AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE TROUBLE DECIDING WHERE THE TRIAL WOULD BE HELD – AT 9:22 A.M. ET. From the Washington Post:
SARGODHA, PAKISTAN -- Five Northern Virginia men were convicted on terror charges Thursday by a Pakistani court and sentenced to 10 years in prison, prosecutors and defense lawyers said, in a case that heightened concerns about Westerners traveling to Pakistan to join forces with extremist groups.
The trial of the young Muslim men who lived and grew up in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County was sensitive for the United States, which has a duty to ensure justice for its citizens but also has pushed Pakistan to crack down on militancy.
The men, who worshipped at the same small mosque in Fairfax, were arrested in Pakistan in December after their families reported them missing. At the time, the men ranged in age from 18 to 24.
Prosecutors said e-mail records and witness statements proved the men were plotting terror attacks in Pakistan and had conspired to wage war against nations allied with Pakistan -- a reference to Afghanistan, where the men were alleged to have been traveling. Officials alleged that all five men intended to go to South Waziristan for training and eventually travel to Afghanistan and fight alongside the Taliban against U.S troops stationed there.
COMMENT: Once again we're reminded of the terror threat. One of these days our luck will falter and a lone terrorist, or a group, will pull off another spectacular on our soil.
In the meantime, our attorney general, Eric Holder, is still "deciding" where the trial of those associated with 9-11 will be hold. The 9-11 attacks occurred almost nine years ago.
June 24, 2010