Employing a highly unusual defense strategy, a lawyer for a defendant accused of plotting to bomb New York City’s subway system is attempting to suppress post-arrest statements his client made to investigators by playing 26 privileged conversations with his client that were intercepted under the government’s broad anti-terrorism powers.

Eastern District Judge Raymond J. Dearie has scheduled a two-day suppression hearing starting this morning to determine whether statements made by Adis Medunjanin to investigators from the Joint Terrorism Task Force in the 36 hours between his arrest on Jan. 7, 2010, and his arraignment two days later can be used against him.