September 24th, 2009
07:36 PM ET

Evening Buzz: U.S. Terror Stings

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/09/24/terror.indictment/art.zazi.gi.jpg caption= "Najibullah Zazi, 24, has been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the U.S."]

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

We're following three separate terror investigations tonight. Three different alleged plots here on U.S. soil.

First, new charges have been filed against Najibullah Zazi. He's the Afghan-born Colorado resident who was arrested last week on charges he lied to federal investigators. Now he's accused of plotting to set off "weapons of mass destruction."  Tonight we'll tell you what a Beauty Supply Warehouse in Aurora, Colorado has to do with the case.

The second case on our radar is out of Illinois where a man is behind bars tonight accused of trying to use a truck bomb to destroy a federal courthouse in Springfield. He reportedly idolized John Walker Lindh, the American captured fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The third case is in Texas where another alleged bomber is accused of trying to blow up a 60-story Dallas office tower. The suspect is a Jordanian citizen, who authorities say entered the U.S. illegally. Investigators say he attempted to execute his plot today, but it failed. We'll give you the details.

We're also looking into the mysteries death of a Census worker who was found tied to a tree in Kentucky. The Associated Press is reporting the word "Fed" was written on his chest. Was it suicide or murder?

Plus, an Arizona couple shares how their family was nearly destroyed by photos of their children. AJ and Lisa Demaree took what they thought were innocent, normal snapshots of their daughters at bathtime. But to a Walmart employee who processed the prints they were child porn. The worker notified authorities who labeled the photos child erotica and sex exploitation. That's when the Demaree's nightmare began. We want to point out they've been cleared of any wrongdoing. But wait to you hear what they went through to clear their name.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Don-Michigan

    Would like to take the opportunity to thank those involved in taking down these terrorists and doing what they do everyday to ensure all our safety..

    September 24, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  2. Ernie

    This is just the tip of a gigantic iceberg.. We have not heard the last of these situations.. Islam cannot and will not coexist with Christianity.

    September 24, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  3. Mike in NYC

    The Springfield and Dallas cases, like one in the Bronx here in NYC some months back, were the result of stings involving informants who supplied the wherewithal for the intended attacks.

    The two elements of crime in English-derived law are "mens rea" (guilty mind, or intent) and "actus reus" (the act itself). It's very troubling when government itself is an essential factor in the latter. The feds themselves created these criminal conspiracies.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Mark

    "Three different alleged plots here on U.S. soil." This really makes you think how many more are out there. Did the gov. start working on leads this week or did these individuals forget their, cover my tracks handbook? I am proud to see the plots foiled but what about the other 51 weeks of the year?

    September 24, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  5. jc

    you can't kill an ideology,there's alot of stupid ideologies in this world,now here's another one

    September 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  6. ken

    I'd like to know more about the attempted bombing of the office tower in Dallas, and as an educator who is teaching a course right now called, "Law In Society & Culture", I am very interested in the case of the Census worker who was found bound to a tree in Kentucky with the word FED written on his chest. This has to be a murder, and they must have some idea of who did it by now...but it does seem to me that there is a spike in violent crimes in the US over the last few months...perhaps tied into bad economic times?

    prof k

    September 24, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  7. Aliyyah Nubee

    Yes, there is a change in America. The American government seems to be trying to justify the millions of dollars it spends on homeland security so it sends "agents" out to find "terroist". And indeed! They fiind someone unintelligent enough to go along with the plot or should I say entrapment!!!!! Islam = PEACE!!!!!

    September 24, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Manoj Goud

    I am currently wondering how these accused terrorists became influenced by the Taliban and other radical groups.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  9. Sheri

    I have to wonder if there are more terror plots being planned here in the U.S because these groups are seeing the split that has taken place in this country? I know I feel as if politics & "parties" have become more important than working together for the good of this country. Why woulnd't these groups see this as a weekness and act on that?

    September 24, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  10. Art

    There does seem to be more terrorism activtivity in the U.S. lately. there is also the G20 summit, congress debating healthcare, and the military asking for more troops and money. Coincidance. I think not.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:18 pm |