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VIDEO: An Insider’s Look at Confessed Terrorist David Coleman Headley

This report is part of a ProPublica and PBS FRONTLINE investigation.

ProPublica's Sebastian Rotella has spent almost a year reporting on the role that David Coleman Headley, a Pakistani-American businessman, played in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. On May 23, Rotella was in the Chicago courtroom when Headley, who has confessed to doing reconnaissance for the attacks, took the stand as the star witness against his boyhood friend Tahawwur Rana, who is accused of supporting Headley's activities. In two short videos produced by Tom Jennings for PBS Frontline, Rotella talks about Headley's demeanor on the stand and his relationship with his family and friends, as well as his terrorist activity. "You get a sense of someone who has lived very intensely and is sort of taking stock of the wreckage of his life," Rotella says.

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This article is part of an ongoing investigation:

Pakistan’s Terror Connections

The Mumbai terror attacks have revealed evidence of the extent of the ties of Pakistani intelligence to terrorist groups and the flaws in the U.S fight against Pakistan-based terror.

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