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Published: 04/26/11

WikiLeaks: 9/11 Mastermind Says He Killed Daniel Pearl Against al-Qaida Warnings

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
WikiLeaks: 9/11 Mastermind Says He Killed Daniel Pearl Against al-Qaida Warnings

A senior al-Qaida military commander instructed Khalid Sheikh Mohammed not to kill Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and said that Pearl should "be returned back to one of the previous groups who held him, or freed." But Mohammed, the supposed mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, says he killed Pearl anyway, according to military documents released by WikiLeaks on Monday and published by the Los Angeles Times, The Australian and other news organizations. AP Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is shown after his capture in 2002. Military documents released ...

Published: 03/22/11

Ordeal of Freed Times Reporters Highlights Dangers Faced by Journalists

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Ordeal of Freed Times Reporters Highlights Dangers Faced by Journalists

Gunfire. Sexual assault. Beatings. These are just a few of the abuses New York Times reporters and photographers said they suffered when they were captured by the Libyan government and held for six days until their release Monday, a stark reminder of the huge risks often taken by journalists when they cover some of the world's most important and compelling stories. The journalists' account of the ordeal is harrowing. It began when their driver accidentally drove into a checkpoint manned by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and the group was immediately ambushed and nearly killed by a barrage o...

Published: 01/20/11

Daniel Pearl Kidnappers at Large: 5 Facts About Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Janghvi

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Daniel Pearl Kidnappers at Large: 5 Facts About Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Janghvi

American journalist Daniel Pearl was beheaded by alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, but more than a dozen Pakistani militants believed to have been involved in Pearl's 2002 kidnapping and slaying have not been captured. That's the conclusion of a report released today by the Pearl Project, an investigative journalism project at Georgetown University. Mohammed, who is being held in Guantanamo Bay awaiting trial on terrorism charges, has not been charged in Pearl's death. According to the new report, Pakistan's government considers the Pearl case closed and the United States is no...

Published: 01/20/11

Report Bolsters 9/11 Mastermind's Confession to Daniel Pearl Murder

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Report Bolsters 9/11 Mastermind's Confession to Daniel Pearl Murder

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks, beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, according to a yearslong investigation into his murder. U.S. investigators used vein analysis to confirm that the hand seen on the video of the 2002 execution belongs to Mohammed, a senior al-Qaida operative who confessed to the killing while in American custody but has not been charged with the crime. The findings -- along with a host of other revelations about the reporter's murder -- are the work of The Pearl Project, a three-year investigation that deta...

Published: 01/20/11

Report Bolsters 9/11 Mastermind's Confession to Daniel Pearl Murder

By  not in system - AOL News
Report Bolsters 9/11 Mastermind's Confession to Daniel Pearl Murder

KARACHI, Pakistan -- The four men imprisoned for killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl were not present during his beheading but were convicted of murder because Pakistani authorities knowingly relied on perjured testimony and ignored other leads, says a report released Thursday. The results of the Pearl Project, an investigation carried out by a team of American journalists and students and spanning more than three years, raise troubling questions about Pakistan's dysfunctional criminal justice system and underscore the limits U.S. officials face in relying on Pakistani authoriti...

Published: 11/9/10

Opinion: What Happens to Guantanamo, KSM Now?

By  J.D. Gordon - AOL News
Opinion: What Happens to Guantanamo, KSM Now?

(Nov. 9) -- If President Barack Obama thought emptying Guantanamo and trying terrorists in civilian courts was tough before, he hasn't seen anything yet. In one of the first acts of his new administration, President Barack Obama signed an executive order calling for closing the much ballyhooed detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year. Guantanamo TimelineJan. 22, 2009: President Obama signs executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center within a year. July 21, 2009: White House closure extends key closure deadline by six months. May 19, 2010: House Armed Servic...

Published: 10/14/10

Pakistan Arrests 7 Accused in Plot to Kill Prime Minister

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Pakistan Arrests 7 Accused in Plot to Kill Prime Minister

(Oct. 14) -- Police in Pakistan have arrested seven militants who were conspiring to assassinate the country's prime minister, officials said. The plot was in the "final planning stages," police official Babar Bakhat Qureshi told CNN. Police said the suspects, part of the a banned Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, were planning to kill Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and his aides with a car bomb. Abid Qadri, a regional police chief, told The Associated Press that the plot was "almost complete," but was foiled Wednesday when the men were arrested in a shootout with police and taken ...

Published: 01/19/10

Smart Bombers: Do Universities Breed Terrorists?

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Smart Bombers: Do Universities Breed Terrorists?

LONDON -- In the aftermath of the Christmas Day bombing attempt, our nation is once again grappling with how best to protect itself against terrorist attacks. So far, the U.S. government has been directing its resources towards things like airport security and strengthening the government in Yemen, a new hotbed for al-Qaeda. But it's worth asking whether we'd be better served by focusing on what goes on inside universities....

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