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donaldbreland
05-04-2010, 05:00 AM
BREAKING NEWS -- Federal authorities arrested a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent Monday night at New York's JFK Airport in connection with the attempted Times Square car bombing, Fox News has learned.

The man was identified as Shahzad Faisal, 30, of Connecticut, according to NBC News.

Police had interviewed the registered owner of the bomb-laden sports-utility vehicle. They said he was not a suspect, but he recently sold the dark-colored 1993 Nissan Pathfinder on Craigslist to another individual, whom the Associated Press reported was a Pakistani-American.

The bomb scare forced the evacuation of Times Square on a busy Saturday night, as police used a robot to break into the smoking SUV and diffuse the makeshift explosive, which was made from everyday items, such as propane tanks and firecrackers.

The vehicle identification number had been removed from the Pathfinder's dashboard, but it was stamped on the engine and axle, and investigators used it to find the owner of record. CBS News reported that the owner told investigators he recently sold the vehicle for $1,300 to someone who looked "Middle Eastern" or "Hispanic." The buyer reportedly paid in $100 bills.


One Obama administration official, while acknowledging the crudeness of the bomb, cautioned, "Do not necessarily assume that the plot behind it was not sophisticated."

Sources told Fox News that investigators were focusing on the similarities between the failed attack in New York City and both the 2007 attack on Glasgow's airport in Scotland and the attempted bombing of a London nightclub the same year. Propane gas and gasoline were used in all three incidents.

On Monday, the White House for the first time clearly defined the attempted attack as an act of terrorism, without saying whether it was the work of a foreign or domestic plot.

"I think anybody that has the type of material that they had in a car in Times Square, I would say that that was intended to terrorize. Absolutely," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said when asked by Fox News how the White House would categorize the incident. "And I would say that whoever did that would be categorized as a terrorist. Yes."

Obama administration officials previously stopped short of declaring the incident terrorism.

source is www.foxnews.com

donaldbreland
05-04-2010, 05:01 AM
This could have went under the woodshed but I think this falls better into the political category. Thoughts?

Bonnie
05-04-2010, 06:35 AM
I was gone this weekend and missed all this when it happened; I just saw some breaking news about it earlier--that they had arrested someone.

When I heard he was a naturalized citizen (Pakistani), it made me wonder if this is there next ploy--to actually become naturalized citizens to make it easier to hit us from within. I wonder if they can get the guy who sold him the car on something; they said on the news there was no paperwork documented for the sale of the car.

Llamafighter
05-04-2010, 11:54 AM
I read that this is 1 of 10 or 11 attempts like this in the city since 9/11. I'm ready to move back out into the country.

Bonnie
05-04-2010, 04:06 PM
I read that this is 1 of 10 or 11 attempts like this in the city since 9/11. I'm ready to move back out into the country.

I thought of you Mark. How close are y'all to Times Square?

VCURamFan
05-04-2010, 04:46 PM
I read that this is 1 of 10 or 11 attempts like this in the city since 9/11. I'm ready to move back out into the country.
Virginia's got some beautiful country sides, Mark! Just ask Boomer!! :happydancing:

Llamafighter
05-04-2010, 06:01 PM
I thought of you Mark. How close are y'all to Times Square?

I work pretty close to Times Square, but on the weekends I'm rarely in the city. I usually stay close to home or I'm in NJ with the theatre.
Thanks for thinking of me!

Llamafighter
05-04-2010, 06:02 PM
Virginia's got some beautiful country sides, Mark! Just ask Boomer!! :happydancing:

I love Virginia, but I'm a Hoosier thru and thru;)