Najibullah Zazi

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NSA Chief: Surveillance Stopped 'Dozens' of Plots

Gen. Keith Alexander defends data mining

(Newser) - The head of the NSA told a Senate panel today that his agency's controversial surveillance had helped prevent "dozens of terrorist events," reports the Wall Street Journal . Gen. Keith Alexander said he couldn't go into specifics but was working to declassify some of the details. He... More »

Phone Spying Prevented NYC Subway Attack: Sources

When House intel chief said phone records foiled terrorist attack, this is what he meant

(Newser) - On Thursday, Rep. Mike Rogers defended the NSA's phone and Internet snooping program with the claim that, "Within the last few years, this program was used to stop a terrorist attack in the United States." Now we (likely) know which one he meant: The 2009 subway bombing... More »

New York Man Convicted in Subway Bomb Plot

Adis Medunjanin faces life in prison

(Newser) - A New York man has been found guilty in a 2009 subway bomb plot . Adis Medunjanin, who was also convicted of training with al-Qaeda and seeking to join the Taliban, could receive life in prison, the New York Daily News reports. The conviction comes after fellow plotters Zarein Ahmedzay and... More »

Attacks on US Hit All-Time High

Homeland Security memo predicts 'increased frequency'

(Newser) - Attempted attacks against America have reached an all-time high, according to the Department of Homeland Security. "The number and pace of attempted attacks against the United States over the past nine months have surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous one-year period," reads the unclassified DHS... More »

Zazi Drove Explosives Into NYC—Right Past Police

Port Authority stopped him, on FBI orders, but then waved him on

(Newser) - Would-be subway bomber Najibullah Zazi drove across the George Washington Bridge into New York City in September with two pounds of explosives in his car—explosives that the Port Authority Police didn't find though they stopped his vehicle. The oversight, which hadn't been publicly disclosed, has caused friction between Port... More »

Al-Qaeda Leaders Guided Would-Be Subway Bombers

Plotter delivers anti-Zionist diatribe at trial

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda leaders were directly behind the plot to bomb the New York City subway system, one of the would-be terrorists testified today. Zarein Ahmedzay said he and Najibullah Zazi met with senior leaders of the terrorist group—both since killed in US drone attacks—who encouraged and facilitated their desire... More »

Zazi Planned to Attack Grand Central, Times Square Subways

Chilling details emerge in plot to bomb MTA

(Newser) - Would-be bomber Nazibullah Zazi and his accomplices planned to blow themselves up in the middle of New York's busiest subway lines, federal investigators have learned. As another terrorist allegedly connected to the plot to attack the MTA was arrested in Pakistan, a fuller picture of their plans is emerging, the... More »

FBI Terror Team Arrests 2 in Zazi Case

New Yorkers traveled to Pakistan with alleged al-Qaeda conspirator

(Newser) - The FBI’s terror task force arrested two New York men today in connection with the case against terror suspect Najibullah Zazi. Adis Medunjanin, 25, and Zarein Ahmedzay, 24, both went to Flushing High School with Zazi, and traveled to Pakistan with him in 2008. They’re expected to be... More »

Father of Terror Suspect Zazi Indicted

Mohammed Zazi, 53, charged with lying to federal investigators

(Newser) - The father of indicted terror suspect Najibullah Zazi was himself indicted today in Denver, on charges he made false statements to authorities about terrorism. Among the specific allegations: Mohammed Zazi, 53, lied to the FBI when asked if he’d contacted someone about his 24-year-old son’s troubles. The charges... More »

Mukasey: Now's No Time to Weaken Patriot Act

Terror arrests show that national security needs trump privacy worries

(Newser) - The arrests last week of Najibullah Zazi and other terror suspects should make lawmakers think twice about making intelligence-gathering more difficult for those trying to keep America safe from terrorist attacks, writes Michael Mukasey. Congressional Democrats are considering imposing new requirements on Patriot Act provisions when they come up for... More »

