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Thursday, June 26, 2003

Truck driver pleads guilty under duress, FBI declares victory

Iyman Faris, a Columbus, Ohio truck driver and naturalized US citizen from Kashmir, pled guilty in a closed-door proceeding to two counts of aiding a terrorist organization, after having waived his right to a trial. Faris agreed to plead guilty and face a possible 20-year sentence after he was threatened with being designated an enemy combatant and turned over to the military. Faris was accused of involvement in an improbable plot to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City by cutting its suspension cables with acetylene torches. [Full Story]

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