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  • Senate Democrats Block Ted Cruz Bill Revoking U.S. Citizenship of Terrorists

    09/27/2014 5:36:40 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday ripped U.S. Senate Democrats for blocking his bill that would revoke the U.S. citizenship of those who join the ISIS terrorist organization, noting that they are abandoning something Hillary Clinton supported when she was Secretary of State. The Democrats blocked Cruz’s bill on Thursday, a bill that would revoke citizenship from Americans who join ISIS. Cruz’s bill is very similar to one that then Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)—who is now running in New Hampshire against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)—and then Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) offered a couple of years ago.“As then-Secretary of State Hillary...
  • Bloomberg to urge Cuomo to veto bill to allow sparkler sales outside of NYC over terror target fears

    06/29/2013 9:53:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 26, 2013 | CARL CAMPANILE
    It could spark terrorism! Mayor Bloomberg will urge Gov. Cuomo to veto legislation that would legalize the sale of sparklers outside New York City, arguing that terrorists could resort to using even kiddie fireworks to ignite a bomb. And that’s a risk not worth taking, City Hall officials said. The mayor opposes the measure, which the Legislature passed last week, even though it wouldn’t apply to the five boroughs, where a ban on sparklers — and all other fireworks — would remain in effect. The bill would allow the sale of sparklers and other small “novelty” fireworks only in counties...
  • Awlaki’s Martyrs March On

    10/21/2012 12:05:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | 19 October 2012 | JUDITH MILLER
    Its hero and editor are dead, but the al-Qaida magazine, Inspire, continues to do just that. According to the complaint filed in federal district court in New York, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, a student from Bangladesh arrested Wednesday and charged with trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in ManhattanÂ’s Financial District, was the latest Islamist militant to try to follow the example of the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and the English-language magazine, Inspire, created in his honor. Quazi Nafis, who came to the United States last January on a student visa, had big...
  • Feds cite link between Mass. detainee and NYC terror suspect

    05/20/2010 2:56:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies · 582+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 5-20-10 | Richard Weir
    Federal authorities today for the first time asserted a direct link between one of the Pakistani men detained in Massachusetts last week and the alleged Times Square terror bomber. In an immigration court hearing this afternoon, a government witness testified that alleged bomber Faisal Shahzad’s cell number was programmed into Aftab Ali Khan’s phone. The government also contended that Shahzad’s first name was found on an envelope in Khan’s Watertown room. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent also testified that Khan’s wife, U.S. citizen Lila-Charlotte Fatou Sylla of Cambridge, had told ICE that the couple’s marriage was a sham “purely...
  • 'Moderate' Islam's PR nightmare

    10/06/2010 3:11:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 47 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 06, 2010 | Editorial
    Faisal Shahzad had one last moment in the spotlight yesterday before being shipped off to a lifetime behind bars for his attempt to explode a car bomb in Times Square last May. Not surprisingly, he took full advantage of his soapbox and captive audience. "Brace yourselves," he warned, "because the war with Muslims has just begun. Consider me the first droplet of the flood that will follow. The defeat of the US is imminent and will happen in [the] near future." First droplet? Sorry, Faisal, but that war started on Sept. 11, 2001. And most New Yorkers get it. Still,...
  • “Defensive” Jihad Is In the Eye of the Beholder (Andy McCarthy)

    10/05/2010 4:57:32 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | October 5, 2010 | Andy McCarthy
     As Dan reported here earlier, would-be Times Square bomber Feisal Shahzad was sentenced to life-imprisonment earlier today. Defiant and remorseless to the end, Shahzad made a number of chilling statements, but the most interesting moment came when Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum asked him — in a “you can’t possibly be serious” sort of way — whether he really believed the Koran wanted him to kill innocent people. “The Koran gives you the right to defend,” he replied, adding, ”That’s all I’m doing.” It would be nice if Western apologists for Islam and its sharia law would listen to that — even...
  • Times Square bomb plotter sentenced to life in prison

    10/05/2010 11:45:26 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | October 5, 2010 | Deborah Feyerick
    New York (CNN) -- A judge in Manhattan sentenced Faisal Shahzad to life in prison for the botched Times Square car bombing as the 31-year-old Pakistani-American defiantly warned in court to "brace yourself, the war with Muslim
  • Failed Times Square bomber gets life sentence

