Why Najibullah Zazi Was Arrested on Saturday

September 21 2009, 10:06 AM

Today, Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan immigrant airport shuttle driver from Aurora who last week found himself suddenly at the center of a federal terrorism investigation, will appear in court. He's not facing charges of terrorism but rather of lying to federal agents as they look into a purported plot to explode a bomb somewhere in the United States. Even after Zazi's arrest, the probe remains "urgent," writes The Los Angeles Times, quoting Assistant U.S. Attorney General David Kris, who says agents around the globe are engaged in "an ongoing and fast-paced investigation," although there is "no specific information" regarding when an attack might take place and how it might occur. Zazi was arrested late Saturday night along with his father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, in Aurora. Ahmad Wais Afzali, of Flushing, New York, an alleged informant for New York police, was also detained. Investigators claim Zazi wrote notes highlighting a way to make a bomb and that his fingerprints were found on batteries and a scale that could be used for making a bomb, according to The Associated Press. Yet, as Denver Post columnist Mike Littwin notes, "it's way too early to reach any conclusions about" Zazi and the arrest.