Plea talks in terror case?

September 18, 2009 1:58:44 PM PDT
After a week of federal and local police raids in Queens and outside Denver, Colorado that raised questions in some quarters about whether this was a giant mess-up or a legitimate anti-terrorism venture - word tonight that the main suspect in the case is in negotiations with prosecutors to plead guilty to a terror charge.

His name is Najibulla Zazi - he's in Denver right now, and a law enforcement source tells ABC News tonight that he received explosives training and has links to Al Qaeda. Was he planning some sort of terrorist bombing in New York City? No one is saying at this point. But clearly all this police power wasn't spent on a traffic violation.

We'll have the latest on the raids, tonight at 11.

And we have the quote of the day; it comes from the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., where Carrie Prejean - the former Miss California who was dethroned after the hoopla when she came out in favor of "opposite-sex marriage" - stole the show with her wisdom.

Prejean, who just happens to have a book coming out this November ("Still Standing"), got emotional and fought back tears when she told the group: "Even though I didn't win the crown that night, I know that the lord has so much of a larger crown in heaven for me."

Good to know.

And word this afternoon that Pres. Obama will be in New York City four days next week for the 64th session of the U.N. General Assembly. Great news for anyone who drives in Manhattan. Not. And what a wild week it should be, what with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran coming to town - after he insisted again today that the Holocaust never happened.

Charming.

Finally, in this space yesterday I mourned the death of Mary Travers. Last night, Peter Yarrow - smart, sweet, ever-committed-to-social-justice Peter - wrote me a note, offering his feelings about his long-time partner, collaborator, and friend.

"Mary never failed to champion those most in need; those deprived of their rights, targeted by racism or discrimination ? the powerless, the needy and the poor. Her soaring voice, her power as a woman who was unafraid of being criticized, targeted or threatened, inspired people everywhere with a call to justice, equity and an end to unjust war. I was privileged to share my life and my music with Mary for almost 50 years. I admired and loved Mary, and I shall miss her more than I can say."

We all will.

For all those who celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Happy New Year. Liz, Lee and I will all be off the 11 p.m. newscast tonight, because of the holiday. Sade Baderinwa and Jeff Pegues will anchor, and Jeff Smith will have your weekend AccuWeather forecast. And Scott Clark will have the night's sports. I hope you can join them, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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