Zazi to Be Questioned Further by FBI Today

Arthur Folsom, the Denver lawyer for Najibullah Zazi, says he will bring his client back to the F.B.I. office today for more questioning . (My earlier post on yesterday's search of Zazi's home and voluntary marathon interview is here.)

Former Sen. Gary Hart, who now serves as vice chairman of the Homeland Security Council, says he met yesterday with New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Hart doubts that the police have "uncovered an al-Qaeda terrorist cell that was planning a major terrorist attack." [More...]

His lawyer says Zazi called him upon learning from his friends that their homes had been searched. It's a case of Zazi being in the wrong place at the wrong time and guilty by association. Will the F.B.I. agree?

Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that a joint FBI-New York Police Department task force had put Zazi under surveillance because of the suspected links to al-Qaida. They had tailed him from Colorado to New York and had been tracking him for months, apparently including a recent trip to the Pakistan.

The task force also feared Zazi may be involved in a potential plot involving homemade hydrogen peroxide-based explosives like those cited in an intelligence warning issued Monday, said the officials, who spoke on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the investigation.

ABC News reported that in series of raids on Monday, agents seized 14 new black backpacks they suspect were to be used to carry suicide bombs and instructions on Zazi's computers on how to build a bomb with household chemicals.

My favorite quote from Zazi's lawyer:

"Given some of the course that has happened in this country in recent years, [Zazi] was more worried that he would be swooped into the back of a van and that he wouldn't be able to speak to a lawyer or family," Folsom said. "I told him our government doesn't have that policy any more."

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    Well, Zazi's lawyer needs to remember (none / 0) (#1)
    by scribe on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 10:56:55 AM EST
    that "policy" - any policy - is written in sand.  It can be changed on the slightest of whims.  It has no legal force.  And it's always subject to unreviewable interpretations.

    If he's feeding his client "don't worry, they won't sweep you into a van and off to Gitmo or Bagram because the policy's changed", I'd suggest he think again.

    I don't think his lawyer is faithfully reading (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 11:01:09 AM EST
    Glenn Greenwald.

    P.S.  Why does Gary Hart spout off at this particular moment?  He is our new heck of a job brownie guy?  Ridiculous.


    Hart is the (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 11:05:57 AM EST
    vice chairman of the Homeland Security Council and an expert on national security.

    I know his job title. Just don't think he (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 11:13:36 AM EST
    should be speaking publicly on an investigation in progress.  Unless, of course, NYPD and FBI have assured him they are investigating this guy but the guy poses no threat to US security and never has.  Who knows.

    Not to mention his record of being wrong. (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 11:14:23 AM EST
    Just try and catch me!

    Because he can... (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 11:07:47 AM EST
    if he was a sitting senator instead of a former senator, he would have to spout off about what a great job the FBI/NYPD is doing, otherwise Fox would kill his re-election chances...like Schumer is.

    I don't get the lawyer's strategy (none / 0) (#7)
    by magster on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 11:26:43 AM EST
    2 days of interviews, and anything that doesn't check out, whether it be alibi or whatever, and they use it against him.

    Maybe he's going for cooperation agreement to get this investigation to the next level?

    Maybe (none / 0) (#8)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 12:24:43 PM EST
    it's his first federal case. According to PACER, he's not an attorney of record in any cases. I wonder who is advising him.

    Wow. (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 12:28:09 PM EST
    A good lawyer... (none / 0) (#10)
    by magster on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 01:20:55 PM EST
    ...asks for help when he's in over his head.