Faisal Shahzad, Times Square bomb suspect in custody -- LIVE UPDATES

Related stories: "Times Square bomb suspect cooperating with authorities, Holder says"; "N.Y. plot brings the politics of terrorism to the forefront"; "The Times Square arrest and the politics of national security"; "Times Square bombing attempt reveals limits of video surveillance."

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.
--Sari Horwitz

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.

Continue reading reaction from politicians to the Miranda rules debate»
--Matt DeLong

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

Law enforcement and FBI agents remove evidence from a house in Bridgeport, Conn., Tuesday, May 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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.


FBI search a house where Faisal Shahzad lived in Bridgeport, Conn., Tuesday, May 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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.
--Karin Brulliard

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


Screen shot of an online ad for Shahzad's former home in Shelton, Conn. His last known residence was in Bridgeport, Conn. The house can be toured online at Habitat Boom.

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."
--William Branigin

11:11 am. Shahzad was a 2001 graduate of the University of Bridgeport
CTPost.com reports:

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.
--Debbi Wilgoren

10:50 a.m. Bloomberg: No bias, no backlash -- and lots of work to do.

A photo from the social networking site Orkut.com shows a man identified by neighbors in Connecticut as Faisal Shahzad.(AP Photo/Orkut.com)

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.
--William Branigin

May 4, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  | Category:  nation
Previous: Hawaii tsunami tweet tracker | Next: Israel raid on Gaza flotilla, Mavi Marmara vessel (Videos)

Comments

Please email us to report offensive comments.



If you note that Nidal Hassan and Fazad Shahzad are both Muslim immigrants, Mayor Bloomberg wants you to slap yourself up along the head.

Posted by: edbyronadams | May 4, 2010 11:09 AM

I live for the day when Americans grow a pair again. Muslims are actively engaged in plots to murder us and all the leaders can come up with is we won't tolerate a backlash. Hello what about Islam's backlash?

Posted by: cleancut77 | May 4, 2010 11:14 AM

Bloomberg added that "we will not tolerate any bias or backlash against any Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers."

Bloomberg did not go far enough... there should be no bias against ANY Muslim period.

President Obama declared in Cairo that America is a Muslim nation ! We need to open our borders and allow more members of the religion of peace to come here !

What could go wrong ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | May 4, 2010 11:14 AM

I knew this couldn't bode well that the terrorist turned out to be yet another Muslim with a Muslim name. I know some were hoping this time it would be Timmy Jones.

Posted by: forgetthis | May 4, 2010 11:22 AM

Nice of that billionaire progressive Jewish, Nanny State, POS Mayor Bloomberg to cleverly ripost from his accusation that hit probaly was an angry white male upset about Obamacare yesterday to defending diversity and the Religion of Peace.

How predictable of Mayor Bloomberg.

"We will not tolerate any backlash or bias against any Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers".

Fair, as long as such people start working long and hard to show they are tolerant of American ways and customs and others of different religions than theirs and do not seek to blow people up.

But Bloomberg did that adroit turn on a dime from accusing acusing white Americans who are no doubt unsophisticated Christians - to defending "his" Muslim pals as ardently as the Jews who came into Spain with the Moorish swordsmen stuck with those conquerers.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | May 4, 2010 11:23 AM

wasn't bloomberg the one who intimated that this was a lone nut upset about the healthcare reform?

what a joke this clown is...

Posted by: funkey | May 4, 2010 11:28 AM

As Bugs would say, "..What a maroon!.." I hope hiz honor sings the praises of the "Religion of Peace" when the NYC show trial for this POS starts and he's forced to spend millions on security from empty coffers. But, New Yorkers voted him in and get what they deserve. maybe now they can co=locate Sheik Mohammad's trial there, too. This is just PRICELESS!!!!

Posted by: MDDem1 | May 4, 2010 11:30 AM

Bloomberg might consider moving them all to Jersey, "for their own safety". I wouldn't want to be wearing a head rag in NY today.

Posted by: DaveHarris | May 4, 2010 11:34 AM

Somehow, the contribution made by the street vendor, who first alerted authorities about the smoke, has been methodically eliminated or downplayed by both the media and authorities. Any reasons?

Posted by: ssensharma | May 4, 2010 11:34 AM

BLAME THE WHITE GUY......IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE WHITE GUYS IN THE USA ARMY AND MARINES.....BLLOMBERG'S ISRAEL WOULD BE BLOOMBERG'S ONION.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | May 4, 2010 11:51 AM

Like many, I wondered about the national origin/ethnicity of the perp. Now we know. It's a U.S. citizen, but, alas, of Pakistani origin. Another Pakistani. Funny how we have no trouble from other South Asian nationalities. Funny how India is periodically terrorized by agents from Pakistan, but apparently does not reciprocate in kind. Funny how the would-be terrorist did not turn out to be an American of European or African ancestry or a Latino.

