2 Arabs Convicted and 2 Cleared of Terrorist Plot Against the U.S.
Two Arab immigrants were convicted in federal court here today in a terrorist plot against American airports, military bases and landmarks like Disneyland. Two other defendants were acquitted of terrorism charges. The verdicts, reached after nine weeks in the courtroom and nearly seven days of deliberations, came in what was the government’s first major terrorism trial since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Although mixed, the results were hailed by federal prosecutors, including Attorney General John Ashcroft, as a victory in the war on terror. “Today’s convictions send a clear message,” Mr. Ashcroft said. “The Department of Justice will work diligently to detect, disrupt and dismantle the activities of terrorist cells in the United States and abroad.” Full Story