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  • Feckless feds slap Times Square’s billboards

    05/05/2015 4:43:44 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | 05/05/2015 | staff
    Here’s a new low in Washington cluelessness: The feds say Times Square’s iconic billboards must come down or New York will lose highway money. Supposedly, a 2012 law put the crossroads of the world under the restrictions of the 1965 Highway Beautification Act — which limits signs to 1,200 square feet. Now Washington is pushing the city Department of Transportation to comply. Earth to Uncle Sam: Don’t be a jerk.
  • Obama Administration: Times Square’s Iconic Billboards Must Be Removed Or Else

    05/05/2015 4:15:36 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 106 replies
    CBS 2 NY ^ | 03/05/2015 | CBSNewYork
    You can call it a bureaucratic blunder … or a Washington blooper. But any way you slice it a move by the federal government to make the city remove Times Square’s iconic billboards falls in the category of “whose bright idea is this?” It is known as the “Crossroads of the World,” the “Center of the Universe” and “the Great White Way,” but Times Square could become like the “Black Hole of Calcutta” if the federal government has its way, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Tuesday. The feds say many of Times Square’s huge and neon-lit billboards must come down or...
  • NYC Bomber May Have Learned How To Bypass Detection From Leaks To The MSM

    05/07/2010 12:43:17 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 586+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-07-10 | Curt
    Are the NYT's and James Risen at fault here? Investigators of the failed car bombing in Times Square are looking for a money courier they say helped funnel cash from overseas to finance a Pakistani-American's preparations to blow up the crude gasoline-and-propane bomb in the heart of New York, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. Investigators have the name of the courier they believe helped Faisal Shahzad pay for the used SUV and other materials to rig up a car bomb that would have caused a huge fireball in Times Square if it had gone off, the official...
  • NYPD Slow: Times Square had 1 million revelers, zero tickets

    01/10/2015 12:47:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 10, 2015 11:56 AM EST | Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz
    Of all the statistics from the recent New Year’s Eve in Times Square—1 million revelers, 2,000 pounds of confetti, thousands of police officers, dozens of surveillance cameras—there is one number that stands out: zero, as in zero tickets for low-level crimes. No tickets for having an open container of alcohol, no tickets for public urination, no tickets for double parking, no tickets for furry, costumed characters hassling tourists to take their picture. Add in low-level arrests, and there was just one, for a subway-related offense. And that wasn’t just on New Year’s Eve. That was for the entire week containing...
  • Anti-Police Protesters Plan To Disrupt New Year's Eve Celebrations

    12/29/2014 3:44:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 29, 2014 | Kerry Picket
    Anti-police protesters are planning to disrupt New Year’s Eve celebrations at major metropolitan sites. The website Stop Mass Incarceration calls upon activists to not allow New Years Eve 2015 “to go down because business as usual in Amerikkka includes wanton police murder of Black people.”
  • Islamic State urges Muslims to attack Times Square with pipe bombs

    09/17/2014 4:43:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | September 17, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    “To the Lone Wolves in America: How to Make a Bomb in Your Kitchen, to Create Scenes of Horror in Tourist Spots and Other Targets.” Why would they want to “create scenes of horror”? Could it have anything to do with the Qur’an’s command to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah (8:60)?
  • ISIS supporters urged to attack Times Square with pipe bombs

    09/16/2014 6:29:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | 9/16/2014 | Bruce Golding and Erin Calabrese
    Supporters of the Islamic State terror group are being urged to attack Times Square and other popular American tourist attractions with easily assembled homemade bombs, according to a disturbing report Tuesday. A message posted on an ISIS Web forum lists widely available ingredients needed to build a pipe bomb, and includes photos showing how to combine them into a deadly explosive device, Vocativ reported. The Arabic-language message cites Times Square — the scene of a failed car-bomb attack in 2010 by al Qaeda sympathizer Faisal Shahzad — and the Las Vegas Strip as prime targets, but also suggests striking sites...
  • Times Square Protest Not Spontaneous