Posted by: Watersville | May 4, 2010 11:57 AM

Somehow, the contribution made by the street vendor, who first alerted authorities about the smoke, has been methodically eliminated or downplayed by both the media and authorities. Any reasons?
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Probably because he is an Arab and that just doesn't fit into the general hate and tea baggery that is en vogue. I will say this though.... Anyone attempting to tea bag me is getting shot.

Posted by: veronihilverius | May 4, 2010 12:06 PM

Obama says "We will not be terrorized".
What country is he living in?
We have been terrorized and continue to be terrorized every day by Muslims.
I went to the local public library yesterday and saw all kinds of detectors and a guard. Why do you think they are there. every time you enter a building in New York you have to get ID'd in some way or another.
When we take an airline we are searched nine ways from Sunday. i would say we are terrorized and have been since 911.
So how is the great one going to stop these Muslim friends of his from trying to kill us?
I feel so much better now that he has declared that we will not be terrorized. maybe he will not, but we sure will be.

Posted by: nychap44 | May 4, 2010 12:18 PM

More denial of the problem by our leaders once again. Bush was the same with his religion of peace remarks. Obama ignores and then bans the word terrorist as if it would make it go away.

We need to wake up to the fact that while most Muslims are not terrorist most terrorist are muslim and they are here in this country now. It was only the ineptitude of this fellow that kept hundreds of New Yorkers from being maimed or killed. He proved it can be done.

Posted by: Pilot1 | May 4, 2010 12:20 PM

Pretty brave talk on the part of the president. Only by sheer luck has he dodged a massive attack of the type that was avoided during the Bush II years.

Individual rights are a good thing....but can you say that to the families of the people who are killed in these attacks?

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | May 4, 2010 12:22 PM

You know what REALLY bothers me about this?

It's not just that this guy was a Muslim; you kind of expected that.

It's not just that this guy was from a Muslim country that hates us; you kind of expected that, too.

It's not just that this guy got an American education, became a citizen, took advantage of all the opportunities America gives immigrants, and turned on his new country; you kind of expected that, too.

It's not that he tried to kill as many people as possible in the city that epitomizes the American dream; you kind of expected that, too.

What bothers me is that not a single Muslim leader in the U.S., Pakistan, or anywhere else in the world has come out publically and forcefully to condemn this act; to announce that this is act is not reflective of Islam; that people who think like this man should be called out and driven out of their societies; that Islam stands by and supports innocent non-Muslims; that the killing and attempts to kill innocent men, women and children is an unpardonable sin against Allah.

After all that has happened: the Cole, the African Embassies, 9/11, Bali, Bombay, etc.; the "responsible" Muslim world has yet to raise its collective voice and fight this scourge.

But I guess you kind of expected that, too!

Posted by: lenagabe1 | May 4, 2010 12:27 PM

Wow, the hate is thick here today. How many of these bigots have German ancestry? They should read up on how Americans treated such people (one of the largest immigrant groups in the US at the time) during WWI:

The Red Cross barred individuals with German last names from joining in fear of sabotage.

In Collinsville, Illinois, German-born Robert Prager was dragged from jail as a suspected spy and lynched.

A Minnesota minister was tarred and feathered when he was overheard praying in German with a dying woman.

Orchestras replaced music by German composer Wagner with French composer Berlioz.

In Cincinnati, the public library was asked to withdraw all German books from its shelves.

So go ahead with your pitchforks and torches to express your anger at innocent people who you think are the enemy - just realize, one day, the mob may be coming for YOU.

Posted by: hitpoints | May 4, 2010 12:29 PM

What a joke. Obama is free to say "we shall not be terrorized" while he and his cronies' actions have already terrorized the average American. Furthermore his mishandling of the Afghani war will guarantee that we lose and that the war will be brought to the US shores. If one car bomb was found, I am sure there are more. Obama's mishandling of the Gulf oil spill should clue us on how he will handle a real terrorist attack on the US. He certainly will do worse than former President Bush.

Posted by: rsbnola | May 4, 2010 12:31 PM

Somehow, the contribution made by the street vendor, who first alerted authorities about the smoke, has been methodically eliminated or downplayed by both the media and authorities. Any reasons?

Posted by: ssensharma
===========================
I know people crave to make the most inconsequential thing in these incidents "heroism!" and seek to honor the great hero...but please.
Guy on street sees smoke coming out of car. Calls to report a fire.
This is above and beyond behavior? NYC ticker tape parade worthy?