    10/05/2010 8:27:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2010 | Tom Hays AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — 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. Judge Cedarbaum said her sentence was very important "to protect the public from further crimes of this...
  • Al Qaeda Brigade 313 website goes online

    08/03/2010 3:51:28 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 6+ views
    LONG WAR ^ | August 2, 2010 | Bill Roggio
    PHOTO CAPTION: "Banner for the Al Qaeda 313 Brigade website/forum. Pictured, from left to right, are Mustafa Abu Yazid, Abu Laith al Libi, and Ilyas Kashmiri." ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A website connected to al Qaeda's military arm in Pakistan has sprung up on the Internet in the past month. The website, called Al Qaeda Brigade 313, at, was registered on June 2, 2010, and became active in early July. The site has 86 registered users and five administrators, according to a report at the Open Source Center that was obtained by The Long War Journal. The website contains a forum...
  • New video shows Taliban chief greeting Times Square bomber

    07/23/2010 4:06:04 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 2+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 22, 2010 | NEWSCORE
    New footage has emerged showing the Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad meeting the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Sky News reported Friday. It shows Shahzad and Hakimullah Mehsud shaking hands and hugging sometime before the failed attack in New York on May 1. During the video, Shahzad's voice was also heard. He said: "Today, along with the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Hakimullah Mehsud and under the command of Amir al-Mumineen Mullah Mohammed Omar Mujahid (may Allah protect him), we are planning to wage an attack on your side, inshallah." Last month, in a statement read out in a U.S. court,...
  • Al-Arabiya Airs Failed Times Square Bomber Video In Which He Vows To Get Revenge

    07/14/2010 4:40:30 PM PDT · by · 3 replies
    Eyeblast TV/ The Blast ^ | 7/14/2010 | Joe Schoffstall
    Arab TV station Al-Arabiya aired segments from a 40-minute video filmed in Pakistan of the failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. Within the video he vows to seek revenge and stated that the Muslim war has just started. “Eight years have passed since the Afghanistan war and you shall see how the Muslim war has just begun and how Islam will spread across the world”, Shahzad says within the video. The video also shows the logo of Umar Studios, a media organization that is infamous for making Pakastani Taliban propaganda.
  • The Myth of Modern Jihad ("It's America's Fault" Barf Alert)

    06/30/2010 10:54:52 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 6/29/2010 | Robert Wright
    It would be an understatement to say that Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square bomber, pleaded guilty last week. “I’m going to plead guilty a hundred times over,” Shahzad told the judge. Why so emphatic? Because Shahzad is proud of himself. “I consider myself a Mujahid, a Muslim soldier,” he said. This got some fist pumps in right-wing circles, because it seemed to confirm that America faces all-out jihad, and must marshal an accordingly fierce response.... ...If you look at what Shahzad actually said, the upshot is way less grim.... Here is how Shahzad explained his role in the holy...
  • Faisal Shahzad, Jihadi, Explains Terrorism

    06/25/2010 6:50:17 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 4 replies ^ | Friday, June 25, 2010 | Daniel Pipes
    Faisal Shahzad, Jihadi, Explains Terrorism by Daniel Pipes June 25, 2010 Jaw-dropping court testimony by Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square bomber, singlehandedly undermines Obama administration efforts to ignore the dangers of Islamism and jihad. Shahzad's forthright statement of purpose stands out because jihadis, when facing legal charges, typically save their skin by pleading not guilty or plea bargaining. Consider a few examples: Naveed Haq, who assaulted the Jewish Federation building in Seattle, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Lee Malvo, one of the Beltway Snipers, explained that "one reason for the shootings was that white people had tried...
  • Why Has Holder Indicted the Times Square Bomber?

    06/21/2010 10:34:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 3+ views
    NRO ^ | June 21, 2010 | ANDREW C, McCARTHY
    The DOJ is running up against the limits of the civilian justice system After the initial spate of chest-beating, we hadn’t heard much from the Justice Department about the case of would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad and the many ways it illustrates how splendidly the criminal justice system performs in terrorism cases — even the cases of enemy combatants who could otherwise be held indefinitely and interrogated for intelligence purposes. Now comes word from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York that Shahzad has been indicted. He is charged with ten terrorism counts, ranging from...
  • Times Square car bomb suspect pleads guilty in NYC

    06/21/2010 2:36:21 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 6/21/10 | TOM HAYS
    A Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing, saying he wanted it known that unless the U.S. stops attacking Muslim lands, "we will be attacking U.S." Faisal Shahzad, 30, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan just days after a federal grand jury indicted him on 10 terrorism and weapons counts, some of which carried mandatory life prison sentences.
  • NYC car bomb suspect pleads guilty

