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December 9th, 2009
06:53 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Americans Accused of Terror

The November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, which included the siege at the Taj Mahal hotel, killed 160 people.

The November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, which included the siege at the Taj Mahal hotel, killed 160 people.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight, we are following several new developments in the war on terror. Five missing Virginia men have turned up in Pakistan where they have been arrested and accused of planning terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, a Chicago man appeared in court today and pleaded not guilty to charges he's tied to terror plots in India and Denmark. Here's the chilling reality: The suspects are all Americans, who are suspected of homegrown hate here on U.S. soil.

If you think you've been seeing a lot of stories like this one lately, the sad fact is you're right. Tonight, Anderson will show you the reach of homegrown extremism. The accused arrested within the last year have ties to cities across America: Denver, New York, Detroit, Minneapolis, Raleigh, North Carolina and more.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently talked about the homegrown threat.

"Home-based terrorism is here. And, like violent extremism abroad, it will be part of the threat picture that we must now confront," she said.

Tonight, we will give you the facts on today's arrests in Pakistan of the five Americans. The men all disappeared recently from their homes in Northern Virginia. Their families contacted the FBI soon after they vanished.

One of the men left behind a video.

"I recall the video is about 11 minutes. It's like a farewell, and they did not specify what they will be doing. But just hearing and seeing videos, similar on the internet, it just made me uncomfortable, " said Nihad Awad, Executive Director of The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), at a news conference this afternoon.

The video "juxtaposed certain verses of the Quran," and Awad suggested the verses were interpreted incorrectly.

CAIR officials said they're "going to launch a major campaign of education to refute the misuse of verses in the Quran, or the misuse of certain grievances in the Muslim world."

As for the Chicago case, David Headley appeared in court today for just three minutes. Headley faces charges he helped plan the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, which killed 160 people. He's also accused of plotting to attack a Danish newspaper, a plot that was never carried out.

The Justice Department says Headley made five separate trips to Mumbai between 2006 and 2008.

"During his stays in India, Headley conducted extensive surveillance, taking pictures and making videotapes of various targets in India, including, but not limited to, the Taj Mahal hotel, the Oberoi hotel, the Leopold Café, the Nariman House, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station as well as other places of public use, state and government facilities, public transportation systems and infrastructure facilities," according to the criminal complaint.

The Justice Department also says Headley attended terrorist training camps in Pakistan and conspired with members of the group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba to carry out terrorist attacks.

We're also gathering new details on the new Senate health care plan. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, announced last night he had "broad agreement" on the bill. According to Democratic sources, the legislation would no longer include a government-run insurance program, or "public option". Instead, the government would create a not-for-profit insurance option, much like the current health plan for federal workers. The plan also would expand Medicare coverage to American over the age of 55 who want to buy into the program.

How could these proposals impact your health care coverage if approved on Capitol Hill? Anderson will talk it over with our reporters in Washington.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m ET on CNN. See you then!


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Dee

    These people are not in anyway AMERICAN! Their hate comes with them,and now it is here,just the way they want it to be!We must be vigilant,and be not afraid of this. I could go on and on allday about the sickness,but I think we all no what's going on. I insist removing the word AMERICAN when referring to these idiots of ideology!!! It really makes me sick

    December 10, 2009 at 2:40 am |
  2. Al Holtemeyer

    Hi Cooper, as a Canadian I am concerned about what is happening in the US in regards to these Home Grown Terrist – I think the solution is very simple, if it is proven that these individuals have ties with terrist groups and feel so strong about the beliefs of these Terrist groups, all that needs to be done is deport them, let them live in these countries that harbour these groups and see how fast they change their tune.

