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The Feds' Leak Investigation: Probe or Payback?

Len Levitt | Posted 10.01.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

Since his appointment as FBI Director in 2001, Robert Mueller has refrained from criticizing Kelly. While Mueller has not changed his public stance about Kelly, one wonders whether the leak probe could be a form of payback.

Terror Plot Imam's Last Words: 'God Bless America'

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The imam entangled in the investigation into a suicide bomb plot against New York City subway stations left the U.S. Monday on court ...

The Lesson of the Imam

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

Missing from news accounts of Imam Afzali's plea was any reference to the NYPD's near-fatal bungling of Najibullah Zazi's subway plot, the most serious terrorism threat to New York since 9/11.

Ahmad Wais Afzali Pleads Guilty In Terror Case Connected To Najibullah Zazi's Plot

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — An imam linked to the suspects in an aborted suicide bomb plot against New York City pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying to the FBI &...

Ahmad Wais Afzali, Imam In Terror Case, Likely To Make Plea Deal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Prosecutors say they're close to reaching a plea deal with an imam accused of lying to FBI agents investigating a foiled suicide bomb...

Ahmad Wais Afzali, Imam, Pleads Not Guilty To NYC Terror Charges

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — An imam accused of lying to FBI agents investigating an alleged bomb plot against New York City by a suspected al-Qaida associate ple...

The NYPD's Divisive Intelligence Division

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

Under the guise of protecting the city, Intel appeared to have disrupted an FBI investigation into perhaps the most serious terrorism threat to New York City since 9/11.

Terror Bombshell: Alleged Al Qaeda Plotter Indicted

AP | TOM HAYS and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — An Afghan immigrant who received explosives training from al-Qaida went from one beauty supply store to another, buying up large quan...

Hundreds Of Cops Search Queens For Terror Suspects

AP | TOM HAYS and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Casting a wide net in a neighborhood where high-profile raids prompted nationwide terror warnings, investigators searched for anyone ...

Ahmad Wais Afzali, Iman In Terror Probe, Freed On $1.5 Million Bail

AP | TOM HAYS and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City imam who is charged with lying to investigators in a terrorism investigation has been ordered freed on $1.5 million b...

Hundreds Of Cops Search Queens For Terror Suspects

AP | TOM HAYS and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Casting a wide net in a neighborhood where high-profile raids prompted nationwide terror warnings, investigators searched for anyone who might have been behind the alleged terror plot beyond an airport shuttle driver and two others, authorities said.

The driver, Najibullah Zazi, his father and New York City imam Ahmad Wais Afzali all were scheduled to be in court for detention hearings later Thursday in Denver and New York. Authorities say they found bomb-making instructions on a hard drive on Zazi's laptop computer but still were unsure of the specific target or scope of a possible terrorist attack.

The 24-year-old Zazi – whom authorities have linked to al-Qaida – his father and Afzali have been charged with lying to FBI investigators trying to uncover the terror plot. Zazi met with his attorneys in Colorado on Wednesday. His father, Mohammed Zazi, was expected to be freed on $50,000 bail after Thursday's hearing.

The arrests came after the raids of several apartments in the Queens neighborhood, where Zazi had driven from Denver to visit earlier this month, and were followed by a flurry of nationwide warnings of possible strikes on transit, sports and entertainment complexes.

On Wednesday, hundreds of federal agents and NYPD investigators again fanned out in the neighborhood where apartments were searched – and backpacks and cell phones removed – over a week ago, to re-interview "people previously encountered" during previous raids there, and to locate others who know them, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the probe.

Queens Terror Probe Highlights Police-Muslim Tensions

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The arrest of a Queens imam who investigators had considered a trusted partner was a blow in more ways than one for law enforcement. ...

NYPD May Have Blown Bomb Investigation

AP | TOM HAYS and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Police acting without the FBI's knowledge might have inadvertently helped blow the surveillance of a terrorism suspect and compromise...

NYPD Intelligence Division: Botching Its Biggest Terrorism Plot?

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

The Intelligence Division's lone wolves appear to have mishandled the investigation into New York's first known major terrorism threat since 9/11.

Terror Probe Arrests: Two Colorado Men, One NYC Man

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA and STEVEN K. PAULSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

DENVER — Investigators said they found notes describing how to make bombs in the handwriting of an airport shuttle driver arrested as part of a ...