TERROR FOLLOW-UP - AT 5:46 P.M. ET: From the New York Post:
DENVER -- An Afghan immigrant wanted to carry out a New York City terror attack involving hydrogen peroxide bombs to coincide with the Sept. 11 anniversary before federal authorities foiled the plan, a U.S. prosecutor said Friday.
Tim Neff told a federal judge that Najibullah Zazi “was in the throes of making a bomb and attempting to perfect his formulation.”
“The evidence suggests a chilling, disturbing sequence of events showing the defendant was intent on making a bomb and being in New York on 9/11, for purposes of perhaps using such items,” Neff declared in arguing for Zazi’s transfer to New York.
Ken Deal, the chief deputy U.S. marshal in Denver, said Zazi was put on a U.S. government plane and flown out of southern Denver’s Centennial Airport at 12:15 p.m. MDT — little more than an hour after U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer ordered Zazi transferred to New York City to face charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
COMMENT: It appears that all those warnings we got, that terrorists might want to "honor" the 9/11 attacks, may well have been valid.
This story has received escalating TV coverage, at least on the cable outlets, since it first broke, which is good. Whether the American people will wake up remains to be seen. The president has not commented on this week's terror arrests, in Colorado, Illinois, and Texas, at all.
September 25, 2009