January 27, 2010

Another Arrest in al Qaeda NY Terror Plot

Another arrest related to the case of the man accused of receiving al Qaeda training and plotting to detonate a bomb in New York City.

Najibullah Zazi's uncle was arrested while in NYC, apparently in an effort to exert pressure on him to testify against his nephew. He had denied that Zazi could be a terrorist, but he now seems to have changed his tune. Given that the uncle testified at a hearing on evidence in Zazi's case, I suspect that the charge was lying to the Grand Jury. The exact nature of the indictment against him remains sealed.


Now, months after Mr. Zazi’s arrest on bombing-conspiracy charges, his uncle, Naqib Jaji, 38, has been secretly arrested in the case. Mr. Jaji, who in his public remarks had indicated some antipathy toward Mr. Zazi, 24, but also said it was “impossible” that he was a terrorist, was arraigned this month in a sealed federal courtroom in Brooklyn, a sign that he may be cooperating in the case.

Court records and interviews with family members indicate that Mr. Jaji was indicted on a single felony charge, but the precise nature of the charge remains sealed. Indeed, the court docket on the case, 10-CR-00028, lists him as John Doe, a standard practice in cases where a defendant is cooperating....

Mr. Zazi was indicted on Sept 24 on a single charge accusing him of conspiring to set off bombs in the United States. Two other young men with whom he attended Flushing High School in Queens, Adis Medunjanin, 25, and Zarein Ahmedzay, 24, have also been charged in connection with the case.

Prosecutors have said that the three men traveled together to Pakistan in August 2008, and then to Afghanistan, to receive Qaeda training, and returned the following January...

So, to recap: guy goes to Pakistan and receives al Qaeda training. Comes back to the US and begins working on a bomb.

How is this not treason?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:59 PM | Comments |