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Good Reads: Model-Plane Bomber, Mass Graves in Kashmir, and Occupy Wall Street

Today's best stories are a close look at the world's disaffected, from a radicalized Boston youth, to the families of disappeared young men in Indian-held Kashmir, to the protesters marching on Wall Street.

By Scott BaldaufStaff Writer / September 30, 2011

This undated photo released Wednesday by the US Department of Justice shows a large remote controlled aircraft similar to what the department says suspect Rezwan Ferdaus plotted to fill with C-4 plastic explosives to use in an attack of the Pentagon and US Capital. Ferdaus of Ashland, Mass., was arrested in a federal sting operation Wednesday, in Framingham, Mass.

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This week brought us news of another terror threat spoiled by American law-enforcement, and this time the threat appears to be a local boy from the Boston suburb of Ashland. Rezwan Ferdaus, a US citizen and graduate of Northeastern University, planned to use small model airplanes packed with explosives to launch attacks against the Pentagon and the US Capitol Building.

As the Monitor’s Brad Knickerbocker reports, the arrest of Mr. Ferdaus is seen as “a textbook case in what to look for and how to respond to “lone-wolf” jihadis intent on doing their fellow Americans harm.” It is underscores the need, Mr. Knickerbocker quotes Rep. Peter King as saying, that “to continue efforts to combat domestic radicalization and the evolving threat of ‘lone wolf’ extremists.”

But as other nations with long struggles with radicalized insurgencies have shown, there is a danger when governments give their security forces full freedom to pursue counterinsurgency efforts without limits. In Foreign Policy, Kashmiri journalist Basharat Peer visits the Indian-held portion of Kashmir – that mountainous paradise drenched with 20 years of insurgency – and looks into the mounting evidence of human rights violations committed by Indian security forces.

Just as in the “dirty wars” of Argentina and Chile, in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, and apparently in the Sudanese province of South Kordofan today, thousands of young men (militants and otherwise) have disappeared without a trace. With the recent discovery of mass graves, there is now evidence that the Indian government may have been behind the disappearances. As Mr. Peer writes, there is a powerful affirmation that comes to families when they see evidence to back up their worst fears.

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