Faisal Shahzad, Times Square bomb suspect in custody -- LIVE UPDATES
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7:16 p.m. Pakistan Taliban claim being "reconsidered"
As investigators focused on the Pakistan Taliban, law enforcement officials said they were "reconsidering" a purported claim of responsibility by the group in a video posted early Sunday on YouTube, and one later that night showing its commander, Hakimullah Mehsud, promising to launch attack in the United States.
A U.S. official briefed Tuesday said the videos' origins were under investigation. Evan F. Kohlmann, a terrorism consultant at Flashpoint Global Partners who monitors terrorist Internet communications, said the videos were uploaded by a user known as "Tehreeketaliban," apparently a play on the group Tehrik-e-Taliban-Pakistan's official name, who engaged commentors in English and referred to the videos' English-subtitles.
Kohlmann said the user's postings "sounded like someone who's a political" operative trying to expand the group's outreach in the United States and English-speaking countries.
--Spencer S. Hsu
6:01 p.m., Updated 6:14 p.m. Court appearance delayed
Faisal Shahzad's initial appearance in U.S. District Court, scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed until Thursday, at the earliest. The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan had said Shahzad would appear Tuesday; the reason for the delay was not explained. Privately, U..S. officials said the suspect was continuing to cooperate with authorities.
4:30 p.m. United State of America vs. Faisal Shahzad
Read the legal complaint here. The complaint states that after he was captured Shahzad "admitted that he had recently received bomb-making training in Waziristan, Pakistan."
3:47 p.m.; Updated 4:45, 7:07 p.m. Did the no-fly list catch Shahzad -- or not?
Who stopped Faisal Shahzad from leaving America?
An American law enforcement official and a source close to the United Arab Emirates government, which owns the Emirates airline on which Shahzad purchased a last-minute ticket, said that while his name was added to the no-fly list mid-day Monday, that did not stop him from boarding the flight.
The UAE source said Emirates alerted Customs and Border Protection authorities about Shahzad because its systems flagged him for making a reservation on his way to the airport and paying cash for his ticket.
A law enforcement official contradicted that account. The official said that although an electronic notice about Shahzad's no-fly status had been sent to airlines, the information had not yet been processed in Emirates' computer system to the point where it would have triggered an automated alert.
"It was not by merit of airline notification," the official said, adding that the airline's call was not made until 1:30 a.m., after Shahzad's arrest.
A senior administration official blamed a "breakdown" by the airline, for not updating its computer systems to put Shahzad in their sites before he showed up at the airport at about 7:35 p.m.
"If the Emirates airlines had done what they were supposed to do, they would have flagged him," the administration official said.
CBP officers discovered Shahzad's presence not from Emirates, but in the course of making routine checks, the law enforcement official said. International airlines submit passenger manifests to CBP in batches before departure to compare with government watch lists. At 10:40 p.m., Emirate sent over a list including Shahzad's name, and CBP found a lookout for him in its systems based on his nomination to the no-fly list, leading to a race to the gate.
But the plane door shut before the agents could get on board to retrieve him. That happened at 11:02 p.m., just before the plane was going to push back from the gate.
Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-Maine), ranking member of the Senate homeland security committee, said Shahzad's ability to board the plane "raised a key question as far as our ability to assess whether the system worked."
"If he was put on the no-fly list before he arrived at the airport, then he never should have been allowed to board the plane in the first place," Collins said. While pressing the administration for details, Collins added, however, "It's evident to me in contrast to the [Christmas Day bombing attempt by Umar Farouk] Abdulmutallab case, there was much better coordination this time at the federal level between our intelligence agencies and our law enforcement agencies."
U.S. and UAE sources also corrected earlier accounts of where and when Shahzad was apprehended. He was apprehended while the plane was parked at the gate, but after the door had been closed and the jetbridge pulled away. The UAE source and the law enforcement official said CBP officials called to pull the jetway back up and Shahzad was removed. The plane then pushed back from the gate, but was called back again and two additional passengers deemed persons of interest were taken off. The passengers were cleared for subsequent travel, the law enforcement official said.