On Terror Case, Rare Silence From Obama

Also a reversal of Bush attempts to 'conflate' threat to US: Ambinder

(Newser) - The absence of a statement from the Obama administration on the arrest of terror suspect Najibullah Zazi is quite a contrast from a president Americans have gotten used to seeing just about every time they turn on the TV—and from the treatment such incidents received during the Bush administration,... More »

Terror Suspect Doubled as Friendly Coffee Vendor

(Newser) - When he pushed his family's coffee cart on the streets of New York, Najibullah Zazi greeted people with friendly hellos and made a point to remember how regulars liked their joe. Now, feds say he trained with al-Qaeda and planned a massive bomb attack on the same city. The New ... More »

Terror Suspect Zazi Arrives Back in NYC

Man accused of plotting bomb attacks faces Tuesday hearing in Brooklyn

(Newser) - Terror suspect Najibullah Zazi arrived tonight in New York from Denver, where he was arrested on charges of plotting bombings around the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He’ll spend the weekend in jail and has a hearing set for Tuesday in a Brooklyn court. More »

Zazi Linked to 9/11 Redux Bomb Strike

Accused terrorist bomber ordered to face charges in New York

(Newser) - Najibullah Zazi may have been planning a bomb attack in New York on the anniversary of September 11th, a federal prosecutor said today. “There is a chilling, disturbing sequence of events showing the suspect was intent on being in New York on Sept. 11,” said Assistant US Attorney... More »

Feds: Zazi Loaded Up on Bomb Makings in Beauty Stores

Terror suspect had bomb-making instructions on his laptop, court papers say

(Newser) - Terror suspect Najibullah Zazi planned to make home-made bombs using ingredients he bought at stores selling beauty supplies, according to a federal indictment released yesterday. Zazi, charged with conspiracy to create weapons of mass destruction, allegedly stockpiled bottles of hydrogen peroxide and nail polish remover from Denver-area stores, reports the... More »

NYPD Yanks Top Cop From Terror Unit

Official replaced after unit's imam informant tipped off suspect

(Newser) - A top official from one of the NYPD's two counterterror units has been replaced after his unit disrupted a federal terror probe by inadvertently alerting the prime suspect to the investigation. Paul Ciorra of the Intelligence Division—which sometimes competes with the city's Counterterrorism Bureau and clashes with federal partners—... More »

'Cop Tipster' Imam May Have Alerted Terror Ring

Imam recorded on phone warning alleged ringleader of terror probe

(Newser) - A Queens imam was secretly recorded in a phone conversation warning a Denver terror suspect that law enforcement authorities were moving in, reports AP. Authorities are now investigating if imam Ahmad Wais Afzali may have used his role as a presumably reliable New York police department tipster to glean information... More »

Feds Have Up to 12 Suspects in NYC Bomb Plot

Qaeda link could lead to material support charges for Zazi

(Newser) - Investigators have linked up to 12 others to the alleged bomb plot that led to the arrest of Najibullah Zazi, his father, and an informant Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reports. While details of the investigation and the plot are sketchy—an assistant AG says “no specific information regarding... More »

Bomb-Making Notes Found on Shuttle Pilot: FBI

Officials release evidence against Najibullah Zazi

(Newser) - An airport shuttle driver arrested last night kept notes on bomb-making as well as a scale and batteries, items that can be used in explosives, authorities said today. Najibullah Zazi, 24, also allegedly confessed to taking explosives training with al-Qaeda in Pakistan. The FBI arrested him, his father, and an... More »

Feds Arrest Denver Terror Suspect

Shuttle driver, father in custody after cutting off talks with FBI

(Newser) - The Denver shuttle bus driver who may or may not be a terrorist with al-Qaeda links has been taken into custody by federal authorities, the Denver Post reports. Najibullah Zazi and his father were arrested late tonight, but the charges weren't immediately known. The FBI had questioned Zazi on three... More »

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