Skip to comments.Times Square bombing suspect's life had unraveled (AP blames Bush for terrorism act)
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."
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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Actually, it’s Ted Kennedy’s fault for revising the immigration requirements and allowing these people into the country in the first place.
Wow, a terrorist who doesn’t like Bush. I’m shocked
one of the union ups that delivers to our house
says the same:
“it’s bush’s fault.”
Perhaps the angry rhetoric from the left is to blame?
Well, I'm not a mooselimb for starters.
The Libs in the MSM just can’t get enough Bush. I’m beginning to think they secretly loved him.
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.
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
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.
Well, Shahzad would sure as hell not like Trajan88's polices regarding terrorists like him and the countries that grow their hate.
I guess they typed the "went to Pakistan and received jihadi training" in invisible pixels.
Also, for a time, claiming George Bush is an idiot was a alternate form of greeting.
Whenever a Muslim commits an act of terror, we are told the greatest thing to worry about is “fear of a backlash against Muslims”
What was his DU screen name?
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.
Was that firm responsible for all those Billy Mays and Sham Wow commercials?
Question "Journalists" why he leave his job? Think HIS actions might have more to do with it then Bush?
Bush lied; SUV fried.
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.
CYA on a possible libel suit.
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?
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.
Dude, don't buy a house for ten times your annual salary.
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.
well played. Can’t wait to see what the dear old Dallas Morning News has to say.
The terrorist held the same political view as the NYT, Bob Becthal and Chris Matthews. So what is new?
ah...refreshing...someone who remembers history.
kennedy whacked US immigration three times and damn near got a 4th in.
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.
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.
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.
“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?
I always make sure my butt is facing Mecca when the gov't "of the People" reminds me to drive next time.
Maybe he thought that obama was going to bail him out of his mortgage. He wouldn’t be alone thinking that either.
Terrorist Square Times.
“Actually, its Ted Kennedys 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%
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.
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.
“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?
Unraveled? Sounds more like radicalized, to me.
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
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.
“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....
“Wow, a terrorist who doesnt like Bush. Im shocked”
You might want to add that this terrorist is a registered Democrat who probably voted for Obama....Birds of a feather, flock together.
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?
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