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David Coleman Headley was a Pakistani agent for the DEA and, according to some, the CIA. But he was a double agent, secretly plotting with Pakistani terrorists to carry out murderous plots.  (Source: CNN)

In court Mr. Headley testified that he was sheltered by wealthy Chicago businessman, Hussain Rana. While under the shelter of Mr. Rana he allegedly plotted to kill the CEO of Lockheed Martin.  (Source: Carol Renaud / AFP via Getty Images)

Robert J. Stevens (center) is an ex-Marine and a central figure to U.S. Defense efforts via his work with Lockheed Martin. He's been CEO of the company since 2004.  (Source:
Pakistani terrorist helped carry out deadly attacks worldwide

It's not easy being the chief of one of the U.S. Department of Defense's largest contractors.  At the trial of accused terrorist David Coleman Headley, he revealed that he plotted with al-Qaida and local Pakistani terrorists to assassinate the head of Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT).

I. A Troubled Past

David Headley grew up as Daood Sayed Gilani.  The son of a U.S. government radio broadcaster and diplomat at the U.S. Pakistani embassy in Washington D.C., Mr. Gilani was immersed in American culture.  But when his parent's marriage fractured in 1960s Mr. Gilani was dragged to Pakistan and became indoctrinated with local attitudes and prejudices.

In 1977 after a coup in Pakistan, his mother came and brought him back to the U.S.  He worked at her bar and briefly married a Pennsylvania State University student, but was divorced due to the vast cultural differences.

She recalled, "When he would go to Pakistan he would get all riled up again. Infidels. He would use words like that. When he would see an Indian person in the street, he used to spit, spit in the street to make a point. I guess he was torn between two cultures. I think he liked both. He didn't know how to blend them."

Mr. Gilani went on to start a pair of video rental stores in Pennsylvania.  At the same time he was plotting a grander business venture -- drug smuggling.  A heroin addict himself, purportedly; he began smuggling the opiate into the U.S. from Pakistan.  He was arrested twice -- first in 1987, then in 1997.

In exchange for cooperating with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Mr. Gilani's sentence for the second offense was slashed.  He traveled to Pakistan several times between 2002 and 2005; ostensibly working as an undercover DEA agent and funneling information back to the U.S.

However, at the same time he was secretly attending Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) train camps.  Lashkar-e-Taiba was a local jihadist group, which advocated violence and had ties to al-Qaida.

In 2006 Mr. Gilani (Headley) changed his name David Headley to avoided problems at border crossings.  He went to work at the Chicago business of Hussain Rana, a Canadian-Pakistani who he met in military school in Pakistan in the 1970s.

Mr. Rana allegedly sheltered Mr. Headley (Gilani), allowing him to begin his more violent line of work -- terrorism.

II. Multiple Attacks Planned

Mr. Headley and Mr. Rana had close ties with Pakistani military officers and local terrorists.  Allegedly in 2008 they conspired to carry out a scheme to attack Mumbai, India's largest city.

Due to his new Christian-sounding name and American passport, Mr. Headley was able to easily visit India and conduct surveillance.  

The India government analysts have accused Mr. Headley of working as a double agent, at the time for U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), who knew about his LeT ties.  Allegedly, Mr. Headley fed details about the planned attack to the U.S. government.

In an effort to protect their source, the U.S. government redacted parts of the plan, revealing only certain details.  As a result, the Indian government largely ignored the warning and the attacks proved a deadly success, killing over 164 people.

The CIA categorically denies employing Mr. Headley.

Sometime in late 2008 or early 2009, Mr. Headley made a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark to survey the offices of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, whom Pakistani terrorists were targeting due to its publication of cartoons insulting the Islamic prophet Mohammed.  

The plan, later aborted, was to attack the offices, possibly with a bomb, and also strike a local Synagogue.

Around the same time Mr. Headley made another trip to India, in March 2009, to plan more attacks.  This time he surveyed a defense college in Delhi and the Chabad Houses -- local Jewish settlements in urban centers around the country.

His plans were cut short when he was arrested in October 2009.  Soon after, in March 2010 he pled guilty in exchange for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table and preventing his extradition to India, Pakistan, or Denmark.  As part of the plea deal Mr. Headley was to testify against Mr. Rana.

III. Testimony Reveals New Insight Into Headley's Plot

In testimony in U.S. Federal Court in Chicago, Mr. Headley revealed new details on a stunning plot to kill Robert J. Stevens, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Lockheed Martin.

He states his justifications, commenting in testimony carried by DefenseNews, "There was a plan to kill him because he was making drones."

