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Archive for February, 2012

Nicaraguan to face US drug, terrorism charges – Washington Post

On February 28, 2012, the Washington Post reported that William McField-Bent, a Nicaraguan national, has been extradited to the United States to face charges of drug trafficking and providing material support to Colombia's AUC paramilitary group, a designated foreign terrorist organization.  According to the article, McField-Bent was arrested by undercover federal agents.  He faces four […]

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FBI: Iraqi bragged about insurgent operations in Baghdad – Washington Post

According to a January 25 search warrant, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, the Iraqi man who resided in Kentucky as a refugee, boasted about supporting Al-Qaida, reported the Washington Post on February 27, 2012.  Hammadi, whose trial is scheduled for July 30 of this year, faces 12 charges ranging from perjury to providing material support. His accomplice, […]

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Indictment for Jose Pimentel said to be near – New York Times

On February 26, 2012, the New York Times reported that Jose Pimentel, the Manhattan resident charged with creating bombs for a terroristic purpose, is expected to be indicted by a grand jury sometime this week.  According to the article, Pimentel, who is being charged by local rather than federal prosecutors, was charged back on November […]

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Accused terrorist in Iraq facing US charges – New York Times

On February 23, 2012 the New York Times reported that the "Obama Administration has approved military commission charges against a Lebanese man accused of helping kill United States troops in Iraq."  According to the article, Ali Musa Daqduq, the last detainee held by American forces in Iraq, was handed over to Iraqi officials in December.  […]

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Accused NYC Subway Terrorist to Face Anonymous Jury – ABC

On February 23, 2012, reported that an "anonymous jury" will be used in the trial of Adis Medunjanin.  Federal prosecutors have accused Medunjanim of attempting to blow up the New York City subway system in September 2009. According to the article, in using an anonymous jury, all jurors will only be referenced by their […]

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Obama admin defends killing American terrorists – CNN

On February 23, 2012, CNN's national security blog reported that Jeh Johnson, Defense Department General Counsel, stated during a speech at Yale University that "The targeted killing of those suspected of engaging in terrorist activities against the United States, including American citizens, is justified and legal…"  According to CNN, Johnson is the first government lawyer […]

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Guantanamo detainee reaches plea deal – Washington Post

On February 22, 2012 the Washington Post reported that Majid Khan, a high-value Guantanamo Bay detainee, had reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.  According to the article, a 2008 assessment of Khan found him to be "a high risk to the United States and its allies, a low detention threat, and of 'high intelligence value.'"  […]

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Indonesian group added to U.S. terror list – CNN

On February 23, 2012, CNN's national security blog reported that the U.S. State Department has added Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT), a radical Indonesian Islamist group, to the Foreign Terrorist Organization list. According to the article, the group's founder, Abu Bakar Bashir, co-founded Jemaah Islamiya, a foreign terrorist organization responsible for the 2002 bombings in Bali […]

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Baltimore resident faces terror trial – MSNBC

On February 16, 2012, MSNBC reported that the Pentagon approved war crimes charges for Majid Khan, a Maryland-raised Pakistan citizen.  Khan, who has been held in Guantanamo Bay since 2006, is charged with murder, attempted murder, and providing material support to al-Qaida.  He faces a possible life sentence. According to the article, "The military has […]

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The ‘lone wolf’ — the unknowable face of terror – CNN

On February 18, 2012, CNN reported on the increasing threat that "lone wolf" terrorist pose on U.S. national security.  According to the article, "In the past two and a half years, 11 of the 17 Islamist terrorist plots on U.S. soil involved individuals with no ties to terrorist organizations or other co-conspirators."  In assessing this […]

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