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Two U.S. Terrorism Cases Have Ties To Pakistan

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Two U.S. Terrorism Cases Have Ties To Pakistan

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Two U.S. Terrorism Cases Have Ties To Pakistan

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ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

NPR's counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston is with us to discuss both cases. And, Dina, let's start with the trial in Chicago. Why is that an important case?

DINA TEMPLE, Host:

Well, so this friend of Rana's was a Pakistani-American named David Coleman Headley. And he's really why this case is getting so much attention because he's going to testify against Rana. And apparently he's going to say that the Pakistani spy agency, the ISI, played a huge role in these 2008 attacks.

SIEGEL: Meaning that Pakistan had a direct connection to a major terrorist plot against India and a real attack.

TEMPLE: And when prosecutors were putting together this case over the past year or so, you know, that was bad enough. But now, coming just weeks after Pakistan is having to explain why they didn't know Osama bin Laden was hiding out in their country for five years, you know, the timing can't be worse.

SIEGEL: Yeah, this can only make things look worse for Pakistan than they already do.

TEMPLE: Exactly. And the fact that people are watching this case now much more than they would have, it could have huge implications.

SIEGEL: Let's talk about the case in Miami now. This is the two imams who were arrested.

TEMPLE: The Khans had to appear in court today to talk about who would be representing them. And they'll be back in court on Monday and will likely answer the charges then and plead guilty or not guilty.

SIEGEL: And how have those arrests gone over in the Muslim community in South Florida?

TEMPLE: So - so far, anyway, the reaction from the community has been let's let these men have their day in court instead of focusing on perhaps the way they might feel that the FBI was unfairly targeting Muslims. So that's sort of a surprising development.

SIEGEL: OK. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston in New York. Thank you, Dina.

TEMPLE: You're welcome.

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