It is hard not to think back to the accusations against the so-called Lackawanna Six, who were shadowed for over a year because they had once been involved in a training camp in Afghanistan; as it happened no evidence of seditious activity was ever found against them. They were however accused when one of them flew to Yemen and announced in a telegram to his friends that he was getting married. To the intelligence community the word “wedding” in the telegram meant he was about to commit a suicide attack. After a national alert the government quietly dropped all charges: It turned out he did get married after all. Suicide? Well, it depends on what you think about marriage [!].
So now we have a 56 year old loser to accuse of a complex potentially heinous crime. Lets hope it turns out better this time.
Addenda on what others say:
How strong is the case against Iran plot suspect?
Jeffrey Toobin 10/14/11
Wagging the Dog with Iran’s Maxwell Smart
by Juan Cole 10/13/2011
*Unanswered questions over the alleged Iranian assassination plot*
*Iran 'plot' raises unanswered questions*