A US drug informant becomes an international terrorist
A political blog asks a chilling question: Was being a US drug informant a stepping stone for a Chicago man to become a terrorist? (It is interesting that in the Amanda Knox case, Rudy Guede, the Ivory coast immigrant who was first convicted of the murder, was known to be an Italian drug informant, and some have said this allowed him to act with impunity. )
Gerald Posner, The Daily BeastDavid Headley, now suspected of aiding the Mumbai attacks, was a U.S. drug informant, Gerald Posner confirms. Did this help him become a terrorist? And was he actually a double agent?
David Headley is a 49 year old native Chicagoan who has been implicated in the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, and who may have been acting as a double agent , between the US and Pakistan.
The news that a 49-year-old Chicagoan, David Headley, was arrested on 12 counts of murder and providing material support to a terror group for last year’s deadly attack in Mumbai, has again raised the specter of homegrown terrorists, that may even, as The Daily Beastreported, have served as a kind of “underground railroad” to bring other militants into the country.
The Daily Beast has since learned that Headley’s connections to the Drug Enforcement Administration's murky intelligence unit—which I confirmed yesterday—might have played a role in his alleged conversion to terrorism. Additionally, sources at a foreign intelligence agency tell me that he might have been a double agent who turned on the U.S.
Headley was allegedly valuable to Lakshar-e-Taiba—the Pakistani terror group that pulled off the Mumbai attack—because as an American he traveled easily and undetected between the U.S., India, Pakistan, and Denmark (where he’s been linked to a plot to kill a Danish cartoonist who angered fundamentalist Muslims with his lampooning cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad). Born in Washington, but raised mostly in Pakistan, Headley’s father was a former Pakistani diplomat and his mother a onetime Philadelphia socialite. It’s there that Headley moved in the 1970s to live with his mother and attended a community college.. . continued at source. . .
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