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Denver Men Are Ordered Released in Terror Probe

A federal judge rebuffed the government’s Joint Terrorism Task Force today and ordered the release of two Pakistanis living in Denver whom the FBI has described as potential terrorists eager to wage war against the United States. After reviewing hours of FBI testimony, U.S. District Judge Lewis T. Babcock ruled that “the government has failed to establish” that either Irfan Kamran, 32, or Sajjad Naseer, 27, poses any danger. The judge also rejected the Justice Department’s suggestion that the pair would flee to Pakistan if released from jail. Babcock noted that much of the evidence that prosecutors cited in arguing that the defendants were involved with terrorism came from statements the two men made in voluntary interviews with the FBI. Babcock also displayed skepticism when the prosecution introduced information provided by “a confidential source.” When the judge asked from the bench whether the source was reliable, an FBI witness replied that this, too, was classified information. Full Story

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