I reported a downed power line last month. Please...think of me and my tremendous feat as well! I could have ignored it...but I summoned up the superhuman will to pick my cell phone out of my pocket and called 9/11.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | May 4, 2010 12:32 PM

Anyone that travels to or from the countries on the airline watch list deserve extra scrutiny not only from authorities but the citizens too. Keep up your guard does not mean Louis Farrakan gets extra scrutiny, but Pakistan is terrorist central with Yemen getting the second prize, followed by Saudi Arabia and Egypt, throw in Algiers and Somalia for good measure. Shia Iran is a pest, not part of the Sunni fundamentalist terror network, but enhancing IEDs, arming/paying Yemen insurgents, arms via Hamas and Hezzbollah to fight Israel and strong arming Syria (arms) and Iraq (through Sadr). Irans nuclear ambitions have more to do with instilling fear on the Sunnis than some martydom attack on Israel. Israel with recent Mediterranean operations have the capability of nuclear response estimated above 100 warheads. The best way for peace is an independent from India/Pakistan Kashmir (a million U.N. troops needed) and the creation of a Palestine that recognizes Israel, works with Israel to build a New Palestine as capitol with access to the Dome of the Rock grounds also annexed to the new country. Getting there so far has proved impossible.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 4, 2010 12:41 PM

"Terrorized" is a state of mind. We will all die some time, and some will die violently. But should we quiver in fear of a violent death at the hands of some two-bit jihadist thug? Or should we live our freedoms as we would normally do with our middle fingers pointed joyously toward those who seek to terrorize us?

Obama is absolutely right to insist that we will not be terrorized. The jihadist scum WANT us to react by changing our ways and becoming closed to the world. They WANT us to divide the world up between Muslims and non-Muslims.

It is our patriotic responsibility not to respond with terror, but with courage and character.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | May 4, 2010 12:42 PM

Obama: "We will not be terrorized".
Is that his version of "Mission Accomplished"?

Posted by: nychap44 | May 4, 2010 12:45 PM

The whole thing just stinks like a giant photo-op.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | May 4, 2010 12:46 PM

Notice how now that the BRAVE AMERICAN CITIZEN notified authorities, and "NEW YORK'S FINEST", the BRAVE NYPD, responded in their usual EFFICIENT WAY, and how they did their jobs so well, NOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is taking over the investigation?

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID THAT "WE WILL NOT BE TERRORIZED". THIS STATEMENT COMING AFTER HIS FAMOUS SPEECH WHERE HE BOWED TO "OUR GOOD FRIENDS IN PAH-KEES-TAN", AS HE IS SO FOND OF SAYING.

OH, AND AFTER JUST HEARING ATTY GEN'L ERIC HOLDER'S SPEECH ON TV JUST BEFORE, NOW I FEEL SOOO SAFE!

EVERYTHING'S JUST FINE IN GA-GA LAND, PEOPLE. GO BACK TO SLEEP AMERICA.

Posted by: barrysal | May 4, 2010 12:58 PM

In Bloomberg's NY, he has the U.N. with every country having a consulate, he has Islam represented with many mosques and schools and people in Atlantic Av. mosques ridding themselves of radicals attending. The city is a melting pot with just about every religion represented, every country represented, all living together in peace. The race riots in Newark and Watts in the 60s never happened in NYC is testament to it's tolerance. It also by giving terrorism the highest priority by the police an outstanding record of catching terrorists. More information from moderates in Islam about the radicals they know would go along way in improving the image Americans have of Islam.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 4, 2010 12:59 PM

What bothers me is that not a single Muslim leader in the U.S., Pakistan, or anywhere else in the world has come out publically and forcefully to condemn this act....

Posted by: lenagabe1 | May 4, 2010 12:27 PM
**********************

CAIR has an announcement planned in a few minutes. Stay tuned.

I expect there have been other reactions, as well. Not seeing them on the web? Did you do your search in Arabic? It's a big world out there....

Posted by: abqcleve | May 4, 2010 1:00 PM

How about mentioning that the man arrested was also a registered Democrat in Connecticut. I sure that the affiliation would not have been overlooked if he had been a registered Republican.

Posted by: georgiarat | May 4, 2010 1:01 PM

All over America people are poking fun at his Roadrunner cartoon style bomb.

Was he disillusioned after he came over to the west, or did he bring extreme discontent along with him from his home country?

I'd like to see an interview with his parents back in Pakistan. All that college tuition gone to waste!

Posted by: oldmagnolia | May 4, 2010 1:21 PM

CAIR has an announcement planned in a few minutes. Stay tuned.

I expect there have been other reactions, as well. Not seeing them on the web? Did you do your search in Arabic? It's a big world out there....

Posted by: abqcleve | May 4, 2010 1:00 PM

__________________________

Historically, any reaction in Arabic - for Arabic readers - has almost always been in the context of "such-and-such act was done in response to America's such-and-such action against Muslims in such-and-such place." Or something akin to this. I don't doubt for ONE SECOND that CAIR will say something along these lines also.

Any public condemnation by Muslims almost always is couched with self-serving apologies:

"If not for America's action in (fill in the blank), this act would not have happened."

Or, "We condemn what happened, but let us not forget the greater context of what led to this action."

Or, "What happened is not Islam, but let's not forget that the actions of America/Israel/Great Britain in (insert location(s) here) has led to this tragic act."

Muslims' reactions always seem to be couched in terms that protect the throat of the one doing the condemnation. They want to show their militant "brothers in Islam" that they understand their aims, if not their means.

