The US government intends to use evidence gathered from secretly issued search warrants to prosecute an Ohio man accused of joining al-Qaida and plotting to bomb European tourist resorts, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Evidence collected against Christopher Paul, 43, was obtained through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), The Columbus Dispatch reported, citing court papers.
Paul, 43, was arrested April 11 outside his Columbus apartment and has pleaded not guilty to charges of providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to provide support to terrorists and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, which carries the most serious penalty of up to life in prison.
Before monitoring phone calls and e-mails or conducting searches, government agents must obtain warrants from a FISA court, where proceedings are secret.
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