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Times Square FF patsy said to confess in terrorism plot
« on: May 04, 2010, 05:21:13 pm »
NY bomber confesses in terrorism plot: officials
Published: Tuesday May 4, 2010

A Pakistani-American man arrested as he tried to flee the country has confessed to the failed bomb in New York's Times Square and will be charged with international terrorism, US officials said Tuesday.

Faisal Shahzad had "provided valuable intelligence and evidence" to interrogators," said FBI Director John Pistole.

Officials suggest the plot, initially believed by analysts to resemble a "lone-wolf" attack, in fact stretched all the way to Pakistan, where Shahzad, a naturalized US citizen, was born.

In Karachi, security officials said they had detained two people based on telephone records connecting them to Shahzad. An official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the pair were related to the New York suspect.

Shahzad will be charged with "an act of terrorism transcending national borders, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction," Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Asked at a press conference if Shahzad, 30, had confessed to involvement in Saturday's attempted car bomb attack, Holder said: "He has, he has done that."

US officials say Shahzad is the driver who parked a dark green Nissan Pathfinder containing a large, crude bomb in Times Square on Saturday evening when the district was teeming with tourists and theater-goers.

An alert street vendor tipped off police who ordered a mass evacuation and the vehicle was disarmed.

For 53 hours police and FBI agents swarmed over the Nissan and the bomb in search of clues, finally arresting Shahzad as his Emirates Airlines flight was about to take off from John F. Kennedy Airport for Dubai late Monday.

Officials said he was cooperating with interrogators, who used a little-known law to delay reading him his Miranda rights, which permit a suspect to remain silent and not incriminate himself.

President Barack Obama praised police for their swift work.

"This incident is another sobering reminder of the times in which we live," Obama said, adding: "We will not be terrorized, we will not cower in fear."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed that militants would fail to intimidate "the greatest city in the world" and warned he would not tolerate any backlash against local Muslims or Pakistanis.

But the mayor also criticized Shahzad's ability to board an international flight and said "a good look" was needed at the dramatic airport showdown.

Mark Sutherland, a South African traveling on the same Emirates flight, said "we were actually ready for take off" when "a couple security persons came on."

"We weren't told anything until we got off the plane," he told NY1 television.

Officials said they were now pursuing leads on whether Shahzad had ties to radical groups in the United States or overseas.

All night, the FBI searched the suspect's home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, hauling belongings into the street and marking evidence with yellow tags.

According to US television news reports, the suspect had recently returned from a five-month trip to Pakistan and the city of Peshawar, a hotbed for Al-Qaeda and Taliban recruits.

Islamabad officials pledged to assist the US investigation.

"When an official request comes for that individual, we will cooperate," Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters outside parliament.

US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley also said, "We are working closely with the government of Pakistan regarding the ongoing investigation of the bomb plot in Times Square."

Michael Balboni, a former homeland security advisor to New York State, told Fox News channel that Shahzad put up no resistance when he was caught.

But he had apparently driven to the airport ready for trouble. When police searched the vehicle, "a weapon was found in that car... it was a handgun," Balboni told Fox News, citing his own sources.

Luckily for police, the alleged bomber was apparently inept from start to finish as he tried to shed blood in the heart of New York's theater district.

The bomb was comprised of a bizarre concoction of fireworks, clocks, gasoline, propane gas, and fertilizer. It failed to go off, only fizzling, and the fertilizer, say police, was not even the right kind to explode.

However, had the bomb managed to ignite, it still would have created a "fireball" and caused "mayhem," officials say.

An early possible indication of jihadist, or copycat links, analysts said, was the similarity to a failed double car bomb attempt in London's entertainment districts in 2007.

New York has been on constant watch since the September 11, 2001 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, killing almost 3,000 people.

So far, the only group to claim responsibility for the would-be bombing is the Pakistani militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban. US officials quickly dismissed the credibility of the claim.
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LIFE IN PRISON: Times Square FF patsy said to confess in terrorism plot
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2010, 10:19:41 am »
Pakistani immigrant sentenced to life prison term
for botched car bombing of Times Square

October 05, 2010 - 10:52
Tom Hays, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Pakistani immigrant who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, a mandatory penalty that left him defiant as ever and the judge who sentenced him determined to send a message to anyone who might want to follow in his path.

Faisal Shahzad came to court to tell Americans he felt no remorse about his May 1 bombing attempt, and he sparred with U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum.

Cedarbaum said her sentence was very important "to protect the public from further crimes of this defendant and others who would seek to follow him."

And  the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, 
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 25:40