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The Zazi Factor

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CIA Director Leon Panetta says four high-profile suspects arrested in the United States last year were not on the radar of the agency. One of them was Najibullah Zazi, a Colorado airport-shuttle driver who pleaded guilty last month to plotting what could have been the worst terror incident on U.S. soil since the 9/11 attacks. Zazi, who admits he tested bomb-making materials in Aurora before driving to New York to carry out his plan of revenge for U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, is part of a new trend. He’s among al-Qaida operatives sent to the United States with no discernible history of terrorist activity or documented connection to the organization, officials say. “My worry is there are others that have been deployed here that we don’t know about,” Panetta tells The Associated Press, pointing to changing tactics on both sides of the war on terror. Meanwhile, Wonkette provides a review of several articles steeped in the everyone-is-watching-everyone culture of fear that has permeated the West since terrorists first struck.

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