Spotlight: The Zazi Terrorism Case

Chris Schneider / Denver Post / Polaris

Najibullah Zazi and his father were arrested Sept. 19.

A foiled terrorist plot is usually cause for celebration. But the Sept. 19 arrest of two Afghan-born men in connection with plans to bomb targets in the U.S. has left FBI agents frustrated. They had not intended to swoop on their prey quite so soon. Had an informant not tipped off alleged plotters Najibullah Zazi and his father Mohammed, they might still be free men--and useful assets in the hunt for terrorist networks.

Instead, in announcing the arrests, officials had to concede that they had "no specific information regarding the timing, location or target of any planned attack." What the FBI...

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