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Senate Approves Requiring Military Custody in Terror Cases – NY Times

On November 29, 2011, the New York Times reported that the U.S. Senate voted 61 to 37 to pass a defense appropriations bill without omitting a controversial provision that would "increase the role of the military in imprisoning suspected members of Al Qaeda and its allies…" According to the article, the highly contested provision requires […]

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Ex-friend: Mass. man accused of conspiring to help al-Qaida went to Yemen for terror training – Washington Post

On November 29, 2011, the Washington Post reported that Kareem Abu-zahra testified for the second day against suspected terror supporter Tarek Mehanna.  Abu-zahra, who is a former friend of Mehanna, is receiving immunity for his cooperation. According to the article, Abu-zahra testified that Mehanna had "expressed satisfaction" that he, Abu-zahra, and Ahmad Abousamra were closer […]

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Witness in Mehanna’s trial says group discussed mall attack, shooting Ashcroft, Rice – Washington Post

On November 28, 2011, the Washington Post reported that Kareem Abu-zahra, a former friend of alleged terror supporter Tarek Mehanna, testified against Mehanna in court.  According to the Washington Post, Abu-zahra received immunity in exchange for his testimony.  According to the article, Abu-zahra testified that he, Mehanna, and Ahmad Abousamra traveled overseas in 2004 in […]

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Phone Hacking Tied to Terrorists – NY Times

On November 26, 2011, the New York Times reported that the Philippines Criminal Investigation and Detection Group arrested four individuals in connection with a plot to hack into AT&T accounts in order to divert money to a terrorist organization. According to the article, the suspects were "working with a group called Jemaah Islamiyah, a terrorist […]

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New York Police and the FBI Feud Over a Terrorist Case – WSJ

On November 26, 2011, the Wall Street Journal featured an opinion piece by Judith Miller of the Manhattan Institute.  In the article, Ms. Miller outlines her investigative findings regarding the on-going state prosecution of suspected terrorist, Jose Pimentel, also known as Muhamad Yusuf.  The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has charged Pimentel with "building pipe bombs […]

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Mehanna posted on radical site – Boston Globe

In the government's case against alleged terror supporter Tarek Mehanna, the Boston Globe reported on November 24, 2011 that FBI Special Agent Daniel Genck testified that Mehanna "promoted videos and articles calling for violence." According to the article, Mehanna translated a variety of "pro-jihad materials," including a guide called " 39 Ways to Serve and Participate […]

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Witness: Terror suspect’s father worried about his extreme views – Boston Globe

On November 22, 2011, the Boston Globe reported that Daniel Spaulding, a former friend of alleged terror supporter Tarek Mehanna, testified that Mehanna's father became worried after Mehanna gave a "fiery speech" in 2006. According to the article, after the speech at a mosque Mehanna's father told him to "settle down" and to "get rid […]

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Questions Over Whether Terror Suspects’ Aid in Inquiries Was Voluntary – NY Times

On November 23, 2011, the New York Times reported that lawyers for a man arrested in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, will seek a hearing to determine whether statements made after the arrest were voluntary. According to the article, Mansour J. Arbabsiar, an Iranian-American, had "confessed and had provided […]

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Beth Van Schaack: Guantánamo hearing shows stark deficiencies of military justice – Mercury News

On November 20, 2011, the Silicon Valley Mercury News featured an opinion piece by Beth Van Schaack of the National Institute of Military Justice.  Ms. Van Schaack visited Guantanamo Bay Naval Base for a week to observe the arraignment of alleged terrorist, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. In her piece, Van Schaack criticized the proceeding as a […]

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NYC Bomb Plot Suspect Is Called Fan of Qaeda Cleric – NY Times

On November 20, 2011, the New York Times reported that a Manhattan man was arrested for attempting to build and detonate bombs in New York City. According to the article, 27-year-old Jose Pimentel, was arrested by the New York Police Department after a two year investigation.  The article notes that Pimentel was "fascinated by the […]

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