Najibullah Zazi Testifies for Government in Terrorism Trial

Najibullah Zazi testified today in the trial of Adis Medunjanin, his alleged co-plotter in a planned attack on the New York subway system.

In his opening on Monday, defense attorney Robert Gottlieb accused the government of using “inflammatory rhetoric” about al-Qaida and terrorism to prevent jurors “from seeing the truth about this case.” The lawyer conceded his client had sought to support the Taliban’s struggle against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, but denied he ever agreed to kill American civilians for al-Qaida.

“The truth is that Adis Medunjanin is not a terrorist,” he said. “Mr. Medunjanin never planned to bomb the New York City subways.”


Zazi testfied that he, Medunjanin and Ahmedzay, and a third co-defendant also cooperating against Medunjanin for a lesser sentence, became radicalized by listening to over 100 hours of tapes by Anwar al-Awlaki.

The neighborhood is doing just fine holding this terror trial in Brooklyn. The New York Times has this report wondering why we couldn't hold the 911 trials in NY.

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