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Times Square bombing suspect's life had unraveled (AP blames Bush for terrorism act)
Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2010 | John Christoffersen

Posted on 05/05/2010 6:58:09 AM PDT by Zakeet

Not long ago, Faisal Shahzad had a pretty enviable life: He became an American citizen after emigrating from Pakistan, where he came from a wealthy family. He earned an MBA. He had a well-educated wife and two kids and owned a house in a middle-class Connecticut suburb.

In the past couple of years, though, his life seemed to unravel: He left a job at a global marketing firm he'd held for three years, lost his home to foreclosure and moved into an apartment in an impoverished neighborhood in Bridgeport. And last weekend, authorities say, he drove an SUV loaded with explosives into Times Square intent on blowing it up.

The bomb didn't go off, and Shahzad was arrested on a plane in New York as he tried to leave the country. He was in custody Tuesday and couldn't be reached for comment. Authorities say he is cooperating and has admitted getting explosives training in his native Pakistan.

Shahzad's behavior sometimes seemed odd to his neighbors, and he surprised a real estate broker he hardly knew with his outspokenness about President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.

"He mentioned that he didn't like Bush policies in Iraq," said Igor Djuric, who represented Shahzad in 2004 when he was buying a home.

Djuric said he couldn't remember the exact words Shahzad used about Bush but "something to the effect of he doesn't know what he's doing and it's the wrong thing that he's doing."

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Shahzad, 30, is the son of a former top Pakistani air force officer, according to Kifyat Ali, a cousin of Shahzad's father. He came to the United States in late 1998 on a student visa, according to an official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity ...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aidandcomfort; allahakbar; apbias; bds; bombing; enemywithin; jihad; liberalidiots; mediabias; msm; muslims; playthevictim; proterrorist; registereddem; socialjustice; terrorism; yellowjournalism; zogbyism
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1 posted on 05/05/2010 6:58:10 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Actually, it’s Ted Kennedy’s fault for revising the immigration requirements and allowing these people into the country in the first place.


2 posted on 05/05/2010 7:00:41 AM PDT by mommyq
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To: Zakeet

Wow, a terrorist who doesn’t like Bush. I’m shocked


3 posted on 05/05/2010 7:00:48 AM PDT by grb
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To: Zakeet

one of the union ups that delivers to our house

says the same:

“it’s bush’s fault.”


4 posted on 05/05/2010 7:00:49 AM PDT by ken21 (i am not voting for a rino-progressive.)
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To: Zakeet

Perhaps the angry rhetoric from the left is to blame?


5 posted on 05/05/2010 7:00:51 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: Zakeet
Gee, why am I (a Congressional, W, Zer0 victim) not working on loading up an SUV for the trip to NYC?

Well, I'm not a mooselimb for starters.

6 posted on 05/05/2010 7:01:19 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Zakeet

The Libs in the MSM just can’t get enough Bush. I’m beginning to think they secretly loved him.


7 posted on 05/05/2010 7:02:49 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: Zakeet
He earned an MBA. He had a well-educated wife and two kids and owned a house in a middle-class Connecticut suburb. In the past couple of years, though, his life seemed to unravel: He left a job at a global marketing firm he'd held for three years, lost his home to foreclosure and moved into an apartment in an impoverished neighborhood in Bridgeport. And last weekend, authorities say, he drove an SUV loaded

Earned an MBA -- taken as fact. Well educated wife -- taken as fact. Owned a house -- taken as fact. Worked in a global marketing firm -- taken as fact. Lost his home -- taken as fact.

Drove an SUV loaded with explosives to NY -- Needs a caveat. Only the authorities said he did. It might not be true.

8 posted on 05/05/2010 7:02:55 AM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Zakeet

it’s Bush
it’s the airline
just acted alone

how many more attacks must we endure until the far left loon and this fool in the white house understand we are more in danger through their weakness


9 posted on 05/05/2010 7:03:29 AM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Zakeet
In the past couple of years, though, his life seemed to unravel: He left a job at a global marketing firm he'd held for three years, lost his home to foreclosure and moved into an apartment in an impoverished neighborhood in Bridgeport.

He quits his job, then loses his house and has to move into a slum.

And George Bush ruined his life by making him quit his job.

Great defense. I hope he uses it in court.

