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2019-05-03 Home Front: WoT
[NYPost] A Queens man caught preparing for a 9/11 anniversary suicide kaboom on the subways under Grand Central will soon walk out of prison thanks to a sentence that amounts to his time already served, a judge ruled Thursday.

Najibullah Zazi,
...the Afghan-American who achieved shuttle bus driver status before joining the glorious Al Qaeda jihad with high school buddy Zarein Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin, where they seem to have met everybody. The three returned home from Pakistan with orders to blow up a subway, only to discover that bomb making is harder than it looks. Getting arrested, on the other hand, is easy. So is telling the feds all ...
33, had faced up to life in prison after his 2009 arrest, but spent nearly the next 10 years cooperating against al Qaeda.
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2013-01-08 Home Front: WoT
[Dawn] A Pak man accused of taking part in an international al Qaeda plot to attack targets in the United States and Europe pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
to terrorism charges during his first US court appearance Monday in New York.

Abid Naseer, 26, was extradited on Thursday from Britannia to Brooklyn, New York. He is facing up to life in prison on charges including providing material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in connection with an alleged plot to bomb a city center in Manchester, England.

The charges against Naseer are also connected to an alleged al Qaeda plot in 2009 to bomb the subway system in New York City, US prosecutors said. Two men, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay, have pleaded guilty to planning the attacks and a third man, Adis Medunjanin, was sentenced to life in prison after his conviction last year for taking part in the plot.

During a brief court appearance in Brooklyn federal court, Naseer, wearing a bright blue t-shirt and black sneakers, pleaded not guilty to the charges through his court-appointed lawyer. The judge ordered Naseer to be held in detention without bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 7.

Naseer is one of a dozen men, mostly students from Pakistain, who were enjugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in Britannia in 2009 on suspicion of plotting to bomb a city center in Manchester. British authorities conducted daylight raids on the suspects' homes after Britannia's most senior counter-terrorism official was photographed openly carrying details about the operation.

British authorities said they found large quantities of flour and oil in the suspects' homes, as well as highlighted surveillance photographs of public areas in Manchester and a map of the city center.

Naseer and the other suspects were never charged, but British and US authorities said Naseer was part of a broader al Qaeda cell bent on staging attacks in the United States and Scandinavia.

Naseer was indicted in Brooklyn federal court in 2010, along with Medunjanin and other individuals alleged to be linked through a multi-national al Qaeda conspiracy.

US prosecutors said Naseer and Zazi coordinated their plans through emails to the same Pakistain-based al Qaeda controller, "Ahmad," using similar code words to discuss explosives and the timing of their respective plots.

Naseer was re-arrested by British authorities in 2010 after a US warrant was issued. He fought extradition, saying he feared he could be sent from the US to Pakistain and subjected there to torture. Naseer's appeal was rejected last month by the European Court of Human Rights, paving the way for him to stand trial in the United States.
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2012-11-17 Home Front: WoT
A man who was convicted of plotting with two friends to carry out a coordinated suicide kaboom on New York City subways was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Federal authorities deemed the plan one of the most dangerous terrorist plots against the city.

The man, Adis Medunjanin, 28, who was born in Bosnia and grew up in Queens, was considered the heart and soul of the plot -- though not its criminal mastermind -- the one whose increasingly radical beliefs in Islam inspired him and two high school friends to participate in jihad They went to Pakistain with the hope of joining the Taliban in the fight against American troops and wound up at a training camp run by Al Qaeda.

Although his two friends, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay, pleaded guilty to participating in the plot, Mr. Medunjanin maintained his innocence and went to trial. He was convicted of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction and conspiring to commit murder abroad, as well as of providing material support to Al Qaeda and receiving military training from Al Qaeda, among other charges..
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2012-05-03 Home Front: WoT
[An Nahar] An American who U.S. officials said was an al-Qaeda operative was convicted Tuesday on terrorism charges for plotting with two accomplices to launch suicide kabooms in the New York subway system.

Adis Medunjanin, a resident of Queens, New York, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison after being convicted of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction and providing material support to al-Qaeda, among other charges.

Judge John Gleeson was scheduled to sentence the 28-year-old Medunjanin on September 7.

Medunjanin "came within days of executing a plot to conduct coordinated suicide kabooms in the New York City subway system in September 2009, as directed by senior al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistain," the Justice Department said.

"Justice was served today ... as a jury of New Yorkers convicted an al-Qaeda operative bent on terrorism, mass murder and destruction in the New York City subways," said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch.

"Adis Medunjanin's journey of radicalization led him from Flushing, Queens, to Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, Pakistain, to the brink of a terrorist attack in New York City -- and soon to a lifetime in federal prison.

"As this case has proved, working against sophisticated terrorist organizations and against the clock, our law enforcement and intelligence agencies can detect, disrupt and destroy terrorist cells before they strike, saving countless innocent lives," she stressed.

The Bosnia-born Medunjanin, whose family decamped to the United States during the war with Serbia in the 1990s, was also convicted of conspiring to commit murder of U.S. military personnel abroad; taking military training from al-Qaeda; conspiring and attempting to commit terror across national boundaries, and using arms in relation to these offenses, the statement said.

The other two men in the alleged plot, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay, have already pleaded guilty and testified against their old friend in hopes that cooperation with prosecutors would earn them lighter sentences.

The three friends were in many ways typical New Yorkers, striving to live the immigrant dream.

Medunjanin was a doorman, Ahmedzay drove a yellow cab, and Zazi was a coffee cart vendor before moving to Colorado, where he drove an airport shuttle bus in Denver.

When the subway bomb plot was foiled, Medunjanin crashed his car into another on the Whitestone Expressway, attempting to "turn his car into a weapon of terror," the Justice Department said.
Ah, the ignomy of a lifetime in an American prison, as opposed to a brief, gloriously fiery death in the cause of jihad, to be followed by an eternity of virgins doing their best for a permanent erection. No doubt in time Mr. Medunjanin will realize he got very lucky indeed.
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2012-04-21 Home Front: WoT
[Dawn] In a videotaped deposition made public for the first time Thursday, a British man convicted in an aborted shoe-bombing mission admitted meeting with the late Osama bin Laden
... who has made the transition back to dust...
after deciding to fight jihad against the West.

US prosecutors and defense attorneys interviewed Saajid Badat just outside London late last month in preparation for the New York trial of Adis%20Medunjanin target=_blank>Adis Medunjanin, accused in the 2009 plot to attack New York's subways with suicide bombs.

Badat said that he refused a request to testify in person because he remains under indictment in Boston on charges alleging he conspired with shoe-bomber Richard Reid.

"If I go to the United States, I'll be tossed in the calaboose," Badat said on the tape played for a jury on Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn.

British authorities had revealed earlier this week that Badat would have a role in the Medunjanin prosecution, calling him the first person convicted in the United Kingdom on terrorism charges to agree to give evidence at the trial of alleged terrorists.

Badat, 33, pleaded guilty in Britannia to plotting with Reid to bring down separate American trans-Atlantic flights using bombs hidden in their shoes.

Unlike Reid, he backed out at the last minute.