--Spencer S. Hsu
3:33 p.m. Gun left at airport purchased by Shahzad; Updated 4:01, 4:36 p.m.
Sources say the gun left in a white Isuzu driven by Times Square attack suspect Faisal Shahzad to John F. Kennedy International Airport has been traced to a purchase Shahzad made at Valley Firearms in Shelton, Conn., in March. The gun was a 9mm Keltec Rifle.
3:05 p.m. Shahzad loved yardwork; his wife, shopping
SHELTON, Conn. -- One of Faisal Shahzad's former neighbors described him as a pleasant family man who enjoyed taking care of his yard and playing with his two daughters.
"He loved to work in his yard. His grass was always neat. He was always outside with his daughters," said the teen-aged neighbor, who identified herself only as the daughter of Brenda Thurman.
The teen said Shahzad left Shelton every morning for work shortly after 6 a.m. in a suit and would return around 3:30 p.m. Shahzad told her he worked on Wall Street.
The teen said Shahzad told her his wife didn't speak English. But after Shahzad moved out last year -- two months before his wife -- the teen discovered she did in fact speak English.
Shahzad's wife sometimes wore a veil and traditional robes, other times more typical American clothing, the girl said. The wife was a full-time homemaker, she said.
"They loved to shop. The only time she drove was when they went to shop" for clothes, the teen said.
--Mary Beth Sheridan
2:49 p.m. Cousin: Shahzad "has no connections with any militant groups"
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- At the Shahzad family house in the village of Mohib Banda, two men who identified themselves as Shahzad's cousins said his father is a retired Vice Air Marshal named Bahar ul-Haq, and that the father and other relatives live in the large northwest Pakistan city of Peshawar.
One cousin, Sari ul-Haq, 45, said Shahzad had visited the village about six months ago for a wedding ceremony. He said Shahzad was not accompanied by his wife or children at the wedding and did not know where they live.
The cousin expressed disbelief that Shahzad was behind the bombing. "He is a simple man. He has no connections with any militant groups," Sari ul-Haq said.
--Haq Nawaz Khan
2:00 p.m. GOP revives 'Miranda' debate in wake of Times Square bombing arrest
After new broke late Monday that federal authorities had arrested Faisal Shahzad in connection with Saturday's botched car bombing in New York's Times Square, congressional Republicans wasted no time in reviving the debate on whether to read Miranda rights to a terror suspect. The Miranda issue rose to prominence in the aftermath of the failed attempt to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day. It was reported that the suspect, Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, stopped providing information after he was read his rights following 50 minutes of interrogation.
In remarks Tuesday morning, President Obama did not say when Shahzad was read his Miranda rights. In a news conference at the Justice Department, Deputy FBI Director John Pistole said Shahzad was initially interrogated by the FBI under the "public safety exception to the Miranda rule" and provided "valuable" intelligence and evidence. Pistole said Shahzad was later Mirandized and "continued to cooperate and provide valuable information." Pistole declined to say how long Shahzad was in custody before he was Mirandized.
1:57 p.m. Shahzad not often seen at Bridgeport mosque
Worshipers at Bridgeport's main mosque, Masjid an-Noor, said Shahzad did not worship there regularly.
"This guy, I've never seen him," said the imam, Sheikh Hasan Abu-Mar.
He said he couldn't rule out that Shahzad may have turned up a few times to pray. "There come to our mosque about 1,000 people. You think I can remember everyone here?" He added that the man's alleged act was against the mosque's teachings of "peace and love."
If mosque leadership had learned of anyone planning a violent act, "we''ll kick him out," the imam said.
One worshiper added: "Nobody knew him. We see him on TV. Everyone's surprised." The man declined to give his name.
--Mary Beth Sheridan
1:55 p.m. Politico: Audio of pilot and air traffic control at JFK Airport as plane is recalled
Audio of air traffic controllers and pilots for Emirates 202 departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport was posted on YouTube by a pseudonymous user Tuesday. The audio was confirmed by Politico with LiveATC.net, which provides aviation audio feeds to air travel enthusiasts.
