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FBI gave media, court different versions of Hayat "terror" affidavits

[JURIST] A father and son who were arrested in Lodi, California [JURIST report] on charges of lying to the FBI about attending an al-Qaida terrorist training camp, are challenging the government for releasing 2 significantly different affidavits to the media and to the court. The details in the first affidavit [CBS News copy, PDF] sent to the news media mentioned potential terrorist targets including hospitals and grocery stores and contained the names of hundreds of suspected terrorist training camp participants, but these allegations did not appear in the final version [US DOJ copy, PDF text] filed in a Sacramento court on Wednesday. A US Department of Justice spokesperson said it was an "unfortunate oversight due to miscommunication," but family defense attorney Johnny Griffin III [law firm website] accused the government of "releasing information it knew it could not authenticate." Los Angeles Times has more.

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