"I agreed to take an explosive on an aircraft and explode it," he said in the video, looking clean-cut and wearing a suit.

He also testified that he had "direct interaction" with bin Laden "more than once" after traveling to Afghanistan in 1999.

At the time, he knew the terror network as "The Sheik's Group," with "sheik" referring to bin Laden.

Medunjanin is accused of traveling to Pakistain with two friends from his Queens high school in 2008 and receiving terror training from al-Qaeda

Prosecutors allege the men, including acknowledged criminal mastermind Najibullah Zazi, agreed to seek martyrdom by dying as jacket wallahs in an attack on Manhattan subway lines at rush hour.

Medunjanin, 27, a Bosnian-born naturalized US citizen, has pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, providing material support to a terrorist organization and other charges.

He has denied he was ever part of an al-Qaeda operation.

Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay pleaded guilty to the plot in 2010 and were set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock without bail after agreeing to become government witnesses in a bid for leniency.

Both testified against Medunjanin earlier this week.

Badat had no involvement with the men.

Prosecutors instead want to use his testimony to corroborate what Zazi and Ahmedzay have said about al-Qaeda's leadership and training methods.

The British-born son of Malawi immigrants, Badat was 21 when he traveled to both Afghanistan and Pakistain.

While in Afghanistan, he was given an bomb designed to evade airport security and destroy an aircraft in flight, authorities said.

Badat returned to Britannia with the device on Dec 10, 2001.

He ended up stashing the bomb under a bed in his family home in Gloucester, England, and resumed his academic studies.

He later told authorities he backed out because he was hoping "to introduce calm into his life."

British intelligence tracked down Badat two years later and tossed in the calaboose after Sherlocks matched cords on Reid's device to those on Badat's bomb.

Badat was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

But British authorities announced this week that in 2009 a judge secretly reduced his sentence to 11 years to reward him for his cooperation in terror investigations.

The Brooklyn jury only heard about the first 10 minutes of the videotape, which lasts more than two hours.

The rest will be played when the trial resumes on Monday.

Reid attempted to bring down a plane in December 2001 and is serving a life sentence in a high-security US prison.
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2012-04-19 Home Front: WoT
Defendant Who Pleaded Guilty Describes al Qaeda Training, Subway Bomb Plot
Click on the names to see the articles on this story in the Rantburg archive.
Three former high-school classmates were perilously close to implementing an al Qaeda-inspired plan to detonate suicide bombs in New York City's subways before they were thwarted in 2009, federal prosecutors told a packed courtroom Monday.

The characterization came during opening statements in a trial in Brooklyn federal court which one of the men, Adis%20Medunjanin target=_blank>Adis Medunjanin, is accused of receiving training by the terrorist organization while in Pakistain and returning to the U.S. with orders to launch a devastating attack.

Mr. Medunjanin has pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
to counts including conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to commit an act of terrorism, conspiring to commit murder abroad and conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

He is the only one of the suspects who didn't plead guilty. His alleged confessed cohorts will testify against him as part of cooperation agreements with the government. On Monday, one of the men began detailing the trio's road to radicalization and the planning of the alleged mission, which authorities considered to be one of the most viable terrorist threats in the U.S. since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The trial is notable in that unlike many other terrorism cases, the defendants weren't caught as a part of a federal sting. Instead, the prosecutors said Monday, the attack was fully operational rather than aspirational.

"These men came so close, within days of carrying out this attack," said James Loonam, assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District.
This lot can be proud they were self-starters, I s'pose, though eyes were on them.
Mr. Medunjanin faces a maximum term of life in prison if convicted.

His attorney, Robert Gottlieb, said his client was seeking to support the Taliban fighting the U.S. in Afghanistan
Treason as a defence -- interesting. No doubt it's a good deal more clever than it appears.
but denied the 28-year-old Bosnian-born Moslem had agreed to carry out suicide kabooms in the U.S. with Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay. Both men have pleaded guilty to a host of terrorism charges.

"The truth is that Adis Medunjanin is not a terrorist," Mr. Gottlieb said. "In this case, the government is just wrong."
He wanted to join the Taliban.
He wanted to fight, and presumably kill, for the Taliban.
The Taliban are a jihadi organization, ie terrorists. Then there's the Al Qaeda connection, which the lawyer seems to have forgotten.
Therefore, Mr. Medunjanin is a terrorist, though he claims he drew the line at dirtying his own nest.
Quod erat demonstratum, as I believe the Latin goes.
He attacked the credibility of the witnesses, saying they were cooperating only to avoid likely lengthy prison terms.

Testimony on Monday began with Mr. Ahmedzay detailing his friendship with Messrs. Medunjanin and Zazi. The three had attended high school together in the New York borough of Queens, and in 2008 they "made a covenant to go to Afghanistan and fight with the mujahedeen against American forces," he said.
It sounds dreadfully romantic in the abstract, when one leaves out all the killing of one's countrymen, and stuff like that.
That summer, Mr. Ahmedzay said, they traveled to Pakistain where they were recruited by al Qaeda operatives who showed them slickly produced propaganda videos, which were played in court, with digital recreations of the 2005 London subway bombings and the car-bombing of the 2008 Danish embassy in Pakistain.The videos, which were played in court, contained "martyrdom" statements by the perpetrators of the attacks.

Mr Ahmedzay said the three were told they would be more valuable as jacket wallahs in the U.S. and were given training in use of weapons, Mr. Ahmedzay said. Their handlers encouraged them to identify targets in the U.S. and execute a "mission" during the presidency of George W. Bush, he told the court.
"You're not valuable enough to be true a Lion of Islam, but you'll do as well as a raped woman or a retarded child to carry a bomb. There -- now don't you feel better?"
Mr. Ahmedzay said he spoke with his two friends at the time and said, "We had come here to give our lives, to seek martyrdom...now are we going to accept or reject it?"

He said the men accepted the mission and began planning it.
"Woo hoo! Ok, srsly, guys -- who wants to be mentally broken, and who wants to be mentally deficient?"
Mr. Ahmedzay, a taxi driver, would case prominent targets. Mr. Medunjanin, a doorman in a New York City building, would be a suicide bomber and Mr. Zazi, an airport-shuttle driver in Colorado, would seek bomb-making materials and build the explosive, Mr. Ahmedzay said.

The original plan called for a car-bomb targeting major New York landmarks such as Grand Central Terminal, Times Square and the New York Stock Exchange, the witness said. But when Mr. Zazi said he couldn't build a big enough bomb because he had lost a page of his notes,
Wow. That must have been why he emailed, asking for directions.
they decided on suicide belts to target the subway during rush hours, Mr. Ahmedzay testified.

The attack was abandoned when Mr. Zazi realized he was being watched by federal and local authorities while on a car trip to New York.
That was when he was stopped by police on the bridge, if I recall correctly.
At the time of his guilty plea in February 2010, prosecutors said Mr. Zazi had purchased large amounts of chemicals needed to produce the explosive TATP,
A.k.a. Mother of Satan, because it's so unstable...
which was used in the bombing of London's transit system in 2005. Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Zazi used a hotel room near Denver, where Sherlocks later found bomb-making residue. Mr. Zazi traveled to New York in September, and along with the others plotted the timing of the attack and where to make the explosives, according to prosecutors.

