Religion of peace, remember? via Terror Attack Scout Tells Jury of Plan to Toss Severed Heads.
May 24 (Bloomberg) — David Coleman Headley, a key witness in the U.S. government’s case against alleged planners of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, told a federal court jury he was “pleased” when he learned they’d been carried out.
He also told the panel of eight women and four men at the Chicago courthouse about a planned assault upon a Danish newspaper in which victims were to be shot and decapitated by attackers who would then heave the heads from office windows. That plot followed the publication in the newspaper of cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
“Shoot them first and then behead them,” were the instructions Headley testified today he was told to relay to the would-be attackers during a meeting in Pakistan’s rugged Waziristan region with a man the U.S. says has ties to al-Qaeda, the Muslim terrorist group formerly led by Osama bin Laden.
Headley’s testimony came on the second day of the U.S. trial of Tahawwur Rana, a Chicago businessman accused of using his immigration business to provide cover for Headley as he scouted the Mumbai sites where more than 160 people, including six Americans, were killed over three days in November 2008.
Rana, 50, is also accused of providing Headley’s pretext for a similar mission to Copenhagen where the never-executed assault on the Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten newspaper would have been carried out.
Headley is the Muslim to whom Eric Holder gave a plea deal as we noted here – Muslim who aided death of 6 Americans, 168 others, gets Holder-approved plea deal. More on Rana here.
It has not yet been proven in court, but if what Headley testified here is true, it means at least part of the attempted cover-up of this heinous crime occurred in Toronto.
…this testimony should be a wake-up call for any Canadians who think terror threats happen somewhere else and have nothing to do with Canada.
This one [Mumbai terror attack] allegedly was backed by a Canadian and covered up by one.
“Some politicians and commentators have been avoiding the home hard truth,” said Harris.
Headley made a deal with United States justice to avoid the death penalty and protect his wife from prosecution in exchange for testifying against Rana.
He claimed not only did the Canadian console him after the attack but that he was kept abreast and contributed to it before it occurred, as well.
He also talked of him encouraging a later thwarted assassination attempt on a Danish newspaper cartoonist and editor for lampoon drawings of the Prophet Mohammad.