Gov't. Expert: The 'Doogie Howser' of Terrorism
Posted on Wed Sep 27, 2006 at 09:03:46 AM EST
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There's a federal terrorism trial going on in Albany, NY I've written about a few times. It is US v. Aref, which came about as a result of an FBI sting involving Yassin M. Aref and Mohammed M. Hossain, two members of an Albany mosque.
Prior to trial there were issues of warrantless NSA electronic surveillance. From a defense motion:
"The government engaged in illegal electronic surveillance of thousands of U.S. persons, including Yassin Aref, then instigated a sting operation to attempt to entrap Mr. Aref into supporting a nonexistent terrorist plot, then dared to claim that the illegal NSA operation was justified because it was the only way to catch Mr. Aref."
Fast-forward to today, the Government is about to call its final witness, a so-called terrorism expert named Evan F. Kohlmann. The Government's initial expert became unavailable so it hired Kohlman as a last-minute substitution.
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