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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Northern Virginia man set to appeal in terrorism case

A Northern Virginia man who warned the creators of the animated TV show "South Park" that they risked death for mocking the Prophet Muhammad is planned to plead guilty to supporting an al-Qaida-linked terrorist group, according to court records.
Zachary Chesser of Bristow, a 20-year-old dropout from George Mason University, is planned for a plea hearing today in federal court in Alexandria, court records show. He is charged with providing material support to a terrorist group, communicating pressure and soliciting crimes of violence.
According to a court affidavit, Chesser tried to join the al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia this year and post online propaganda for it. Authorities say Chesser took his infant son with him to the airport to make his travel shows more harmless.
A call to the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria was not immediately returned yesterday. Chesser's attorney, federal public defender Michael Nachmanoff, decline comment.

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