Zazi Guilty Plea a Boon for Obama Officials

Today's guilty plea by Najuibullah Zazi to terrorism charges in federal court provides fresh ammunition for Obama administration officials to argue that traditional law enforcement methods can be just as effective, if not more, in questioning terror suspects than subjecting them to "enhanced interrogation techniques."

By pleading guilty to plotting what he called a "martyrdom operation" and agreeing to cooperate about his Al Qaeda contacts in Pakistan, Zazi becomes the fourth major terror suspect to cut deals or at least begin plea negotiations with the FBI in recent months. Those suspects have already produced a bonanza of intelligence about the inner workings of Al Qaeda and its affiliates that is being actively used by security services around the world, according to current and former U.S. counter-terrorism officials and numerous press reports.

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