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NYC Terror Suspect's Mom Apologizes

Son Jose Pimentel changed after conversion to Islam, she says

(Newser) - The mother of a Manhattan suspect accused of plotting a bombing campaign wants the city to know that she's sorry. “I want to apologize to the city of New York," Carmen Sosa told reporters. “I love the city. I’ve been here since 1987 and I’...

2 Arrested for NYC Terror Plot
 2 Arrested for NYC Terror Plot 

2 Arrested for NYC Terror Plot

'Homegrown radicals' accused of planning attack

(Newser) - Two men believed to have been planning a terrorist attack on New York City were arrested last night. Law enforcement sources describe the men as homegrown radicals of North African descent, the New York Times reports. The arrests were made by the NYPD's Intelligence Division after the FBI-NYPD Joint...

Feds Dial Back Miranda Rights for Terror Suspects

New rules allow terrorists to be questioned longer

(Newser) - The Obama administration has issued new rules allowing law enforcement to hold terror suspects longer than other alleged criminals without reading them their Miranda rights, the Wall Street Journal reports. The change, which is to be used when investigators “conclude that continued unwarned interrogation” is needed “to collect...

Dutch Police Arrest 12 in Suspected Terror Plot

Somali men were raided in port city of Rotterdam

(Newser) - Dutch police have arrested 12 Somali men in the key port city of Rotterdam on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack. The men, aged 19 to 48, were detained yesterday on a tip from the intelligence services that they were planning an attack shortly in the Netherlands. There was no...

Brit Terror Suspects Targeted Holiday Shoppers

Arrests 'absolutely necessary': police

(Newser) - The 12 men arrested yesterday across Britain sought to attack holiday shoppers in multi-city, synchronized bombings. The raids marked the first discovery of an alleged terrorist plot by people of Bangladeshi origin, the Independent notes. Bangladesh has become a terror training site since travelers to Pakistan began facing tighter security....

No Charges in Destruction of CIA Videotapes

Agency destroyed 92 tapes of suspects being waterboarded

(Newser) - A special prosecutor cleared the CIA's former top clandestine officer and others today of any charges for destroying videotapes showing waterboarding of terror suspects. He did, however, continue an investigation into whether the interrogations went beyond legal boundaries. The decision not to prosecute anyone in the videotape destruction came five...

Dutch Release Yemeni Terror Suspects

Prosecutor: 'No reason to hold men any longer'

(Newser) - Dutch prosecutors say two Yemeni men arrested Monday in Amsterdam amid fears they were conducting a dry run for an airline terror attack have been freed without charge after investigations turned up no evidence to link them to a terror plot. The prosecutor's statement today said that because of the...

2 Arrested After Boarding United Flight With Mock Bomb

Yemeni nationals believed to be carrying out 'dry run'

(Newser) - Dutch police are questioning two Yemeni nationals suspected of carrying out a "dry run" for a terrorist attack. The men were held after arriving in Amsterdam on a United Airlines flight that departed from Chicago. Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi was first stopped as he boarded a flight from...

Jersey Jihadist Wanted to 'Mutilate Gays'

Alessa radicalized in early teen years

(Newser) - Mohamed Mahmood Alessa at 14 was already talking about mutilating homosexuals, blowing up his school, and subordinating women in the name of Islam. During his teen years the Jersey jihadist was kicked out of a string of schools, where "he was exhibiting this crazy, radicalized behavior," and officials...

2 Busted at JFK on Terror Charges

Pair allegedly planned to join terror group in Somalia

(Newser) - Two New Jersey men who allegedly intended to kill American troops were arrested yesterday at John F. Kennedy International Airport before boarding flights to join a jihadist group in Somalia, the Newark Star-Ledger reported. Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, were charged with conspiring to commit an...

US Asks Pakistani Elite to Look for Terrorists ...

... inside their own families

(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...

Pakistan Nabs Suspected Times Square Accomplice

He claims to have ties to the nation's Taliban

(Newser) - Pakistan has arrested a man thought to have connections to the nation's Taliban group who says he helped Faisal Shahzad get bomb training there, reports the Washington Post . If his claims hold up, it's the most solid connection yet between the attempted Times Square bombing and the militant group. Authorities...

Raids Net 3 Suspected of Giving Money to Shahzad

Feds hit sites in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey

(Newser) - Details are filling in on the half-dozen federal raids across the Northeast today in connection with the Times Square bombing case. Three people were taken into custody—two near Boston and one in Maine—on suspicion of providing money to Faisal Shahzad, reports the Washington Post . They're being held on...

Ditch Miranda? Obama's a Coward
Ditch Miranda?
Obama's a Coward
Matt Taibbi

Ditch Miranda? Obama's a Coward

But the right is going to regret this just as much

(Newser) - News that the Obama administration wants to strip terror suspects of their Miranda rights will end up being bad news for both the left and right, says Matt Taibbi. For the White House and Democrats, this "represents a new low on the utter-lack-of-balls front," Taibbi writes at his...

Senators Want to Strip Terror Suspects of Citizenship

Opponents wave the Constitution

(Newser) - Joe Lieberman unveiled his controversial proposal today to strip Americans linked to terror groups of their American citizenship, reports the Hill . Scott Brown is on board and says he has "a feeling that a lot of our colleagues feel the same." They see it as common-sense legislation—why...

Saudi Arabia Arrests 113 Al-Qaeda Suspects

They were plotting attacks on oil facilities, say authorities

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia said today it has foiled several planned attacks on oil installations with the arrests of 113 suspected al-Qaeda militants in a months-long sweep. Many of the suspects had come to Saudi Arabia on visas to visit holy sites or by sneaking across its borders, but wanted to join...

Jihad Jane Pleads Not Guilty, Cooperates With Feds

Philadelphia woman will face trial in May

(Newser) - The Philadelphia-area woman who authorities say dubbed herself "Jihad Jane" online pleaded not guilty today in federal court to a four-count indictment charging her in an overseas terrorist plot. Colleen LaRose, 46, appeared in court wearing a green jumpsuit and corn rows in her blond hair. A May 3...

Detroit Bomber Should Be in Military Hands
 Detroit Bomber Should 
 Be in Military Hands

Detroit Bomber Should Be in Military Hands

'We need to know what suspect knows'

(Newser) - The most alarming thing about the administration's unimpressive response to the Detroit terror incident was its failure to immediately hand the suspect over to the military, writes Michael Mukasey. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should have been treated like a valuable source of information instead of a mere criminal suspect, the former...

CIA Had File on Detroit Bomber for a Month, Didn't Share

Agency wrote report after debriefing Abdulmutallab's dad

(Newser) - The "intelligence community" agency that President Obama said fumbled security in the Detroit bomb plot was apparently the CIA, which compiled a report on Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab after speaking to his father but sat on the file for 5 weeks instead of circulating it to other agencies, reports CNN....

Yemen Maybe Not Best Home for Gitmo's Yemeni Inmates

Country woeful with terror suspects

(Newser) - With Yemen increasing under scrutiny as a staging ground for terror threats against the US, some analysts think that might not be the best place to send Yemenis the Obama administration wants to get out of the Guantanamo Bay prison. One former US diplomat tells Fox News that Saudi Arabia...

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