Jury Selection Begins in Tahawwur Rana Terrorism Trial

Jury selection began today in Chicago in the trial of Tahawwur Hussein Rana, charged with conspiracy in the Mumbai bombings and a planned attack on a news agency in Denmark. The jury was given a questionnaire and told to return tomorrow. You can view the questionnaire here.

The trial may have major implications for the Pakistani ISI:

The proceedings are likely to add fuel to a diplomatic crisis over suspicions of official Pakistani complicity with terrorism after U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden on May 2 in a garrison city just 55 kilometers from Islamabad.

Pakistani intelligence, under the microscope following the revelation that the al-Qaida chief lived for years under the noses of Pakistani authorities, will come in for further scrutiny because the indictment names officers of Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency as conspirators in the Mumbai attacks.

More on the implications for Pakistan-US relations today at The Guardian. All of our coverage is available here.

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    'Keep your (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Matt v on Mon May 16, 2011 at 03:54:16 PM EST
     friends close and your enemies closer'

     "Michael Corleone" in The Godfather Part II


    Then What ? (none / 0) (#1)
    by ScottW714 on Mon May 16, 2011 at 03:36:14 PM EST
    Let's say ISI was behind the Mumbai attack, the ISI knew of OBL whereabouts, and all the other suspicions we have are confirmed.

    Then what ?

    I don't think a lot of people want to know, because once we do, all the secret stuff will have to stop immediately, no CIA, no drones, no special ops.  At least now we can pretend that they are our ally in regards to AQ.  Ditto for them, right now they are at least pretending to be our allies which allows us access, something we won't have if they are proven to be liars and hostile to US interests.  

    IMO a fake friendly country is far better than a known hostile country, especially one with lots of people who hate us and a nuclear arsenal.

    Pakistan is the last country we want as an enemy, which seems to be where the truth is going to take us.

    It doesn't make any difference what we (none / 0) (#3)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon May 16, 2011 at 04:27:26 PM EST
    want re Pakistan being friend or foe. That's for them to decide.

    we ought to stop sharing information (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Mon May 16, 2011 at 05:47:38 PM EST
    with them. Where do you draw the line between a "fake friendly" nation and one that is using your intelligence to subvert you?