    06/21/2010 2:02:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 21, 2010
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A Pakistan-born U.S. citizen has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge accusing him of plotting the failed Times Square car bombing. Faisal Shahzad (FY'-sul shah-ZAHD') entered the plea to the first of 10 charges in an indictment, but said he plans to plead guilty to all of them.
  • Report: US weighs military option in Pakistan

    05/28/2010 11:26:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 401+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/28/2010 | AP via Yahoo News
    The U.S. military is developing plans for a unilateral attack on the Pakistani Taliban in the event of a successful terrorist strike in the United States that can be traced to them, The Washington Post reports. Planning for a retaliatory attack was spurred by ties between alleged Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad and elements of the Pakistani Taliban, the Post said in an article posted on its website Friday night, quoting unidentified senior military officials. The military would focus on air and missile strikes but also could use small teams of U.S. Special Operations troops currently along the border with...
  • "Securing the Homeland by Renewing American Strength, Resilience and Values" [ John Brennan]

    05/26/2010 4:01:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies · 510+ views - Speech ^ | For Immediate Release May 26, 2010 | n/a # Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 26, 2010 Remarks by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan at CSIS “Securing the Homeland by Renewing American Strength, Resilience and Values” Thank you very much John, and I would like to take a moment to express my appreciation to CSIS for inviting me back. You invited me here a little after six months after I came into this administration and I greatly appreciate the invitation...
  • 'Reason to believe' Pakistani Taliban plotting to strike U.S.

    05/21/2010 12:17:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies · 907+ views ^ | May 21, 2010
    U.S. intelligence has strong reason to believe that the Pakistani Taliban is actively plotting to hit interests in the U.S. and American targets overseas, a U.S. official told CNN Thursday. The concerns about the group that authorities say directed the Times Square bombing plot are coming from multiple streams of information, including from Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bombing suspect, the official said.
  • Exclusive: President Obama To Replace Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair

    05/20/2010 2:22:03 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 42 replies · 1,461+ views
    ABC ^ | May 20, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News has learned that President Obama will replace the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.) His resignation will come as soon as tomorrow, sources tell ABC News. For several weeks President Obama has been holding serious conversations about whether to ask Blair to step down and has interviewed candidates to replace him. After a discussion this afternoon between the president and Blair in the Oval Office about the best way forward, Blair offered to resign and the president said he would accept, sources told ABC News. Multiple administration sources tell ABC News that Blair’s tenure internally has...
  • How Faisal snuck through: Easy path from terror camp to US

    05/15/2010 3:02:30 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 298+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 15, 2010 | PAUL SPERRY
    Of all the holes in US secu rity highlighted by Faisal Shahzad's failed effort to blow up Times Square, here's the most outrageous: Almost every major domestic anti-terror operation over the past several years has involved travelers from Pakistan -- yet Homeland Security still lacks a comprehensive strategy to shut down "terror tourism" from that nation. US intelligence reports show that officials have agonized for years over this threat, while deploying an insanely ad hoc system to ID and catch such "tourists." Shahzad, who trained at Pakistani terror camps, merely exposed again just how ineffective that system is. Six years...
  • PAKISTAN: Suspect arrested linked to failed Bomb attack in New York

    05/14/2010 1:02:16 AM PDT · by Traianus · 8 replies · 941+ views
    ASIA NEWS ^ | 05-14-2010 | Asianews
    e-mail this to a friend printable version » 05/14/2010 09:42PAKISTAN Suspect arrested linked to failed bomb attack in New York Islamabad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Local newspapers have been giving much space to the news of the arrest of a man suspected of helping the terrorists who wanted to explode a car bomb in Times Square in New York. Citing sources in the Washington Post, Dawn says that the suspect has provided key proof that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan group (TTP) is behind the failed attack on 1 May. The suspect also admitted he had helped Faisal Shahzad - the...
  • OBAMA KNEW! Terror Attack Foretold Three Months Before Times Square Bombing

