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Tag: David Headley

Mumbia Attack Planner Who was American Focus of PBS Special Tuesday Night

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

David Coleman Headley,  a lead planner of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, who looked Western and had a U.S. passport,  is the focus of  a special on Tuesday at 9 p.m. on PBS’s Frontline called “A Perfect Terrorist.”

The son of a Pakistani father and an American mother, Headley was chosen for his non-Muslim, Western look and fluency in English, reports NPR.

Headley was a walking “mix of cultures,” born in Pakistan and raised by his father after his parent’s divorce in elite military training schools, then sent to Philadelphia to live with his mother above a pub when he got into trouble in Pakistan, NPR reported. At the pub in Philly alcohol and music clashed with his conservative upbringing, leading him into more trouble.

“It’s kind of this collision with the West after this upbringing in Pakistan,” says ProPublic reporter Sebastian Rotella, who did the documentary, according to NPR. “As a young man, he slides into drug addiction and drug trafficking.”

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Does the Chicago-Mumbai, India Case Point Out Flaws in U.S. Intelligence Gathering?

india map2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Has the case of David Headley, the 49-year-old Chicago man accused of helping plot the 2008 Mumbai, India attacks, pointed out the holes in the United State’s intelligence gathering?

The New York Times reports that Headley “moved effortlessly between the United States, Pakistan and India for nearly seven years, training at a militant camp in Pakistan on five occasions, according to a plea agreement released by the Justice Department last week.”

Headley admitted to scouting targets and pleaded guilty.

“These and other new details of Mr. Headley’s activities, contained in the plea agreement, raise troubling questions about how an American citizen could travel for so long undetected from his home base in Chicago to well-established terrorist training camps in Pakistan,” the Times wrote.

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FBI Dir. Mueller Gets Briefed in Chicago on Terrorism Case Linked to Mumbai

Robert Mueller III in Denver/fbi photo

Robert Mueller III in Denver/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert Mueller III was in Chicago on Wednesday where he was briefed on a terror case involving the 2008 deadly attacks in Mumbai, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Mueller reportedly was told details of the case involving David Coleman Headley, who is charged with plotting to attack a Copenhagen newspaper and scouting targets for the Mumbai attack last year that resulted in about 170 deaths.

Headley has pleaded not guilty and is cooperating with the FBI, the Tribune reported.