Times Square bomb scare

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Radical US Muslims 'a Minuscule Threat'

Arrests down for homegrown plots, attacks

(Newser) - After the attempted Times Square bombing in 2010, many feared that radical Muslim Americans posed a growing threat to the US—but that fear is unfounded, a new report from a research group declares. The number of US Muslims charged in violent attacks or plots peaked in 2009 at 47,... More »

Times Square Bomber Gets Life

Cops used replicate bomb blast to seek stiff sentence for Faisal Shahzad

(Newser) - The man who plotted to kill Americans by driving a homemade car bomb into Times Square and leaving it to explode has been sentenced to life in prison. A federal judge gave Faisal Shahzad a mandatory life prison term at his sentencing today in Manhattan federal court. An FBI video... More »

Times Square Bomber Planned a Second Attack

Feds try to get failed terrorist sentenced to life in prison

(Newser) - Prosecutors are throwing the kitchen sink at Faisal Shahzad, in an effort to get the would-be Times Square bomber put away for life. In a legal brief released today, feds allege that Shahzad had planned to launch a second attack after hitting Times Square. The failed terrorist also told authorities... More »

Man Charged With Funding Times Square Bomber...

...Without realizing he was doing it

(Newser) - A New York man was arrested today for unwittingly funding the attempted Times Square bombing with his unlicensed banking service. Police say 44-year-old Mohammad Younis ran an informal “hawala” banking service, using wire transfers couriers and overnight mail to move money around. He allegedly provided thousands to Faisal Shahzad,... More »

Radical Cleric's Dad Sues Over CIA Kill List

Suit challenges CIA's power to assassinate an American citizen

(Newser) - The father of Anwar al-Awlaki, the Muslim cleric linked to multiple terrorist plots , is suing the US government in an effort to get his son off the CIA’s “capture or kill” list. He’s hired the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights to challenge the CIA’s... More »

Times Square Bomb Was Purposely Crappy

Faisal Shahzad bought weak materials to avoid detection

(Newser) - One of the big mysteries in the Time Square bombing case has always been why a trained terrorist like Faisal Shahzad would build such a lousy bomb. Yesterday police revealed the answer: Shahzad was aware that the FBI monitors the purchase of supplies commonly used to make bombs, and he... More »

Times Square Bomb Would Have Killed Thousands: FBI

'Biggest thing since 9/11'—if Shahzad had built it right

(Newser) - If Faisal Shahzad had built his bomb the way he planned to, thousands would have died as the force from his exploding SUV turned nearby vehicles into a spray of razor-sharp projectiles and surrounding buildings' windows into a rainfall of glass shards. Others would have been trampled to death running... More »

Times Square Bomber Vowed Martyrdom (But Changed His Mind)

His video's out, though cops say he ran from the vehicle

(Newser) - Would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad talks tough in a Taliban martyrdom video made before his attack. In excerpts aired on Arab TV, he vows to exact revenge "for all the mujahedeen who have been martyred" in Iraq and Afghanistan and is seen meeting Pakistani Taliban leaders, reports AP... More »

Times Square Bomb Suspect Pleads Guilty

Faisal Shahzad asks to 'plead guilty and 100 times more'

(Newser) - A Pakistan-born US citizen ha pleaded guilty to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing, saying he wanted it known that unless the US stops attacking Muslim lands, "we will be attacking US." Faisal Shahzad 30, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan just... More »

Times Square Suspect Indicted

Feds allege training, funds from Pakistani Taliban

(Newser) - Times Square bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad was charged today with 10 terrorism and weapons counts in an indictment that accuses him of receiving explosives training and financial help from the Pakistani Taliban. The indictment returned by a grand jury in US District Court in Manhattan added five charges to the... More »

Jihadists' New Scam: Leave Suspicious Bags All Over

Extremists seek to exploit vigilance in NYC, DC

(Newser) - It may sound more like the work of annoying pranksters than murderous fanatics but authorities have no choice but to take Islamic extremists' latest tactic extremely seriously. The FBI has uncovered postings on a jihadi website calling for a "suspicious bags" campaign, in which bags containing harmless items would... More »

US Preps a Retaliatory Hit on Pakistan

White House readies its response should Taliban strike US soil

(Newser) - The Times Square incident sent the White House scurrying to examine its options for a counterattack on Pakistan in the event of a successful strike on US soil, reports the Washington Post. The hit would be used only in extreme scenarios or if President Obama loses faith in the CIA's... More »

Times Square Bomb Suspect Is Pakistan Army Major

Authorities think he knew about it

(Newser) - Pakistani authorities have arrested an army major they believe knew about the Times Square bombing attempt but didn't tell anyone. Some suspect the man actually aided the plotters as well. “We don't know yet how much of a role he had, if any,” says a US anti-terror official.... More »

Faisal Shahzad 'Meekly' Hears His Charges

Times Square bombing suspect is arraigned

(Newser) - Faisal Shahzad finally had his first day in court—a 10-minute arraignment during which he uttered all of word one word. (It was "yes," when asked by the judge if an assessment of his finances was correct.) Prosecutors formally charged Shahzad with five terror-related offenses related to... More »

Times Square Suspect Got Cash at LI Dunkin' Donuts

Faisal Shahzad was allegedly paid $4,000 for attack

(Newser) - It costs plenty to plant a car bomb in Times Square, and Faisal Shahzad apparently drove from his Connecticut home to a Dunkin' Donuts on Long Island to pick up $4,000 in cash to help fund his plan, sources tell the New York Daily News . It's unclear who exactly... More »

Raids Net 3 Suspected of Giving Money to Shahzad

Feds hit sites in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey

(Newser) - Details are filling in on the half-dozen federal raids across the Northeast today in connection with the Times Square bombing case. Three people were taken into custody—two near Boston and one in Maine—on suspicion of providing money to Faisal Shahzad, reports the Washington Post . They're being held on... More »

FBI Raids Sites Near Boston in Terror Probe

Search warrants executed throughout Northeast

(Newser) - The FBI has raided a home in Watertown and a gas station in Brookline in connection with the attempted bombing in Times Square. Two people were taken into custody on immigration violations, the Boston Globe reports. An FBI spokeswoman says search warrants have been conducted at “several locations in... More »

Wary of Leaks, FBI Quashed No-Fly Info About Shahzad

Agency feared tipping off would-be bomber

(Newser) - The FBI identified Faisal Shahzad as the prime suspect in the botched Times Square car bombing within 2 days but specifically notified only certain airlines that he had been added to the no-fly list. His status changed on May 3, but the bureau pressed Homeland Security to limit the number... More »

Investigators Puzzled by Shahzad's Incompetence

Lack of bomb-making skills suggest he was a 'C-Team' recruit

(Newser) - For a guy who supposedly trained with the Taliban, Faisal Shahzad seems to have been a pretty lousy bombmaker, and this ineptitude has puzzled investigators. While the Taliban field manual has detailed bomb-making instructions, the device Shahzad left in Times Square was amateurishly assembled and used the wrong components, Peter... More »

Holder: Pakistani Taliban Behind Times Square Bomb Plot

(Newser) - Attorney General Eric Holder says the Pakistani Taliban was "intimately involved" and "directed this plot" in the failed Times Square bombing. Speaking on Meet the Press and This Week today, Holder said the Taliban perhaps financed the plot carried out by Faisal Shahzad, a US citizen of Pakistani... More »

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