    05/13/2010 8:03:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 155 replies · 7,462+ views
    Thursday, May 13, 2010 | Kristinn
    Three months before the Times Square terror bombing by a Pakistani-American with ties to terrorists in Pakistan, the Obama administration knew the style of attack, the type of explosives to be used and when the attack would come, yet when the attack happened the administration played dumb with its initial reaction being to downplay the attack as an unsophisticated "one-off" that was a "potential" terror attack.On February 10, I wrote an article at FR based on Vice President Joe Biden's comments about coming terror attacks on the U.S. that were broadcast later that day on CNN's Larry King Live.King mentioned...
  • Holder Uncertain if Radical Islam Influenced Terrorists

    05/14/2010 4:46:32 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 36 replies · 801+ views
    CNSNews ^ | May 14, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    Washington ( - Attorney General Eric Holder hesitated to answer whether radical Islam was even a motivating factor for the individuals responsible for the Fort Hood shooting, the attempted Christmas Day bombing and the attempted Times Square attack. “There are a variety of reasons why I think people have taken these actions,” Holder said. “One, I think just look at each individual case. We are in the process how of talking to Mr. (Faisal) Shahzad to try to understand what it is that drove him to take the action.” The question as to whether the individuals were incited by radical...
  • The Islamists Amuck in America

    05/13/2010 6:38:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 450+ views ^ | May 13, 2010 | Emmett Tyrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A few days after the failed attempt of a Pakistani-born naturalized American citizen to blow Times Square sky high, I bravely made my way through the returning throng of tourists and street vendors to take a look. By my calculation, had the jackal, Faisal Shahzad, 30, succeeded with his evil project in the early evening of Saturday, May 1 to explode the SUV he left on a Times Square street, he might have killed several hundred utterly innocent civilians, possibly a thousand. Fortunately, he failed. Despite instructions from highly experienced terrorists back home, he packed his Nissan...
  • Why Obama Wanted Times Square Bomber to be a Lone Nut

    05/13/2010 12:18:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 518+ views
    The Patriot Post ^ | May 12, 2010 | Ben Shapiro
    On May 1, 2010, Pakistani-born, naturalized American citizen Faisal Shahzad drove a green SUV into Times Square, parked it there, and walked away. Inside the SUV were explosives and a jerry-rigged timing device. Fortunately, the bomb didn't go off, and the authorities captured Shahzad just before his plane took off for Dubai. After his detention, members of the Obama clique immediately put out the misinformation that Shahzad had acted alone. On May 6, The Associated Press reported that law enforcement officials were virtually certain he had been an isolated actor. On May 7, Gen. Petraeus -- who has proved himself...
  • Islam's Nowhere Men

    05/11/2010 5:02:08 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 360+ views
    WSJ ^ | MAY 10, 2010 | Fouad Ajami
    'A Muslim has no nationality except his belief," the intellectual godfather of the Islamists, Egyptian Sayyid Qutb, wrote decades ago. Qutb's "children" are everywhere now; they carry the nationalities of foreign lands and plot against them. The Pakistani born Faisal Shahzad is a devotee of Sayyid Qutb's doctrine, and Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, was another. Qutb was executed by the secular dictatorship of Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1966. But his thoughts and legacy endure. Globalization, the shaking up of continents, the ease of travel, and the doors for immigration flung wide open by Western liberal societies...
  • NUGENT: Profile or die

    05/11/2010 4:41:40 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 9 replies · 471+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5/11/10 | Ted Nugent
    Survival means learning from experience - even if it hurts our wittle feelings
  • What do you learn at terrorist training camp?

    05/11/2010 8:56:53 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 15 replies · 474+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | May 11, 2010 | JOSHUA E. KEATING
    Faisal Shahzad, the suspect in the failed plot to bomb New York City's Times Square, has told U.S. investigators that he received bomb-making training at a camp in Pakistan's Waziristan region. Given the botched, even amateurish nature of Shahzad's attempt -- he forgot to take the keys to his getaway car, for instance -- many observers are now asking: What exactly does one learn at a terrorist training camp? First of all, today's terrorist training camps are not what they used to be. Sprawling al Qaeda camps complete with such amenities as firing ranges, like Tarnak Farms near Kandahar, Afghanistan,...
  • Left Is Certain of Tea Partiers' Motives, but Finds Terrorists Inscrutable

