‘Headley a case of counter-terrorism cooperation’

Last Updated: Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 10:18

Washington: The United States has put the
case of David Coleman Headley, Mumbai terror attack suspect now languishing in a Chicago jail, as one of the key counter-
terrorism cases on information sharing with its partners.

"David Coleman Headley, a US citizen and Chicago, Ill
resident, pleaded guilty to a dozen federal terrorism
violations, admitting to helping plan November 2008 terrorist
attacks in Mumbai India, that killed more than 160 people, as
well as later plotting to attack a Danish newspaper that
published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed," said John
Brennan, the top counter-terrorism advisor of US President.

Brennan briefed the White House media on the steps
taken by the Obama Administration with regard to
counter-terrorism in the year 2010, which among other things
included information sharing counter terrorism highlights.

"Headley admitted he attended Lashkar-e-Taiba training
camps in Pakistan on five occasions and traveled to India five
times to surveil targets on behalf of Lashkar. He also
admitted that he conspired with accused terrorist leader Ilyas
Kashmiri and others in plotting an attack on the Danish
newspaper," Brennan said in his prepared statement distributed
to the White House media.

Information sharing across the federal government has
increased significantly and productively since 9/11 and
continues to improve every day.

The Intelligence Community is cooperating with
homeland security, law enforcement, and other key partners
around the globe to fuse domestic and foreign intelligence in
an effort to identify and disrupt homeland threats posed by
alleged extremists.
Besides Headley, the other prominent cases mentioned
in the Brenna`s list were Najibullah Zazi who pleaded guilty
to several federal terrorism violations in connection with his
role in an al-Qaida plot to bomb the New York subway system
in September 2009 and Raja Lahrasib Khan, a naturalized US
citizen and Chicago, Ill resident, who was arrested on federal
charges for allegedly attempting to provide funds overseas to
al-Qaida.

Khan was charged with two counts of providing
material support to terrorism.

On April 2, a superseding indictment was unsealed
charging Colleen R LaRose, aka "Jihad Jane," and Jamie Paulin
Ramirez, both US citizens, with conspiracy to provide material
support to terrorists in connection with their alleged travels
to Europe to participate in violent jihad.
LaRose was further charged with conspiring to murder
an individual in Sweden and working with others to recruit
individuals via the Internet to wage violent jihad in South
Asia and Europe.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 10:18

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