Press: Caught By the Camera

Nbc's Interview with a Terrorist Stirs Up a Controversy

The man on the screen seemed distinctly ill at ease. Puffing on Marlboros, his eyes darting nervously between camera and interviewer, he vowed to launch terrorist attacks against Americans at home and abroad. That was not all; he labeled Ronald Reagan "enemy No. 1," implying that the President of the U.S. is a prime target for assassination.

Until last week, Americans had seen Mohammed Abul Abbas Zaidan, better known as Abul Abbas, only in a few still photographs and snippets of TV footage. The accused plotter behind last fall's hijacking of the Achille Lauro and hence a suspect in the murder...

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