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Første melding: Nidal Hasan er dømt til døden av en militærdomstol i Texas for massakren på Fort Hood-basen i november 2009. Aktor insisterer på at dommen ikke gjelder hans religion.

Andre melding:

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Rettssaken mot den overlevende broren i Boston Marathon-bombingen i 2013 stilles for retten. Forsvareren hans innrømmer hans skyld. Dsjokhar Tsarnajev innrømmer at han var til stede, men han sier seg likevel ikke enig i tiltalen på massedrap. Grunnen er at han sier den eldre broren Tamerlane, var den som ledet/forledet ham. BBC-reporter forteller at familien har en voldelig historie: bestefaren ble sprengt i lufta i Kirgisistan, faren deltok i de verste kampene i Tsjetsjenia, men kom på kant med sigarettmafiaen og løy seg inn i USA. Intervju med moren til guttene som sier at de aldri kunne gjort noe slikt. Aldri.

Tredje story: Rettssaken mot pakistanske Abid Naseer åpner i New York. Naseer ble arrestert i Storbritannia i Manchester i april 2009, like før politiet trodde han ville sprenge et helt kjøpesenter i luften.

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Six years ago, the Pakistani national had been living in the north-west English city where he plotted to kill hundreds in a bombing attack at the city centre’s Arndale shopping complex during Easter weekend.

Naseer, who was extradited from the UK to the United States in 2013, was convicted of providing and conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda and conspiring to use a destructive device.

Defending himself at his trial in New York, the 28-year-old was polite, calm and professional. He denied he was involved in any form of extremism.

But, according to the police officer who headed up the British investigation into his activities, his courtroom conduct was a performance designed to con the jury.

In a cafe overlooking the Brooklyn courthouse where the trial was held, Det Supt Mark Smith said Naseer was a good actor, an al-Qaeda trained terrorist and a man with a determination to kill hundreds of people.

He said: «He has had lots of time to develop his Westernised social skills, but I would say don’t be fooled. Beneath that cool, relaxed exterior is a cold, calculated terrorist.»

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Were it not for his arrest, detectives are convinced he would have gone ahead with a «mass-casualty» attack in Manchester city centre.

Based upon intelligence gathered and the plots devised by other terrorists trained at the same al-Qaeda camp in Pakistan, police have pieced together what they believe would have happened

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Based on the Islamic calendar, investigators believed this email was referring to a planned attack during the Easter weekend in 2009.

Other evidence included photos of Naseer’s friends standing in front of the main entrances to the Arndale centre.

He claimed they were innocent pictures as they travelled around Manchester. But retired Det Ch Insp Allan Donoghue described the images as «hostile reconnaissance».

He said: «That for me was the most alarming thing. To see each entrance of the Arndale Centre being photographed… that was clearly a means by which they would brief the would-be attackers as to what they would see as they made their approaches.»

Police think the first target would have been the Arndale Centre, which had been rebuilt following the IRA bomb attack on Manchester in 1996.

The terrorists would have walked in carrying bombs made out of fizzy drink bottles in rucksacks or specially modified T-shirts.

After the first wave of explosions, there would have been a second attack with more suicide bombers waiting in St Anne’s Square for the rush of shoppers trying to escape.

Fjerde story:

Borgermester i New York, de Blazio sier begeistret: Muslim brothers and sisters, omtrent som vi var tilbake til 60-tallet – han vil fortelle at to muslimske festivaler nå er inkludert i skolekalenderen i New York.

Alle nyhetene kommer på en dag. De stammer endog alle fra USA. Likevel er det ingen nyhetsoppleser som spør hva som er sammenhengen, og hva disse tre sakene betyr, som enten har kostet mange mennesker liv og lemmer, eller kunne gjort det.

Det er en enorm benektelse, en avvisning av å se hva som ligger foran øynene deres, og som publikum kan se, men som likevel ikke må sies høyt.

Det gjør noe med offentligheten. Og må man anta: Det øker sannsynligheten for at det blir flere angrep. De som er i angrepsmodus lukter svakhet, unnfallenhet, feighet. Vesten tør ikke en gang se fienden i øynene. Det er redd for å fornærme ham.