    December 10, 2009 at 12:42 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    Everyone was, is and remainin future horrified by events of 9/11.
    Having said that we Americans should all recognise religious extremes. we have mutiple varieties for sure.
    So guess what Islamic followers have extremists and some of them equally misguided ( =not really understandig) the Quran or particular interpretation of the bible or whatever.
    Also please note that many of the attacks in Uk and other european countries were carrid out by second generation or literally Brits etc = other nationalities albeit Muslim followers converted or otherwise.
    On that basis it should be no big question that " American Muslims" can resort correctly or otherwise ( extremism is extremism) to Jihad, defence of the faith.
    What is really sad is when they do not really understand the faith they are trying to defend.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    December 10, 2009 at 12:22 am |
  4. ashraf a jamal

    Mr. Anderson,
    Stop, broadcasting hate, of muslims bad behaviour. Being a muslim we feel small, ashamed of videos of attacks. Please stop advertise of individual terriost action, that give them courage, and you are making them heros.
    again stop your bad actions.

    December 9, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  5. Karina

    It is so sad, but it's also something that might help us get rid of this "holier than thou" and somewhat racist attitude we often demonstrate in this country. Hopefully now we will all begin to see these acts as horrible and feel the need to put an end to them without letting ourselves generalize and judge members of the same ethnic or religious group.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  6. Laura Lambert

    I believe that many of the Mosques in the United States are feeding our young people negative propaganda just like in the Middle East. I'm a first grade teacher and some of my students already make comments that are derrogatory of Christians and Jews. It makes me wonder what the children are being taught when as young as 7 years they are taught to say that those who celebrate Christmas or Hanuka will all burn in God's fire.

    Prisons are also being injected with Moslem ideas that radicalize people. I've seen and heard comments made by Moslem men who came out of prison hating America.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  7. shahid

    de-radicalisation should starts with imams in mosques.Listening to their sermons they repent of long gone muslim might and what muslims have come to and they always attribute it to enemies , never saying it is our faults or weakness ,so investing in hatred without naming the enemies which all the people in attendace know who they are referring to.I think they should soften their tones and cultivate love instead of hatred

    December 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Dean in Los Angeles

    I think jihad is an addictive behavior & it's one that's "acceptable" to many muslims

    December 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  9. Susan, Vancouver

    Anyone remember the Japanese internment camps? Not a nice memory but just watch because when fear gets the best of us, we get crazy. I say that because my first thought was to lock up anti-American/anti-freedom zealots. Not a good solution but somehow, the free world has to learn how to recognize and stop this garbage.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    Show sounds good for tonight. I'm interested in hearing more about this health care plan Harry Reid has "broad support" for. On our homegrown terrorists I guess after a while we should have expected something like this – our country is so polarized right now that it probably is fertile ground for things like this to occur. Its a shame – we're suppose to be fighting terrorism, not engaging in it ourselves.

    December 9, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  11. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    American kids have no scruples, consciences, or morals. This story doesn't surprise me at all.

    Boo hoo for their parents. I hope they are beheaded in Pakistan because they will never see the inside of a jail in the US.

    December 9, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  12. A. Smith, Oregon

    Americans have routinely transferred hundreds of Billions of US dollars to a handful of Oil Rich nations in the near East which fundamentally have none of the core values which Americans cherish.

    The point being, anytime a Muslim living in America or Europe decides to become a faithful and obligated follower of the Muslim Religion, there are many hands filled with money, support and aid which all originally came from the Oil Money that Americans paid those country's.

    Some of the most ardent supporters of Worldwide Sharia Law is the publishing arm of Saudi Arabia who uses American Oil Revenues to pump millions of Muslim propagandist books, booklets and instructions.

    America is certainly getting their moneys worth!

    December 9, 2009 at 9:25 pm |
  13. Cindy

    I was shocked when I saw this story of these five young guys going off abroad to supposedly commit terrorist acts. What could possibly make them want to do anything like that when thy live here in the states?

    Can't wait to see the show on this!

    Cindy..Ga.

    December 9, 2009 at 8:09 pm |
  14. Tim Gibson

    Does our national security team not look intently at those who travel to Pakistan? How are we to deliver security to a foreign nation when we grown our own problems right here at home and are unable to correct them. Gangs, terrorist, problems that are real, are in our streets, and free to travel at will even when they have criminal records.

    December 9, 2009 at 8:00 pm |