A U.K. man who admitted he plotted to bomb passenger jets with explosives hidden in his shoes told a Manhattan federal jury he “brainstormed” with Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Saajid Badat, 34, testified today via a closed-circuit television hookup from an undisclosed location in the U.K. in the terrorism case of bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghayth. Prosecutors say Abu Ghayth, the most senior al-Qaeda member to be tried in U.S. civilian court, acted as a spokesman for the group and had advance knowledge of its plots to attack Americans by various methods, including detonating shoe bombs on commercial jetliners.
Badat’s testimony comes amid renewed scrutiny of potential terrorist threats against jetliners as authorities search for Malaysian Airline System Bhd.’s Flight 370, which vanished from radar screens on March 8 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people. Two passengers used passports that were reported stolen by Austrian and Italian nationals in Phuket, Thailand, the Royal Thai Police said.
This came days after the government suspended talks with the group following execution style killings of 23 captive soldiers.
The air strikes were carried out after protracted consultations between the military leadership after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “The decision over the attacks on militant hideouts in North Waziristan was made after three consecutive days of meetings between the government and military leadership,” an official in the PM office said. “It was the only option to teach the Taliban a lesson.”
“Central to Pakistan’s struggles is its poor economy and burgeoning “youth bulge.” Given these conditions, radicalism is on the rise in settled areas and threatens increased militant activity and insurgency in parts of Pakistan where the sway of the state traditionally has been the strongest,”
Opening arguments for biggest terrorism trial to hit federal courts in recent memory began with a mention of the worst attacks on U.S. soil and ended with a reference to a massacre that preceded the nation’s founding.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Lewis set the stage for his remarks with the words, “It was the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001,” when nearly 3,000 people died in attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
On “the most important night in al-Qaida’s savage history,” Osama bin Laden needed a man to “rally his troops,” Lewin said, as he moved behind the defense table.
“Osama bin Laden turned to this man, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the defendant,” Lewin added, pointing at the accused man’s back.
Attorneys for neither party mentioned that Abu Ghaith was bin Laden’s son-in-law.
The prosecutor said that Abu Ghaith accepted bin Laden’s offer and appeared the next morning with him and bin Laden’s then-deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. Speaking on behalf of al-Qaida, Abu Ghaith allegedly warned the United States and its allies that a “great army is gathering against you.”
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Being the President is a much harder job than I CAN B PRESIDENT Barbie and the movie First Kid make it seem. In fact, one of the occupational hazards of the job are near-constant death threats. And — SURPRISE — the same President who inspires billboards more racist than a cartoon version of Birth of a Nation starring the cast of Loony Tunes has also moved tens of thousands of people to make threats against the First Family’s life. How many, you may ask? Try around 30 a day. Or about 40,000 since Barack Obama first began receiving death threats, back in 2007.
Pretty good article and overview of the problem. It’s NOT the same as when Bush was President, not by any stretch of the imagination. This is pretty much hard evidence that the right hates Obama with a passion and a level not found before.
Since Mr Obama took office, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400 per cent from the 3,000 a year or so under President George W. Bush, according to Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service.
This defines the problem. Of course, according to the TP, it’s the Liberals who are the haters, the Blacks who are the racists, and the Women who are the sexists. This disturbs my calm in a deep and profound way.
Two Los Angeles gang members appear to have emerged armed and dangerous in the middle of Syria’s civil war, a senior counter-terrorism official confirmed to ABC News, sparking security concerns back on the West Coast.
In a video posted recently on YouTube, a heavily gang-tattooed and camouflaged duo, who call themselves “Creeper” and “Wino,” brandish AK-47s while saying that they’re “in Syria, gangbangin’.”
Though a version of the video appeared to have been posted online just in recent days, the footage first came to the attention of authorities a month ago, Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief for Counterterrorism Mike Downing told ABC News Sunday.
“My organized crime and gang investigators found it online and on Facebook,” Downing said. “We’re kind of concerned about their recruitment and whatever other associates they have here… We predicted this would happen — the [organized crime and terrorism] convergence. What we’re worried about is the ones we don’t know about here or coming back to the U.S.”
An FBI agent overheard Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev make a “statement to his detriment” when his sister visited him in prison, federal prosecutors said Friday.
This has his defense team screaming mad:
Tsarnaev’s lawyers had complained that the restrictions “continue to interfere with preparation of the defense in important ways,” including “obstacles related to FBI monitoring of family visits.”
Tsarnaev’s lawyers say the presence of the FBI agent during prison visits by Tsarnaev’s two sisters “has thwarted the defense ability to develop important mitigation information.”
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More than 50 people died in explosions yesterday at a crowded marketplace in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, in bombings suspected to have been carried out by Islamist terrorists.
Locals and anti-insurgent vigilante group members counted 51 bodies after explosions in the Ajilari area of the northeastern city, Modu Kolo, a 33-year-old resident, said by phone today. The death toll may be higher, he said. The National Emergency Management Agency said 56 people were taken to the hospital, though the number killed in the two blasts couldn’t be confirmed yet, said Mohammed Kanar, NEMA’s northeast coordinator.
“It was at a very crowded area with shops and small businesses,” Kanar said by phone from Maiduguri today. “It’s a very, very horrible situation.”
Brian Cannon and Cory Williamson appeared in federal court today in Rome, Ga., for a detention hearing after being arrested on federal weapons charges last weekend for allegedly trying to obtain pipe bombs and other explosives to launch a series of attacks on government facilities. The men were detained at the end of the hearing.
The third suspect, Terry Peace, is scheduled to make a court appearance on Feb. 24.
Their goal, according to a nine-page federal criminal complaint, was to force the declaration of martial law and spark a national uprising of militia groups.
“This case is a stark reminder of the threat we face not just from abroad, but from within our own borders from our own citizens,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said this afternoon in a press release. “When plans turn violent, law enforcement must step in to protect our communities from harm.”
The Sinai-based Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a blast on a tourist bus that killed two South Koreans and the Egyptian driver on Sunday, the group said in a statement.