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 »

Subway Bomb Plot Linked to al-Qaeda Figure

Man raised in Brooklyn recruited Zazi, others, indictment claims

(Newser) - A failed plot to set off bombs in the New York subway system last year was part of a larger al-Qaeda conspiracy that planned a similar attack in England. In an indictment unsealed today, US prosecutors added several al-Qaeda figures to the case, including Adnan Shukrijumah, who they said was... 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 »

NYPD: Zazi Had 2 Accomplices

Would-be subway bomber working with authorities

(Newser) - New York police said today Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-born man who admitted plotting to bomb the city's subway system, planned to attack commuters at rush hour with at least two other bombers. Zazi, 25, pleaded guilty yesterday to several charges, and is cooperating with investigators. More »

Zazi Pleads Guilty in NYC Subway Terror Plot

Airport shuttle driver points finger at US actions in Afghanistan

(Newser) - A former Denver airport shuttle driver today admitted to a plot to bomb the New York City subways, saying he was recruited by al-Qaeda in Pakistan for a "martyrdom plan" against the US. Najibullah Zazi, 25, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit... More »

NYC Terror Suspect to Take Plea Deal

Najibullah Zazi volunteers information in exchange for leniency

(Newser) - Najibullah Zazi, the key suspect in an alleged plot to attack New York City with homemade bombs, has begun cooperating with investigators and is preparing for a possible plea deal, according to two law enforcement officials. The guilty plea could come as early as today. As part of the deal,... 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 »

Feds: Suspect Had Contact With Al-Qaeda Bigwig

Terror group co-founder of took intense interest in would-be bomber

(Newser) - The Denver man accused of plotting a terrorist bombing had contacts with al-Qaeda that went nearly all the way to the top—to an Osama bin Laden confidant believed to be the terrorist group's leader in Afghanistan, say US intelligence officials. Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, an Egyptian reputed to be one... 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 »

Terror Suspect Zazi Had Senior al-Qaeda Contacts

CIA tipped FBI, other domestic agencies after catching a whiff

(Newser) - An Afghan immigrant accused of plotting a terrorist attack in New York after receiving training in Pakistan was in contact with a senior al-Qaeda operative, intelligence officials familiar with the investigation say. The CIA learned about Najibullah Zazi through one of its sources and alerted domestic agencies, including the FBI. 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 Zazi Pleads Not Guilty

(Newser) - Najibullah Zazi has pleaded not guilty to plotting a terrorist attack on New York City using common chemicals. The Afghan immigrant's lawyer entered the plea today in Brooklyn. Zazi was ordered held without bail during the brief hearing. Zazi's defense attorney says what he's seen so far "does not... 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 »

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