This is the second part of ProPublica’s investigation into the plot behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Read the first part . Both were co-published with the Washington Post.
David Coleman Headley seemed like a gregarious, high-rolling American businessman when he set up shop in Mumbai in September 2006.
He opened the office of an immigration consulting firm. He partied at swank locales such as the ornate Taj Mahal Hotel, a 1903 landmark favored by Westerners and the Indian elite. He joined an upscale gym, where he befriended a Bollywood actor. He roamed the booming, squalid city taking photos and shooting video.
But it was all a front. The tall, fast-talking Pakistani American with the slicked-back hair was a fierce extremist, a former drug dealer, a onetime Drug Enforcement Administration informant who became a double agent. He had spent three years refining his clandestine skills in the terrorist training camps of the Lashkar-i-Taiba militant group. As Headley confessed in a guilty plea in U.S. federal court this year, he was in Mumbai to begin undercover reconnaissance for a sophisticated attack that would take two years to plan. Continue reading →
Government moves to silence criticism it says is CIA funded
The government in Tehran has closed down 29 websites associated with dissident political groups. The government FARS news organization said the sites were funded by the CIA.
The government hacked the sites to detect who was running them and who used the sites. The government arrested 30 people in the crackdown on dissidents, proving the Internet is not a safe haven from governments.
Websites listed in the FARS statement are off-line. One site, Human Rights Activists in Iran, says it is down for maintenance.
Ayatullah Khomeini portrait - he still dominates Iranian politics, Parliament speaker Larijani, judiciary chief Shahroudi, President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei Time photo
Revolutionary ideals of Ayatullah Khomeini drive political process in Iran and threaten to unseat Ahmadinejad and Khamenei
Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, August 1, 2009 with story from Time Magazine
While the world attention has shifted from Iranian politics, the battle for control in Tehran continues just below the boiling point. Repression of public protests seemed to end them however new videos show a return to open protests. Continue reading →