WBEZ | ISI http://www.wbez.org/tags/isi Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Pakistani government rejects Headley claims http://www.wbez.org/story/pakistani-government-rejects-headley-claims-86972 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-24/AP110523038252.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Pakistani government is questioning the credibility of a key witness in a terrorism trial in Chicago. David Coleman Headley is testifying that his friend Tahawwur Rana provided material support for the 2008 Mumbai, India attacks. The attacks left more than 160 people dead.</p><p>Headley admits he went to Mumbai to scout locations before the 2008 attacks. He says he got logistical help from members of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, and Navy.</p><p>Headley says he got his orders from a member of Pakistan’s Intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI.</p><p>Headley says the man’s name is Major Iqbal. Major Iqbal is listed as a co-defendant in the indictment against Rana, but he’s not in American custody.</p><p>And according to the Pakistani embassy in Washington D.C., Major Iqbal doesn’t even exist.</p><p>A spokesman there says that either Headley is lying about Major Iqbal, or he was lied to by a man pretending to be a Pakistani agent.</p><p>Rana’s defense team is expected to take a similar tack, saying Headley is falsely implicating his childhood friend to avoid the death penalty.</p><p>Rana is charged with letting Headley pose as a travel agent to gain cover in India, and sending him money to help plan the attacks.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 24 May 2011 17:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/pakistani-government-rejects-headley-claims-86972 Terrorist back on the stand today in Chicago trial http://www.wbez.org/story/terrorist-back-stand-today-chicago-trial-86940 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-24/DavidHeadley_AP_Tom Gianni.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An admitted terrorist will be back on the stand Tuesday in a Chicago courtroom.&nbsp; David Headley is the government's star witness in the terrorism trial of Chicagoan Tahawwur Rana, but Headley is a sketchy star witness.&nbsp; He's been convicted twice for bringing heroin into the U.S. and he seems unapologetic on the stand talking about his participation in the Mumbai terror attack that left more than 160 people dead.<br> <br> Headley says Rana allowed him to pretend to be an employee of Rana's immigration business.&nbsp; Prosecutors say that allowed Headley to scope out potential terror targets in India with ease because he appeared to be a secular American businessman, rather than a muslim Pakistani terrorist.&nbsp; Prosecutors say Rana never carried a gun or threw a grenade in the attack, but his support was critical to the success of the Mumbai plot.<br> <br> Rana's attorneys told jurors they should not trust anything Headley has to say.&nbsp; Headley's cooperation with the government allows him to avoid the death penalty.</p></p> Tue, 24 May 2011 10:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/terrorist-back-stand-today-chicago-trial-86940 Was Pakistan’s government or military involved in hiding Bin Laden? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-03/was-pakistan%E2%80%99s-government-or-military-involved-hiding-bin-laden-86012 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-03/113435615.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When U.S. forces found and killed Osama bin Laden, he was in a million-dollar estate, just feet from a military base and only 35 miles from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. Reports reveal bin Laden may have hidden in the compound for years.</p><p>John O. Brennan, who serves as President Obama’s top adviser on terrorism, pledged today to “get to the bottom” of whether the Pakistani government provided help to Osama bin Laden in his decade-long efforts to avoid detection.</p><p>Pakistan’s government today denied any prior knowledge of the raid that killed bin Laden, but said it had been sharing information about the targeted compound with the CIA since 2009.</p><p><a href="http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/warstudies/people/professors/lieven.aspx" target="_blank">Anatol Lieven</a> is a professor in the war studies department at King's College London and author of the book <em>Pakistan: A Hard Country</em>. He examines some of the puzzling questions surrounding Osama bin Laden.</p></p> Tue, 03 May 2011 16:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-03/was-pakistan%E2%80%99s-government-or-military-involved-hiding-bin-laden-86012