Imagine if this guy actually was a Tea Partier and had that same attitude about Obama.

The media would be blaming Rush, Beck, Palin, Hannity and Fox News.

10 posted on 05/05/2010 7:04:36 AM PDT by earlJam
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Re: "He mentioned that he didn't like Bush policies in Iraq,"

Well, Shahzad would sure as hell not like Trajan88's polices regarding terrorists like him and the countries that grow their hate.

11 posted on 05/05/2010 7:05:45 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Zakeet
In the past couple of years, though, his life seemed to unravel: He left a job at a global marketing firm he'd held for three years, lost his home to foreclosure and moved into an apartment in an impoverished neighborhood in Bridgeport. And last weekend, authorities say, he drove an SUV loaded with explosives into Times Square intent on blowing it up.

I guess they typed the "went to Pakistan and received jihadi training" in invisible pixels.

12 posted on 05/05/2010 7:05:50 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Zakeet
If blame must be assigned to anyone may I suggest Chris Dodd?

Also, for a time, claiming George Bush is an idiot was a alternate form of greeting.

13 posted on 05/05/2010 7:06:41 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Zakeet

Whenever a Muslim commits an act of terror, we are told the greatest thing to worry about is “fear of a backlash against Muslims”


14 posted on 05/05/2010 7:06:41 AM PDT by MNDude (The Republican Congress Economy--1995-2007)
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To: Zakeet; PJ-Comix; Charles Henrickson
In the past couple of years, though, his life seemed to unravel: He left a job at a global marketing firm he'd held for three years, lost his home to foreclosure and moved into an apartment in an impoverished neighborhood in Bridgeport. And last weekend, authorities say, he drove an SUV loaded with explosives into Times Square intent on blowing it up.

What was his DU screen name?

15 posted on 05/05/2010 7:07:00 AM PDT by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: mommyq

True. We never talk about this, but the Immigration Act of 1965 led to where we are today.

At the time, Ted said that the ethnic complexition of America would not change with the new law, and that we would not see teeming masses speaking languages other than English with his new law. It was a law which sought to show how humane and welcoming America was. Ted assured us that new immigrants would assimilate, just as the masses who came through Ellis Island in the old days assimilated.

Why are liberals never called out on the results of their policies? This immigration reform law from 1965 is one good example.


16 posted on 05/05/2010 7:07:17 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Zakeet
"He left a job at a global marketing firm"

Was that firm responsible for all those Billy Mays and Sham Wow commercials?

17 posted on 05/05/2010 7:07:34 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Zakeet
He left a job at a global marketing firm he'd held for three years

Question "Journalists" why he leave his job? Think HIS actions might have more to do with it then Bush?

18 posted on 05/05/2010 7:08:50 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run our of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: Zakeet
Mister Shahzad...a....

...victim.

.

19 posted on 05/05/2010 7:09:36 AM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Zakeet

Bush lied; SUV fried.


20 posted on 05/05/2010 7:10:11 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Zakeet
"He mentioned that he didn't like Bush policies in Iraq,"

Okay, everyone all together now. It's Bush's fault!!!

Has anyone noticed that it talks of the wife and kids, then it seems they are out of the picture once they leave their home. Did she and the kids move back to Pakistan? Did they live with him in the apartment. Where are they now? Let's hear what she has to say. I'm sure she'll blame Bush for his radicalization also...
21 posted on 05/05/2010 7:10:14 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Zakeet

Hmmmmm....well-educated with two degrees, came from a wealthy Middle-Eastern family, Muslim...sounds very familiar. Must have been afraid to fly an airplane into a skyscraper, so he had to settle for an old Pathfinder loaded with propane.

Meanwhile, he can pay for his ticket with $700 cash, have no luggage, and get aboard an Emirates flight, while grannies are standing in their stocking feet being patted down by feckless TSA slugs to keep America safe. It’s only by God’s grace that we have survived our pathetic government with its terminal PC disease.


22 posted on 05/05/2010 7:10:27 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: mlocher
Drove an SUV loaded with explosives to NY -- Needs a caveat. Only the authorities said he did. It might not be true.

CYA on a possible libel suit.

