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December 3, 2009 | By Tina Susman
An Afghan native accused of plotting to bomb targets in New York using homemade explosives mixed from hair dye and other beauty products is likely to face additional charges, prosecutors said today. Najibullah Zazi, 24, was arrested in September and has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. Zazi was living in Denver when he was arrested but is being held in New York, where prosecutors said the alleged plot was due to unfold on the most recent anniversary of the Sept.
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January 6, 2014 | By Jane Harman
What turns people into terrorists? That question might sound simplistic, but it's at the heart of the struggle to prevent terrorist attacks. Take a look at some of the people who have tried to do us harm in the last few years. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, son of a wealthy banker, grew up in Nairobi, attended boarding school and college, and lived in an expensive London neighborhood. Chat room posts show that he worried about his school test scores and about girls - and felt lonely.
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NATIONAL
February 23, 2010 | By Tina Susman and Richard A. Serrano
Reporting from Washington and New York Richard A. Serrano -- An Afghan immigrant admitted to a federal judge Monday that he was so enraged by U.S. military actions in Afghanistan that he attended an Al Qaeda training camp and planned to commit a suicide bombing in New York -- possibly on the subway -- to protest the war. The plot was thwarted in September after the immigrant, Najibullah Zazi, began to fear that police were trailing him and left...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By Bob Drogin
What with taking off our shoes and belts at airports, discovering the feds are hoovering up all our phone records, and watching drone strikes and SEAL raids around the globe, it's sometimes easy to forget that America has escaped the horror of another mass casualty terrorist attack in the dozen years since Sept. 11, 2001. Other than blind luck, it's an open question whether that success is because of aggressive law enforcement at home, muscular intelligence ops overseas, or the inescapable fact that most terrorists, like most criminals, are fairly dimwitted and thus get caught.
NATIONAL
September 16, 2009 | Associated Press
A Colorado man denied Tuesday that he was a central figure in a terrorism investigation that led to several police raids in New York. Najibullah Zazi told the Associated Press at his home outside Denver that he was driving a rental car on a visit to New York when he was stopped by authorities Thursday on the George Washington Bridge, which connects New York City and New Jersey. But he said that after officers searched the vehicle, he was allowed to leave and return to suburban Denver.
NATIONAL
September 20, 2009 | Josh Meyer
Federal authorities arrested a Denver-area airport shuttle driver, his father and another man late Saturday in connection with a suspected plot to launch a terrorist attack within the United States, the Justice Department said early today. Najibullah Zazi, 24, and his father, Wali Mohammed Zazi, 53, were taken into custody at their home in Aurora, Colo., and charged with "knowingly and willfully making false statements to the FBI in a matter involving international and domestic terrorism" during several days of questioning, according to a federal complaint.
NATIONAL
September 26, 2009 | DeeDee Correll
A federal judge today ordered that an Afghan-born Denver man remain in custody as he faces a charge that he conspired to use weapons of mass destruction in the United States. Najibullah Zazi, 24, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in New York for allegedly plotting to detonate bombs somewhere in the U.S. Also today, Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer dismissed a charge against Zazi of making false statements to authorities, thus clearing the way for the suspect to be transferred to New York to face the terrorism charge.
NATIONAL
September 30, 2009 | Tina Susman
An Afghan immigrant charged with conspiring to bomb U.S. targets in an attack possibly intended to coincide with the Sept. 11 anniversary pleaded not guilty in federal court Tuesday. Najibullah Zazi of Aurora, Colo., was ordered held without bail in what authorities have called the first Al Qaeda-linked plot on U.S. soil since the 2001 attacks. He appeared beside his attorney, wearing orange sneakers, black trousers and a tunic. Zazi, 24, his heavy beard neatly trimmed, did not speak, and there were no family members in the packed courthouse.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2009 | Josh Meyer and Tina Susman
A federal grand jury in New York indicted a Denver man on a terrorism charge Thursday after federal authorities alleged that he and possibly three others had gone on a buying spree of bomb-making chemicals and were preparing an attack on U.S. soil. The one-count indictment alleges that Najibullah Zazi, 24, worked for more than a year on a plot to detonate a weapon of mass destruction. Justice Department documents did not name the alleged co-conspirators, but said that three other Denver-area residents had bought unusual amounts of chemicals from beauty-supply stores, including hydrogen peroxide and acetone, which can be used to make explosives.