In short, Muslims are either cowards, or secretly support the goals - if not the methods - of their militant "brothers."

Posted by: lenagabe1 | May 4, 2010 1:31 PM

Jamesschirico: "The best way for peace is an independent from India/Pakistan Kashmir (a million U.N. troops needed)".
You got to be kidding philosopher! How about clubbing all latinos, mexicans that flock to US in one state and given them freedom and self-rule? Do you know what would happen if Kashmir is freed of democratic India's rule? Do you even care that many Hindu Pandits that lived in Kashmir have been either killed or forcibly evicted from their Kashmiri homes? They ARE of Kashmiri origin. If you do not know facts, shut up. Do not mouth ignorant non-sense at these forums.

Posted by: hughes_168 | May 4, 2010 1:33 PM

edbyronadams and cleancut77 -

I'm with you. When are we going to start seeing headless muslim bodies deposited in dumpsters, and thrown along the side of the road. Enough of this PC BS. Where is the outrage? Where are our cojones? Let's go get the lousy SOBs. Drive them the eff out once and for all. They want war, then by golly we'll give it to them.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | May 4, 2010 1:45 PM

If we allow these terrorists to change our way of life or force us, through fear, to abandon our principles they will win. As Americans we stand for something much greater and we have earned the right to walk with our heads held high. Perfect, NO, we are not but our way of life is the one “WE” have chosen and we will not be bullied nor will we tolerate the intimidation of foreigners on our own soil. I say prosecute, prosecute, prosecute until they get the message and find another “toy” to play with. When they see their fellow countrymen continually rotting away in prison of receiving lethal injections, one after the other they will stop. Laws are made for the unjust so we must apply our laws, without ceasing, against them.

Posted by: dhampton100 | May 4, 2010 1:51 PM

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=1112

It took me approximately 30 seconds to find this statement by the Muslim Public Affairs Council condemning the attempted attack on New York. I don't see any "self-serving apologies." The fact that they mention "awaiting the results of an investigation and formal charges against the subject" just means they think due process is important. If you think due process is un-American then you need to read the 14th Amendment.

Posted by: 0scar1980 | May 4, 2010 1:54 PM

Whatever, most ethnicities and religions have some some violent tendencies (kkk ring a bell?). Anyone who thinks that Muslims are any more violent than anyone else apparently does not read the newspaper or history books.

Posted by: GD1975 | May 4, 2010 2:05 PM

Where are all the libs who were acting thrilled when some MSM outlet lied and said it was a white guy? Are you disappointed?

Posted by: standard_guy | May 4, 2010 2:06 PM

...If mosque leadership had learned of anyone planning a violent act, "we''ll kick him out," the imam said.

Really- this is the best that can do? Kick him out? Why not report him to the authorities? Why not partner with the country you live in to oust potential terrist that are not practicing your relegion in the manner you say: "....was against the mosque's teachings of "peace and love."

Until EVERYONE is on board with law enforcement and finding terrorists, we will not win this war.

Posted by: RNNP | May 4, 2010 2:15 PM

I,M Muslim I condemn this act....
Is it shame and humming, and it is loser acting he is not real Muslim
USA, USA, USA, USA, USA, USA

Posted by: mha31353 | May 4, 2010 2:34 PM

I don't get all you people who are writing in about the Mayor saying he won't tolerate any backlash against Muslims. What is it you want to see happen? Vigilantes and mobs attacking people? That can't be good for anybody.

Look, let law enforcement do their jobs. Show the forces of terror that Americans don't change into different people just because some loony tries to blow up a bomb. In addition, I've been keeping on top of the emerging news stories about this bombing and one thing seems pretty apparent: nobody seems to really know what really happened. Wait a day or two before you come to your conclusions as to who did it, and whether he is part of a plot or acted alone. This jerk Shazad certainly seems to be involved but a pretty amateur job on the bomb building for a guy trained by people who have made bombing their main mode of attack for years. Is he a Richard Reed shoe bomber dummy or something more sinister and organized?

As to you guys up on your soap boxes blaming Obama and Bloomberg and Israel, you just show your bias and ignorance. It's your answer for everything. Make some real suggestions for a change.

Posted by: TheMan66 | May 4, 2010 2:35 PM

Interesting very interesting. The mayor of America's largest city accuses a political movement of being responsible for the bombing. had he said it was a Muslim before the perp was caught the media would have lambasted him.

And people wonder why Fox News is taking viewership away.

Posted by: cleancut77 | May 4, 2010 2:36 PM

He became a citizen here in 2009. Besides being profoundly stupid and inept, thank goodness, he has just lost his good life. Good. Take care who you give citizenship to. Immigration and Naturalization has its finger up its nose.

Posted by: MissMay | May 4, 2010 2:41 PM

just be careful of their definition of "peace and love". It's not like ours.

