Update: From Smiling Coffee Vendor to Terror Suspect

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Terrorism suspect Najibullah Zazi

Terrorism suspect Najibullah Zazi

For years, he was a fixture in Lower Manhattan, as regular as the sunrise. Every morning, Najibullah Zazi would be there on Stone Street with his pastries and his coffee, his vending cart anchored to the sidewalk.


He was the smiling man who remembered a customer liked his coffee large, light and sweet. He had a “God Bless America” sign on his cart. He was the doughnut man.

But prosecutors say Mr. Zazi, 24, who worked blocks from ground zero, was just as furtive an operative as the Sept. 11 hijackers when he traveled to Pakistan last year for terrorism training and returned to the United States with a plan to build bombs using beauty supplies and backpacks.

In fact, law enforcement officials, who fret about how to seal the borders of a free society from terrorists, say they find in Mr. Zazi a particularly harrowing challenge: a homegrown operative who travels freely, who is skilled with people, who passed an airport employee background check, who understands the patterns and nuance of American life so well that he gave multiple interviews to journalists for whom access and openness rarely seem like a disguise. read more here:

video report from:

from CBS NY:

Zazi ‘Intent’ On NYC Terror Attack For 9/11
Suspect Ordered To NYC By Denver Judge Friday

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Filed under Al-Qaeda, ATF, Hate Crimes, Law, News, True Crime

One response to “Update: From Smiling Coffee Vendor to Terror Suspect

  1. audiegrl

    Good lord, my daughter was in NYC for a conference on Sept 11-12.

    Its a good sign that the authorities are on the job. Seems like they have been foiling quite a few plots in the last couple of weeks.

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