    05/11/2010 12:39:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies · 414+ views
    Spero News ^ | 5/11/2010 | Dennis Prager
    While it cannot be proven, there is little reason to doubt that many on the Left are disappointed that the Times Square bomber didn't turn out to be the "white male" he was originally identified as. This allegation may be wrong, but it is made on the basis of compelling evidence.There is a perfectly clear pattern on the Left -- the normative Left, not just the "far" Left -- that denies the obvious when it comes to Islamic terrorism. Take, for example, Maj. Nidal Hasan, who murdered 13 fellow soldiers and tried to murder the 32 others whom he wounded...
  • 'From Now On, the Main Targets of Our Fidaeen [Suicide Bombers] Are American Cities'

    05/11/2010 2:22:58 AM PDT · by STD · 132 replies · 4,349+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 5/03/10 | MEMRI
    TTP Leader Hakimullah Mehsud Declares: 'From Now On, the Main Targets of Our Fidaeen [Suicide Bombers] Are American Cities' The first, which the YouTube page titled "Hakeemullah Mehsud is Alive and Healthy and Delivering news about Attacks on USA," is 2:17 long, and shows a still satellite image of North America with a still image of Hakimullah Mehsud. Speaking in Urdu, he states that the date is April 19, 2010 and threatens bombings in U.S. "states & cities"; as he speaks, explosions are shown taking place across the map. (To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit NOTE: You...
  • We Need Real Leadership to Put American Interests First

    05/10/2010 7:19:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 215+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 10, 2010 | Diana West
    There were some big losers in the national guessing game over the identity of the failed Times Square bomber this week. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the booby prize for picking "someone who doesn't like the health care bill or something." That was before Pakistani-born, 2009-naturalized Faisal Shahzad was apprehended Sunday night trying to flee to Dubai. Even after that point, Democratic strategist Bob Beckel was holding out for "a right-wing militia man," while an array of mainstream media commentators, tracked by, seized on jihad-alternate theories as the trigger. One favorite: foreclosure rage. It seems, as the AP...

    05/10/2010 6:37:10 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 443+ views
    SNIPPET: "Federal law enforcement officials call it a front for Hamas terrorists which "has been under numerous investigations for financing and [providing] aid and comfort to bad orgs and members." SNIPPET: "In gearing up for the 2010 Census, the General Services Administration (GSA) leased office space throughout the country. One location is a 6,654 square foot section of a two-story building on Edsall Road in Alexandria, Va. owned by the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque. The United States government is spending $582,000, or about $23,000 per month, to lease the space from November 2008 through the end of this year. SNIPPET: "The...
  • Faisal Shahzad Was Blogging on Terror Websites Since 2006

    05/08/2010 5:10:33 PM PDT · by GVnana · 39 replies · 1,452+ views ^ | 5/8/2010 | Jim Hoft
    Earlier this week it was reported that the Obama White House removed confessed terrorist Faisal Shahzad from the Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list sometime after Barack Obama came into office. Terrorist Faisal Shahzad had substantial connections to the Taliban, reached out to the Taliban, was influenced by Yemeni terror leader Anwar al Awlaki, made at least a dozen return trips to Pakistan since arriving in the United States in 1999, and he bought a one way ticket with cash to Pakistan. Now we find out that he was “blogging” and asking for jihad as far back as 2006...
  • Obama Resorts To The Last Refuge Of Scoundrels

    05/09/2010 8:10:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies · 829+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Faced with his administration’s failure to head off the Christmas Day and Times Square bombers, or to stop the Fort Hood shooter before his murderous rampage, Pres. Obama sent his chief counter-terrorism adviser out this morning with apparent instructions to resort to that last refuge of scoundrels: patriotism. When on today’s Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace confronted John Brennan, PBO’s top terrorism advisor, with this record of failure, Brennan sought to twist the question into an attack on our nation’s troops, invoking their patriotism. View video here.
  • Bombing Suspect’s Route to Citizenship Reveals Limitations

    05/08/2010 9:54:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 568+ views ^ | May 7, 2010 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    When Faisal Shahzad took his oath of citizenship a year ago, swearing to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies,” he seemed the model of a legal immigrant success story. Moving from one coveted visa to the next over a decade, he had acquired an M.B.A., a decent job, a wife and two children and a fine suburban home. Now that he has admitted driving a car bomb into Times Square, every step of his path to citizenship is under fresh scrutiny. One key question is when Mr. Shahzad turned against...
  • The anti-conspiracy theorists

    05/08/2010 3:49:39 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 456+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 8, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    Sometimes a conspiracy is a conspiracy. If it's the first step toward mad ness to see connections between random events when there are none, what is it to pretend that undeniable connections don't exist? After the failed Times Square car bombing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano immediately opined that it was a "one-off." Sen. Chuck Schumer chimed in, "The odds are quite high that this was a lone wolf." Translation: Nothing to see here, just a random crazy and a failed plot of no larger consequence. Soon enough, Faisal Shahzad, a 30- year-old US citizen, had been arrested en route...
  • It's the jihad, dummy.