    08/14/2014 9:48:14 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 35 replies
    Aug 15, 2014 | Ray76
    The protest in Times Square is not spontaneous but planned and coordinated http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/effort-of-love-cities-across-us-hold-vigils-for-michael-brown https://storify.com/FeministaJones/national-moment-of-silence-nmos14 planned and coordinated by “Feminista Jones” http://twitchy.com/2014/08/14/nmos14-vigils-demonstrations-protest-police-brutality-nationwide-photos/#disqus_thread http://feministajones.com/blog/ “Sex-Positive Feminism, Race, Politics, and Kinky Things” With help from ColorOfChange.org. "On August 9, 2014 a Ferguson police officer racially profiled and fatally shot unarmed, Black, 18-year-old, Michael Brown as he walked to his grandmother's residence with a friend." - ColorOfChange ColorOfChange.org was co-founded by James Rucker, former Director Of MoveOn.org. Rucker also co-founded the Secretary of State Project He is a member of the board of directors of the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Times Square Shut Down By Thousands Marching As Ferguson Protests Spin-Off Across The Country

    08/14/2014 7:34:00 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 180 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 August 2014 | By Josh Gardner For Mailonline and Louise Boyle For Mailonline
    The fifth night of demonstrations in support of gunned down Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown saw scores of protesters marching through the streets of New York in a vigil that culminated in Times Square Thursday night. Tensions flared as some protestors attempted to shove their way through a police barricade set up in their path toward the beating heart of the city. Police held their own and tempers soon calmed, but as night gripped New York, the already congested Times Square ground to a halt as thousands flowed into the streets to demand an end to police brutality and militarization...
  • Times Square becoming worst place on earth

    07/13/2014 8:29:40 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 13, 2014 | Michael Gartland and Stephanie Pagones
    It’s called the Crossroads of the World, but these days it’s the Worst Place on Earth. Traffic, tourists, construction, commuters and a seemingly endless array of cartoon characters, nudists and hawkers, add up to a nightmare on the Great White Way.
  • Atheists Use Times Square Billboard for Anti-Christmas Pitch

    12/21/2012 9:57:26 AM PST · by Coleus · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | 12.14.12 | Dave Bohon
    A group called American Atheists has posted a high-profile billboard in New York City's Times Square depicting Christianity as a “myth,” apparently mocking Jesus Christ on the cross. The group, which first launched its Christmas “myth” campaign in 2010, ramped up its campaign with a giant sign that features an image of Santa Claus, an equally large picture portraying a suffering Jesus on the cross, along with the phrase, “Keep the Merry — Dump the Myth!”David Silverman, president of the atheist club, claimed in a press release that his group thinks “a large population of Christians are actually 'atheists'...
  • Celebrate New Year’s at Applebee’s — for $375 Per Person

    12/30/2013 1:56:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 30, 2013 | Charles Passy
    But once a year, Applebee’s goes high-end. The chain’s franchise-owned restaurant in the heart of New York’s Times Square offers a $375-a-person New Year’s Eve bash that’s billed as “a night to remember.” (Those under 12 can get in for $250.)
  • Justice Sotomayor to Drop Ball, Not Gavel, on 2014 Times Square Countdown [Celebrity Justice!]

    12/29/2013 1:03:51 PM PST · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    NYTimes ^ | December 29, 2013
    Justice Sotomayor to Drop Ball, Not Gavel, on 2014 Times Square Countdown December 29, 2013 NEW YORK — U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will take center stage among about 1 million revelers in New York's Times Square to usher in 2014 by pressing the button to lower the iconic countdown ball, organizers said on Sunday. New York native Sotomayor will join pop star Lady Gaga, boxing great Muhammad Ali as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton among those who have had the honor of starting the ball drop, which organizers said will be watched by an estimated 1...
  • Justice Sotomayor to helm Times Square ball drop

    12/29/2013 7:33:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2013 9:52 AM EST
    The countdown to the new year in Times Square is getting some high-profile help—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The organizers of the annual celebration announced Sunday that Sotomayor will lead the final 60-second countdown and push the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball. …
  • Thousands Protesting The Zimmerman Trial Verdict Have Taken Over Times Square