23 posted on 05/05/2010 7:11:57 AM PDT by thesharkboy (<-- Looking for the silver lining in every cloud, since 1998)
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To: Zakeet

I still don’t understand the situation with his wife. They said he was trying to reconcile with his wife in Pakistan. Did she move back there? Then there was a report that some of the people arrested were affiliated with her or could possibly include her and his family members.
Any more on this?


24 posted on 05/05/2010 7:12:10 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Zakeet
In the past couple of years, though, his life seemed to unravel: He left a job at a global marketing firm he'd held for three years, lost his home to foreclosure and moved into an apartment in an impoverished neighborhood in Bridgeport. And last weekend, authorities say, he drove an SUV loaded with explosives into Times Square intent on blowing it up.

Funny. I heard on an ABC New Radio report this morning that upon becoming a citizen he stopped paying his mortgage on purpose - this was according to those who knew him.

25 posted on 05/05/2010 7:13:15 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberal Logic: Mandatory health insurance is constitutional - enforcing immigration law is not.)
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To: Zakeet
Shahzad earned $22,650 income as an account analyst in 2001.

Dude, don't buy a house for ten times your annual salary.

26 posted on 05/05/2010 7:13:31 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Zakeet

I’d also like to know how he got to be a U.S. citizen so fast. I know some Brits who own a house here who have been waiting 12 yrs already.


27 posted on 05/05/2010 7:14:03 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: mlocher

well played. Can’t wait to see what the dear old Dallas Morning News has to say.


28 posted on 05/05/2010 7:14:17 AM PDT by altura
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To: Zakeet

The terrorist held the same political view as the NYT, Bob Becthal and Chris Matthews. So what is new?


29 posted on 05/05/2010 7:15:16 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: mommyq

ah...refreshing...someone who remembers history.
kennedy whacked US immigration three times and damn near got a 4th in.


30 posted on 05/05/2010 7:15:34 AM PDT by stylin19a (Never buy a putter until you first get a chance to throw it)
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To: Zakeet
In the past couple of years, though, his life seemed to unravel: He left a job at a global marketing firm he'd held for three years, lost his home to foreclosure and moved into an apartment in an impoverished neighborhood in Bridgeport. And last weekend, authorities say, he drove an SUV loaded with explosives into Times Square intent on blowing it up.

He left his job because he had "more important issues" than actually working for pay. He lost his home for the same reason. Killing Americans was more important to him than raising a good family, and being a productive citizen. People like him would rather waller in the gutter, and live in a 3d world coungry, than live alongside anyone who is not a Muslim.

31 posted on 05/05/2010 7:16:52 AM PDT by Jaidyn
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To: nuconvert
THAT is the most important question on this thread.

Leni

32 posted on 05/05/2010 7:19:09 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Bill O'Reilly: 9/8/09: "Communism is not a threat to us anymore" - 10/20/09 "Obama is not a Marxist")
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To: Zakeet
In 2001, the man made just over $21,000 (according to the article). He bought a house for $273,000. Assuming he received at least a cost of living raise once or twice in the subsequent years, he might have gotten to $26,000 a year. Even if his wife worked outside the home, they had “children” — plural. He then quit his job and the house was foreclosed upon. For all of this, he's angry at GW. If this individual were capable of intelligent thought, which it sounds like he is too delusional to be capable of, he might want to take a look at the government enforced regulations to lend money to people who have absolutely no chance of making it work.

He got a second-rate education and didn't appear to have the intelligence to make up the difference. Then, because he's distraught because his incompetency has landed him in a situation where he is no longer master of his universe, he goes to Pakistan, tries to learn to become a terrorist with about as much success as he had with his “education” in the universities he attended, and he muffs his one-way ticket to paradise, not to mention his one-way ticket to Dubai.

I dunno’, but he is what he is — a loser — he's not even an amiable dunce. Sheesh! Problem is, we don't have folks running the show in government who are any brighter. What can I say — we've dumbed down our progeny so intensely, they can't function.

33 posted on 05/05/2010 7:20:35 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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Does the AP imply that the Times Square terrorist and Obama are alike? - two peas in a pod?

They both blame President Bush for everything.


34 posted on 05/05/2010 7:23:30 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: MNJohnnie

“Question “Journalists” why he leave his job? Think HIS actions might have more to do with it then Bush?”

