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Plot to Bomb Jyllands-Posten Based in Chicago

John on October 27, 2009 at 10:35 am

They called this the “Mickey Mouse Project” as a way to indicate the Danish cartoons originally published by the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten:

Terrorism-related charges were filed against two Chicago men today, accusing them of plotting against targets in Western Europe, including “facilities and employees” of a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked riots in the Muslim world.

Charged are David Coleman Headley, 49, and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 48.

Headley was described as an American citizen who changed his name from Daood Gilani. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts involving murder and maiming outside the U.S. and one count of conspiracy to provide material support to the conspiracy, according to a release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

Rana, a native of Canada, was charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign conspiracy involving Headley and three other individuals.

It’s a bit worrisome that would be terrorist Rana has an import-export business. Here’s the website. He also apparently owns this site.

Update: The WSJ adds this tidbit on the question of motive:

In October 2008, Mr. Headley allegedly posted a message on an Internet discussion group saying of the published Danish cartoons: “I feel disposed towards violence for the offending parties” for “making fun of Islam.”

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