Administration says it's serious about privacy, defends NSA programs

Administration says it's serious about privacy, defends NSA programs

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The Obama administration says it takes privacy criticisms over its surveillance programs seriously while defending them to Congress and the U.S. public.

Subway bomb plotter's father on trial

NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) -- Najibullah Zazi's father tried to cover up a plot to bomb New York subways, a federal prosecutor said as the elder Zazi's trial opened Monday.

Uncle of would-be terrorist pleads guilty

NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- The uncle of a man who admitted a plot to bomb the New York subway system has pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with investigators, court papers say.

Alleged terrorists face new charges

NEW YORK, July 7 (UPI) -- A federal indictment unsealed in New York Wednesday lodged new charges against five men allegedly part of an al-Qaida plot against U.S. and U.K. targets.

Would-be N.Y. subway bomber pleads guilty

NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday in New York to terror charges, admitting he took explosives to New York last year to attack the subway system.

Terror suspect's uncle charged, released

NEW YORK, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- An uncle of Denver terrorism suspect Najibullah Zazi was arrested in New York on a felony charge and released, court documents and interviews indicate.

Imam in terror case pleads not guilty

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A New York imam accused of alerting a suspected al-Qaida operative he was under surveillance pleaded not guilty Monday during his arraignment.

Feds arrest 3 in alleged terror plot

DENVER, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- FBI agents have arrested an Afghan national, his father and a third man for allegedly lying about an alleged terror plot, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Man released after terror raid questioning

DENVER, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A 24-year-old man in Aurora, Colo., was released by federal investigators after being interviewed for 8 1/2 hours as part of a terror probe, his attorney says.

FBI raids home of man in terror inquiry

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- FBI agents Wednesday raided the Denver-area apartment of a man at the center of an inquiry into an alleged al-Qaida plot to attack New York, authorities said.

Najibullah Zazi (born August 10, 1985, in a small village in the Paktia region of eastern Afghanistan) is a Pashtun citizen of Afghanistan and legal permanent resident of the United States. He was arrested in September 2009 as part of the 2009 U.S. Al Qaeda group accused of planning suicide bombings on the New York City subway system, and has pled guilty as have two other defendants. U.S. prosecutors said Saleh al-Somali, Al-Qaeda's head of external operations, and Rashid Rauf, an Al-Qaeda operative, ordered the attack. Both were reportedly later killed in drone attacks.

Zazi underwent weapons and explosives training at an al-Qaeda training camp in Pakistan in 2008. On September 9, 2009, he drove from his home in the Denver, Colorado, area to New York City, intending to detonate explosives on the New York City subway during rush hour as one of three coordinated suicide "martyrdom" bombings. Spooked, however, by surveillance by U.S. intelligence, and warned by a local imam that the authorities were inquiring about him, he abruptly flew back to Denver. He was arrested days later.

On February 22, 2010, he pled guilty to conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiring to commit murder in a foreign country, and providing material support to a terrorist organization. He said he was recruited by al-Qaeda in Pakistan for a suicide "martyrdom" attack against the U.S., and that his bombing target was the New York City subway system. Zazi faces a possible life sentence without possibility of parole for the first two counts, and an additional sentence of 15 years for the third count. Sentencing will take place on June 24, 2011.

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