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Old 04-12-2007, 10:48 AM   #1
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal grand jury indicted a U.S. citizen on charges of joining al-Qaida and conspiring to bomb European tourist resorts and U.S. government facilities and military bases overseas.

Christopher Paul, 43, of Columbus, trained with al-Qaida in the early 1990s, the indictment issued Wednesday says. The indictment says he told al-Qaida members in Pakistan and Afghanistan that he was dedicated to committing violent jihad.

Paul is charged with providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to provide support to terrorists and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Fred Alverson, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Columbus, said Thursday that he couldn't comment further on the case.

Federal prosecutors planned to hold a news conference later Thursday.

Paul was in the Franklin County Jail late Wednesday after a U.S. District Court hearing was postponed until his attorney, Don Wolery, could be present. Wolery did not immediately return a message seeking comment Thursday morning.

The indictment says Paul traveled to Germany about April 1999 to train co-conspirators to use explosives to attack European and U.S. targets, including government buildings and vacation spots frequented by American tourists.

Paul was born Paul Kenyatta Laws. He legally changed his name to Abdulmalek Kenyatta in 1989, then to Christopher Paul in 1994, according to the indictment said.

Two other Columbus men have been charged in federal investigators' terrorism investigation. Iyman Faris was sentenced in 2003 to 20 years in prison for a plot to topple the Brooklyn Bridge. Nuradin Abdi, accused of plotting to blow up a Columbus-area shopping mall, is awaiting trial on charges including conspiring to aid terrorists.



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Old 04-12-2007, 01:58 PM   #2
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Here's another update:

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When this guy is found guilty, he should get the death penalty right? Treason...
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When this guy is found guilty, he should get the death penalty right?
Perhaps he knows of other cells in activity and could provide information. Recommend he be questioned first. Then relieved.
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Perhaps he knows of other cells in activity and could provide information. Recommend he be questioned first. Then relieved.
Very good point. I wonder how much Al Qaeda was willing to trust him with... You know, since he's American. They had to fear that he was a spy right? Yeah, get as much info. as possible, then put him to death.

(BTW, I support the dealth penalty in this situation)
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"A fax machine in his home contained names, phone numbers and contact information for key al-Qaida leadership and associates, according to the indictment. "

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18073689/

Looks like they may get some valuable information afterall.
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Old 04-13-2007, 12:52 PM   #6
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Nice to see that some terrorists are being found, and will go to trial here in this country. I would agree that he needs to be questioned and any information he can provide must be used.
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Nice to see that some terrorists are being found, and will go to trial here in this country. I would agree that he needs to be questioned and any information he can provide must be used.
No doubt.

Is anyone else kind of leary about this though? I mean, if this guy has been working with Al Qaeda, and he is one of only a handful of people caught in the US, doesn't that make you wonder how many more are out there?
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Yes. And this is why the Patriot Act was passed, and what it is supposed to help find out.
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Yes. And this is why the Patriot Act was passed, and what it is supposed to help find out.
I don't see how reading my emails and your emails helps them catch terrorists, but if you say so...
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Well, they had to catch this guy somehow.
And they can read my emails anytime they want. Nothing to hide, nothing to fear, but this discussion has been exhausted in another thread.
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Well, they had to catch this guy somehow.
And they can read my emails anytime they want. Nothing to hide, nothing to fear, but this discussion has been exhausted in another thread.
Hmm, why bring it up then?

I have nothing to fear either, but I may not want some stranger reading my medical information, or my personal situation with my girlfriend. Again, I don't see the connection with catching terrorists and reading email of those with no connections.
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Why bring it up? Because it is likely the reason this guy was caught. Simple as that.
I'm glad to see another bad guy off the streets, nonetheless.
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Why bring it up? Because it is likely the reason this guy was caught. Simple as that.
I'm glad to see another bad guy off the streets, nonetheless.
Why is it likely?
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Can you explain how this man was discovered?
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Can you explain how this man was discovered?
Yeah, he was discovered because he TRAINED WITH AL QAEDA. His actions were suspicious. That warrants servalance, whereas simply being a human being does not.
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