Posted by: TheDubb | May 4, 2010 2:43 PM

He looks like a very pretty fudgepacker...not at all like a hari-kari...too bad.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | May 4, 2010 2:48 PM

Welcome to the world of islamic terrorism.. We have metel detectors in India when we get into malls, movie theatres and some retail shops..I would not be surprised if America would see that in future..Islam is peace

Posted by: conscious2 | May 4, 2010 2:50 PM

Bloomberg accuses other of bias when there is no proof but is himself bias when accusing those against Obamacare of terrorism.

Bloomberg is a pathetic jerk. He let his mouth go off and spread disinformation and make accusations. Either he is an outright liar or those who work for him are dumber than dirt.

Bloomberg made my hometown of NYC look like a rat hole. Bloomberg is accusing NYer of bias when he should be accusing ISLAMIC RADICALS of trying to kill his citizens. Bloomberg is a walking cold sore on a diseased mouth.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | May 4, 2010 2:56 PM

Look at it from a statistician's point of view: given the evidence, it is fair to observe that not all Muslims are terrorists, but there is enormous correlation pointing to most terrorists being Muslim.

Posted by: imcampos | May 4, 2010 2:59 PM

This all goes back to extremist Saudi-financed Wahhabi extremist thought.

There's a reason why we're fighting the Fourth War - the Black Ops one - against al-Qaeda in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and the source of their money, religious extremism, and volunteers - Saudi Arabia.

The other three wars - Iraq, Afghanistan, and the insane Drug War - are pretty much an utter waste of Blood, Toil, Tears, and Taxes. We should end those three and continue to take the war to the real enemy, instead of fight other people's civil wars for them.

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 4, 2010 2:59 PM

"Pretty brave talk on the part of the president. Only by sheer luck has he dodged a massive attack of the type that was avoided during the Bush II years."

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | May 4, 2010 12:22 PM

******
Bush II, for your information, WAS president on September 11, 2001. Under HIS watch, 3000 people died in the 9/11 attack.

Maybe he could have caught Bin Laden,who was responsible for 9/11 attack on the WTC, if he hadn't looked for Saddam Hussein in Iraq instead!

After nine years, Bin Laden is STILL free, on the loose! But I have hope that he will be caught now that Obama is president. Obama at least has sent our special agents into Pakistan looking for BinLaden, and has flown drone bombers over Pakistan, killing several top AlQaeda leaders!

THANK YOU President Obama for keeping us safe!

Posted by: cashmere1 | May 4, 2010 3:01 PM

These latest terror-cell busts are more like how the British do it. They have had numerous arrests by simple good police and intel work. That kind of approach to what is a rather small number of gihad lunatics, is going to be more productive than trying to send armies after them.

Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | May 4, 2010 3:09 PM

How come nobody went to Bush's church when he killed the 1 MILLION Iraqis? How come nobody goes to Obama's church while he is committing terrorism against innocent people half-way around the world?

Posted by: jewishmother | May 4, 2010 3:15 PM

I am surprised that some of these comments come from readers of the Washington Post, especially since they mostly try to tie Obama to this terrorist. If this is happening on the WP site, imagine what is happening on Fox!

Posted by: SnyderMustGo2 | May 4, 2010 3:32 PM

How come nobody went to Bush's church when he killed the 1 MILLION Iraqis? How come nobody goes to Obama's church while he is committing terrorism against innocent people half-way around the world?

Posted by: jewishmother | May 4, 2010 3:15 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Surely you don't believe anyone is going to answer such a stupid question.

Everyone knows you are not a Jewish mother. Who do you persist in perpetuating such fraud? Can you not stand on your own faith and beliefs? Why must you pretend to be someone you're not while you spew your vile and hateful rhetoric? You're a coward.

Posted by: anna_78750 | May 4, 2010 3:45 PM

Wow! After today, I am more sympathetic to Israel and India, who have to fight the Pakistani terrorists.

Sometimes, rather than have the same goals, it is only important to have the same enemies.

I hope this man is tried for treason. To think that we took him in, gave him an education, granted him the opportunity for a good life, and bestowed citizenship on him! Then he turned around and urinated on our country. Either he was planning to hit us for many years and lied to get citizenship, or he is the most ungrateful wretch imaginable!

He must be a liar! He is a "al-taqiyya" Moslem who pretends to be honorable, then turns against honest people.

Posted by: LeeH1 | May 4, 2010 3:52 PM

mam at Bridgeport's main mosque says Shahzad did not worship there regularly and adds that alleged act is against teachings of "peace and love."

_____________

Right, I believe this, I really do. I especially believe that Islam is the religion of peace and love. Islam loves to blow people to peaces.

Posted by: bandmom22 | May 4, 2010 4:08 PM

Theodore Kaczynski, Eric Rudolph and Timothy McVeigh are yet another three terrorist bombers that could, no doubt, have been thwarted by profiling Muslims / Pakistanis!

I suppose the Muslim community should have apologized for Oklahoma City as soon as it happened rather than waiting for the investigation to find the killer.

