Times Square car bomb suspect faces terrorism charges after admitting to plot

The man who attempted to detonate a fertilizer-filled Nissan Pathfinder in the middle of Times Square Saturday night has opened up to investigators after an intense manhunt in which the Pakistani-born U.S. citizen nearly got away.

Attorney General Eric Holder said Faisal Shahzad has admitted trying to set off the car bomb and is now being charged with an act of terrorism and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, according to Fox News.

While Shahzad told investigators that he acted alone, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the would-be bomber confessed that he received training in Pakistan during a recent five-month-long stay and “between four and eight people have been taken into custody for questioning in Pakistan” in connection to the bombing, according to another Fox News report.

At the press conference, Holder said Shahzad had “provided ‘valuable information’ to investigators, attempted to carry out a ‘lethal terrorist attack’ aimed at ‘murdering Americans in one of the busiest places in our country.'”

Although the no-fly list Shahzad was added to May 3rd failed to keep him off a Middle East-bound flight, he was apprehended just as his plane was taxiing on the JFK’s runway.

Army intelligence planes circling above New York made the save, “intercepting a call to Emirates Airlines reservations, before scrambling to catch him at John F. Kennedy International Airport,” according to CBS News:

Spooked by reports that authorities were looking for a Pakistani-American, Shahzad rushed out of his Bridgeport, Conn. Home and headed for the airport. He made the reservations on the way, paying cash for his ticket.

Agents raiding his Bridgeport home found components for the bomb device, including firecrackers and the boxes for the alarm clocks. They also reportedly found a hand-drawn map of potential targets, including the 4, 5, and 6 trains and the Staten Island ferry. There was also evidence of his ties to Pakistan, including a Karachi ID and residency papers.

Pakistan officials have reportedly made arrests in connection with the case. One of the suspects, Tausif Ahmed, is believed to have traveled to American two months ago to meet with Shahzad.

Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen, has been in the country as early as 2000:

He Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer applications and information systems in 2000 and later returned to earn a master’s of business administration in 2005.

University spokeswoman Leslie Geary says Shahzad was a transfer student from Southeastern University in Washington, D.C., which lost its accreditation last year.

She says the University of Bridgeport has notified federal homeland security officials and the FBI about Shahzad’s attendance at the college.

Citing an anonymous U.S. government official, a recent Associated Press report states the suspect “made his flight reservation on the way to the airport and paid for his ticket in cash.”

Police originally suspected an unidentified white male from a surveillance video for the car that contained three propane tanks, consumer-grade fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components.

Although the vehicle identification number (VIN) had been removed from the Pathfinder’s dashboard, investigators used the VIN stamped on the engine to find the owner of record who described the buyer as an approximately thirty- year old man of either of Hispanic or Middle Eastern origin.

With that information May 2, law enforcement officials were able to identify the buyer and suspect as Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad.

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    Good job police, FBI, and “Joe” citizen.

  • bayview

    Someone must be living in an alternate universe: talking head Barry lovers are taking to the airwave, singing Hosanna that Barry has demonstrated he can handle two crisis simultaneously and “effectively”.

  • Dr. Obamao

    Oh, the poor little libiots, they wanted so hard for this to be a tea partier. They even tried to make it a tea partier through their repeated declarations. Then it turns out to be another whacked out Arab who wants us all to convert to Islam or(probably more preferably to them) just d.i.e. I can just picture them now, some crying little lieberal tears, some stomping their little feet, some just numb and bewildered. When will they get over the fact that we are not mindlessly violent like they are when we are upset or even angry. When will they realize we won’t stoop to their level?

  • scorpioman

    I hope they fry him.

    • scorpioman

      Better yet, send him on a national tour of tea party rallies and let the baggers beat the hell out of him.

      • adamincalifornia

        Or they could force him to read your inane posts.

        He’d die of brain atrophy.

      • thephranc

        Your mom still loves baggers.

  • adamincalifornia

    By the way –

    Since the guy is a naturalized US citizen, where is the sedition charge?

    • patrick

      OUTSTANDING point. I do commend the capable men and women in the FBI and law enforcement who did great detective work to see this through.

      • adamincalifornia

        Just checked –—-000-.html

        The charge should be treason.

        Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

      • ojfl

        I agree Patrick. They did indeed do a great job.

  • adamincalifornia

    So the Army intercepted the phone call that gave the guy away? From an aircraft?

    Back when Bush was running things the left would have gone nuts over that. No warrant. An aircraft intercepting domestic to domestic calls in a metropolitan area looking for any call that may have keywords that fit a profile.

    It worked and today we hear from Steny Hoyer that Democrats are better at fighting terror than Republicans.

    Meanwhile, libertarians like me find the metropolitan area wiretap troubling and don’t like the government having that power and exercising it over an American city via the military, but heh – I am just a guy that likes having freedoms and regrets that they are dwindling.

  • badash

    They sure did get their man, but only after the lefty media folks constantly stated that it was a while man, likely in his 40’s.

    Or Bloomberg saying it could have been an opponent of Obama’s health care.

    How many of them do you think were just hoping against hope that is really WAS a white male that they could connect to the Tea Party movement.

    Wasn’t it the Ft. Hood shooting that had this administration saying we shouldn’t rush to judgement? Seems like an aweful lot of folks rushed to judgement here.

  • katnandu

    How was this guy able to board a plane? They knew who he was on Sunday, I believe. When exactly was he put on the no fly list? It should have read URGENT by his name! He also made his reservation on the way to the airport and paid cash for the ticket. Those are supposed to be red flags. Who the hell is running this no-fly list? They should be fired. Maybe Dick Cheney could fill in for awhile. I don’t think he would have gotten anywhere near a plane!

    • Ferrous

      Excellent point katnandu! I’m taking my shoes off at the airport, my kids are getting patted down, but a cash ticket single male suspected-terrorist traveler doesn’t raise any eyebrows? Gee, I’m feeling good that the no-fly list works!

    • adamincalifornia

      there is every chance that they guy was traveling under an alias and was also making the reservation from a sterile mobile phone (pre paid with a fake id).

      That is why you get the wide net cast with the airborne electronics surveillance using military hardware because it is a tool they are apt to use in a warzone like Iraq. An airborne supercomputer with a hell of a lot of antenna bandwidth.

      So they look for a one way international booking off of a cell phone paid in cash. Not too many of those in a day off the east coast. Te bad guys will learn from this one and adapt both here and overseas now that the MO is obvious. I hope catching an incompetent IT guy was worth it.

      • katnandu

        He booked under his own name.

        • adamincalifornia

          Then our “no fly list” is politicized so as to treat a “naturalized citizen” with defference even if he went to Camp Jihad last summer and has a wife in Pakistan.