CHICAGO — When the authorities arrested David C. Headley, the man who has since confessed to helping plot the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, India, they confiscated two items essential to the plans for his next plot: a book titled “How to Pray Like a Jew” and a lemon-yellow notepad.
In hours of testimony last week that provided a rare look at the clandestine world of Islamic extremists, Mr. Headley said he acquired the book because the target of his surveillance — the editor of a newspaper that had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad — was Jewish. So to get close to the target, Mr. Headley was preparing to visit a synagogue.
And he kept a notepad for reasons familiar to anyone who travels a lot, including to-do lists with reminders to buy maps and to check where to go for decent lodging and food.
Naturally, a terrorist’s to-do l
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