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Trial Exposes Pakistan's Link With Terrorists

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In this courtroom sketch, Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana is shown in federal court as the prosecutor makes an opening argument Monday. (AP)
In this courtroom sketch, Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana is shown in federal court as the prosecutor makes an opening argument Monday. (AP)


Here & Now Guest:

Sebastian Rotella, senior reporter for ProPublica.


A jury in Chicago today began its first day of deliberations in the case of Pakistani-born businessman Tahawwur Rana and six other men, who are on trial for conspiring in the deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India.

A month after the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, the Chicago case is shedding light on suspicions that the Pakistani government protects and works with terrorists.

The federal government's star witness is American-born, double agent and admitted scout for the Mumbai attacks, David Coleman Headley. And while Headley testified on the stand that he did not think top officials of Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency knew of the attacks in advance, he described how he worked for two years with mid-level ISI officers who were actively planning Mumbai.

"This is one of the most rich, fascinating, instructive terrorism cases in the past ten years without question," ProPublica senior reporter Sebastian Rotella told Here & Now's Robin Young, " people should pay attention to it."

This segment aired on June 8, 2011.

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