Yesterday, following raids on a number of residences in Queens, New York, word surfaced thatan Aurora man was the focus of a federal terrorism probe
. No one would have been surprised if the suspect, Najibbullah Zazi, a cab driver based in Aurora, had gone to ground -- but instead, he secured a videogenic lawyer, Arthur Folsom, and met the media on his terms. He appeared on camera with Channel 9 reporter Jace Larson, but he allowed Folsom to speak for him -- smart, because some viewers might have judged him harshly based solely on his accent no matter what he said. In contrast, he chatted directly with theDenver Post
, stressinghis love of the freedom provided by America in the main article
andproviding access to friends and family members in a second
. The latter piece contains a casually hilarious defense offered by Naqib Naqib Jaji, who's married to Zazi's aunt. "He's very greedy," Jaji told the
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's Kirk Mitchell. "He lived with me for six months and never gave me a penny."
If that's not evidence of Americanism, I don't know what is. Watch the Channel 9 report below.