"Witch hunts" of those from different backgrounds or of those with different beliefs are all too common in history whether they be Japanese, Italians or Germans during WW II or Ukrainians from WW !. Those "witch hunts" weren't terribly effective or just either even though they did seem to comfort many who weren't from the profiled groups.

Posted by: formerpolitician | May 4, 2010 4:18 PM

Okay, Between this guy and the underpants bomber, can we all agree now that TSA is about as useless as teats on a bull and should be dismantled? (And don't give me that "we need more stringent controls" b.s. The "government didn't work; what we need is MORE government" canard is insane.)

Posted by: bucinka8 | May 4, 2010 4:26 PM

So, the "bomber" got on the plane, the plane left the gate & the plane was called back so they could arrest the "bomber"?

Once again, no matter how much "lip stick" they put on this pig, the system failed!!!


Posted by: mikeconville | May 4, 2010 4:46 PM

wasnt obama someone who was supposed to learn from his mistakes, unlike george bush?

we have had two attempts in the past 6 months of a very run of the mill variety that have only failed because of shear luck, the incompetence of the person executing it and the vigilence of individual citizens.

obama needs to send a signal that he has learned some lessons.

Posted by: dummypants | May 4, 2010 4:56 PM

Good ole govt. Probably doing overnight batch processing to update no fly list.

Posted by: nojunk4me | May 4, 2010 4:57 PM

If terrorists -- of whatever political, social, religious background -- had their way, we'd have a couple of planes a day dropping from the sky. That we don't means security is basically working. Same with on-the-ground terrorism. Clearly, security is basically working.

As to McVeigh, his racial-religious-political background didn't divert anyone from looking for him very long after he bombed the Murrah Office Building. The proof is clear: he was in custody and being held as a suspect in that bombing within a couple of days. No significant time was spent looking for 'dark people', 'funny-accented people', 'weird-headgear-wearing people'. That's a fact. And it represents a significant difference between typical investigations in this country and much of the rest of the world: mostly people are NOT in a state of denial about what is going on and they rely on facts and evidence.

Posted by: srb2 | May 4, 2010 4:59 PM

"Who stopped Faisal Shahzad from leaving America?"

That's the 64,000 dollar question right there. Napolitano and company were on the air, slapping each other on the back, talking about how everything worked so well...And all of the while I'm sitting there wondering 'How did he get past security with his passport if he was on the no fly list?'

Yes, it's absolutely great that we got the guy, and am grateful that his bombing attempt fizzled.

But how in the heck was he allowed to get on that plane?

I absolutely want the answer to that question.

Posted by: Geepers1 | May 4, 2010 5:04 PM

Someone needs to be held accountable for this man getting on the plane, even though his name was on the no-fly list.

Posted by: moebius22 | May 4, 2010 5:09 PM

Where is the NRA on this? Who needs a background check, right? And where is Charlton Heston's gun?

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 made at Valley Firearms in Shelton, Conn., in March. The gun was a 9mm Keltec Rifle.
--Sari Horwitz

Posted by: mjwies11 | May 4, 2010 5:12 PM

Thanks for reporting it was a Kel-Tec!

(Us gun-nuts like to know these things.)

Assuming it really was a 9mm (probably correct) I'm guessing it was a SUB-2000 carbine.

MSRP: $409

http://www.kel-tec-cnc.com/sub2000.htm

Posted by: pmendez | May 4, 2010 5:16 PM

Obama is speaking for himself as Americans in Arizona feel exhasted broke and terrorized, while all of America wonders why we pay big bucks for Homeland Defense?

Why are Congressionally commissioned fences and border patrols put on Stand down by an unelected CZAR, in defiance of public saftey, who always runs out after the valid FBI and State BI's and citizens, accomplish the task , just to take a bow.


Delete expensive blunder and put the FBI back on as the hitters they are to keep us safe.

Empower State police like Arizona has, and let them ask for my papers at the airports.

This whole current TSA fiasco, can be moved into the State control and over seen by the FBI.

Fund the Competent people. Empower the Competent people, and delete the disease queen and her ridiculous and expensive castle.

States know their turf and understand how to protect it with some empowerment and capitol they can and will. FBI oversight catches crime and close work with States works.

Posted by: dottydo | May 4, 2010 5:21 PM

Shut down all immigration until the revamp and redress of the entire immigration system meets saftey and real homeland defense standards.
Pass One flag one allegiance, and end dual citizenships.
Sort out who and what is Naturalized as dual citizens and voting in our system.

Posted by: dottydo | May 4, 2010 5:26 PM

GET a proofreader, Post:

" Faisal Shahzad was allowed to purchased last-minute ticket and board flight"

________


Similar sloppy work is happening more and more here online. Do some hiring!

Posted by: forestbloggod | May 4, 2010 5:37 PM

You know that looks like a very nice house. If convicted, could his assets not be seized, sold and the proceeds given to help house the homeless?

