‘Honest to God, It Was Never My Intention to Help Those Idiots for What They Do in the Name of Islam’

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That's what Ahmad Wais Afzali, who was convicted of lying to police and informing would-be terrorist Najibullah Zazi that he was being monitored, had to say about his role in the foiled Queens terror plot. He claims he was just trying to keep a handful of men he'd known since they were boys out of trouble. “I’m standing in front of you as a convicted felon, a lying imam, which is a physical, emotional and spiritual burden far greater than any sentence you could impose,” he told a judge yesterday. [NYT]