    07/15/2013 8:33:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/15/2013 | PAUL SZOLDRA
    George Zimmerman was found not guilty Saturday of the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., — and many are not happy about it. Protests are taking place in cities across the U.S., and one of the larger protests is happening in New York City's Times Square. Thousands have taken to the streets to protest the verdict, shouting "No justice" and "Trayvon." There's a large police presence to ensure the protests remain peaceful, and so far they have been. The protests, which began in Union Square, morphed into a march headed towards Times Square. From Reuters: About 1,000 to...
  • Breaking: Boston Bombers Planned Times Square Hit With 1 Pressure Cooker & 5 Pipe Bombs

    04/25/2013 2:00:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 25, 2013 | Guest Blogger
    Posted By EdBigCon: The Bomber’s (Terrorists) stop for gas may have foiled the trip to New York City. NYPD Commissioner: Tsarnaev brothers had 6 IED’s for use in New York City, 1 Pressure Cooker Bomb and 5 Pipe Bombs. Fox News Report: The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had Times Square in their sights before law enforcement authorities put an end to their bloody terror spree, according to a top U.S. lawmaker who cited police sources. Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke of going to New York while driving the streets of Cambridge last Thursday, according to a man who was...
  • Boston bombing suspects planned Times Square blasts, NYC mayor says

    04/25/2013 12:22:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | April 25, 2013 | Ben Brumfield and Josh Levs
    The surviving suspect in the Boston bombings has told investigators that he and his brother planned to bomb Times Square, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. "Last night we were informed by the FBI that the surviving attacker revealed that New York City was next on their list of targets," Bloomberg said. The two came up with the plan spontaneously after the Boston bombing, as the talked in an SUV they hijacked, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev initially told investigators that he and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had talked about going to New...
  • Boston Marathon 'bombers' planned to set off remaining explosives in New York

    04/25/2013 11:59:25 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 55 replies
    NY Post ^ | Last Updated: 2:37 PM, April 25, 2013 | By DAVID SEIFMAN and LARRY CELONA
    The suspected Boston Marathon bombers wanted to attack New York — and specifically planned to blow up Times Square before they were captured, authorities said today.Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, hatched these plans on the fly, shortly after they carjacked a motorist a week ago tonight. The younger brother allegedly told investigators of their Big Apple plans this weekend from his hospital bed. FBI interrogators passed on the information to New York officials last night, according to Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
  • "Zombie" Finds Long Island Cat In Times Square

    04/05/2013 9:44:36 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    http://www.myfoxny.com/ ^ | April 5,2013 | Jake Pearson
    NEW YORK (AP) -- It took a zombie to find Disaster at the Crossroads of the World. Two years after he disappeared from his Long Island home, Disaster the cat was found this week in the heart of Manhattan -- by a Times Square haunted house promoter dressed up as a zombie.
  • NY Subway May Take Weeks to Restore Service; Stunning Flood and Fire Images

    10/31/2012 11:14:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Hurricane Sandy has moved on but the damage remains. The following picture of Times Square posted on Gizmodo caught my eye. Fortunately, it does not look real. Lights should not be on and there would be debris everywhere. However, the Metra chairman did say water was "literally up to the ceiling" at one downtown station, so take this image and use your imagination, adding dead rats, debris, and whatever else suits your fancy. Bloomberg reports the
  • Suspicious Suitcase Discovered at Times Square Subway Station

    10/21/2012 7:31:56 PM PDT · by kristinn · 11 replies
    WABC-TV ^ | Sunday, October 21, 2012
    A suspicious suitcase was discovered at the Times Square subway station at around 9 p.m. on Sunday.
  • The Smooch that Ended World War II

    08/14/2012 9:28:05 AM PDT · by Saint X · 15 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | August 14, 2012 | U.S. Naval Institute
    Like Joe Rosenthal’s "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima", Alfred Eisenstaedt’s "V-J Day in Times Square" has been endlessly copied, reenacted and parodied. These are examples of the photo’s impact on pop culture
  • Knife-wielding man gunned down by cops in Times Square

