Posted tagged ‘9/11’

Bin Laden Widows, Daughters Face Deportation

April 18, 2012

Osama bin Laden’s three widows and two daughters could be deported from Pakistan after their period of house detention expired.

From CNN:

A Pakistani judge ordered earlier this month that the five women be deported back to their countries of citizenship after serving their sentence for living illegally in Pakistan.

The 45-day detention period ended Tuesday night, said Aamir Khalil, the widows’ lawyer. But he said he had no information on when they would be deported.

The widows — identified by U.S. and Pakistani officials as Amal Ahmed Abdul Fateh, Khairiah Sabar and Siham Sabar — have been in Pakistani custody since U.S. Navy SEALs raided bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad and killed the al Qaeda leader in May 2011.

‘Lone Wolf’ Caught in New York Terror Plot

November 21, 2011

Jose Pimentel finds himself in jail today facing bomb-related charges in what police described as a plot to attack police, military personnel and postal facilities.

From CNN:

Police arrested Jose Pimentel, 27, on Sunday at the apartment of a confidential informant in the case when a video camera showed him drilling holes in the pipes that would become the casings for bombs, according to the criminal complaint in the case.

Pimentel allegedly told police he was an hour away from completing his first bomb when he was arrested, according to the complaint.

“Pimentel’s behavior morphed from simply talking about such acts to actions — namely, bomb making,” New York police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

He was arraigned late Sunday night in a New York court on state charges of possession of a bomb for terrorism, conspiracy as a crime of terrorism, soliciting support for a terrorist act, being a felon in possession of a weapon and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief and arson, according to the criminal complaint.

Intruder Fears Homeowner, Calls 911

March 9, 2011

You’ve got to love this one!

A man who broke into a house in Portland, Oregon, called police. The reason: he was afraid the homeowner may have a gun.

From CNN:

The suspect, Timothy James Chapek, was in the bathroom taking a shower when the homeowner returned to the house Monday night, Portland police said in a statement.

Accompanied by two German shepherds, the homeowner asked Chapek what he was doing in the house.

Chapek locked himself in the bathroom and made an emergency call, police said. He said he had broken into the house, the owner had come home, and that he was concerned the owner might have a gun.

Al Qaeda Chief Beheaded Daniel Pearl

January 20, 2011

According to new reports, a senior al Qaeda leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, personally beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl back in 2002.

From CNN:

“I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan,” Mohammed said, according to a Pentagon transcript released nearly four years ago. “For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head.”

The new report erases any doubts that Mohammed personally carried out the beheading.

September 11: Never Forget

September 11, 2010

I can’t believe that it has been 9 years since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

I can still remember sitting at the airport in Burbank, waiting for my then fiancee, now wife, to land on her flight from San Jose. Quite a few anxious moments!

Where were you when the world stopped turning…that September day?

Casey Anthony: Attorney Talks Quran Burning

September 10, 2010

Not on topic of the trial, but Casey Anthony’s attorney, Cheney Mason, is speaking out about the possible Quran burning in Gainesville, Florida tomorrow.

From WDBO:

Orlando attorney Cheney Mason wrote an open letter Governor Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Mayor Craig Lowe to address the negative attention Florida has received because of the proposed Quran burning in Gainesville.

In the letter, he asks state leaders to step in and execute their constitutional obligations by enjoining Pastor Terry Jones from carrying out his mission to burn hundreds of Qurans on Sept. 11.

Florida Pastor Won’t Burn Qurans

September 9, 2010

Reverend Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center has called off his controversial plan to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

From CNN:

The Rev. Terry Jones of the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center, standing with a Florida Muslim leader, also said the imam who planned a mosque and Islamic center near ground zero in New York has agreed to move it to another location. But the imam who appeared with him said that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in New York agreed to speak with Jones about possibly moving the center.

A spokesman from Soho Properties told CNN producer Vivienne Foley that “the Muslim community center called Park51 in lower Manhattan is not being moved.”

Jones, meanwhile, said he will travel to New York on Saturday to meet with Rauf.

The pastor appeared at an afternoon press conference with Imam Muhammad Musri of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, who said he will make the trip with Jones.

Woman Dies After Fake 911 Call

October 21, 2009

Talk about irony! Police say an Idaho woman who made a false 911 call to lure paramedics out of their station made a real emergency call minutes later when she got trapped under the station’s garage door.

From the Associated Press:

Melissa R. Farris died Oct. 2 of injuries suffered when she was crushed by the closing garage door at the Canyon County station.

Farris, a former paramedic at the station, had been trying to crawl under the door after the ambulance left to respond to a nonexistent traffic accident she’d called in a few minutes earlier.

Caldwell Police Chief Chris Allgood says it may never be known why Farris was trying to gain access to the station.

Terror Suspects Head to Court

September 21, 2009

Three men who have been charged with lying to federal agents during a terrorism probe are scheduled to make court appearances today.

From CNN:

Najibullah Zazi, 24, and his 53-year-old father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, are expected to make their first appearances in a Colorado federal court. Ahmad Wais Afzali, 37, is scheduled to appear in a federal court in New York.

They were arrested over the weekend.

All are originally from Afghanistan. Mohammed Wali Zazi is a naturalized U.S. citizen, while Afzali and Najibullah Zazi are permanent legal residents. If convicted, each faces eight years in prison.

The Zazis and Afzali, a Muslim cleric and funeral director from the New York borough of Queens, are among several people under investigation in connection with a plot to detonate bombs in the United States, according to the Justice Department.

CIA Hired Blackwater To Go After Al Qaeda Leaders

August 21, 2009

The CIA apparently hired Blackwater back  in 2004 to work on a covert program aimed at targeting and potentially killing top al Qaeda leaders.

From CNN:

The existence of the program, which began in 2001, came to light earlier this year when CIA Director Leon Panetta canceled the effort, but it is only now that Blackwater’s involvement has become known.

That development was first reported Thursday in The New York Times.

The program was part of a broader effort inside the CIA to develop the capacity to conduct training, surveillance and possible covert operations overseas, according to the source. The program was outsourced to contractors to “put some distance” between the effort and the U.S. government.

By mid-2006, Blackwater’s involvement in the program had ended, according to a U.S. official. Other contractors were brought in for other parts of the program, another source said.

The total program cost “millions,” a U.S. official said. It is not known how much Blackwater was paid. The company — now known as Xe — did not return CNN’s calls seeking comment.


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