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Sep 30, 2009 6:01 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Zazi case a "wake up call"

Bryan Cunningham says the case of Najibullah Zazi and what he is accused of planning is one of the biggest terrorism cases found on U.S. soil since the September 11th attacks.

"Clearly, it's a victory for law enforcement and intelligence, because we stopped the attack," says Cunningham.

Cunningham was a federal prosecutor, legal advisor for the CIA, and deputy legal adviser to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. He's now a homeland security consultant and attorney in Denver. He says while the government may be wasting some money when it comes to investigating terrorist plots, he says the United States has made great strides in homeland security.

"I'm 100 percent certain that we dramatically increased our capabilities of protecting our country since 9-11," says Cunningham.

In the Zazi case, Cunningham says he's worried about the fact that the government has identified three accomplices, yet there have been no more arrests.

"Who are the co-conspirators and where are they?" says Cunningham.

Cunningham says this case tells Americans not to be complacent.

"Al Qaeda and other terror organizations are out there every single day and figuring out ways to kill Americans inside the United States, so I hope it's a wake up call, yes," says Cunningham.

If found guilty, Zazi would likely end up in the Supermax federal prison in Florence - a facility known for its tight security.

"It's also one of the best facilities for isolating prisoners," says Cunningham.

That isolation could keep those prisoners from plotting other attacks.

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