Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Ritika Singh
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 4:35 PM

Lots of Najibullah Zazi news for your reading pleasure today. The New York Times reports that Zazi testified at the trial of his alleged co-conspirator Adis Medunjanin, who helped him come up with the plot to blow up NYC subways. A third conspirator, Zarein Ahmedzay, also testified on Monday, says the Times. The Wall Street Journal has more, as does CNN’s Security Clearance blog, and the Associated Press here and here. And Clyde Haberman has a neat post in the Times about New Yorkers’ lack of fear.

Speaking of really bad guys, Anders Behring Breivik’s trial has been getting a lot of media attention. The AP describes the Norwegian shooter’s treatment in court. Turns out he wants to be released or put to death, and has argued for a reinstatement of capital punishment, says the AP. The BBC, meanwhile, reports that he said he would do the same all over again and boasted that "I have carried out the most spectacular and sophisticated attack on Europe since World War II." He also implied that he was inspired by al Qaeda.

For those of you have been living in a cave the last several years, the Post reports that several nations are trying to penetrate America’s computer networks. This wouldn't be news except that the information comes from one Shawn Henry, who stepped down last month as the FBI's top cyber investigator. While Henry did not identify the worst-offending country, the non-cave-dwellers among you will have no trouble guessing which countries other experts fingered.

It's almost like deporting the Brady Bunch. The AP says that everyone's favorite reality TV clan has hit a snag in departing from Pakistan. The Bin Ladens were due to be deported from Pakistan on Tuesday—but Osama’s youngest wife’s brother--oops!--didn’t have his passport. They will leave today instead. Tune in tomorrow to see what happens.

According to the Times, British police have “rearrested Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric who was released from prison in February after a European court overruled British judges and blocked his deportation to Jordan on terrorism charges.” The Telegraph has more.

Catherine Crump of the ACLU and John Villasenor of UCLA who both spoke at the Brookings Institution at this event on domestic drones discuss many of the big questions on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation.

Yuck. Newly-published photos in the Los Angeles Times depicting U.S. soldiers posing with the body parts of Afghan insurgents are generating outrage. DoD has condemned the photos, says the Washington Post, and the Pentagon’s press secretary issued the following statement.

Call it Pyongyang Chic. The AP informs us that India is planning to test a nuclear-enabled missile that can hit Beijing.

And just in case you're in the market for a vacation home, and you want something cheap yet very special, consider renting today's Moment of Zen.