"Actually, I have a message for you to go back to the gate immediately so make the left turn when able," the female controller tells the pilots of Emirates flight 202, according to the YouTube.
The pilots begin to comply when she repeats her command.
"Two-zero-two, make the left turn onto echo, left alpha back to the ramp -- I don't know exactly why but you can call your company for the reason," the flight controller said.
"We're trying to figure out what's going on here right now," added another voice, from Emirates airlines. "But as far as we know I'd like to request you to keep the flight plan open right now."
Citing an anonymous U.S. government official, the Associated Press reported today that Shahzad "made his flight reservation on the way to the airport and paid for his ticket in cash."
He was taken into custody after boarding his plane at Kennedy airport.
1:24 p.m. Suspect first attended college in Washington, D.C.
Faisal Shahzad transferred to the University of Bridgeport, Conn., in the spring of 1999 from Southeastern University in the District, UB tells The Post's Peter Finn.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Faisal Shahzad was granted an F-1 student visa in December 1998.
1:06 p.m. Time: Suspect may have been at training camp in Pakistan
Time magazine cites an anonymous Pakistani government source as saying that Faisal Shahzad had ties with militants while in Pakistan. "He was here at a training camp," the source told Time. The report has not been confirmed.
1:01 p.m. AP: Fireworks box removed from Shahzad home
The Associated Press reports:
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Federal investigators at the home of the Times Square bombing suspect have removed a fireworks box among other evidence at the property in Bridgeport, Conn.
The box is labeled "Silver Salutes." Those fireworks are similar to the M88s authorities say were found among containers of gasoline and other materials left in an SUV meant to explode in New York City on Saturday night.
12:50 p.m. Neighbor saw Shahzad driving SUV Thursday
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Dozens of police in blue uniforms swarmed around Sheridan St. in Bridgeport Tuesday morning, one of Faisal Shahzad's last addresses. Police had closed off the street of with yellow emergency tape as federal agents removed items from the home overnight.
Luz Caban, 18, who said she lived across the street from Shahzad's home, described him as almost an invisible presence.
"Nobody ever came out of the house," she said. She had assumed it was empty in part because of the "For Rent" sign out front.
In the nearly three months Caban had lived on the street, she said, she had only seen Shahzad once. It was on Thursday, when he was pulling out in the blue SUV.
"I was like, who's that?" she said.
She added: "When I seen the news, I was like, 'Oh my God, it's the same car I saw behind the house.'"
She described the neighborhood as a mix of Puerto Rican, African American and Mexican residents, plus an Indian family.
Salsa tunes blared from an auto shop around the corner from Shahzad's home as police and TV crews milled around. His home is cream-colored with white trim. Some homes on street filled with three-story houses looked rundown; his was in better condition.
--Mary Beth Sheridan
12:45 p.m. Terrorism questions and answers.
Gary Ackerman, a terrorism expert at the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, answered reader questions live online Tuesday. Evan F. Kohlmann, at terrorism consultant, with Flashpoint Partners answered reader questions Monday.
12:16 p.m. Two arrested in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD -- An intelligence official who was not authorized to speak on the record said two arrests had been made in Karachi in connection with the bombing attempt. One arrested is named Tausif Ahmed, and he is believed to have traveled to the United States recently to meet with Faisal Shahzad, according to this official. The official did not have the other's name. Ahmed was arrested in a busy commercial neighborhood called Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
Pakistani television stations are reporting that as many as five other connected people may have been arrested in the central industrial city of Faisalabad, but those reports are not confirmed.
Shahzad hails from Pabbi, the main town of Nowshera District in the northwest, near Peshawar, according to Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
12:00 p.m. CBS sources: Several people in custody in Pakistan
Citing anonymous sources, CBS News is reporting that "multiple people have been taken into custody for questioning in Pakistan in connection with the Times Square bomb plot" after raids in the South Asian nation Monday night and Tuesday morning. Between four and eight people were believed to be being held at undisclosed locations, the network reports, "and there are reports that some of them may be related to the suspect arrested overnight in New York."
11:45 a.m. Obama calls New York police officers, vendors
"Following his call to Duane Jackson yesterday, the president this morning made calls to Lance Orton and Officers Wayne Rhatigan and Pam Duffy to thank them for their vigilance," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement Tuesday morning.