Mr. Ahmedzay said he lied repeatedly to the FBI during the investigation and destroyed evidence.
No doubt that seemed clever at the time...
Mr. Gottlieb, the defense attorney, zeroed in on Mr. Ahmedzay's cooperation agreement with the government and called his credibility into question during cross examination.

"You would be willing to kill, to set off a bomb, but you wouldn't lie to a jury?" he asked the witness.

Noting that Mr. Ahmedzay faces a range of no prison time to life, Mr. Gottlieb asked Mr. Ahmedzay how much time he hopes to serve in exchange for his testimony.

"I hope to get that zero years you mentioned, sir," the witness replied.

Mr. Zazi, who was described by authorities as the leader of the cell at the time of his arrest, was expected to testify Tuesday..
VOA adds:
Once in Pakistan, Ahmedzay said, they were taken instead to an al-Qaida training camp in northwestern Pakistan and urged to carry out a suicide mission in the United States. The men agreed, and after returning to the U.S., Zazi began assembling ingredients for the bombs, including nail polish remover and peroxide from beauty supply stores.

Ahmedzay testified they discussed potential targets with their al-Qaida handlers in Pakistan, including Times Square, the New York Stock Exchange, Grand Central Station and Pennsylvania Station, but did not settle on a definite one. The goal, he said, was to strike a crowded subway station during rush hour, to maximize civilian casualties.

Medunjanin's lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, said Medunjanin never intended to hurt anyone when he crashed his car into another vehicle on a New York City bridge just after calling a police emergency line to say that he "loved death more than you love your life."
Prosecutors termed that a jihadist slogan, but Gottlieb told the jury that Medunjanin meant only to kill himself, rather than be falsely branded as a Muslim terrorist.
And in another VOA article:
According to Najibullah Zazi, the confessed mastermind of the foiled 2009 subway bomb plot, accused terrorist Adis Medunjanin “was a role model to us,” because he was most knowledgeable in Islam.

According to Zazi and Ahmedzay, who also pleaded guilty, the trio became close friends after high school, bonding over their dedication to Islam - and to the Internet lectures of radical Imams. As they grew angry at the American presence in Afghanistan, they decided to go there to fight to the death  - to“perform jihad,” as Zazi testified.

Zazi, who operated a food cart in New York, said he used more than 10 different credit cards to buy cameras, computers, jewelry and airline tickets to Pakistan in 2008.

The prosecution plans also to put on the stand two other confessed terrorists, including Saajid Muhammad Badat, a Briton convicted of plotting to use a shoe bomb to blow up an airliner.
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2012-04-19 Home Front: WoT
Several sources with articles about the trial in NY. The WSJ one is the best.

NYC subway plotter: Bombmaking 'very simple'

NEW YORK (AP) -- The admitted mastermind of one of the most serious terror threats since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks -- a foiled plot to attack New York City subways -- testified Wednesday that al-Qaida trainers taught him a "very simple" formula for making suicide bombs.

After being recruited by the terror network and taken to a compound in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan, Najibullah Zazi said he learned how to mix chemicals found in nail polish remover and other products sold at beauty supply stores.

"It was very simple and they're everywhere," he said of the chemicals.
Zazi, 26, was testifying for a second day at the trial of Adis%20Medunjanin>Adis Medunjanin in federal court in Brooklyn.

Prosecutors allege that Medunjanin, Zazi and another former high school classmate from Queens, Zarein Ahmedzay, formed a terror cell that posed one of the most ominous terror threats since 9/11.

Trial Details Terror Planning

NEW YORK--Three former high-school classmates were perilously close to implementing an al Qaeda-inspired plan to detonate suicide bombs in New York City's subways before they were thwarted in 2009, federal prosecutors told a packed courtroom Monday.

The characterization came during opening statements in a trial in Brooklyn federal court which one of the men, Adis Medunjanin, is accused of receiving training by the terrorist organization while in Pakistan and returning to the U.S. with orders to launch a devastating attack.

New York Bombing Plot 'Mastermind' Testifies Against Friend

A Bosnian-born immigrant in New York accused on nine terrorism counts heard a second friend testify that he was a willing participant in a suicide bombing plot in New York City.

According to Najibullah Zazi, the confessed mastermind of the foiled 2009 subway bomb plot, accused terrorist Adis Medunjanin "was a role model to us," because he was most knowledgeable in Islam. Zazi, who earlier pleaded guilty, is one of two former friends testifying in the federal trial of Medunjanin, 27.

Trial Opens for Alleged New York Bomb Plotter

A Bosnian immigrant accused in a subway bombing terrorism plot has gone on trial in federal court in New York City. He faces life in prison if convicted on all nine counts, including conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. A federal jury in Brooklyn is hearing the terrorism case against 27-year-old Bosnian-born Adis Medunjanin, who allegedly conspired with two former high school friends to bomb New York subways in 2009.
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2012-04-16 Britain
Saajid Muhammad Badat,
...also known as Saajid Badat...
a would-be shoe bomber who was jailed for 13 years for trying to blow up an airliner, has had his sentence cut by two years after agreeing to give evidence against other suspected terrorists, police and prosecutors said today.

Badat, who was jailed in 2005, saw his prison sentence reduced to 11 years in 2009 as part of a deal with prosecutors, it can be reported today.

It is the first time in the UK that a convicted terrorist has entered into an agreement with the Crown Prosecution Service to give evidence in a trial against other alleged terrorists.

Sue Hemming, head of the CPS special crime and counter terrorism division, said the agreement had not been entered into lightly. It will see Badat give evidence in the US trial of Adis%20Medunjanin target=_blank>Adis Medunjanin over an alleged al Qaida martyrdom plot from 2008 to 2010, which opens in New York today.
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2012-04-14 Home Front: WoT
NEW YORK -- An American-born jihadist who joined al-Qaeda could testify for the government in the upcoming trial of a man accused in a plot to bomb New York City subways.

Bryant Neal Vinas
...who has been singing like a bird about all the little friends he made while indulging in jihad...
is listed as a potential witness at the trial of Adis%20Madunjanin target=_blank>Adis Madunjanin. Opening statements are set for Monday in federal court in Brooklyn.

Medunjanin has pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
to charges he conspired with two childhood friends from Queens to suicide bomb Manhattan subway lines in 2009. Prosecutors say the three had gone to Pakistain together in 2008 to get terror training from al-Qaeda.

Vinas, 29, who's from Long Island, was captured in Pakistain in 2008. He isn't charged in the subway plot, but could be called to the witness stand to testify about the inner-workings of al-Qaeda.
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2010-07-09 Home Front: WoT
Federal prosecutors charged a senior al Qaeda leader Wednesday with helping to mastermind last year's attempted bombing of New York City's subway and said the effort was part of a larger plot that included a failed terrorist attempt in the U.K.

Three suspected al Qaeda members were arrested in Europe Thursday morning in what Norwegian and U.S. officials said was a bombing plot linked to the New York and U.K. plans.

