LATEST ON THE TERROR BEAT - AT 7:07 P.M. ET: This happened today, and is getting very little publicity:
Detroit -- The leader of a Detroit mosque was shot and killed Wednesday during a series of FBI raids that resulted in charges against 11 and the death of an FBI dog.
At least six of those charged were in federal custody late Wednesday afternoon.
The case involves the Joint Terrorism Task Force and prosecutors from the national security unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office.
A complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit names Luqman Ameen Abullah, imam of the Masjid Al-Haqq mosque in Detroit, as "a highly placed leader of a nationwide radical fundamentalist Sunni group." He was killed in the raid, according to a joint statement by federal officials.
More than three people were arrested on charges including conspiracy to commit federal crimes, receipt of stolen goods, providing firearms to felons and changing vehicle identification numbers, said Special Agent Sandra Berchtold, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Detroit. Berchtold also confirmed that an FBI dog was shot and killed in one of the raids.
The operation involved locations in Detroit and Dearborn.
COMMENT: This is the latest in a remarkable series of raids and arrests recently in the United States. Yet, there seems disturbingly little interest by the mainstream media in the implications. You can be sure that if some prisoner complained of abuse, or if an FBI form wasn't filled out correctly, an element of the press would be in an uproar, and Rachel Maddow would faint dead away.
October 28, 2009