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.
FBI Makes an Arrest in a Case of Domestic Terrorism
- James Gordon Meek - Washington Correspondent, New York Daily News
- Karen J. Greenberg - Director of the Center on National Security at the Fordham University School of Law; author of “The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days” and “Subtle Tools: The Dismantling of American Democracy from the War on Terror to Donald Trump” - @KarenGreenberg3
- Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Foundation for Defense of Democracies
- Paul Wilkinson - Chair of the Center for the Study of Terrorism, University of St. Andrews