Feb 21 2006
Three terrorists were indicted in Ohio today for trying to wage war on America:
A federal grand jury has indicted three Toledo-area men for terrorist activities. Prosecutors say the three conspired to wage a “holy war” against the United States and coalition forces in the middle east.
According to the indictment from the US Attorney’s office, the suspects are Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum. The indictment says all three are citizens of the United States, and have been living in the Toledo area.
I wonder if the government tripped over these people because these terrorists were in contact with overseas terrorist leaders. Oh, I see I have my answer
In count 1 of the indictment, prosecutors say the three met together many times, going back as far as November 2005. The three reportedly conspired to recruit and train others for a violent jihad against United States forces and US allies in Iraq. They also reportedly put together the funding needed for the operation, and collected the equipment needed.
Prosecutors also say the three communicated by computer with an individual in the Middle East, passing information about potential attacks and terrorist training materials back and forth, as well as communication about potential weapons and targets.
So the NSA detected the communications and passed the lead to the FBI. I wonder if the FISA judges balked at this lead? Is this one of the leads the judges were upset about because it came from the NSA?
More importantly – is this the kind of terrorist prevention the liberal fringe is ready to campaign against this fall? I mean, their communications were intercepted because they were in deliberate contact with terrorists overseas? These people were considering some serious attacks:
In count 2, the grand jury found that the three had similar plans to kill US citizens abroad in addition to service members.
The last two counts in the indictment dealt specifically with Mohammad Zaki Amawi. One count said Amawi distributed information on bomb-making, which in itself is a federal crime. Prosecutors also said he verbally threatened President George W. Bush. Those crimes are separate from the conspiracy.
We need to find out how the FISA court responded to this lead. It will tell us how well the coordination between NSA, the FBI and the FISA Court is working.
Michelle picks up the news (sadly elsewhere!), the round up will start here of course.
Counterterrorism Blog has some details – but apparenly not the NSA angle.