Vendors Orton and Jackson first reported the suspicious SUV to police. Officers Rhatigan and Duffy were the first responders on the scene and evacuated the area. You can read Post reporter Keith Richburg's profile of Jackson here.
11:35 a.m. Faisal Shahzad's former house for sale
11:24 a.m. Obama: "We will not be terrorized. We will not cower in fear. We will not be intimidated."
President Obama pledged that federal agencies would work aggressively to determine whether the suspect in what he called an "attempted terrorist attack" had any connection to terrorist groups.
In a speech to business leaders in Washington, Obama said, "Justice will be done, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect the American people." He called the Times Square incident "another sobering reminder of the times in which we live" and said terrorists "will stop at nothing to kill and disrupt our way of life."
Obama hailed New York's first responders, saying that their "quick thinking may have saved hundreds of lives."
He said, "New Yorkers have reminded us once again how to live with their heads held high.... As Americans and as a nation, we will not be terrorized. We will not cower in fear. We will not be intimidated."
11:11 am. Shahzad was a 2001 graduate of the University of Bridgeport
BRIDGEPORT -- Faisal Shahzad, the man charged in the attempted bombing in Times Square, is a 2001 graduate of the University of Bridgeport and had lived at multiple addresss in Fairfield and New Haven counties.
Shahzad, who will appear in federal court in Manhattan Tuesday, graduated from UB in May 2001 with a bachelors of science degree. His parents had traveled to Bridgeport from Pakistan to attend his graduation. When Shahzad's name was called, his father proudly whispered, "that's him."
Records also show that Shahzad has lived in the region since May 2001 including addresses in Milford, Norwalk, Bridgeport and Shelton.
The paper also adds details on his real estate dealings:
In Shelton, Shahzad bought a house at 119 Long Hill Ave. in 2004 and took out a $218,400 mortgage from Chase Home Finance. In February 2009, he obtained a $65,000 home equity loan from Wachovia bank and seven months both banks began foreclosure.
11 a.m. Obama on Shahzad arrest
President Obama is expected to address the arrest of Faisal Shahzad in connection with the attempted Saturday night car bombing of Times Square during remarks to the Business Council this morning.
10:55 a.m. Shahzad was booked to fly to Pakistan
Richard Mintz, a spokesman for the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, said Faisal Shahzad was booked to fly to Islamabad on Emirates Airlines, which is owned by the UAE. He was to travel on Flight 202 to Dubai, then change planes and fly on to the Pakistani capital.
Shahzad had flown to Pakistan through Dubai before on Emirates Airlines, but UAE officials have no records showing that he ever passed through customs in the United Arab Emirates or stayed there for any length of time, Mintz said.
Officials from the Persian Gulf nation are working with U.S. authorities who are retracing Shahzad's steps, to see if Shahzad ever entered the UAE on a passport other that the one he was using when he was arrested late Monday.
10:50 a.m. Bloomberg: No bias, no backlash -- and lots of work to do.
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) told reporters Tuesday that "there is still plenty of work to do" following the arrest of a suspect in Saturday's attempted car bombing in Times Square, but he expressed confidence that the New York Police Department and the FBI "will fully unravel this case and bring the guilty to justice."
In a news conference. Bloomberg said, "This was an act that was designed to kill innocent civilians and strike fear into the hearts of Americans." However, he pointed to the crowds of people who have continued to flock to Times Square as evidence that New Yorkers are unafraid. "We will not be intimidated," he said.
Referring to the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Pakistan, Bloomberg added that "we will not tolerate any bias or backlash against any Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers." He said New York remains proud of its reputation as a city where people of all faiths can practice their religion and where "people from every part of the world live in the same neighborhoods."
He also strongly praised the police and firefighters who responded to the scene of the attempted car bombing, saying they acted professionally in evacuating the area and eliminating the threat from the smoking vehicle while also preserving evidence.
"They knew not to apply water or any other extinguishing agent" but let the bomb squad do its work, Bloomberg said.
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