Wednesday, November 23, 2011

PBS Frontline presents story of American David Headley's role in Mumbai attacks


The 50-minute  film “A Perfect Terrorist”, from PBS Frontline and Pro Publica, written and directed by Thomas Jennings, reported by correspondent Sebastian Rotella, is one of the most disturbing documentaries about the post 9/11 world.  It tells the story of David Coleman Headley, an American raised in Pakistan
The basic link is this. 

Headley had been a “brick” (heroine) dealer in Chicago, but moved into undercover,DEA  double-agent work. (Headley was born with a Pakistani name (Daood Sayed Gilani in Washington DC in 1960). Eventually, he would be recruited by illegal offshoots of Pakistani intelligence associated with Al Qaeda to case out the Mumbai (Bombay)  bombings in November 2008, the deadliest incident since 9/11.  His mother would operate a bar in Philadelphia called the Khyber Pass (named after a famous border area between India and Pakistan).  There is a further story by Ginger Thompson from the New York Times in the Deccan Herald here

Later Headley would “operate” in Copenhagen and try to plan further attacks regarding the Jyllands Posten Muhammad Cartoons Controversy, but these additional incidents were called off. 

Rotella found that people who had known Headley did not want to talk about him, as if they could be made to appear responsible for the attacks. 

The PBS link is here.

Watch A Perfect Terrorist on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

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