Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Zawahiri was in Lodi?!? WTF?!

Holy crap!

Via Captain's Quarters and Michelle Malkin.

In a surprising twist, the FBI informant in the terrorism case against a Lodi man and his father said in federal court Monday that he encountered Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader in the small Central Valley farm town a few years before the Sept. 11 attacks.
Defense attorneys for Hamid Hayat and his father, Umer, said outside court that the statement by the government's key witness raised serious questions about the informant's credibility. And a former president of the Lodi mosque said terrorist leader Ayman Zawahiri was never there.

Naseem Khan, a convenience store manager turned government informant, said he told the FBI in late 2001 that he spotted Zawahiri at a Lodi mosque in 1998 and 1999.

"Every time I would go to the mosque, [Zawahiri] would be coming or going," Khan said, according to the Sacramento Bee on Monday on its website. Khan, who said he lived in Lodi at the time, testified that he spoke to Zawahiri, but never had a conversation with him.

Still want to censure Bush and stop the terrorist surveillance program?

Captain Ed thinks it a bit farfetched, but wonders why there was nothing on this in the 9/11 report. Al Qaeda's #2 in the US is a big friggin' deal. Where was the intelligence on that one?

UPDATE: In honor of Zawahiri's pilgrimage to the "Mecca" of California Hollywood Lodi, we give you the terrorist scumbag's new themesong thanks to CCR:
Rode in on the Greyhound,
I'll be walking out if I go.
I was just passing through,
Must be seven months or more.
Ran out of time and money,
Looks like they took my friends.
Oh ! Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again.
Maybe we'll get you stuck in San Quentin next time you pay California a visit.