In an indictment unveiled in federal court in Brooklyn Wednesday, prosecutors said 34-year-old Adnan el Shukrijumah, described as a leader of an al Qaeda program dedicated to terrorist attacks in the U.S. and other Western countries, "recruited and directed" three U.S. citizens to carry out suicide bombings in Manhattan in September 2009.

The indictment also charged Abid Naseer and Tariq ur Rehman, who were previously arrested by authorities in the U.K. as part of a raid in relation to suspected terrorist activity there. Prosecutors said the two cases were "directly related." The charges underscored "the global nature of the terrorist threat we face," said David Kris, assistant attorney general for national security.

On Wednesday, U.K. police again arrested Mr. Naseer, who is 24 years old and of Pakistani descent, in Middlesbrough, in the northeast of England, according to a police spokesman. Mr. Rehman isn't in custody and is believed to be in Pakistan. The last known lawyer for Mr. Naseer didn't respond to requests for comment. Mr. Rehman, 39, reached in Peshawar, North East Pakistan, said: "Of course I deny all these charges. Of course I will fight my case."

A day later, three men were arrested on suspicion of "preparing terror activities," the Norwegian Police Security Service said. Two of the men were arrested in Norway and one in Germany, said Janne Kristiansen, the head of Police Security Service. She said one of the men was a 39-year-old Norwegian of Uighur origin, who had lived in Norway since 1999. The other suspects were a 37-year-old Iraqi and a 31-year-old citizen of Uzbekistan, both of whom have permanent residency permits in Norway. The three had been under surveillance for more than a year.

Officials told the Associated Press that the men were attempting to make portable but powerful peroxide bombs, but it wasn't clear whether they had selected a target for the attacks. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they believe the plan was organized by Salah al-Somali, al Qaeda's former chief of external operations who was charge of plotting attacks world-wide but is believed to have been killed in a CIA drone airstrike last year.

U.S. prosecutors, meanwhile, said the New York and U.K. plots were directly linked by a man identified in court documents as "Ahmad," who was also charged on Wednesday, though he wasn't in custody and prosecutors said his identity was unknown. Prosecutors said Ahmad transported Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan native who worked as an airport shuttle driver in Colorado, and two others to Waziristan, Pakistan, so they could receive training. Mr. Shukrijumah recruited them at a camp there, prosecutors said.

The indictment, unveiled on the fifth anniversary of bombings in London's transport network, said that Mr. Shukrijumah, together with others, including Mr. al-Somali recruited individuals to conduct a terrorist attack in the U.S.

Authorities in the U.S. have been searching for Mr. Shukrijumah, a Saudi Arabia native, for several years and are offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture. They are planning to put him on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's most-wanted list as early as Thursday.

Prosecutors described Ahmad as an "al Qaeda facilitator" and said he communicated separately with Mr. Naseer and Mr. Zazi, who were in Pakistan in the same period in 2008, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors said Mr. Naseer sent emails to the same account that Ahmad allegedly used to communicate with Mr. Zazi. Mr. Naseer referred to different explosives in coded language and spoke of planning a large "wedding" for numerous guests in April 2009, and said Ahmad should be ready, prosecutors alleged. A similar code, meaning an attack was ready to be executed, was used by Mr. Zazi when he discussed the planned New York attack with Ahmad, prosecutors said.

When Mr. Naseer and Mr. Rehman were arrested in the U.K. last year as part of a bigger raid that also led to the arrests of 10 others, U.K. authorities found large quantities of flour and oil, as well as surveillance photographs of public areas in Manchester, according to U.S. authorities.

But "Operation Pathway," which led to the arrests, was carried out prematurely after the U.K.'s top counterterrorism official at the time, Bob Quick, was photographed entering No. 10 Downing Street carrying documents that clearly identified key aspects of the operation. All of the men who were arrested were released without charge due to what U.K. prosecutors believed had been insufficient evidence.

British authorities tried to deport 11 of the men arrested, saying they posed a threat to national security. Mr. Naseer won an appeal in May in the Special Immigration Appeals Commission that stopped his deportation back to Pakistan. The U.S. government is seeking to extradite Mr. Naseer, according to London's Metropolitan police service.

In February, Mr. Zazi pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and other charges. He admitted that he drove to New York last September with explosives and other bomb-making materials and intended to carry out an attack on Manhattan subway lines.

Two other men, Zarein Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin, allegedly traveled to Pakistan with Mr. Zazi. In April, Mr, Ahmedzay pleaded guilty to conspiracy and providing material support to al Qaeda.

Mr. Medunjanin, a part-time building superintendent in Queens, N.Y., has denied wrongdoing and is fighting the charges. Wednesday's indictment adds additional terrorism charges against Mr. Medunjanin, who was arrested in January after allegedly attempting to crash his car into another car on the Whitestone Expressway in Queens as a last attempt to carry out a suicide attack on American soil.

"There's nothing new in the indictment as it pertains to Mr. Medunjanin," said his lawyer, Robert C. Gottlieb. "The government from Day One threatened to add charges as well as defendants." He said his client isn't guilty and intends to proceed to trial.
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2010-07-07 Home Front: WoT
[Dawn] The imam entangled in the investigation into a suicide bomb plot against New York City subway stations left the US Monday, after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI. Among his final words on US soil, his lawyer says, were "God bless America."

Ahmad Wais Afzali and his wife Fatima took off on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight to Jeddah and then will go on to Mecca, where Fatima got a job teaching English, said the lawyer, Ron Kuby. Afzali, who was born in Afghanistan but spent most of his life in Queens, isn't sure what he's going to do there, Kuby said.
Not likely he'll get hired as an imam, anyway. Has he any other useful skills, or will he have to accept employment at minimum wage as a chauffeur or gardener?
Most of his family lives in Virginia, including two children from a previous marriage.

Afzali, under the terms of his plea April 15, was sentenced to time served - four days - but ordered to leave the country in 90 days.

Authorities sought help last fall from the imam, a previously reliable police source, as they scrambled to thwart the plot by Najibullah Zazi, an airport van driver who pleaded guilty in the case.

The 38-year-old imam said he had wanted to help authorities in the investigation of the threat but lied under grilling by the FBI about his phone conversations Zazi.

Afzali lied when he said he never told Zazi that he was under surveillance in New York.

Afzali said that he never meant to aide Zazi or deceive the government.

"It was not just something he said at sentencing, he genuinely loves this country very much," Kuby said. "Unfortunately he was caught in a turf battle between the NYPD and the FBI."
And lying. And warning a suspect he was being watched. Don't let's forget that.
The electronic monitoring bracelet was removed at around 9:30 am, and then a caravan of family and two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents traveled to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Two agents, dressed casually, accompanied Afzali and his wife to the gate and watched them board.

Afzali cannot return to the US without special permission. If he does, he is subject to additional charges and could be deported to Afghanistan.

Najibullah Zazi and two friends were arrested in September 2009 before, prosecutors said, they could carry out a trio of suicide bombings in Manhattan. Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay have pleaded guilty and admitted planning to detonate homemade bombs on the subway during rush hour. A third man, Adis%20Medunjanin target=_blank>Adis Medunjanin, awaits trial.