The testimony alludes to the drone bombers that have been highly successful in locating and destroying terrorist strongholds in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

The plot was allegedly supervised by Ilyas Kashmiri, the commander of the Pakistani-based terrorist organization Harakat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HUJI), and a senior member of al-Qaida.  Mr. Headley connected with Mr. Kashmiri via ties in LeT and through Rana.

He says he used Mr. Rana's computer multiple times for research, unbeknownst to him, but that the more serious research Mr. Rana was aware of.  He states, "My research is more in-depth than Googling someone a couple of times."

In his testimony, the defense attorney for Mr. Rana, who contends his innocence, grilled Mr. Headley.

IV. Who is Robert Stevens?

Robert Stevens, 60, graduated in the 1970s from Slippery Rock University in Arkansas and later attended Polytechnic University of New York, receiving a master’s degree in engineering and management.  After a brief stint serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, in 1987 he received his masters in business administration from Columbia Business School.

After receiving his MBA, Mr. Stevens joined Lockheed Martin.  He worked there for several years and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2000.  From there he was appointed CEO in 2004, when Vance Coffman stepped down.

Since then Mr. Stevens has been highly regarded as among the top CEOs at a Fortune 500 company (Lockheed Martin ranks number 52 on the current list).

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RE: What?
By JasonMick on 6/1/2011 3:03:52 PM , Rating: 5
Not enough. We're being infiltrated and going to court is a laughable process in these peoples eyes. It only shows our weakness and over-tolerance. We bend over backwards for those who want to kill us.

People like this should be taken out back somewhere to get a hot lead injection into their brains.

Think about what you're suggesting logically. It sounds an awful lot like you're suggesting that the U.S. government be empowered to quietly start murdering individuals it claims are terrorist/spies.

What happens when you're speaking out again future President Baker (obviously a Democrat, based on your preferences) and he decides that you might be "spying" or plotting "terror" and orders you quietly disposed of?

This isn't Pakistan, Nigeria, or Serbia where people are quietly "disposed of" with a "hot lead injection". We have laws, freedoms, and civil liberties for a reason -- remember, that, lest it come back to haunt you.

This guy was an American -- he was born right here in the U.S.

He may have been a traitor and a terrorist, but as Americans we have the right to a trial by Jury and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

Be careful with your suggestions, it seems an awful lot like you were suggesting Americans be robbed of civil liberties during criminal investigations.

RE: What?
By Reclaimer77 on 6/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: What?
By JasonMick on 6/1/2011 3:59:45 PM , Rating: 2
Oh good grief Jason, get over yourself. Why so serious? I'm not "suggesting" some change in policy just because some traitor disgusts me to the core of my being.

Well I'm glad we cleared that up.

You're not the first one that I've heard such thoughts from since the days of the communists (oh we should just KILL spies/terrorists/etc.), but the idea doesn't get any better after more people repeat it.

I agree it's an emotional issue, especially when you're talking about this guy killed (in effect) hundreds of people in India and plotted to kill U.S. citizens, as well. Just be careful what you wish for though.
Don't tell me you've never seen something and privately thought to yourself that someone just needed a good killing over it? I'm just saying what a lot of us are thinking.

I'd be careful voicing such thoughts in a public forum. The situation here is very serious -- this individual is standing trial for mass murder and treason. Hardly a tasteful time to pull out your dry murder "jokes", not on a public forum at least.

Don't get me wrong, this guy sounds like a complete scumbag.

That said, I'd just suggest you don't let the heat of the moment get to you and tone down the rhetoric a bit, lest people misunderstand what you meant (which appears to be the case).

RE: What?
By Reclaimer77 on 6/1/2011 6:45:44 PM , Rating: 2
So I see, you're concerned about a mass murder's rights. But I have to "tone down" my Freedom of speech??

I'd just suggest you don't let the heat of the moment get to you and tone down the rhetoric a bit

Is that a threat?

I'd be careful voicing such thoughts in a public forum. The situation here is very serious -- this individual is standing trial for mass murder and treason. Hardly a tasteful time to pull out your dry murder "jokes", not on a public forum at least.

????!!! The guy is a MASS MURDERED and a traitor. The issue of guilty or not isn't even up for debate. Why should I have to be careful in what I say? I find your attitude almost shocking coming from a journalist such as yourself. You would NEVER stand for someone telling you to not print something or to shut up if an issue is too sensitive. Why should I?

