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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051122/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/enemy_combatant_indicted Dirty Bomb Padilla Indicted By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer 1 minute
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      'Dirty Bomb' Padilla Indicted

      By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer 1 minute ago

      WASHINGTON - Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for
      three years as an "enemy combatant" suspected of
      plotting a "dirty bomb" attack in this country, has
      been indicted on charges that he conspired to "murder,
      kidnap and maim" people overseas.

      A federal grand jury in Miami returned the indictment
      against Padilla and four others. While the charges
      allege Padilla was part of a terrorism conspiracy,
      they do not include the government's earlier
      allegations that he planned to carry out attacks in
      the United States.

      Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was expected to
      discuss the indictment at a news conference in
      Washington.

      Padilla, a Brooklyn-born Muslim convert, has been held
      as an "enemy combatant" in Defense Department custody
      for more than three years. The Bush administration had
      resisted calls to charge and try him in civilian
      courts.

      The indictment avoids a Supreme Court showdown.
      Padilla's lawyers had asked justices to review his
      case last month, and the Bush administration was
      facing a deadline next Monday for filing its legal
      arguments.

      "They're avoiding what the Supreme Court would say
      about American citizens. That's an issue the
      administration did not want to face," said Scott
      Silliman, a Duke University law professor who
      specializes in national security. "There's no way that
      the Supreme Court would have ducked this issue."

      The Bush administration has said Padilla, a former
      Chicago gang member, sought to blow up hotels and
      apartment buildings in the United States and planned
      an attack with a "dirty bomb" radiological device.

      Padilla was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare International
      Airport in 2002 after returning from Pakistan. The
      federal government has said he was trained in weapons
      and explosives by members of al-Qaida.

      Although the Justice Department has said that Padilla
      was readying attacks in the United States, the charges
      against him and four others allege they were part of a
      conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim persons in a
      foreign country and provide material support to
      terrorists abroad.

      The others indicted are: Adham Amin Hassoun, Mohammed
      Hesham Youssef, Kifah Wael Jayyousi, and Kassem Daher.
      Hassoun also was indicted on eight additional charges,
      including perjury, obstruction of justice and illegal
      firearm possession.

      Hassoun, a Palestinian computer programmer who moved
      to Florida in 1989, was arrested in June 2002 for
      allegedly overstaying his student visa. Prosecutors
      previously described him as a former associate of Padilla.
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