Posted by: jqw3827 | May 4, 2010 5:44 PM

Reading the article, the No-Fly List did stop him. However, it didn't stop him at the airline counter. It stopped him when CBP officers compared the flight manifest to the No-Fly List as the flight was preparing to leave.

In all these things we need multiple layers of protection -- "defense in depth". The system worked, but it probably should have stopped him earlier. That it got to the last layer is a matter of concern.

Anyway, the NYPD, FBI, and everyone else involved did a great job and deserve enormous credit. Just think about the fact that, even though there were lots of clues that could eventually get to him, they were in a race against the clock with him being on his way to the airport.

Posted by: StanKlein | May 4, 2010 5:47 PM

The only people who care what color a person is, or where the person's from, or what language they speak, and so on, and so on, seems to always be politicians and the media.

Posted by: JAH3 | May 4, 2010 5:56 PM

Absolutley amazing to me as to just how many geniuses there are out there who have not availed the country of their stellar competencies in terrorism. They live in hatred of "the other," read their comic books and play their violence-ridden computer games and think it constitutes reality. It is so simple to them.

Please, run, don't walk, to the nearest governing body and let them use your "Superhero" talents!

Posted by: jharveinseattle | May 4, 2010 5:56 PM

When did he buy his plane ticket?
Monday? When was he added to the No Fly List? Monday afternoon we are told! Well computer batch processing hadn't occurred, which is how most corporations and government update data!

Posted by: jcmale14 | May 4, 2010 6:08 PM

Somehow, the contribution made by the street vendor, who first alerted authorities about the smoke, has been methodically eliminated or downplayed by both the media and authorities. Any reasons?

Posted by: ssensharma | May 4, 2010 11:34 AM

The reason is that if these haters acknowledge that an alert citizen did what he should have done, the NYPD did what they should have done and everything else worked the way it should have they would have nothing to complain about.

These people along with the right wing hacks like Beck, Limbaugh and the rest are having serious problems accepting the fact that this administration is looking better and better and way more competent than any Republican out there.

Ever since 9/11 Bush and everyone else were telling citizens to be alert and report suspicious things. They did and the police responded and the person responsible was arrested all in less than a week and Republicans are all over the place whining and crying and vilifying everyone involved. It is shameful, unpatriotic and un American.

Posted by: catmomtx | May 4, 2010 6:15 PM

CNN is reporting something about he bought a one way ticket to Dubai with a connection to Islamabad with cash and that triggered the airline.

Sounds like someone else figured this out?

Posted by: Geepers1 | May 4, 2010 6:18 PM

BLAME THE WHITE GUY......IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE WHITE GUYS IN THE USA ARMY AND MARINES.....BLLOMBERG'S ISRAEL WOULD BE BLOOMBERG'S ONION.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | May 4, 2010 11:51 AM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If it weren't for a white guy we wouldn't have gone to a war of choice in Iraq. If it weren't for a white guy we would have finished the war in Afghanistan. If it weren't for a white guy perhaps Major Hassan would not have been promoted when he clearly showed he had problems and should have been dealt with. If it weren't for a white guy we wouldn't have been headed for a depression. If it weren't for a bunch of white guys, Wall Street wouldn't have screwed the country...........

Posted by: catmomtx | May 4, 2010 6:21 PM

BlueFish2012 said: "Pretty brave talk on the part of the president. Only by sheer luck has he dodged a massive attack of the type that was avoided during the Bush II years."

A few hundred million Americans would take issue with this particular revision of history. Were you perhaps on another planet on September 11, 2001? If not, did it escape your notice that the president of the U.S. on that date was George H.W. Bush?

Posted by: exco | May 4, 2010 6:26 PM

wasnt obama someone who was supposed to learn from his mistakes, unlike george bush?

we have had two attempts in the past 6 months of a very run of the mill variety that have only failed because of shear luck, the incompetence of the person executing it and the vigilence of individual citizens.

obama needs to send a signal that he has learned some lessons.

Posted by: dummypants | May 4, 2010 4:56 PM

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Okay, so we had two ATTEMPTED attacks and both were thwarted. Who really gives a hoot how they were thwarted, no one was killed and no property was damaged. What problem do you have with that other than two attempted attacks occurred on President Obama's watch, neither worked and both people are in jail ? I think the lesson was learned quite well.

I really would like you people whining over the fact that these attempts failed to tell us exactly what the problem is. It seems to me that you all should be proud of the fact that the attempts failed and the people are in jail, and no one got hurt. They have even arrested people involved in Pakistan. My goodness and all of this without starting an unfunded war. Imagine that. It's almost as if you all would have rather had the attacks happen so you all can gleefully proclaim to everyone that the President has failed. Sorry for your disappointment.

