Pakistani Interrogation Report Released

ABC News has obtained the Pakistani report on the interrogations of the five men who were reported missing in the U.S. and arrested in Pakistan. (Report available here.) Three of the five were born in the U.S. From the report:

They were all college students. They had deep interest in the religion and they were of the opinion that a Jihad must be waged against the infidels for the atrocities committed by them against Muslims around the world. Among them Ahmed Abdullah Minni used to regularly visit the internet page of YouTube. He used to the praise the videos which showed attacks on the US Army and Installations. This became a regular feature and Minni, a registered user of YouTube, regularly praised such attacks. Soon after, Minni was contacted by a person named “Saifullah”.

The five had an interesting way of e-mailing each other: [More...]

They used to write an email and then save it in the drafts section of the email. The other person used to log on to the same account and leave another message on the draft. This mode of communication enabled them to pass on messages without fear of interception by the FBI.

According to the report, the five were headed to Afghanistan and stopped in Pakistan. But no extremist group would accept them.

When arrested, the police seized their laptops, external hard drives, iPod, mobile phones.

That's the extent of the report. But, authorities say,

[T]hey were arrested on a tip from the FBI after their families back home reported them missing. "They had left video cassettes back there for their parents," said Usman Anwar of the Sargodha police, "that they have left for jihad and they wouldn't be back, so we suppose that they were here for some very bad activities."

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    Where was big brother? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Saul on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 07:40:20 PM EST
    How come the FBI were not on these guys before they left.  They watch us like hawks, our emails, what web sites we click on.

    too many people to watch (none / 0) (#4)
    by coigue on Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 12:38:17 AM EST
    too much data.

    the next defense (none / 0) (#2)
    by diogenes on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 09:21:08 PM EST
    I suppose that their lawyers will claim that they were really double agents.

    sounds more like (none / 0) (#3)
    by cpinva on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 11:47:57 PM EST
    they were "wannabe's", too dumb for any real terrorist group to accept.

    Okay, that's either silly or creepy (none / 0) (#5)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 10:01:20 AM EST
    The email trick is out of the movie 'Traitor'.  It was how a double agent gave a large group of suicide bombers their orders because according the movie a sent email is the email that gets tracked, and he ordered them all onto the same bus and they all blew each other up :)  Were these guys planning on going double agent after watching the movie, or did they believe what the movie said about tracking emails?  Makes my head hurt thinking about it.