Zazi is cooperating with investigators, key developments that prosecutors hope will help them trace the plot back to its roots in Pakistan, where Zazi and former friends from high school allegedly traveled in 2008 to seek terror training.
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2010-07-02 Home Front: WoT
Current and former counter-terrorism officials of the United States have linked Adnan Shukrijumah, one of the most wanted persons, to thwarted plot to bomb the subway system in New York City last year, authorities said.

The officials said Shukrijumah, top al Qaeda operative, met with one of the would-be suicide bombers in a plot that Attorney General Eric Holder called one of the most dangerous since the 9/11 attacks. In Brooklyn, federal prosecutors have named Shukrijumah in a draft terrorism indictment but the Justice Department was still discussing whether to cite his role.

Some officials feared that the extra attention might hinder efforts to capture him. The involvement of Shukrijumah shows how important the (subway bombing) plot was to al Qaeda's senior leadership. Intelligence officials believe Shukrijumah is one of the top candidates to become al Qaeda's next head of external operations, the man in charge of planning attacks worldwide.

The counter-terrorism officials discussed the case on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak about it. Shukrijumah, 34, has eluded the FBI for years. The Saudi-born operative studied at a community college in Florida, but when the FBI showed up to arrest him as a witness to a terrorism case in 2003, he already had left the country. The US is offering $5 million reward for information leading to his capture.

Intelligence officials started unraveling the subway plot last year, when US intelligence intercepted an electronic mail from an account that al Qaeda had used in a recent terrorist plot, officials said. The mail discussed bomb-making techniques and was sent to an address in Denver, setting off alarms within the CIA and the FBI from Islamabad to the US.

Najibullah Zazi and two friends were arrested in September 2009 before, prosecutors said, they could carry out a trio of suicide bombings in Manhattan. Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay have pleaded guilty and admitted planning to detonate homemade bombs on the subway during rush hour. A third man, Adis%20Medunjanin target=_blank>Adis Medunjanin, awaits trial. A fourth suspect, known as Ahmed, traded the emails with Zazi, who was frantically trying to perfect his bomb-making recipe, the officials said.

The US wants to bring the Pakistani man to the US for trial on charges that are not yet public. The CIA learned valuable information about al Qaeda and its operations from Ahmed. The officials in Pakistan have also arrested a fifth person, known as Afridi, who worked with Ahmed, the officials said. The FBI and the US attorney's office in Brooklyn had no comment.

The US officials told The Associated Press about how the men hooked up with al Qaeda. The new account provides a rare glimpse into the recruiting process. The trio's lengthy odyssey took them from their homes in Queens to the mountainous tribal areas in northwest Pakistan. The prosecutors said the men, motivated by their anger at the war in Afghanistan, travelled to Peshawar in the summer of 2008 to fight against the US forces.

Before splitting up, the men stayed at the house of Zazi's uncle. Zazi remained in Peshawar while Ahmedzay and Medunjanin headed into Afghanistan where they hoped to join the fight against the Americans, they said. But Ahmedzay and Medunjanin never made it. They were stopped at a roadblock and briefly detained by the police who were suspicious of their Western looks and their US passports.

The two men talked their way out of the bind, however, and the police never contacted the US about it, the officials said. Undeterred, the men regrouped in Peshawar and were recruited to meet an al Qaeda facilitator at local mosque in Peshawar. While al Qaeda was eager to recruit Americans, the group was also deeply suspicious of the trio and wanted to make sure they were not US spies.

Once they passed that initial test, Ahmed drove them to North Waziristan and delivered them to a rudimentary terrorist camp. The three received weapons training, but al Qaeda had bigger plans for the men than the Afghanistan front line. Salah al-Somali, then the head of external operations, and Rashid Rauf, a British national linked to a 2006 jetliner bomb plot, explained to the three men that they were more useful as bombers in the US.

It was at that camp that the US officials believe Ahmedzay, and perhaps the other two men, met Shukrijumah. In 2004, then attorney general John Ashcroft called Shukrijumah a clear and present danger to the US. Abu Zubaydah told US authorities that Shukrijumah was among the most likely candidates to attack the US or Europe. The trio completed about two weeks of training and left the camp with the promise of returning. But only Zazi made the trip back to Waziristan to take a course on explosives.

In early 2009, Zazi flew to New York and moved to Denver, armed with bomb-making notes. Unlike the Sept 11, 2001, attacks they chose the target, not Osama bin Laden. The emails that tipped off US intelligence triggered "Operation High Rise," an FBI investigation that had to come together within days. Agents scrambled as Zazi sped toward New York on September 9, armed with about two pounds of the powerful explosive.

He was stopped on the George Washington Bridge, but authorities failed to find the explosive material (TATP) stashed in a bag in the trunk. Spooked after the traffic stop, Zazi gave the TATP to Ahmedzay, who flushed it down the toilet. That week, the FBI raided the homes of all three friends, bringing a swift end to the plot.
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2010-04-24 Home Front: WoT
A New York man has pleaded guilty to terror charges in connection with a plot to set off suicide bombs in the city's subway system. Zarein Ahmedzay admitted conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and providing support to al-Qaeda, in a plea entered in a court in New York.
That was quick. New York City just saved a bundle in trial costs. A good thing -- they're kind of running short on funds over there.
He was a classmate of Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi, who pleaded guilty to his role in the plot last month.

US officials have called it one of the most serious threats since 9/11.

Ahmedzay, 25, originally entered a not guilty plea after his arrest in January. He was picked up with another classmate, Adis Medunjanin, who is facing similar charges.

Prosecutors say the three were planning an attack on city subway lines last September under the direction of al-Qaeda that would have been similar to the 2005 attacks on public transit in London, which killed more than 50 people.

Prosecutors have said Ahmedzay, Zazi and Mr Medunjanin all travelled to Pakistan in 2008 to look for terrorism training.

At the Brooklyn hearing, Assistant US Attorney Geoffrey Knox said the plotters had met two senior al-Qaeda operatives who ordered them to carry out the suicide bombings. Mr Knox identified the leaders as Saleh al-Somali and Rashid Rauf, both of whom were killed in Pakistan over the past year.
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2010-04-12 Home Front: WoT
Chilling new details about the foiled Al Qaeda plot to blow up the city's busiest subways have emerged as a fourth suspect was quietly arrested in Pakistan, the Daily News has learned.

The unidentified man, who helped plan the plot, is expected to be extradited to the U.S. to betried in Brooklyn Federal Court with Adis%20Medunjanin target=_blank>Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay of Flushing, Queens, sources said.

Najibullah Zazi and his two Queens friends allegedly planned to strap explosives to their bodies and split up, heading for the Grand Central and Times Square stations - the two busiest subway stations in New York City.

They would board trains on the 1, 2, 3 and 6 lines at rush hour and planned to position themselves in the middle of the packed trains to ensure the maximum carnage when they blew themselves up, sources said.