By the way, up until 1990 the penalty for his crimes WAS technically death. Now, thanks to hand-wringing lefties, it's life in prison. In my opinion not ONE red cent of taxpayer dollars should go to imprisoning him or providing care for the rest of his miserable days. That's no punishment for the hundreds of lives he's helped take, and the thousands of living his deeds have impacted.

Ok you're right. I'll tone it down.

I hope this guy has a really bad "accident" on his way to court. Or gets a soap shiv when he's in prison. There, is that better?

RE: What?
By YashBudini on 6/1/2011 10:09:59 PM , Rating: 2
So I see, you're concerned about a mass murder's rights.

There is a difference between saying, "Let's keep an eye on how the system works" as opposed to the way you phrased it. This question is asked at the most extreme times because that's when you determine if it works properly.

None of these questions addresses the dirtbag in any manner. To suggest that is a deflection. And I don't recall mob lynchings in any positive light. Perhaps some would note their speed, a double edged sword considering the penalty.

You don't want to pay for his jailing. Nobody does. Sell of his estate and use that money.

The guy is a MASS MURDERED and a traitor.

Who recalls the traitor who leaked the name Valerie Plame? What happened to that person? Sorry, I take treason seriously. I'm not trying to get personal here, it remains a very valid question.

By the way, up until 1990 the penalty for his crimes WAS technically death. Now, thanks to hand-wringing lefties, it's life in prison.

A friend of mine is a cop and quite conservative, but he feels that death is far too swift and clean. Rotting in a jail cell is a slow process. He went as far as to say that if he got life in prison he would want to opt for death, but that's just 1 opinion. I think it contains quite a bit of validity.

Setting all that aside it's always good to not post in the heat of any debate. You know this when you wish you could take it down the next day and thereafter, but you can't. If 2 decades down the road you want to run for office you don't want some off the cuff remark posted here to get back to you. And you certainly can't rely on privacy out here.

RE: What?
By FITCamaro on 6/1/2011 10:57:41 PM , Rating: 2
Get back under your bridge!

RE: What?
By YashBudini on 6/1/2011 11:14:27 PM , Rating: 2
That's the best you can do?

Can't address the subject one way or the other?
Why is that?

You're a 28 year old who constantly believes he knows everything, why no substance here?

This doesn't even measure up to a substantial ad hominem attack, how would you categorized it? OK granted, that would take more thought than that you started with, but still.....

RE: What?
By YashBudini on 6/2/2011 5:33:16 PM , Rating: 2
Get back under your bridge!

Number of posts so far: 5
Contributions to the subject: 0
# of time you called others a troll: 1
# of times you missed the irony: 1

RE: What?
By ekv on 6/2/2011 1:15:48 AM , Rating: 2
Who recalls the traitor who leaked the name Valerie Plame?

You are a troll.

RE: What?
By YashBudini on 6/2/2011 11:32:12 AM , Rating: 2
And you're like the rest, those that want to sweep the messes they can't address under the rug. Patriotism at your convenience, what a feeble excuse for a political fanboy.

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.
Theordore Roosevelt

The posts touched on crimes against the country. I'm sure your definition of "troll" varies according to your whim.

RE: What?
By ekv on 6/2/2011 1:33:16 PM , Rating: 2
I've tried to give you the benefit of the doubt but you've crossed the line. "Troll" is something I haven't used, even on reader1.

RE: What?
By YashBudini on 6/2/2011 2:09:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I've always been astounded by your sensibilities.

RE: What?
By ekv on 6/2/2011 4:10:57 PM , Rating: 2
case in point.

RE: What?
By YashBudini on 6/2/2011 5:28:33 PM , Rating: 2
Not really.

Anyway, realizing the label will stick no matter what, I figure in for a penny, in for a pound.

RE: What?
By ekv on 6/2/2011 8:41:20 PM , Rating: 2
when to say when ...?

RE: What?
By TheJian on 6/2/11, Rating: -1
RE: What?
By Reclaimer77 on 6/2/2011 11:24:18 AM , Rating: 1
100% Agree.

Jason claims he's a "free thinker", but whenever someone ruffles his Liberal sensibilities he sorta comes unhinged. And NOTHING rubs a Leftie the wrong way than someone advocating capital punishment, no matter what the crime, we have to be concerned with scumbag murderers "rights"...

RE: What?
By YashBudini on 6/1/2011 11:03:05 PM , Rating: 2

From 1967.


Why don't you be like me?
Why don't you stop and see?
Why don't you hate who I hate,
Kill who I kill to be free?

RE: What?
By Skywalker123 on 6/1/2011 4:24:44 PM , Rating: 2
The lot of you are Neo-Nazis

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