Three days ago, FBI agents arrested an Afghan immigrant named Najibullah Zazi on suspicion of terrorism.
Specifically, the FBI charged Zazi and three of his friends with plotting to detonate improvised hydrogen peroxide bombs in New York City on the anniversary of 911.
The FBI is being credited with breaking up a significant terrorist operation in both Denver and NYC.
It’s a measure of the last ten years that when I first read this I immediately thought, “He’s innocent.”
I immediately thought: here we go again, terrorists, al-Qaida, Pakistan, New York, 911, bomb plot. Sure. They’ll hold him for six or seven years. Then it’ll turn out that either the intel is so classified we can’t prosecute him, or the FBI doesn’t actually have any proof at all that he’s really anything other than a funny sounding foreign taxi driver. They’ll drop the charges. He’ll sue. Yadda yadda.
Now as the case firms up and more information is released it does appear that Zazi is actually who the FBI says he is and that he does appear to be guilty of what they allege he is.
And it appears congratulations are in order for the FBI and that it is nice to see the Federal Bumbling Idiots actually get one right once in a while.
Let’s hope this is the beginning of new trend, shall we?
Maybe ten years from now when the FBI says they’ve caught a terrorist the first thing I’ll think is, “Good on ya, fellas, way to go.”
God, I hope so.