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Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year¬old Afghan entered a plea of ‘not guilty’ this week to charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, in what's being called one of the most serious terrorist threats since 9/11. His arrest came amidst a number of other terror-related cases. How serious were these threats? Are the cases a result of improved law enforcement? What role did the Patriot Act play? Also, the US and its allies talk to Iran about its nuclear program, and seismologists analyze several deadly earthquakes that have rocked different parts of the globe. Conan Nolan guest hosts this rebroadcast of today's To the Point.

Banner image: Najibullah Zazi arrives at federal building in Denver, Colorado for a second day of questioning on September 17, 2009. Photo: Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Gary Scott
Sonya Geis

Reporter's Notebook Indonesian Earthquake Cluster 8 MIN, 21 SEC

Indonesians are searching for survivors following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake today and 7.8 quake yesterday along the Sumatra fault system. Meanwhile, Samoans are looking for survivors of a quake-related tsunami generated by yesterday's 8.1-magnitude quake in the Pacific, and Peruvians are reeling from strong shakes that rocked the border near Bolivia. Paul Earle is a seismologist with the US Geological Survey's National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colorado.

Guests:
Paul Earle, Seismologist, US Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center

Making News US and Allies Talk to Iran about Its Nuclear Program 7 MIN, 42 SEC

Early this morning, in the Geneva countryside, representatives of six world powers began talks with Iran's over its nuclear program. The talks, which are being watched closely by Israel, come after Iran's recent disclosure of a hidden enrichment facility, heavily guarded and dug deep inside a mountain. Mark Strobel is senior foreign affairs correspondent for McClatchy News Service.

Guests:
Warren Strobel, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers

Main Topic FBI Makes an Arrest in a Case of Domestic Terrorism 34 MIN, 44 SEC

The Department of Justice says this was a case of domestic terrorism, that the plan would simulate the kind of bombings that took place in Europe. Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old Afghan was arrested last week. He entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. Investigators later described this as an advanced stage of a plot to detonate explosives made from beauty supply chemicals. The arrests come amid a flurry of other terrorist cases, including that of Michael Finton, a California-born convert who used the name Talib Islam, and Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian. But those cases apparently pale in comparison to what Zazi had planned, according to prosecutors.

Guests:
James Gordon Meek, Washington Correspondent, New York Daily News
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Paul Wilkinson, Chair of the Center for the Study of Terrorism, University of St. Andrews
Karen Greenberg, Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security, New York University Law School

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Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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