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If bin Laden is found, he'll be killed, Holder says

Wednesday, March 17, 2010; A03

TERRORISM

Holder: If bin Laden found, he'll be killed

Osama bin Laden "will never appear in an American courtroom," Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told House members at a hearing Tuesday.

"Let's deal with the reality here," Holder said in response to questions from Rep. John Culberson (R-Tex.). "The reality is, we will be reading Miranda rights to a corpse."

Members of an Appropriations subcommittee pressed Holder about the Justice Department's response to the failed Christmas Day bombing plot and the abortive decision to try in Lower Manhattan the alleged masterminds of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

He grew most heated, however, amid GOP attacks over the hypothetical capture of bin Laden. No law enforcement response would be necessary, he said, because "he will be killed by us or by his own people."

-- Carrie Johnson

SECURITY

U.S. to stop work on 'virtual' border fence

The Obama administration will halt new work on a "virtual fence" along the U.S.-Mexican border, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday.

The move signals a likely death knell for a troubled plan to drape a chain of tower-mounted sensors and other surveillance gear across most of the 2,000-mile southern border, at least as it was originally conceived.

-- Spencer S. Hsu

Terrorism suspect to plead guilty: David C. Headley, who is accused of scouting the Indian city of Mumbai before a November 2008 terrorist rampage, will plead guilty Thursday to federal charges, prosecutors said. The attack killed 166 people.

-- Associated Press

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