Posted by: catmomtx | May 4, 2010 6:34 PM

I can't help but wonder how many of these individuals who have commented here are capable of violence themselves. So many of the comments are so hate filled! We are all Americans, and whether Republican or Democrat, most love our Country and what it stands for. We certainly have our differences of opinion, but when we start accusing each other of being the enemy, we are playing into the hands of that very enemy. We have an enemy who seeks to destroy us! Listening to radical commentary about your president, or the other political party, and marching to its beat, is how Hitler almost accomplished complete control of Europe. Every muslim is not a fanatic! This is an enormous country. it is only a miricle, that we have not experienced more 9/11's. It is impossible to watch everyone, and everything. Instead of acting like crazy fanatics. Why not ask what you can do to help? Perhaps be observant. That might be a start.

Posted by: suejuarez2000 | May 4, 2010 6:34 PM

BlueFish2012 said: "Pretty brave talk on the part of the president. Only by sheer luck has he dodged a massive attack of the type that was avoided during the Bush II years."


exco wrote: "A few hundred million Americans would take issue with this particular revision of history. Were you perhaps on another planet on September 11, 2001? If not, did it escape your notice that the president of the U.S. on that date was George W. Bush."

________________

Forget exco, the wacko right wing Republican psycho nut case teabaggers are in a complete and total state of denial.

They are not able to deal with the fact that the terrorist attack on the United States of 9/11 was done under the closed eyes of both Bush and Cheney.

Posted by: lindalovejones | May 4, 2010 6:35 PM

Were you perhaps on another planet on September 11, 2001? If not, did it escape your notice that the president of the U.S. on that date was George H.W. Bush?

---------
Psst, exco: the guy in the White House was George H.W. Bush's son. When you goof up like this it destroys your overall credibility.

Posted by: bucinka8 | May 4, 2010 6:46 PM

Another attack foiled. Keep your eye on the ball and stay focused. All elements of a good basketball player. Success for President Obama, the police force, FBI, and Homeland Security is sucess for America, not some deviant plot for socialism.

Posted by: fischer509 | May 4, 2010 7:06 PM

11:24 a.m. Obama: "We will not be terrorized. We will not cower in fear. We will not be intimidated."

reporter; "who said that?"

obama; "i did."

reporter; "where are you?"

obama; "under my bed. did the bad guys go away yet?"

reporter; "no, they're still in the country."

obama; "will you do me a favor then?"

reporter; "sure."

obama; "have michelle bring me a tv dinner and slide it under the bed for me?"

reporter; "sure."

obama; "one more thing..."

reporter; "could you tell her to heat it this time?"

Posted by: OrwellWasRight | May 4, 2010 7:26 PM

Repeat after me: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Andrew Joseph Stack III (IRS building in February 2010). Amy Bishop (also February 2010). John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. Columbine. Homegrown and misguided. Let's be happy that Shahzad wasn't a very good pyro-technician. Let's be mindful that it can be ANYONE -- not just a Muslim. We certainly made that mistake in the Kansas City bombing. There is no religious group exempt from terrorists: Yaakov (Jack) Teitel.

Posted by: SouthFloridaguy | May 4, 2010 7:50 PM

Hello, summer, good place for shopping, fashion, sexy, personality, maturity, from here to begin. Are you ready?
http://www.needaseller.com
New era cap $15
Bikini (Ed hardy,polo) $25
Sunglasses(Oakey,coach,gucci,Armaini)$16
Tshirts (Polo ,ed hardy,lacoste) $16
Air jordan(1-24)shoes $33
Handbags(Coach,ed hardy,lv,d&g) $35
Jean(True Religion,ed hardy,coogi) $30
http://www.needaseller.com
FREE sHIPPING

Posted by: rrwytruertywerywer | May 4, 2010 9:18 PM

he is kinda cute. sad that he did this b.s.

Posted by: richardsaenz | May 4, 2010 9:49 PM

Attention Forestblogged:

GET a proofreader, Post:

" Faisal Shahzad was allowed to purchased last-minute ticket and board flight"

________


Similar sloppy work is happening more and more here online. Do some hiring!

*****Your response should have read "Similarly sloppy work". Go back to school.

Posted by: SouthFloridaguy | May 4, 2010 9:50 PM

Killing innocent lives is the most horrendous act of violence that can be committed by any human being. I was completely appalled and devastated to know that someone from my country was the culprit. I live in Pakistan and have seen hundreds of people die recently in the bomb shedding scenes across the country. I have buried innocent children, parents, brothers, sisters and soldiers. Innocent blood spilt on the roads of Islamabad, Lahore, and Peshawar. I still fight for the right to be free and peace. Question that people need to understand is the root cause that creates such devilish minds and insanity. Come to Pakistan and witness first hand that the people are not what you capture in Afghanistan and US. We are peace loving people. When drones attack and kill innocent lives, India involvement and agencies work against your civil veneer and the entire government edifice is run by corrupt and immoral leaders, insane patterns will emerge. Pakistan as a whole condemns such acts of violence. We love peace and promote it. Please do read what occurs in this country to understand the derailing of humanity. To read more, kindly visit http://buildpakistantogether.blogspot.com

Posted by: saeedshiekh | May 8, 2010 3:14 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company