Sounds like he left voluntarily, probably to pursue “other interests”. He life didn’t “unravel” by chance, he unraveled it.
The story says he made comments about Bush doing the wrong thing in Irag. I wonder if anyone ever heard him say the Islamists did the wrong thing on 9/11?


35 posted on 05/05/2010 7:24:07 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: kittymyrib
"while grannies are standing in their stocking feet being patted down by feckless TSA slugs to keep America safe"

I always make sure my butt is facing Mecca when the gov't "of the People" reminds me to drive next time.

36 posted on 05/05/2010 7:24:34 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: IYAS9YAS

Maybe he thought that obama was going to bail him out of his mortgage. He wouldn’t be alone thinking that either.


37 posted on 05/05/2010 7:26:30 AM PDT by lwd
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To: elpadre
"Times Square terrorist"

---->

Terrorist Square Times.

38 posted on 05/05/2010 7:31:35 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: mommyq

“Actually, it’s Ted Kennedy’s fault for revising the immigration requirements and allowing these people into the country in the first place.”

Finally someone said it! That is it 100%


39 posted on 05/05/2010 7:32:00 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Unsaid in all the articles is that this guy did not want to “earn” his heavenly reward, am I wrong in thinking that this is the a new type of terror attack where the terrorist walked away and tried to get away?

I have always felt that this kind of terrorism would be their next move, because like the Washington DC sniper, one group can cause untold amounts of terror (until they are caught) whereas a single suicide bomber has to be replaced each time.

It sounds like this guy’s plan was more hatred motivated than religion motivated.


40 posted on 05/05/2010 7:40:57 AM PDT by KC_for_Freedom (California engineer and teacher)
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To: Zakeet
Lots of problems with this article. Says he came on student visa in 1998, then received H1-B status. As H1-B, he was a lowly accounting clerk; having dealt with H1-B issues for years, I can tell you such positions do NOT qualify and could not withstand the scrutiny.

Another issue: claims the house was bought in 2004 "at the height of the market". Are they stupid, or just lying? I bought a home in 2004 and sold it in 2006 and made a killing. Unfortunately, I plowed the money into another....

The article doesn't state when he was naturalized. Did he go through the naturalization process, or is his wife a citizen and that's how he became a citizen? So many oddities.

41 posted on 05/05/2010 7:41:00 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: earlJam

“He quits his job, then loses his house and has to move into a slum.”

They showed the place he was living last night on FOX, and it aint no slum. In fact its a nice looking place. My question where does a guy out of work get the money for rent, and cash to buy a car on Craigs List, and for airplace tickets? Is there a money trail from the middle east, and if so is there any other money trails leading to others waiting to strike?


42 posted on 05/05/2010 7:44:32 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Zakeet

Unraveled? Sounds more like radicalized, to me.


43 posted on 05/05/2010 7:46:43 AM PDT by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: Zakeet

So let me get this straight. Terrorists hate Bush but are okay with Comrade Zero? Does the AP actually believe this take on terrorism is the best thing for their hero, Zero? Just goes to prove “journalists” are not the brightest bulbs in the pack


44 posted on 05/05/2010 7:46:55 AM PDT by mort56
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To: KC_for_Freedom

Whatever his motivation, it sounds like his only success has been achieved through copulation — there’s a scary thought. I’m sure he’ll get three hots and a cot for a long time because, for once, his incompetence has worked in his favor.


45 posted on 05/05/2010 7:52:44 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: NavyCanDo

Daddy????


46 posted on 05/05/2010 7:53:20 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Zakeet
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47 posted on 05/05/2010 7:57:02 AM PDT by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: Zakeet

“He mentioned that he didn’t like Bush policies in Iraq,”

hmmm....I wonder if Cindy Sheehan has bought any clunker rustbuckets off of Craigslist recently....


48 posted on 05/05/2010 8:09:05 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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“Wow, a terrorist who doesn’t like Bush. I’m shocked”

You might want to add that this terrorist is a registered Democrat who probably voted for Obama....Birds of a feather, flock together.


49 posted on 05/05/2010 8:13:54 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: Zakeet
Riiiiiight.

It's not the radical Islam.

It's the need for a much BIGGER stimulus package.

Well, Rahm, never let a good crisis go to waste, right?

50 posted on 05/05/2010 8:15:36 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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