    08/12/2012 4:28:33 AM PDT · by raybbr · 86 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | 8/12/21012 | LARRY CELONA, AARON FEIS and ANNIE KARNI
    Cops shot a knife-wielding maniac dead on a packed Midtown street yesterday after several officers drew their weapons and chased him at gunpoint through Times Square. “Shoot me! Shoot me!” the armed madman shouted at a crowd of more than 20 cops, who had followed him for several blocks and blasted him with pepper spray before cornering him on Seventh Avenue near West 38th Street, according to witness Robert James. The furious 51-year-old finally lunged at the officers with his 11-inch butcher knife, leading two cops to blast him in the torso, groin and arms at about 3 p.m., police...
  • Fred Hakim, Times Square Hot-Dog Vendor, Dies at 83

    05/26/2012 12:50:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 30, 2012 | PAUL VITELLO
    Fred Hakim’s family owned a hole-in-the-wall hot-dog counter in Times Square that was the last of its kind when New York decided to revitalize the area in the 1990s by condemning dozens of establishments like it. It was a seven-seat, 250-square-foot piece of Edward Hopper streetscape at 229-31 West 42nd Street, which Mr. Hakim’s father had opened in 1941 and wryly named the Grand Luncheonette. Mr. Hakim (pronounced HAY-kim) tried to keep the place open as a sort of living museum of the golden age of hawkers and honky-tonks in Times Square. But the city had other ideas, and after...
  • Samizdat Crosses The Hudson

    03/11/2012 12:54:52 AM PST · by OddLane · 5 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 11, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    Because they NEVER tell the truth.
  • San Antonio break-in sparks FBI involvement: police [ Moroccans ]

    10/19/2011 11:33:55 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 30 replies · 1+ views
    reuters.com ^ | Oct 19 2011 | Reuters
    Five foreign men were arrested during a courthouse break-in early on Wednesday and police said they found photographs of public buildings, water systems and malls from various U.S. cities in their van. The men, at least three of whom were in their 20s, will be questioned by a joint terrorism task force including the FBI and immigration authorities, officials said. Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse said three men were found inside the 120-year-old Bexar County Courthouse, a landmark in downtown San Antonio and two in a large recreational vehicle parked in front of the building. She said all five were...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 10-17-11 (Times Square OWS Drama Queens Screech 'Police Violence')

    10/17/2011 4:42:18 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | October 17, 2011 | PJ-Comix
    The way the OWS protester Drama Queens carried on in this VIDEO, you would have thought the Czar had sent out mounted Cossacks to cut them down with swinging swords. However, when you actually watch the video what really happens is...NOTHING! Well, from the police nothing much happened. From the OWS Drama Queens you hear a lot of outraged screeching about "THE NYPD IS USING HORSES ON PEOPLE!!!" What? Did the NYPD gallop into that mangy crowd in Times Square? Nope. They committed the "outrage" of (GASP!) pointing their horses at the unruly crowd. Oh, the HORROR! The closest...
  • Times Square Cam (Check out Pedesterians Mugging for the camera:oh, the horror of Irene in NYC)

    08/27/2011 8:32:33 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 26 replies
    Earth cam.com ^ | LIVE | New Yorkers
    Experience this street-level view looking south toward the heart of Times Square...
  • Bill Clinton calls old Times Square 'romantic'

    04/13/2011 8:10:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    NEWSCORE ^ | April 13, 2011
    Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday said the city had improved Times Square by making it a family- and pedestrian-friendly place but said its former mix of prostitutes and colorful characters was "romantic" and "fascinating." Clinton appeared with Mayor Bloomberg Wednesday as they announced the merger of their climate groups -- Climate Initiative and C40 -- and boasted that turning cars away from the tourist mecca in the center of the city had improved air quality. "When I was 18 years in November of 1964, a freshman at Georgetown, I first went to Times Square. I bought a steak at...
  • Hawaii Man Arrested on Terrorism-Related Charge