During Zazi's brief visit to Queens from his home in Denver last September, he rode the subway multiple times to the Grand Central and Wall St. stations, scouting where to best spread death and mayhem, the sources said.
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2010-03-05 Home Front: WoT
Follow-up with some details.
A Queens imam who became entangled in a terrorism plot against New York City when he warned one of the planners that he was under government surveillance pleaded guilty on Thursday to a reduced charge of lying to federal officials.

Fighting through tears, the imam, Ahmad Wais Afzali, spoke of failing his adopted country, a country his conviction will soon require him to leave, maintaining that he had no idea of the seriousness of the case when he told Najibullah Zazi in phone conversations that law enforcement officials were investigating him.

Mr. Afzali, who had been approached by the New York Police Department to provide information on Mr. Zazi, said he was afraid when Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interrogated him two days later -- so he lied about the conversation with Mr. Zazi, even though he knew it had been recorded.
Brilliant.
"My intention was not to protect Zazi but to protect myself," he said during a hearing on Thursday in United States District Court in Brooklyn. "In doing so, I failed to live up to my obligation to this country, my community, my family and my religion. I am truly sorry."
You're sorry. Great. Thanks. Now scram.
He's absolutely right -- he did fail to live up to his obligation as a citizen when he lied; we have standards, minimal though they might be. Next time come over the border from Mexico illegally, and get work in the underground economy as a stoop labourer harvesting the fields. That way he won't have the energy or the time to get involved with the wrong sort of people.
Mr. Zazi pleaded guilty last week to participating in a Qaeda plot to detonate explosives on New York subways during rush hour. Two other people, Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay, are also charged in the plot, which prosecutors said aimed to coordinate three suicide attacks.

Under the agreement reached with prosecutors, Mr. Afzali pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the F.B.I., but the reduced charge did not specify that the lie occurred in the course of a terrorism investigation. As a result, Mr. Afzali faces up to six months in prison rather than up to eight years when he is sentenced in April. The government has agreed not to request any time in jail, said Ronald L. Kuby, a lawyer for Mr. Afzali.

After sentencing, Mr. Afzali will have up to 90 days to leave the country voluntarily, or he will be deported.

Outside the courtroom, Mr. Afzali appeared distraught about leaving the country he has called home since he left Afghanistan as a young boy. His wife and two children from a previous marriage all hold United States citizenship. He said he did not know where he would go.

"My whole tribe is here," Mr. Afzali said. To return to Afghanistan, he offered, would be to "sign my death sentence."
Not our problem. Next time don't lie to the FBI.
How many more of his tribe, all of whom are here in America, are jihadis? Perhaps the answer he gave to that question is the lie that the FBI is so displeased about.
Dressed in a beige suit and a white skullcap, Mr. Afzali kept his eyes downcast through much of the brief hearing, occasionally looking to his lawyer for guidance or reaching up with a tissue to wipe away tears.

After pleading guilty, he read aloud from a prepared statement, in which he described his past work as a liaison between the New York Police Department and the local Muslim community. "I have always assisted the police, whenever they have asked," he said. "I did so because I love this country and I love my community."

That involvement took a turn when the police asked him for information about Mr. Zazi and Mr. Medunjanin, who used to attend his mosque in Queens.

"The police interest in these men led me to believe that they were involved in some criminal activity, but I had no idea of its seriousness," he said. "I had known them when they were boys and did not think they were capable of serious crime. I thought perhaps they had fallen in with the wrong people or gotten caught up in something."
And so they had.
Mr. Afzali said he had a phone conversation with Mr. Zazi in which he told the younger man that law enforcement officials had inquired about him, and he offered to set up a meeting with the police and urged him: "Don't get involved in Afghanistan garbage."

Two days later, Mr. Afzali was interrogated by F.B.I agents about the conversation. He denied telling Mr. Zazi that law enforcement officials were interested in him. "I lied and said I did not," Mr. Afzali recounted, breaking into sobs. "My intention was not to protect Zazi but to protect myself."
Darwin always wins.
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2010-02-26 Home Front: WoT
The feds have indicted two Queens men for working alongside self-proclaimed suicide bomber wannabe Najibullah Zazi in a bid to blow up the city's subway system last year with homemade bombs, officials said.

The Brooklyn US Attorney announced that a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging Zarein Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin with terrorism violations stemming from their alleged roles in the plot to bomb city subways.

Ahmedzay and Medunjanin, both 25, pleaded not guilty to the new charges during an appearance this morning in Brooklyn federal court.

During the hearing, prosecutors said the men wanted to detonate bombs in three coordinated subway attacks and that others involved in the plot are currently overseas.

"The facts alleged in this indictment shed further light on the scope of this attempted attack and underscore the importance of using every tool we have available to both disrupt plots against our nation and hold suspected terrorists accountable for their actions," said US Attorney General Eric Holder.

"This attack would have been deadly, and the many agents, prosecutors and intelligence professionals who worked together seamlessly to thwart it deserve our thanks."

Ahmedzay, who lives in Queens, was previously indicted on Jan. 8, 2010, on charges of making material false statements to the FBI about his travels to Pakistan and Afghanistan and about his conversations with a fellow traveler.

Medunjanin, also of Queens, had been previously indicted that same day on charges of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and receiving military-type training from a foreign terrorist organization.

The five-count superseding indictment unsealed this morning charges Ahmedzay and Medunjanin with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

Ahmedzay and Medunjanin are also both charged with receiving training from al Qaeda. Ahmedzay was also charged with making false statements to the FBI in a terrorism investigation.

Zazi told a Brooklyn federal court judge on Monday how he had driven to New York City from Denver, where he lived, on Sept. 10, 2009, with a detonator in his bag and bomb-making plans on his laptop to launch a "martyrdom" massacre at the behest of al Qaeda operatives.

"It meant that I would sacrifice myself to bring attention to what the US military was doing to civilians in Afghanistan," the Afghan native said. "I would sacrifice my soul for the sake of saving others."
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2010-02-26 Home Front: WoT
NEW YORK--Two Queens, N.Y., men were charged Thursday with conspiring with a Colorado man to stage a bomb attack in the New York City subway system last September.

Zarein Ahmedzay, a cab driver, and Adis Medunjanin, a part-time building superintendent, were charged in a five-count superseding indictment with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, providing material support to al Qaeda and receiving military-type training from al Qaeda.

Mr. Ahmedzay, 25 years old, also is charged with making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

They face life in prison on the conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction charge. They pleaded not guilty to the new charges in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.

Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn alleged that Messrs. Ahmedzay and Medunjanin conspired with Mr. Zazi, 25, to conduct a terrorist attack on the Manhattan subway lines between Sept. 14 and 16.

Mr. Zazi, an Afghan native who worked as an airport shuttle driver in Colorado, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and other charges in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.
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2010-02-23 Home Front: WoT
Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan immigrant who was a key player in what the federal authorities have said was one of the most serious threats to the United States since the 9/11 attacks, pleaded guilty on Monday to terrorism charges after admitting to a plot to blow up the subways.

He admitted that he came to New York around the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to kill himself and others on the subway, to draw attention to the killing of Afghan civilians by the United States military.