    05/07/2010 3:29:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 217+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 06, 2010 | David Paulin
    What motivated Faisal Shahzad to attempt to explode a car bomb in Times Square? Might it have anything to do with radial Islam, jihad, and anti-Western hatred? Nope. Not according many media outlets. Consider a story in today's Connecticut Post, a Bridgeport-based newspaper that's one of the state's largest dailies. It provides fascinating insights on what set off Shahzad -- insights that come from James Monahan, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven. "Maybe he (Shahzad) was the runt of the litter; the child who couldn't meet his parents' expectations," Monahan told...
  • Feds raid radical Islamic center owned by terror front

    05/08/2010 10:05:15 PM PDT · by antiobamacare · 7 replies · 664+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 8, 2010
    It remains a mystery: Where did the alleged Times Square terrorist – a Muslim man with an apparent zeal for Islam – go to mosque? The Council on American-Islamic Relations says it surveyed the mosques in suspect Faisal Shahzad's home state of Connecticut and concluded Shahzad did not worship at any of them and therefore was not religious. "I've asked everyone, 'Have you seen this person, have you heard of this person?'" said Mongi Dhaouadi, spokesman for CAIR's Connecticut chapter. "And the answer is 'no.'" WND, however, has learned that federal agents investigating the alleged car bomber paid a visit...
  • Times Square bomb suspect had links to terror preacher

    05/08/2010 11:31:01 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies · 1,077+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 07 May 2010 | Damien McElroy
    A suspect accused of attempting to plant a bomb on New York's Times Square has ties with the Islamic preacher who inspired a US soldier to kill 12 comrades at Fort Hood and the Christmas Day would-be bomber. Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born US citizen has told interrogators that he been inspired to take up the cause of al Qaeda and radical Islam by the internet messages of Anwar Al-Awlaki, a Yemen-based imam. Awlaki, who was born in America, was accused of grooming Nidal Hasan in a series of emails before the US soldier opened fire at the Texas military base...
  • Mark Steyn: Faisal Shahzad, Subprime Terrorist?

    05/08/2010 9:22:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1,250+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | May 8, 2010 | Mark Steyn
    Faisal Shahzad, Subprime Terrorist?Well, one way of falling behind with your house payments is to take half a year off to go to Pakistan and train in a terrorist camp.  The story of the Times Square bomber reads like some Urdu dinner-theater production of Mel Brooks’s The Producers that got lost in translation between here and Peshawar: A man sets out to produce the biggest bomb on Broadway since Dance a Little Closer closed on its opening night in 1983. Everything goes right: He gets a parking space right next to Viacom, owners of the hated Comedy Central! But then...
  • Breaking: Obama Administration Removed Faisal Shahzad From Terror Surveillance List Before Attack

    05/08/2010 7:52:21 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 45 replies · 1,974+ views
    Big Government ^ | MAY 7, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    More hope and change… Faisal Shahzad was removed from the national terrorist surveillance list before the Times Square attack. Confessed terrorist Faisal Shahzad was removed from the Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list sometime after Barack Obama came into office.
  • No more Mr. Nuanced Guy!

    05/07/2010 9:39:41 PM PDT · by Yaacov · 205+ views
    Breath of the Beast ^ | 5/7/10 | Yaacov ben Moshe
    ...we are indeed fortunate to this point that the people who want to kill us are, in general, a little bit dumber than we are. This has accorded us a certain measure of safety. They busy themselves detonating small charges in their private parts or leaving the keys to their "other car" in automobiles (to which they hold title) laden with unexplodable devices idling by the curb all of which amounts to the equivalent of a set of Mapquest directions to their homes. We, on the other hand, have distracted ourselves with pastimes fit only for overeducated, self-important, arrogant imbeciles:...
  • What did authorities know about Faisal Shahzad? Terror task force noticed him in 2004