    10/25/2010 10:31:28 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1+ views
    CNN.com ^ | ctober 26, 2010 12:09 a.m. EDT | n/a
    (CNN) -- SNIPPET: "The charge centers around a one-way ticket that authorities allege Abdel Hameed Shehadeh purchased from Queens, New York, to Islamabad, Pakistan. Shehadeh originally told investigators that the purpose of his trip was to visit an Islamic university and attend a friend's engagement party. But he later admitted to FBI agents in Hawaii that he bought the ticket in order to join a fighting group such as the Taliban, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in New York Monday."
  • Snooki To Be Inside Ball That Drops On NYE

    12/08/2010 1:37:23 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 35 replies · 3+ views
    <p>LOS ANGELES -- You know it's New Year's Eve when the Snooki drops - or at least you will this year.</p> <p>MTV says it plans to put "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi inside a ball that drops in New York's Times Square to ring in 2011 as part of its "MTV New Year's Bash" special.</p>
  • Keep your guard up, N.Y. (on Siddiqui captured last month in Afghanistan)

    08/14/2008 3:11:57 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 154+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | August 14 2008
    For those who thought Osama Bin Laden's coven comprised only homicidal males, we bring you Aafia Siddiqui, captured last month in Afghanistan. In her possession were "documents describing the creation of explosives, chemical weapons and other weapons involving biological material and radiological agents." And, the scariest thing, a list of New York landmarks - Statue of Liberty, Times Square - the subway system and Plum Island, the government research laboratory off Long Island. Siddiqui, a 36-year-old Pakistani and a graduate of MIT, was nabbed lurking around a government compound in Afghanistan. While awaiting questioning, she allegedly grabbed a U.S. Army...
  • Yemen Muslim cleric al-Awlaki in US death threat video

    11/08/2010 2:18:58 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 8 November 2010
    A radical US-born Yemeni Islamist cleric has called for the killing of Americans in a new video message posted on radical web sites. Anwar al-Awlaki said no permission was needed to kill Americans as they are from the "party of devils". It comes shortly after authorities intercepted air cargo bombs sent from Yemen to the US in a plot linked to Mr Awlaki. Investigators have linked Mr Awlaki to the US army base killings in Fort Hood, Texas, last year's Christmas airline bomb attempt, and the failed Times Square bombing in New York.
  • 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...
  • NYC Police Close Off Section of Times Square Over Suspicious Vehicle

    10/20/2010 11:08:59 AM PDT · by FromLori · 12 replies
    Fox ^ | 10/20/10
    A section of Times Square in New York has been closed off as police investigate a suspicious vehicle, a detective tells FoxNews.com. A man was reported seen running from the vehicle, which started the security scare. Police have blocked off and cleared pedestrians on 43rd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, Reuters reports. The bomb squad is currently on the scene.
  • “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...
  • Faisal Shahzad: 'War With Muslims Has Just Begun'

    10/05/2010 3:28:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aaron Katersky & RIchard Esposito
    Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to detonate a car bomb in New York's Times Square on a crowded Saturday night, was sentenced to life in federal prison today. Before she pronounced sentence, Judge Miriam Cedarbaum said, "Mr. Shahzad, I think you should get up." Shahzad said "Allahu Akbar" after hearing the sentence, and said he would "sacrifice a thousand lives for Allah." (Snip) Shahzad also said he was happy with "the deal" God had given him. "We have laws made by Allah. We don't need laws made by humans."
  • 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
  • FBI footage of Times Square car bomb test shows explosion would have been 'devastating'

    09/30/2010 10:43:36 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 30 Sept 2010 | UK Daily Mail Foreign Service
    The FBI has released a video showing the detonation of a prototype of the failed car bomb that was supposed to go off in Times Square in May. Had the device been made correctly, FBI officials say, it would have killed dozens of people and caused 'devastating' damage. Faisal Shahzad, who has admitted to planting the car bomb in a parked SUV on May 1, told investigators that he believed it would have killed about 40 people.
  • NY Man Nabbed for Financing Times Square Bomber

