Wednesday's intriguing people
Extraordinarily heavy security surrounds Abu Bakar Bashir's terrorism trial in Jakarta, Indonesia.
February 9th, 2011
11:24 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Abu Bakar Bashir

More than 1,200 police will be at the ready as radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir goes on trial on terrorism charges Thursday in Jakarta, according to reports from Indonesia.

Hundreds of the cleric's supporters were expected to rally outside the court Thursday, but only a few will be allowed inside the courtroom, the Jakarta Post reported.

Bashir, 72, faces charges including funding and inciting others to terrorism and planning and attempting acts of terrorism. Under Indonesia's anti-terrorism law, some of these charges carry the maximum penalty of death, according to a statement by the attorney general's office.

The charges stem from the discovery in February 2010 of a camp in Indonesia's Aceh province that was allegedly training agents for terrorist attacks on Western targets in Jakarta.

Bashir has been through two previous terrorism trials, over the 2002 bombings in Bali that killed more than 200 people and the 2003 JW Marriott bomb attack in Jakarta that left a dozen dead.

The courts found him guilty of relatively minor charges in the Bali case. He was released in June 2006 after serving 25 months in jail.

Janie Dowe

The tiny village of Grand Marais in Michigan's Upper Peninsula can thank Janie Dowe for its upset win in a Reader's Digest contest, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Dowe sent out 700 e-mails a day since October to rally votes for her town in the "We Hear You, America" contest, which paid a $40,000 grand prize.

Grand Marais, population 300, pulled in 1,281,724 votes, topping all comers.

The town will use the money for engineering and survey work for a proposed breakwater to save its harbor from erosion caused by Lake Superior's pounding surf, Township Supervisor Jack Hubbard told the Free Press.

Residents celebrated the news early Tuesday morning at Dowe's house.

"It was a roller coaster," she told the paper.

Mark Nappi

The head of United Space Alliance's Florida operations is trying to talk NASA into letting his company fly the space shuttles as a commercial operation after NASA's shuttle program ends this year.

"We thought this was a good option to be put on the table to be evaluated with all the other commercial options, since it's a vehicle that has really proven itself," said Nappi, according to an article on "It is safe. We have a lot of history, we understand how to operate it."

The company could start flying Endeavour and Atlantis twice a year beginning in 2013, Nappi said.

Still, the article says, he's telling his employees that the possible shuttle deal is "very much a long shot."

USA is asking NASA to fund a six-month study of the proposal's feasibility.

"We have a lot of work to do to even decide whether or not a business case exists," he said in the article. "We have a lot of work to do to see if NASA is even interested, and politically, that's just a big question mark that none of us could ever predict. It is probably still a low probability."

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  1. k3citizen

    Pretty soon, companies will be asking to borrow weapons from the military!

    February 9, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Too late. DoD contractors DO have some military weapons, borrowed for use in the war zones.

      February 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justin Biebler

    What's up, Guys?! I wish these terrorists would stop. lol

    February 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Free Julian Assange

      Hi Justin. how are you?

      February 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mark

    How many of the 1200 are actually terrorists themselves. I would guess atleast 5 %

    February 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • akmed

      go back to sleep.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. carlinism


    February 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trash

      All CAPS suck but you are fundamentally correct. Religion can equate to anything that pushes MASSES of people to do bad things.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin


      Masses can do great evil without the need of a religion. It does take a cause, but there need not be any religious overtones. Germany's Nazi party was not overtly religious in any way, and the American atrocities committed during the Vietnam War were not motivated by religion (there are a great many others, but these two come to mind).

      February 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Trash

    He is so cute, I just wants to hug him with an axe.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Free Julian Assange

      almost funny

      February 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Guilty or not,this guy doesn't stand a chance. The right-wing thugs in Jakarta just want to makes themselves look good like the ones in Washington do!

    February 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      At the next right wing thug meeting, I'll propose we air-drop you into North Waziristan and see how long you last.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |

      You nailed it,Cesar. Thank you.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • akmed


      February 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. thatotherguy

    what the freaking ever. Don't waste money protecting him and let nature run its course.

    February 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      They are not protecting HIM. They are protecting the people prosecuting him.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |

      You mean "persecuting" him,don't you? Of course they are and there's no two ways about it!!!

      February 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The two witnesses

    Guess what?? They're here!!
    The two witnesses spoken of in revelation chapter 11.  800 613 9494 or see Facebook .com/wefoundthem 

    February 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • akmed

      go to he!! with your religious bs propaganda

      February 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    There is a paper trail among other evidence. I believe that terrorist, Abu, is guilty; shamefully he does have sympathizers.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Come on Phunnie boy,post under your own name,please. You know better than what you posted above.

      February 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peter E

    I don't fear fair trials. For terrorists the evidence is clearly there, so I'm not worried that the sentence would be anything but the obvious.
    But that also brings us to the question of what is the point of such a trial. Do we (or in this case Indonesia) need to spend taxpayer dolars on what's already a foregone conclusion? It's not as if we need to put on a show for anyone who already believes our evidence. As for those who doubt our evidence, no amount of evidence will convince them that we were fair anyway. So we'd just be wasting time trying to convince already convinced (either way) people.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve-O

    Nice teeth! I wonder what he's smiling about?...maybe he's discovered the many uses of toilet paper?!

    February 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • akmed

      your wife just blew him

      February 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. paul

    I would like to shave his beard off just bellow his neck with a rusty saw. Human trash.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • akmed

      please resume taking your pills...

      February 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brickell Princess

    Religion is a sin.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. akmed

    silly people writing on here because their lives are otherwise worthless. You are all pimples ready to be popped!

    February 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve-O

      Just like yours, huh Achhhhhmed! Feeling frisky, go ahead and pop hero, I'll kick your towel wearing a$$ from here back to Pakistan!

      February 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Free Julian Assange

    all BS on here

    February 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
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