Mr. Zazi appeared before Judge Raymond J. Dearie at Federal District Court in Brooklyn. He pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder overseas, and providing material support for a terrorist organization. He faces a sentence of life in prison.

Two people with knowledge of the case said that in recent weeks, Mr. Zazi had begun providing information to prosecutors as part of the initial stages of an agreement that led up to his guilty plea Monday.

Such an arrangement suggests that prosecutors believe Mr. Zazi can provide valuable information, including evidence about the plot and the involvement of others, including those who may be overseas, and other intelligence on Al Qaeda.

Spokesmen for the F.B.I. and the office of the United States attorney in Brooklyn, Benton J. Campbell, declined to comment.

Throughout the 45-minute proceeding on Monday, Mr. Zazi seemed unaffected by his circumstances, even smiling on several occasions. And when he spoke, he did so in an unapologetic, matter-of-fact manner.

"I would sacrifice myself to bring attention to what the United States military was doing to civilians in Afghanistan," he said to the judge.

Mr. Zazi, who was born in Afghanistan and was raised in Pakistan and later in Flushing, Queens, where he attended high school, was working as an airport shuttle driver in Denver when he was arrested in September 2009.

The federal authorities said he had received weapons and explosives training at a Qaeda camp in Pakistan, bought beauty products that contained the raw materials to build a bomb and traveled to Queens with bomb-making instructions in his laptop on the eve of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

A number of other people have been arrested in the case, including his father, his uncle and two of his classmates at Flushing High School. Those actions, including the filing of more serious charges against his father earlier this month, may have in some way influenced the decision to plead guilty, another lawyer suggested.

"I am aware that he is under intense pressure because of what's happening," the lawyer said.
More from FoxNews:
He told prosecutors that he was armed with bomb-making components while en route to New York City last year, but flushed them down the toilet in a New York City apartment after getting spooked by a traffic stop on the George Washington Bridge while entering the city.

Zazi had driven a rented car from Denver to New York, arriving Sept. 10, 2009, the day before the eighth anniversary of the 2001 attacks. Searches of Zazi's car after he arrived turned up bomb-making plans on a laptop computer, but no actual devices or materials.

One of the people familiar with the Zazi case told the Associated Press that Zazi decided to offer the information after being warned that his mother could face criminal immigration charges.

Zazi's father was charged this month with trying to get rid of chemicals and other evidence. But it appears he was cut a break: After initially demanding that he be jailed in Brooklyn without bail, prosecutors agreed to a deal on Feb. 17 releasing him on $50,000 bond and allowing him to return to his home in suburban Denver.

By contrast, bond for a Queens imam charged with lying to the FBI about phone contact with Zazi when Zazi was in New York was set at $1.5 million. A friend of Zazi, New York cab driver Zarein Ahemdzay, was jailed without bail on a similar lying charge.

Another one of the people said that Zazi told prosecutors that he made roughly two pounds of a powerful and highly unstable explosive called triacetone triperoxide, or TATP. The same explosive was used by would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid in 2001 and the terrorists who carried out the London bombings in 2005 that killed 52 people.

In those instances, TATP was not the main charge; it was the detonator. The 1.5 grams in Reid's shoe was supposed to help detonate the plastic explosives aboard a jetliner, and it was used to set off a mixture of black pepper and hydrogen peroxide in London.

Experts have said the TATP in the Zazi case was probably going to be just the detonator.

Authorities say Ahmedzay and another New Yorker charged in the case, Adis Medunjanin, traveled to Pakistan with Zazi in 2008. Medunjanin has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and remains jailed. The three men, former high school classmates in Queens, are scheduled to appear in federal court in Brooklyn on Feb. 25.

Officials earlier confirmed reports week that Zazi's uncle had been arraigned on a felony count in secret — a sign that he also could be cooperating.
And from AP:
Najibullah Zazi told a judge the terror network recruited him to be a suicide bomber in New York, where he went to high school and once worked a coffee car just blocks from the World Trade Center site.

Zazi said in court he went to Pakistan in 2008 to join the Taliban and fight against the U.S. military but was recruited by the terrorist network and went into a training camp in Warziristan, a region of Pakistan where al-Qaida is known to operate. Zazi said he received weapons training at the camp and later learned about explosives.

Zazi also said in court that he had been in contact with an al-Qaida leader while in Pakistan but did not identify the person. "We were recruited by al-Qaida ... to go the United States in a martyrdom plan," he said.

He said the terrorism plot was aimed at the city subway system but did not name a specific target.
AFP adds:
He told the federal court in Brooklyn that his plans to blow up New York targets just after the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks included "mortal operations" in the underground train system.

US Attorney General Eric Holder, describing the plot as one of the most "serious" terrorist threats since September 11, 2001, hailed the guilty plea as evidence that the civilian court system was an appropriate forum to prosecute suspected terrorists.

At a press conference after the plea was announced, he criticized those who "denigrate" the civilian justice system because they oppose a plan to try the alleged 9/11 plotters attack before US courts.

"In this case as it has been in so many other ones, the criminal justice system has proved to be an invaluable weapon for incapacitating plots and obtaining intelligence," he said. "To denigrate the use of this tool flies in the face of the facts, flies in the face of the history of this tool, it's more about politics."

He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for the first two charges and 15 years for the third. However, his plea appears to be part of a bargain in which he could receive more lenient punishment in return for cooperating with investigators.

Sentencing was scheduled for June 25.

Zazi was intending to set off bombs either on September 14, 15 or 16, 2009, the Department of Justice says. But he left after receiving a tip-off that he was being watched by federal agents.

He admitted in court Monday that "I also took trips to New York city to plan" the attacks. However, he said that instead of carrying out the plot, "we threw away the explosive material."
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2010-02-01 Home Front: WoT
The father of terror suspect Najibullah Zazi is now accused of helping to destroy chemicals that were linked to the ongoing terror investigation.
Whoops!

Zazi's father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, was re-arrested on the new charges unsealed Monday in federal court in Brooklyn, officials said.

The indictment alleges that Mohammed Zazi conspired with others to "corruptly alter, destroy, mutilate and conceal objects" to impede the terror investigation. Among the items allegedly destroyed, glasses, masks, liquid chemicals and containers.

Zazi's father was initially arrested on charges of lying to the FBI about his alleged efforts to alert his son about the terror investigation. Najibullah Zazi is charged with plotting to bomb New York City subways. The younger Zazi, a Queens native who had moved to Denver, is accused of buying hair products and other chemicals in an attempt to build the device.

Zazi is also accused of traveling overseas to Pakistan to meet with al Qaeda operatives for explosives training. Zazi's father is expected to be arraigned in federal court in Denver late Monday. He then would be expected sent to New York for trial.

Last month, two associates of Najibullah Zazi were arrested in connection with the terror investigation. Adis Medunjanin was arrested on charges he traveled to Pakistan for terror training. Zarein Ahmedzay is also accused of traveling to Pakistan and then lying to the FBI about the reason for his trip there.

