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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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Chicago Fed Trial Offers Evidence of Pakistani Intelligence Links to Terrorism

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Three weeks after Osama bin Laden was killed, and Americans accused Pakistan of knowing of his whereabouts,  damaging evidence against Pakistan’s intelligence agency has surfaced.

The New York Times reports that the government’s leading witness in a federal trial in downtown Chicago involving the Mumbai, India attacks in 2008 implicated the Pakistan intelligence agency in the plot during testimony on Monday.

Government witness David C. Headley testified that he trained with the Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba between 2002 and 2005 in preparation for scouting locations to attack in India, the New York Times reported.

In 2006, Headley testified that he met with a Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence Agency officer, who offered financial support for the surveillance.

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DEA Used Mumbai Plotter Despite Warnings

By GINGER THOMPSON, ERIC SCHMITT and SOUAD MEKHENNET
New York Times

WASHINGTON — American authorities sent David C. Headley, a small-time drug dealer and sometime informant, to work for them in Pakistan months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, despite a warning that he sympathized with radical Islamic groups, according to court records and interviews. Not long after Mr. Headley arrived there, he began training with terrorists, eventually playing a key role in the 2008 attacks that left 164 people dead in Mumbai.

The October 2001 warning was dismissed, the authorities said, as the ire of a jilted girlfriend and for lack of proof. Less than a month later, those concerns did not come up when a federal court in New York granted Mr. Headley an early release from probation so that he could be sent to work for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in Pakistan. It is unclear what Mr. Headley was supposed to do in Pakistan for the Americans.

“All I knew was the D.E.A. wanted him in Pakistan as fast as possible because they said they were close to making some big cases,” said Luis Caso, Mr. Headley’s former probation officer.

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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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Justice Department Agrees Not to Seek Death Penalty Against Chicago Man in Mumbai Killings

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has agreed not to seek the death penalty for a Chicago man as part of his guilty plea in connection with the the Mumbai, India attacks in 2008, the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

David Coleman Headley, 49, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, pleaded guilty Thursday in Chicago and admitted scouting targets in preparation for the Mumbai attack that killed about 170 people. Six were Americans.

Headley admitted attending training camps in Pakistan operated by a terrorist organization Lashkar e Tayyiba and he traveled to India five times before the bombings to conduct surveillance. (Read Plea Agreement)

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Chicago Defendant Linked to Mumbai Attacks Expected to Plead Guilty

india map2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David Coleman Headley, charged in Chicago with playing a role in the 2008 Mumbai, India bombings that killed about 170 people, is expected to plead guilty Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The Tribune reported that he has been cooperating since his arrest in October. His attorney would not comment to the paper on whether the government has agreed not to pursue the death penalty.

Authorities have alleged that Headley traveled to India to scout targets for the attack. Another person charged in the Chicago case, Tahawwur Rana, has pleaded not guilty.

The two are also charged with plotting to attack a Danish newspaper for publishing cartoons that were viewed as being very offensive in the Muslim community.

Chicago U.S. Atty. Pat Fitzgerald to Personally Prosecute Mumbai Case

Patrick Fitzgerald/doj photo

Patrick Fitzgerald/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, regarded as the gold standard for U.S. Attorneys, plans to personally prosecute two men accused of being part of the 2008 bombings in Mumbai, India that killed 170 people, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The paper reported that Fitzgerald has personally prosecuted only one case in Chicago since arriving in 2001 from New York.

Fitzgerald had prosecuted terrorism cases in New York and was named a special prosecutor in Washington in the leak case of  CIA operative Valerie Plame, which resulted in the conviction in 2007 of  Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Scooter Libby.

In Chicago, Fitzgerald will join assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel Collins and Vicki Peters in prosecuting the Mumbai bombing defendants Tahawwur Rana and David Headley, the paper reported.

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.