Lawyer: Extradited US man activist, not terrorist

An American student extradited from London on charges that he provided al-Qaida fighters with equipment to attack US soldiers is an activist, not a terrorist, his lawyer said Tuesday after the man pleaded not guilty. "These charges are unfounded," the lawyer, Sean Maher, told reporters. Syed Hashmi, a 27-year-old Pakistan-born former New York resident, was the first terrorism suspect extradited to the United States by British authorities. He arrived shortly before midnight Friday to face a May 2006 indictment.