Skip to comments.Times Square Bomb: U.S. Officials Finding Foreign Links to New York Bomb Plot
Posted on 05/03/2010 1:26:24 PM PDT by faq
U.S. law enforcement officials say there is growing evidence the Times Square bomber had ties to radical elements overseas and did not act alone.
One senior official said the individuals involved "are living here and did not come from overseas to carry out the bombing."
Attorney General Eric Holder said today the investigators had made "substantial progress" in tracking the man who drove a Nissan Pathfinder into New York's Times Square with a crude bomb that failed to detonate.
Officials declined to provide the specifics that led them to believe there were overseas links to a larger plot.
"This is moving very fast because they left behind a treasure trove of evidence in the unexploded car," one US official told ABC News.
Officials told ABC News Senior Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas that the Connecticut owner of the vehicle told them he had sold the Nissan SUV last month in an unrecorded sale to an "Arabic or Latino looking man" in his 20's or 30's, for a few hundred dollars in cash.
The license plate on the car was apparently stolen from an auto repair shop outside Bridgeport, Connecticut, according to law enforcement officials.
The authorities told ABC News that the previous owner provided a description of the man who bought the car, and told investigators the vehicle was sold for several hundred dollars in cash, with no written records identifying the purchaser.
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I didn’t see the word terror, terrorist, or terrorism..
Oh No! The Socialist media would be so disappointed if true. They have been planning 24/7 coverage if it was a mad White guy.
I still think that there is (probably) unrelated Cash for Clunkers scam going on here.
Is it even legal to not record the sale of titled property?
Arabic or Latino looking man.
Whew, I guess this means the Tea Party is off the hook...
Can't be an Arab or (0bama forbid) Latino because that would be profiling. Let's see. Some of those Russians get pretty dark. Yeah, that's the ticket. The Russians.
Like Zer0 and Hamas and the PA?
There’s a title transfer even when I donate old vehicles to St Vincent DePaul Society.
Some people buy two wrecked vehicles from insurance totaled out wrecks and rebuild one vehicle from the two carcasses...........
Link to overseas?? Could it have been the “I Love Osama” button on his right lapel and the “I Love Obama” on the left???
But...but...it was a crudely fashioned device! MSNBC told us so! Only ignorant right-wingers from the backwoods would be so incompetent. Real terrorists would never be that stupid.
Arabic or Latino looking man.
Whew, I guess this means the Tea Party is off the hook...
I’m surprised they didn’t say a possibility of alaskan eskimo linked to the Palin govenor campaign.
Could be a string of them. String 'em all up.
In Florida, it is up to the BUYER to take the title in to the tax collector and have it registered, but there is no time limit............
The Transportation Department should go after Nissan for manufacturing defective exploding SUV’s... /s
"radical elements"? Is that anything like a "Christian militia"? A term that was used in headlines across the land?
Carlos abu Mohammad’s Mexican-Arabian Bar and Grille?
The (ex)owner claims to haver sold a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder for “a few hundred dollars”? Either there was someting seriously wrong with the vehicle, or the guy is lying. Here in central FL he would’ve gotten a lot more than a few hundred bucks for it.
Probably tied to radical Muslim cleric Anwar al Awlaki the friend of Maj. Nidal Hasan who was the Ft. Hood Shooter. Hmm but you can’t call them Islamic Terrorists can you!
This guy may have been lazy with the paperwork but that is so irresponsible. Not unheard of, but given the circumstances he better sound darn convincing that he was only irresponsible.
I am sure the link is to an alien power: The GOP and those ugly right right wingers.
The very fact that Obama has someone so unqualified as Janet Napolitano heading up the Homeland Security Dept., speaks very loudly to just how unserious he is about national security.
Must be that “white male” they keep talking about (for no reason)
They probably mean a “rebuilt” title.
The vehicle was totalled and bought back and put back on the road. It could have been hail damage or anything that would get to about 80% of the vehicles value, which in this case is not much.
Unrecorded is when it was sold by a private person who handed the title and vehicle over for cash.
It doesn't take much for a car to be "totaled out" in an insurance claim if it is 10 years old.
It can still be quite drivable.
