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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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