US Asks Pakistani Elite to Look for Terrorists ...
... inside their own families
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2010 12:30 PM CDT
This undated booking mug released by the U.S. shows Faisal Shahzad.   (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service)

(Newser) – The Obama administration has issued an unusual request to Pakistan's leaders: Make sure your kids aren't terrorists. A federal official tells Philip Shenon of the Daily Beast that the administration sent a “clear, if carefully worded warning” to political and and military leaders to check their families and staff for connections to terror groups.

The warning comes after a spate of arrests that turned up ties to high-ranking Pakistanis, most notably Times Square suspect Faisal Shahzad, the son of a retired air marshal. "You really see what we’re up against,” said a US official. “We’ve got elements of the Pakistani gentry—people who can get in and out of the United States with ease, if they’re not already citizens here—who are getting roped into terrorism.”
 

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