September 30, 2009 President Obama has promised to clean up the so-called earmarking process that allows lawmakers to insert pet projects into government spending bills. Despite the president's call for change, the defense bill that's making its way through the Senate still sets aside billions of dollars for projects the military says it doesn't need.
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September 29, 2009 Najibullah Zazi appeared before a Brooklyn judge for the first time Tuesday and was ordered held without bail. Law enforcement officials say his alleged plot was the most serious terrorist threat against the U.S. since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
September 29, 2009 The man at the center of a major terrorism investigation appears in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, Tuesday. Najibullah Zazi has been accused of conspiring to build and detonate explosives inside the United States. More arrests could come by the end of the week. Meanwhile, investigators are looking into terrorism plots in Texas and Illinois.
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September 29, 2009 President Obama made Afghanistan and Pakistan top priorities when he entered the White House. But both countries are still struggling. And Tuesday, the president will hold the first in a series of meetings with his national security team to re-examine the strategy for both countries.
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September 28, 2009 Najibullah Zazi has come to embody everything U.S. intelligence officials worry about in a suspected jihadist. He was in the U.S. legally, was familiar with American culture and customs, and could blend in. Most frightening of all, they say, Zazi had already begun to launch his plot.
September 28, 2009 After Denver man Najibullah Zazi was arrested in connection with a possible al-Qaida plot, confusion about the level of danger is rife. NPR's counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston explains why the alleged bombing plot may be the most serious terrorism threat to the U.S. since 9/11.
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September 26, 2009 This has been the deadliest year for NATO troops in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces there, has said the mission will fail unless more troops are sent. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen takes a more optimistic view.
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September 26, 2009 On Friday, the U.S., Britain and France threatened to impose new sanctions on Iran unless Tehran discloses information about its nuclear program. Host Scott Simon speaks about the ramifications with Karim Sadjadpour, an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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September 25, 2009 Najibullah Zazi "was in the throes of making a bomb" and intended to be in New York on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, a federal prosecutor said Friday. A judge ordered Zazi transferred from Denver to New York City to face charges.
September 25, 2009 A federal grand jury in New York unsealed an indictment against 24-year-old airport shuttle driver Najibullah Zazi Thursday, providing a frightening chronology of a possible terrorist plot against targets in the U.S. Zazi is said to have attended an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan, received training in explosives and started buying and preparing the chemicals he needed to build a bomb.
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September 24, 2009 Intelligence officials think they've uncovered the most serious terrorism threat the U.S. has faced since Sept. 11, 2001. But the suspect at the center of the case — Najibullah Zazi — has not been charged with any terrorism offense.
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September 24, 2009 Najibullah Zazi was indicted Thursday on charges of conspiring to detonate bombs in the United States. Court documents charge that in July and August, Zazi and associates in Denver purchased large quantities of chemicals that could be used to make bombs.
September 22, 2009 The U.S. commander in Iraq is on Facebook, the president's top military adviser is on YouTube and Twitter. But the pentagon is considering a ban for almost all other U.S. troops. Guests discuss the questions of security, resources and censorship when it comes to social media and the military.
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In this sketch, Ahmad Wais Afzali (second from left) appears in federal court in New York on Monday. The Queens imam was ordered held without bail
September 21, 2009 Investigators say Najibullah Zazi, a Denver airport shuttle driver, received al-Qaida training and had bomb-making instructions on his computer. He was ordered held pending a detention hearing Thursday. Also being held is a New York imam whom agents say warned Zazi the FBI was on to him.
September 21, 2009 Three men arrested by the FBI in connection with an alleged plot to attack sites in New York and other U.S. cities are set to appear in federal court Monday. NPR counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston discusses the case and its central figure, Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old airport shuttle bus driver.
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