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Posted at 11:45 PM ET, 05/ 3/2010

Bomb probe could renew focus on Pakistan group

By Jeff Stein

The naming of an unidentified Pakistani American as a “person of interest” in the Times Square near-bombing could focus renewed attention on whether Lashkar-i-Taiba, a violent group best known for organizing attacks on India, has turned its attention to cultural targets in the United States.

Another Pakistani American, David Headley, recently pleaded guilty to helping Lashkar-i-Taiba plan an attack on a Danish newspaper that had published a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad, as well has scouting Mumbai for its 2008 attacks there.

Some commentators have suggested that the Times Square offices of Comedy Central, which recently broadcast a South Park episode poking fun at the danger of portraying Muhammad in less than reverent light, was the real target on Saturday night.

A 20-year-old Virginia man who styles himself as an Islamic radical, Zachary Chesser, has engaged in an online campaign to whip up fury against the show.

According to the Anti Defamation League, which has been tracking his online posts, Chesser made his first comment about the South Park episode with an April 15 posting on Twitter.

"May Allah kill Matt Stone and Trey Parker and burn them in Hell for all eternity,” he said of the program’s creators, according to the ADL. “They insult our prophets Muhammad, Jesus, and Moses..."

Analysts remain uncertain, however, whether Lashkar-i-Taiba would pour resources into attacking cultural targets in the U.S., according to the London Telegraph.

"Evidence suggests the group is prepared to support attacks against the West, but not at the expense of its war against India,” analyst Stephen Tankel wrote late last year the West Point Combating Terrorism Center Sentinel.

“LeT willingly coordinated with [David] Headley on attacking Danish targets, but when the opportunity arose to use him to prepare new attacks in India, LeT suggested he shift focus to South Asia," Tankel wrote, using an acronym for Lashkar-i-Taiba.

Lashkar’s leaders called off Headley's plotting in Denmark, telling him he was needed more for the Mumbai operation, according to his statement of guilt.

As part of his guilty plea, Headley, who changed his name from Daood Gilani so he could travel more easily, is cooperating with investigators.

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By Jeff Stein  | May 3, 2010; 11:45 PM ET
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI  | Tags:  Comedy Central, David Headley, India, Lashkar e Taiba, Muhammad, Times Square, United States, Warfare and Conflict  
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Comments

Pakistan as a nation is failing miserably and all Pakistanis have to offer is ill-wishes for India. It again shows that Pakistan is a failed society based only on hatred, especially of India.

ECONOMIC FAILURE: Pakistan is bankrupt. Even all the loans from IMF, World Bank, Paris Club, London Club, overt and covert aid from US, and repeated refinancing of the debt have not worked.
MILITARY FAILURE: 4 wars have been lost by Pakistan. Bangladesh was freed in 4 days. The military is demoralized and cannot even control its own territory.
SOCIAL FAILURE: the miserable poverty and exploitation within Pakistan is shocking. The Honor killings and treatment of women is unacceptable.
POLITICAL FAILURE: The military coups, suspension of constitutional law, murders of Bhuttos (father and daughter) reveal no evidence of a modern political culture or democracy.
EDUCATIONAL FAILURE: The lack of modern schools and scientific education shows no potential for Pakistan to develop economically or politically in the future. The madrassas are where terrorists are openly bred.
CULTURAL FAILURE: A nation that looks the other way as terrorists and murders are being trained openly is morally bankrupt. Every Pakistani knows whats been going on in their country, and one must assume they approve of the violence in their heart.

We in the US gave billions of our money to Pakistan to improve their educational system even AFTER 9/11. Instead they squandered our good will and money on their military and ISI.

