December 30, 2004 |
A well-known civil rights attorney and her associates showed "utter contempt" for anti-terrorism laws by smuggling secret communications from terrorists to an imprisoned Egyptian cleric, and then communicating his incendiary views to colleagues worldwide, a federal prosecutor charged Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Atty. Andrew Dember's comments came during closing arguments in the trial of attorney Lynne F. Stewart and two colleagues in New York. The defendants had provided legal assistance to Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, a blind cleric convicted in 1995 of plotting to blow up New York landmarks.
December 1, 2002 |
Los Angeles attorney Russell Hayman sits in the United Nations detention center at The Hague. The room is cramped, divided by glass 2 inches thick. Beside him is an interpreter. On the other side of the divider is Tihomir Blaskic, a meaty man with a receding hairline and round-rimmed glasses. It is July 1996. Hayman has flown to the Netherlands to resolve a moral dilemma.
May 17, 2002 |
An Egyptian man accused of conspiring to assassinate an Afghan Northern Alliance leader was freed Thursday after a terrorist charge against him was dismissed--but he was immediately rearrested on an extradition warrant from the United States. Yasser Serri, who lives in London, was arrested in October in connection with the killing of Ahmed Shah Masoud, a veteran guerrilla commander who was mortally wounded in Afghanistan by two suicide bombers Sept. 9.
September 15, 2001 |
Abdullah Omar Abdel Rahman's father is serving a life sentence for conspiring to unleash a campaign of terror on Manhattan in the 1990s. But without hesitation, the son condemns this week's attacks. Still, like other longtime critics of the United States in this region, his expressions of sympathy barely paper over a deep hostility toward America. In his case, it's personal because he thinks his father, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, was framed.
February 11, 1996 |
The wires from the polygraph machine had come off, and finally the intense questioning by investigators from the Central Intelligence Agency was over. Robert Cleare, an American spy who had once been on the CIA's career fast track, had just endured a combined total of 19 hours of interrogation by his employer. Yet even as his grilling was completed in the fall of 1993, Cleare's troubles were just beginning.
October 3, 1995 |
With the conviction of Egyptian Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and nine other Muslim co-defendants in a planned terrorist plot, U.S. officials are now confronting a prospect that has troubled them for months--that a new terrorist attack could be launched in revenge.