Saturday, September 19, 2009

Najibullah Zazi And His Queens Crew Linked To Al-Qaeda NYC Subway Bomb Plot They Had Planned a Wedding, "Bastards."

Najibullah Zazi And His Queens Crew Linked To Al-Qaeda NYC Subway Bomb Plot They Had Planned a Wedding, "Bastards."

Afghan-born American resident Najibullah Zazi, 24, has admitted ties to al Qaeda, according to officials investigating a home-grown terror plot against the New York subway system. The suspect has admitted contacts with extremists in Pakistan and may strike a plea deal over allegations that he attended a military training camp, according to US media reports of law enforcement officials.

Searches of homes in Queens turned up maps, backpacks and other indications that there may have been a plot to carry bombs onto trains in the New York area. With President Barack Obama and other world leaders arriving in the city in the coming days for the United Nations General Assembly, security concerns are particularly high. Despite the raids, there have been no formal arrests as a result of the investigation and Zazi is helping police voluntarily.

WCBS-TV reported that law enforcement officials claim to have recorded a number of conversations between Zazi and a known al-Qaida operative in Pakistan. The operative told Zazi what to say if stopped by police, and there is also a reference to a “wedding,” which American agents believe is a code word for an attack. The station also reported allegations that the formula for the explosive TATP was found in Zazi’s computer when they seized his car, more from this source.......

Senior intelligence official in Washington told The Associated Press that Zazi has indicated that he is directly linked with Al Qaeda. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss intelligence matters, said Zazi played a crucial role in an intended terrorist attack but that it was not immediately clear what the targets were.

A joint FBI-New York Police Department task force feared Zazi may be involved in a potential plot involving hydrogen peroxide-based explosives like those cited in an intelligence warning issued Monday, said two other law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the investigation.

Folsom said Zazi was born in Afghanistan in 1985, moved to Pakistan at age 7 and emigrated to the United States in 1999. Zazi's aunt had said earlier that he was born in Pakistan and grew up in Queens, New York City, more from this source......

Investigators probed a failed Queens truck rental for ties to a possible Al Qaeda bomb plot yesterday as a chief terror suspect tried making a deal to save his skin. The New York end of the expanding federal probe centered on seven Afghan men who tried to rent the biggest truck at a Queens U-Haul on Sept. 9, sources told the Daily News.

The size of the vehicle involved - a 26-foot-long truck - suggested the conspirators wanted to pack it with explosives, sources said.

A police source acknowledged there was "quite a bit that we weren't completely sure of" about the plot or the role of Najibullah Zazi, the bearded public face of the terrorism investigation. "We knew this guy [Zazi] wasn't innocent," the source said. Zazi, after three days of FBI questioning, was considering a plea deal to turn informant, sources told The News.

He also admitted to feds that he may have come across Al Qaeda militants while in Pakistan, sources said. Attorney General Eric Holder said the probe had spread beyond Denver, home to the alleged terror cell, and New York City, more from this source....