Chemical plot in Brooklyn
B'KLYN MAN CONFESSED TO PLOT: FEDS
November 10, 2005 -- A Pakistani man living in Brooklyn confessed in "chilling detail" how he tried to sneak an al Qaeda operative into the U.S. to carry out a deadly chemical attack, a prosecutor charged in opening statements yesterday.
Jurors in Manhattan federal court heard how Uzair Paracha, 25, allegedly agreed to further the terror plot during a series of meetings in Pakistan attended by two al Qaeda members and his father, a businessman now held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.
"This trial is about the defendant's role in helping al Qaeda penetrate this country and attack the United States from within its own borders," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Bruce.
Paracha faces up to 75 years behind bars if he is convicted of providing material support to al Qaeda and related conspiracy charges.
After his arrest in March 2003, Paracha confessed to helping al Qaeda operative Majid Khan in a scheme to obtain U.S. travel documents "knowing full well that he was plotting a terrorist attack," Bruce said.
Khan — a Baltimore resident with political asylum status — had left the U.S. illegally and needed help re-entering in order to carry out his diabolical scheme, the prosecutor said.
Anyone think people like this have the right to habeas corpus?
I don't even think people that are caught trying to commit these acts of war against this country should be put through our legal system. A Military tribunal will work just fine.