Posted by: clearthinking1 | May 4, 2010 3:04 AM | Report abuse

PAKISTAN IS A FAILED STATE & ITS PEOPLE SUPPORT ISLAMIC TERRORISM

Mehsud alive
Bin Laden alive
Mullah Omar alive
Haqqani alive
Taliban alive
Quetta Shura alive
Al Queda alive
Lashkar-e-Taiba alive

1000+ American soldiers dead in Afghanistan.
$30+ billion in aid to Pakistan and more coming.
$0.5 trillion already spent and counting.

WAKE UP AMERICA!

Posted by: clearthinking1 | May 4, 2010 3:05 AM | Report abuse

Pakistanis have attacked Indians many times in only 60 years (All 4 wars lost by Pakistan).
Pakistanis have attacked Indians using terrorism for almsot 3 decades (Sikh and Islamic terrorism since the 1980s).
Pakistanis have attacked Pakistanis (West on East - see genocide of Bangladeshis).
Pakistanis have attacked Afghanis (using the Taliban).
Pakistanis have attacked Baluchis.
Pakistanis have attacked Pakistanis (Sunni vs Shiite)
Pakistanis have attacked Pakistanis (Muhajir vs Punjabis)
Pakistanis(born and raised in England) have attacked Londoners - some habits die hard I guess.
Pakistanis have knowingly supported terrorist organizations like LeT.
Pakistani military and ISI are, in part, terrorist organizations.
Pakistanis cheered openly after 9/11.
India has had a Sikh Prime Minister, two Muslim Presidents, a female President and female Prime Minister. Communists and Christians have held positions of power and Ministerships. Arguably the most powerful politician in India is an Italian whose children are Catholics. There is no moral equivalence between the two nations.
Pakistan is a failed state. The main difference between Pakistan and India is that there are no tolerant, peaceful Hindus left in Pakistan. There is no tolerance left in Pakistan. There is no peace in Pakistan. "Pakistan" was 40% Hindu at partition; now it is <1%. The people in both countries may be nearly identical genetically, but what a difference a good spiritual and philosophical system (Vedanta) can make.

Posted by: clearthinking1 | May 4, 2010 3:07 AM | Report abuse

AMERICA'S #1 PRIORITY: SECURE THE NUKES

Holbrooke, Clinton, and Obama need to dismantle Pakistan like Holbrooke did with Yugoslavia. 4 Ethnic states – Baluchis, Pashtuns, Punjabis, and Sindhis.

Karzai can work with the Pashtuns on a Pashtunistan.
Baluchistan sounds good to Baluchis.
Sindhis would love to get away from the Punjabis.

PAKI NUKES GETTING INTO THE HANDS OF THE PAKI TALIBAN ARE A THREAT TO THE ENTIRE WORLD.

Posted by: clearthinking1 | May 4, 2010 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Pakistan is a basket case with a nuclear bomb. A half century of anti-India, anti-West Islamic propaganda has held together a country at odds with their own beliefs. They are uneducated, corrupt, brainwashed in Wahabi maddrassahs having only skills to become martyrs, raped women being jailed, loanshedding common with connected politicians living in luxury while the masses suffer. The Shia 20% of population pay 75% of taxes being based in Karachi. The Sunni fundamentalists drive them out their fragile economy collapses causing civil war. ISI won't come down hard on the terrorists losing the free Kasmiri fighters they produce. They have lost more people to bombings the past 5 years than all Americans that have died in the terrorist jihad. Hopefully the positive gains against terror will increase for the other side is an Indian/Pak war which no doubt India will win with millions lost.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 4, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

1) Sadly I am unable to e-mail my image of Mohammed because he has deleted all his e-mail addresses from the Internet.

2) It was just a couple of years ago that liberal apologists were basically saying that the Lashkar i Taiba crew were just some young boys having paintball fun.

Posted by: john_bruckner | May 4, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Their willingness to inflict collateral damage to innocent bystanders is only exceeded by our own in Iraq for disengenuous reasons and in Afghanistan to lure the Soviet Union to occupy their country to begin with. Now with predator drones Pakistan has become a robotic battlefield.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | May 4, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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