Guilty Plea

"The plan," Najibullah Zazi said in a Brooklyn federal courtroom on Feb. 22, "was to conduct [a] martyrdom operation on subway lines in Manhattan." That scheme, according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, represented "one of the most serious terrorist threats to our nation since Sept. 11, 2001." Zazi, who was arrested last September, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and providing material support to al-Qaeda. The 25-year-old Afghan-born U.S. permanent resident--he attended high school in New York City--traveled to Pakistan in 2008, intending to fight alongside the Taliban...

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