    09/15/2010 2:05:12 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 15, 2010
    A New York man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he unwittingly funded a Connecticut man's attempt to bomb Times Square on May 1 by providing unlicensed banking services, an arrest that continues an effort by federal authorities to reduce the illegal flow of money that can finance terrorism. Mohammad Younis, 44, was accused in an indictment in U.S. District Court in Manhattan of engaging in hawala activities, an informal banking system which relies on wire transfers, couriers and overnight mail. He was arrested at his Long Island home and brought to the courthouse, where he was expected to make...
  • Zazi, Al Qaeda pals planned rush-hour attack on Grand Central, Times Square subway stations

    04/12/2010 9:28:47 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 814+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, April 12th 2010, 4:00 AM | BY John Marzulli
    Chilling new details about the foiled Al Qaeda plot to blow up the city's busiest subways have emerged as a fourth suspect was quietly arrested in Pakistan, the Daily News has learned. The unidentified man, who helped plan the plot, is expected to be extradited to the U.S. to betried in Brooklyn Federal Court with Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay of Flushing, Queens, sources said. The cooperation of would-be lead bomber Najibullah Zazi has helped law enforcement officials piece together a fuller picture of the evil plan to kill innocent straphangers around the 9/11 anniversary last year.Zazi and his two...
  • The Naked Cowgirl Fires Back

    06/28/2010 12:31:31 PM PDT · by traumer · 59 replies · 2+ views
    <p>Most New Yorkers have seen the famed Naked Cowboy as they’ve passed through Times Square, but what about the Naked Cowgirl? She’s been on the scene for about 30 years, yet her story is often untold. JoyfulGypsy spoke with the Naked Cowgirl, Sandy Kane. 'She’s been there for many years and everybody knows her and loves her. Now she’s being pushed out for this new cowgirl. I wanted to get her side of the story after listening to the Naked Cowboy on HLN,' she said.</p>
  • Faisal Shahzad, Jihadi, Explains Terrorism

    06/25/2010 6:50:17 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 4 replies
    DanielPipes.org ^ | 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...
  • Cowboy: 'Naked' rip-off! - Underoo buckaroo's bid to boot 'copycat' gal (Feuding Naked Cowfolk)

    06/22/2010 10:49:20 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 64 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | Last Updated: 5:47 AM, June 22, 2010 | JENNIFER FERMINO
    Times Square isn't big enough for the two of them. The Naked Cowboy claims a bawdy, bikini-clad female busker who calls herself "The Naked Cowgirl" is ripping off his shtick, and he's threatening to lasso her into court for as much as $150,000. The cowboy, whose real name is Robert Burck, sent a cease-and-desist letter to his foil, Sandy Kane, a fixture of the city comedy scene and former stripper famous for closing her act by lighting her breasts on fire. "Your use of Naked Cowgirl is essentially identical to the Naked Cowboy and is clearly in violation" of Burck's...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pak Taliban paid $12,000 to failed Times Square bomber

    06/19/2010 4:00:59 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies · 243+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 19, 2010 | ANI
    In what further strengthens the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) direct involvement in the failed Times Square bombing plot, a federal indictment released earlier this week has revealed that the extremist outfit had paid $12,000 to Faisal Shahzad to plot the explosion at the busy commercial intersection. Shahzad, a US citizen of Pakistani origin currently in detention, has been accused of planting an explosives laden SUV at Times Square. According to The Washington Post, the 10-count federal indictment alleges that Shahzad received payments of $5,000 and $7,000 in transactions with an accomplice affiliated with the Taliban. The first payment was received in...
  • Times Square bomb suspect indicted on 10 terror-related counts

    06/17/2010 2:42:08 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies · 373+ views
    Wireupdate ^ | 6/17/10 | Monica Lawrence
    Terror suspect Faisal Shahzad, who is accused of attempting to bomb New York’s Times Square, was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York on 10 terror-related counts, local media reported. Shahzad was originally charged with five counts but now he’s facing 10 terror-related counts, including a new weapons charge, WNBC-TV reported.
  • 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...