A car bomb does not need to be made for a long haul roadtrip or even to pass annual inspection. It just needs to run reliably to get to the destination.
I am not an expert but ...
Water damage can do it, or if air bags inflate, it may total the car due to the high expense of repair.
I didnt see the word terror, terrorist, or terrorism..
Another article on the same page ...
David Knowles and Lisa Flam
(May 3)--Officials in the Obama administration are becoming increasingly convinced that Sunday's failed attempt to set off a makeshift bomb in New York's Times Square was the work of terrorists with foreign ties.
And in the same article ... the person who is overseeing it (generally speaking) ...
"They would not have been able to have stopped the bomb if it had been wired properly," said former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, now an ABC News consultant. "Someone was able to drive into New York with what looks like bomb parts, drive right into the heart of Times Square, pull up on the sidewalk, jump up and run away and not get caught."
and another paragraph ...
On the recording Mehsud can be heard saying, "The time is very near when our fedayeen will attack the American states in their major cities." He also claims that Taliban fedayeen "have penetrated the terrorist America, we will give extremely painful blows to the fanatic America."
I would say that anyone reading the article can get the point about terrorists and terrorism pretty quickly ... or else they need to take a "reading primer" before reading any more articles ... LOL ...
But we were assured that the incident had no connection with anyone else. Amateurs, that’s what we were told.
Did one of our officials ejactulate prematurely?
Same in other states. Which makes “red light ticket enforcement” and “EZ tag lines” tickets bad because the FORMER owner can still get ticketed for offenses by the new owner if he hasn’t submitted proper paperwork yet.
Quite right. I should have been more specific. I had heard that the car was last in the possession of an CT auto dealer/parts supplier. Would it be legal for an auto dealer to have an unrecorded sale? Clearly, transactions between two private individuals are more flexible.
I was thinking that perhaps a dealer, who had taken the vehicle in on a Cash for Clunkers deal, resold it, breaking the terms (and law) of the CFC program. You might not be to keen to record the sale of a vehicle that was supposed to be scrapped for metal.
The vehicle could have a salvage title from TX for several reasons. First, the vehicle could have flood damage from the recent hurricanes, which is why there isn’t any visible damage to the vehicle. Second, the vehicle could have been abandoned and the state issues a salvage title at auction. Third, the vehicle could have been left at a wrecker lot and the wrecker company later got a salvage title.
“Is it even legal to not record the sale of titled property?”
In TX, if the vehicle does not have a lien, the owner will hold the title. All it takes is the old owner signing the title on the back to transfer the vehicle. The new owner is also supposed to sign the title and then register it with the state. However, there is no requirement that it be registered in TX.
I sold a car once to a mexican for cash and just signed the title over, it was his responsibility to register it. I did file a liability waiver form with the state letting TX know that I did sale the vehicle, just in case the mexican did anything illegal with the vehicle. However, that liability waiver form is not required; only a good suggestion.
A car dealer being dishonest?...........never happen in a million.........microseconds.................
Sounds like we need to close the "vehicle show loophole" for non-dealers to just sell a vehicle for cash with no written records identifying the purchaser and no background check. (I don't really need a sarcasm tag, do I?)
That’s the danger of selling to an individual. He may register it and he may not.
I’ve always wondered what if I sell to some guy and he doesn’t re-register in his name then he wrecks and kills someone. Can I be sued?
Yet again, Obama fails America.
I sure hope nobody is so stupid as to think this event was the end.
Blood will flow on our streets.
It took Obama a very short time to erase the relative safety we enjoyed for over 7 years. Thank you President Bush.
Who will die? Who will you bury? Who will you blame? What will you do? WHAT WILL WE AS A COUNTRY DO?
This ABC News article has been updated and now says, “One senior official said there are several individuals believed to be connected with the bombing and that at least one of them is a Pakistani-American.”
In answer to your question it could have been in a flood or “totaled” out then repaired. Happens a lot.
The way Obamunism is going, you’ll soon be required to “crunch” your old cars (especially SUVs) and “upgrade” to “green” car by Government Motors or one of the competitors that hasn’t been harassed (like we saw with Toyota’s floormat issue).
Same in Michigan, where I just did it.