whose photos were shown to New York imam along with terror suspect's

    10/09/2009 8:20:47 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies · 266+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 10/9/09 | TOM HAYS , Associated Press
    Federal investigators have questioned two men whose photographs were shown to a Muslim religious leader along with a picture of an Afghan immigrant accused of plotting a bomb attack in New York City. Adis Medunjanin, a Bosnian immigrant, met voluntarily with investigators for 14 hours, said Robert Gottlieb, a New York lawyer representing him. Zarein Ahmedzay, a 24-year-old New York City cab driver, also was interviewed by the FBI, said his brother, Nazir Ahmedzay. Both men's photos were among four shown to Ahmad Wais Afzali, an imam at a Queens mosque accused of tipping off Najibullah Zazi (nah-jee-BOO'-lah ZAH'-zee) that...
  • AP sources: FBI eyes terror suspect's travel talk for clues to bomb material

    10/08/2009 9:35:23 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies · 413+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 10/08/09 | DEVLIN BARRETT and TOM HAYS , Associated Press
    An Afghan immigrant accused of plotting a terror attack in New York City contacted accomplices there while making a cross-country drive from Denver, raising concerns among investigators that he was sending instructions to purchase more bomb-making chemicals, officials familiar with the case said. Terrorism investigators are trying to determine whether suspect Najibullah Zazi sent instructions to associates as he drove from Denver to New York last month, according to law enforcement officials. Such instructions could explain a critical missing piece of the high-profile terrorism case: why authorities could not find actual explosives.
  • Zazi's Nabber

    10/06/2009 5:02:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 386+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 6, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    National Security: Intelligence officials say alleged terrorist plotter Najibullah Zazi was caught not thanks to domestic surveillance but by CIA tracking of al-Qaida. The White House says the president did it. Imagine you, or perhaps your father, were one of the five Marines who raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. Then imagine seeing Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of that iconic image. But then you read the caption below the photo. It says that according to the White House, what those Marines were doing was the result of "President Roosevelt's deep...
  • Democrats Wield The Patriot Ax

    10/05/2009 5:03:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 2,152+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUISNESS DAILY Staff
    Homeland Security: Provisions of the law that spared New York another 9/11 are set to expire Dec. 31. So why do Democrats want to gut this law and remove the immunity telecom companies have for helping protect America? To borrow a British expression from World War II, it was a very near thing. The capture, arrest and indictment of 24-year-old Afghan immigrant Najubullah Zazi before he could set off bombs made from store-bought chemicals prevented a tragedy of potentially devastating proportions. It wouldn't have happened if the critics of Patriot Act had their way. The capture of Zazi was made...
  • Sources: Several who went to Pakistan with Zazi back in U.S.

    10/05/2009 7:47:01 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 571+ views
    CNN ^ | October 4, 2009
    Several people who traveled from New York to Pakistan last year with a man accused of plotting a terrorist attack have since returned to the United States, sources close to the investigation told CNN. Najibullah Zazi, 24, pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring with others to detonate explosives in the United States. Prosecutors allege that on August 28, 2008, Zazi and others flew to Peshawar, Pakistan, a city with a strong Taliban and al Qaeda presence. Those currently under surveillance in the United States include members of Zazi's travel group, according to one source familiar with the investigation. Another...
  • Patriot Act Spares New York Terror Attack

    09/28/2009 11:33:00 AM PDT · by holy joe · 23 replies · 1,260+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 9-28-09 | James Hirsen
    Unbelievable. While serving up caf and decaf, the java guy was secretly working to commit mass murder. Cream and sugar with your terrorist attack, madam? Glazed or jelly donut with your bomb blast, sir? The recent arrest of suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi reminds us all of the important role surveillance plays in safeguarding our people and our nation. Zazi is in custody on charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. He was accused last week of conspiring to launch a bombing attack in America with the help of some common beauty supplies and insidious training from al-Qaida in...
  • Officials: NY men being watched in terrorism probe

    09/30/2009 5:01:17 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 3 replies · 211+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 9/30/09 | TOM HAYS and DEVLIN BARRETT
    A "handful" of men in New York are possible associates of the chief suspect in a suspected plot to use homemade bombs to attack New York City commuter trains, and investigators have them under heavy surveillance, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Investigators are still hunting for additional players and expect to make more arrests than just the chief suspect, 24-year-old Denver airport shuttle driver Najibullah Zazi, according to an official who declined to discuss when that might happen or how many people are under scrutiny.
  • NYC terrorism suspect Zazi pleads not guilty [wanted to blow up trains in NYC]

    09/29/2009 8:52:56 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 643+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-09-29
    NEW YORK (AP) — An Afghan immigrant pleaded not guilty Tuesday to plotting a terrorist attack on New York City using chemicals bought in beauty supply stores and was ordered held without bail. A lawyer for 24-year-old Denver airport shuttle driver Najibullah Zazi entered the plea in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn. Officials say he and co-conspirators bought products in Colorado containing hydrogen peroxide and acetone — key ingredients for homemade bombs. Prosecutors believe Zazi received explosives training from al-Qaida in Pakistan and may have planned to target mass transit in the New York City area.
  • Report: Accomplices in NYC Terror Plot Known

    09/28/2009 4:35:10 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 13 replies · 1,105+ views
    Fox News ^ | September 28, 2009
    NEW YORK — After interrupting what they believed was a terrorist plot on New York City with a series of raids and arrests, authorities have intensified their focus on possible accomplices of the suspected Al Qaeda associate at the heart of the case, a law enforcement official said Monday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation continues, confirmed that investigators know the identities of at least three people believed to be in on a bombing plot they say might have targeted mass transit in the New York area. Authorities released a flurry of terrorism warnings for...
  • Still Stuck in a 9/10 Mentality

    09/27/2009 11:45:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 649+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribunbe-Review ^ | Monday, September 28, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Terror suspect Najibullah Zazi has done us all a favor. But is this enough to rouse a nation in permanent snooze-button mode? The arrest of Zazi, a Colorado-based Afghan who counterterrorism officials believe may have been plotting bomb attacks on New York City mass-transit trains, raised alerts on rail lines across the country. The bust reminded America that while the annual September 11 memorials are over, the jihadi threat looms. Yet homeland security remains crippled by a 9/10 mentality. Remember: The New York chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the New York Police Department a few...
  • How the feds caught Najibullah Zazi, pieced together 9/11 terror plot

    09/27/2009 8:59:36 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 14 replies · 1,129+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | September 27, 2009 | KERRY BURKE, ALISON GENDAR & others
    The scruffy young Afghan at the heart of a plot to bomb New York looked ripe for a makeover as he shopped for Ion Sensitive Scalp Developer, which promises "brilliant color results." Najibullah Zazi also filled his cart with bottles of nail polish remover and hair dye agents like Clairoxide Liquid Developer. Sometimes Zazi was joined on his shopping trips to the beauty supply stores in suburban Denver by other bearded men ... Zazi...might have fooled the clerk, but it didn't fool the feds. They knew the hydrogen peroxide - and the other acetone-based goodies that Zazi bought - could...