Lawyers for the suspects have denied their clients are tied to terror.
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2010-01-21 Home Front: WoT
AP summarized: Two high school classmates of Mr. Zazi have been charged with going with him to be trained in Pakistan by an Al Qaeda-linked organization. Adis Medunjanin is also charged with getting the training for the purpose of killing American troops in Afghanistan. Cab driver Zarein Ahmedzay was previously charged with lying to the FBI. Prosecutors anticipate additional charges against both, and are due back in court February 25th.
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2010-01-09 Home Front: WoT
A Queens man tied to a suspected al Qaeda-trained terrorist may have been trying to kill himself when he crashed his car into the back of another at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, law enforcement sources said.

Adis Medunjanin, 25, called 911 as he sped erratically away from federal agents through Queens streets at up to 90 mph.
Let's see? I'm being chased by FBI at 90 mph. I pick up the phone, I dial 911, I praise my death, I praise my God. Naw, not a terrorist suicider to be. Just an underprivileged youth, lovin' America, etc.
"We love death more than you love life!" he exclaimed in Arabic.
Medunjanin also praised Allah moments before he rear-ended another vehicle, sources said.

Police are investigating the bizarre crash as a possible suicide attempt by the frantic Medunjanin, in the wake of a federal raid on his Queens home.

Medunjanin, 24, a recent graduate of Queens College, and Zarein Ahmedzay, 25, had been under intense surveillance in their homes since September when their former Flushing HS classmate Najibullah Zazi was arrested on suspicion of plotting a new 9/11-style attack in New York.

The latest twist in the case began Thursday afternoon, when neighbors said seven federal agents showed up at Medunjanin's two-bedroom co-op where he lives with his parents.

"They wanted his passport to document his travels," a law enforcement source said of the raid by the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force.

About an hour after the feds confiscated the passport and left, the Bosnian-born Medunjanin got into his car and was tailed by agents.
Maybe part of this hour, he was putting 911 on speed dial. Or using GPS to plot his course to that bridge

He accelerated to get away from them until the crash. Then he fled on foot
Chickened out?
until he was chased down by members of the task force and hospitalized for minor injuries, police said.
Hum --- thinking, I've seen those chases on TV! Wonder if the guy in the suit tackled him from behind, springing forward and grabbing him around the legs, bringing him down. "I just hate these runners."
He initially was charged only with fleeing the scene of an accident, but sources said he would be charged with providing material support to terrorism when arraigned in Brooklyn federal court tomorrow at 10 a.m.

His lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, fumed about a lack of information.

"The US attorney has refused to give me any of the details," he said. He said he hasn't been able to speak to Medunjanin.

Ahmedzay, an Afghan-born cab driver, was picked up by authorities in Greenwich Village Thursday night and pleaded not guilty yesterday to a single charge of lying to federal agents when he was questioned in September.

He allegedly lied when asked about traveling to Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2008 and whether he knew a "John Doe" -- apparently referring to Zazi -- who is believed to have attended military training at al Qaeda camps.

Anti-terror experts called the Zazi case one of the most serious threats since the 9/11 attacks. They said Zazi took bomb-making classes from al Qaeda, then returned to the United States to buy beauty supplies in a Denver suburb to make peroxide-based explosives.
Ah yes, now I remember, The Beauty Bomber
Prosecutors said he tried to mix explosives in a hotel room in early September, then drove to New York to carry out an attack, possibly on the transit system, they said.

Relatives of Ahmedzay at his Parsons Boulevard home said he is a hard worker who regularly attends a local mosque.
Part of the training, "appear normal."
Asked if Ahmedzay hates America, his older brother Nazir said, "If he did, he wouldn't be living here."
Well, maybe there is some redeeming principal here for Ahmedzay. If proof of not hating America is living here, then lots of our political leaders need to take a lesson from this "principaled" man. "Love it or leave it." But, truth is, they don't hate America, they just want to change it, just like the terroists. Same principals, I suppose.
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2010-01-08 Home Front: WoT
Two men were arrested Friday in the investigation of a bomb plot targeting New York City that previously led to charges against an airport driver.

The arrests in New York of Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay were part of "an ongoing investigation" by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to Special Agent Richard Kolko, who declined to comment further.

There were no immediate details on the charges against the men, according to Kolko and Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in the city's Brooklyn borough.

Adis Medunjanin was arrested on charges related to a terror raid on a N.Y. mosque, was involved in a car accident in Queens.
He was being followed by FBI when the accident occurred and he was caught as he fled the scene!
Nardoza said the men were expected to appear in court later Friday.

Medunjanin's attorney said the FBI seized his client's passport on Thursday. Robert C. Gottlieb said the search warrant indicated the passport was sought as part of an investigation into a conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

The airport driver in Colorado, Najibullah Zazi, previously pleaded not guilty to that charge. He is accused of getting Al Qaeda training to build homemade bombs to attack New York City.

Federal investigators questioned Medunjanin, a Bosnian immigrant, and Ahmedzay, a U.S. citizen -- who lived in the same neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens where Zazi used to live -- months ago in the terrorism probe. Their photographs were among four shown to Ahmad Wais Afzali, a Queens imam accused of tipping off Zazi that New York police detectives were looking for him, according to Afzali's attorney

Gottlieb has said FBI agents seized computers and cell phones from Medunjanin's apartment last autumn but later returned them.

Gottlieb said the FBI confirmed the arrests for him Friday morning, many hours after they occurred. Gottlieb said he didn't know what charges the men faced.

The lawyer, who insists Medunjanin has done nothing wrong, said officials at a hospital had told him that authorities had taken Medunjanin into custody after he was treated for minor injuries from a traffic accident.

"They intentionally hid him from his lawyer and his family," Gottlieb said.

The name of Ahmedzay's attorney was not immediately on record.
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2010-01-08 Home Front: WoT
Two men who traveled to Pakistan with Najibullah Zazi were arrested early Friday morning in New York.

"Early this morning Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay were arrested by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York as the result of an ongoing investigation," FBI spokesman Rich Kolko said.

The full list of charges will be released later Friday but sources said one of the men was charged with non-terror-related holding charges and is awaiting terror-related charges.

The second man was charged with terror-related charges.

Zazi was arrested in September 2009 and accused of planning to carry out acts of terrorism against the United States under the direction of al Qaeda. The FBI said he had received instruction at an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan.

Medunjanin's attorney said the FBI seized his client's passport on Thursday. Robert C. Gottlieb said the search warrant indicated the passport was sought as part of an investigation into a conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

After feds took the suspect's passport, the food-cart worker bolted and crashed his car on the Whitestone Expressway. Medunjanin is already on the no-fly list and has been watched by feds for months.

The investigators tailed him, but Medunjanin -- a 25 year-old Bosnian immigrant who reportedly accompanied alleged terror bomb plotter Najibullah Zazi on a trip to Pakistan in 2008 -- sped down the Whitestone Expressway.

While driving erratically, he called 911 and made threatening comments, according to a law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Near 20th Avenue, Medunjanin rear-ended another car and tried to run away, but FBI agents tackled him, sources said.

The airport driver, Najibullah Zazi, previously pleaded not guilty to that charge. He is accused of getting al-Qaida training to build homemade bombs to attack New York City.
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