    05/06/2010 11:38:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies · 455+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/05/10 | Byron York
    Deep inside a New York Times profile of the accused Times Square bomber — “From Suburban Father to a Terrorism Suspect” – there is this: George LaMonica, a 35-year-old computer consultant, said he bought his two-bedroom condominium in Norwalk, Conn., from Mr. Shahzad for $261,000 in May 2004. A few weeks after he moved in, Mr. LaMonica said, investigators from the national Joint Terrorism Task Force interviewed him, asking for details of the transaction and for information about Mr. Shahzad. It struck Mr. LaMonica as unusual, but he said detectives told him they were simply “checking everything out. In recent...
  • Bomb Suspect nearly go away due to Political Correctness

    05/07/2010 7:43:36 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 5 replies · 292+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 5/7/10 | alaphiah
    Why did Faisal Shahzad, the failed New York City Car Bomber, almost fly out of the United States on board a jetliner headed for the United Arab Emirates? I’ll tell you why—it’s because of people who think like Contessa Brewer, News anchor for MSNBC, that’s why. Brewer, like most Liberals, want their fake scenarios about life to be true and validated rather than accept evidence that they just might be wrong about their beliefs and their view of the world. So Ms. Brewer was “so hoping” that a White Christian Militiaman Bible believing anti-President Soetoro Timothy McVey type would have...
  • We're worried about 'backlash' as the terrorists press our luck

    05/07/2010 12:28:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 758+ views
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | May 6, 2010 | Kevin O'Brien
    What's it going to take for the American left to admit that, no matter how much we all wish it weren't true, our Islamic enemies are trying to kill us? It's going to take more than 31 attempts on our lives, engineered or financed by Muslim militants. Because that's where the count stands since Sept. 11, 2001, and the left still stubbornly insists that Tea Party attendees armed with placards and lawn chairs are the real enemy. Here's New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking with CBS anchor Katie Couric before Faisal Shahzad, the would-be bomber of Times Square, was caught:...
  • Political correctness still governs Obama’s counter-terrorism programme

    05/06/2010 8:55:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 414+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 6, 2010 | James Corum
    The fact that the man accused of planting a large bomb in Times Square almost made it out of the US and to safety in the Middle East shows that the Obama administration can’t get the most basic things right when confronted with a major terrorist incident. The suspect, Faisal Shahzad, bought a ticket to Dubai under his own name, got on the plane, and was minutes from take-off before an alert customs agent looked over the flight manifest and spotted his name. This time we were fortunate that America’s number one terror suspect did not successfully flee the country....
  • Faisal Shahzad: connecting the dots

    05/06/2010 8:32:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 350+ views
    The Punjab Express Tribune ^ | May 7, 2010 | Adil Jawad
    Karachi: The usual suspects are being rounded up but so far, no luck. Problem is, no one is ready to believe 30-year-old Faisal Shahzad when he claims he is solely responsible for the attempted bombing of Times Square in New York City. And so, investigators in Pakistan and the US continue to sift through the chaff for that one elusive grain of wheat. Across Pakistan, the Special Investigation Group of the Federal Investigation Agency is poring over Shahzad’s telephone records. The team is said to include anti-terrorism experts who have received specialist training in Pakistan and America and have been...
  • Bombing Suspect Faisal Shahzad Still being Questioned

    05/06/2010 8:16:56 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 9 replies · 277+ views
    VOA News ^ | May 6, 2010 | Carolyn Presutti
    U.S. officials say a Pakistani-American charged with an attempted car bombing in New York City is cooperating with investigators as they try to determine a motive for the planned attack. Faisal Shahzad was arrested late Monday and charged with trying to blow up a sports utility vehicle in crowded Times Square on Saturday. Meanwhile, authorities in Pakistan say they have made arrests in connection with the failed car bombing. The man charged with numerous counts of terrorism was born in this tiny northwestern village known as Mohib Banda. Faisal Shahzad's father is a retired air vice marshal in the Pakistani...
  • Pakistan Taliban may be linked to New York car bomb suspect: US officials (Retraction?)

    05/06/2010 2:08:57 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 12 replies · 486+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 6 May 2010 | MARK MAZZETTI AND SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON: American officials said that it was very likely that a radical group once thought unable to attack the United States had played a role in the bombing attempt in Times Square, elevating concerns about whether other militant groups could deliver at least a glancing blow on American soil. Officials said that after two days of intense questioning of the bombing suspect, Faisal Shahzad, evidence was mounting that the Pakistani Taliban, had helped inspire and train Shahzad in the months before he is alleged to have parked an explosives-filled sport utility vehicle in a busy Manhattan intersection on Saturday night....