NATIONAL
October 1, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III rejected suggestions that poor coordination between the FBI and the New York Police Department damaged the investigation of an Afghan immigrant charged with plotting a bomb attack in New York City. A criminal complaint from the case suggests that police detectives might have inadvertently helped reveal the surveillance of Najibullah Zazi, 24, and compromised the investigation. Mueller disputed that in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
NATIONAL
November 16, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A Bosnian immigrant convicted of plotting to blow up New York subways and other targets was sentenced Friday to spend his life in prison, the first member of a three-man team of would-be jihadists to be punished in connection with a plan that collapsed shortly before the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Adis Medunjanin, 28, a naturalized U.S. citizen who attended high school in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, was convicted in federal court last May on terrorism charges that included conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder and providing material support to Al Qaeda.
NATIONAL
October 3, 2012 | Ken Dilanian and Brian Bennett
A federal domestic security effort to help state and local law enforcement catch terrorists by setting up more than 70 information-sharing centers around the country has threatened civil liberties while doing little to combat terrorism, a two-year examination by a Senate subcommittee found. The so-called fusion centers were created in 2003 after the Sept. 11 commission concluded that federal, state and local law enforcement agencies needed to collaborate more in counter-terrorism efforts.
NATIONAL
May 2, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
As Americans commemorated the anniversary of the raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden - and endured the heavily partisan fight over whether President Obama's supporters were too effusive in their praise of his actions - another victory against terrorism was being celebrated by officials in a Brooklyn courtroom. After less than two days of deliberation, a jury on Tuesday convicted Adis Medunjanin, 28, of Queens N.Y. , of conspiracy and terrorism charges in connection with a planned suicide bombing attack on the New York City subway system in 2009.
NATIONAL
April 16, 2010 | By Tina Susman
A Muslim cleric accused of double-crossing law enforcement officials investigating a scheme to blow up New York subways was spared jail time at his sentencing Thursday after he told a judge he never meant to help the "idiots" involved in the plot. But the imam wept as he was ordered to leave the United States within 90 days and never come back. Ahmad Wais Afzali, 38, who came to New York from Afghanistan as a child, pleaded guilty to lying to authorities investigating the September 2009 plot, which prosecutors have said was one of the most serious threats to U.S. security since the Sept.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2010 | By Tina Susman and Richard A. Serrano
Reporting from Washington and New York Richard A. Serrano -- An Afghan immigrant admitted to a federal judge Monday that he was so enraged by U.S. military actions in Afghanistan that he attended an Al Qaeda training camp and planned to commit a suicide bombing in New York -- possibly on the subway -- to protest the war. The plot was thwarted in September after the immigrant, Najibullah Zazi, began to fear that police were trailing him and left...
NATIONAL
January 9, 2010 | By Tina Susman
Federal authorities Friday arrested two more men in connection with an alleged plot to use hair dye and other beauty products to make bombs for use against targets in New York. Both of the men, Adis Medunjanin, 25, and Zarein Ahmedzay, 24, live in the New York City borough of Queens and were high school classmates of Najibullah Zazi, 24, an Afghan native charged with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction after the case unfolded in September. Late Friday afternoon, Ahmedzay appeared in federal court in Brooklyn and pleaded not guilty to a charge of lying to investigators about where he had traveled during visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
NATIONAL
December 4, 2009 | By Tina Susman
An Afghan native accused of plotting to bomb targets in New York using homemade explosives mixed from hair dye and other beauty products is likely to face additional charges, prosecutors said today. Najibullah Zazi, 24, was arrested in September and has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. Zazi was living in Denver when he was arrested but is being held in New York, where prosecutors said the alleged plot was due to unfold on the most recent anniversary of the Sept.
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