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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 »

Pakistan Nabs Suspected Times Square Accomplice

He claims to have ties to the nation's Taliban

(Newser) - Pakistan has arrested a man thought to have connections to the nation's Taliban group who says he helped Faisal Shahzad get bomb training there, reports the Washington Post . If his claims hold up, it's the most solid connection yet between the attempted Times Square bombing and the militant group. Authorities... 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 »

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 »

Facing Bias, Pakistanis Pretend to Be Indian

Times Square bomb scare boosts anti-Pakistani sentiment

(Newser) - Pakistani immigrants are again feeling prejudice after the attempted car bombing in Times Square, and they're resorting to an old tactic to avoid discrimination: pretending they are Indian. After September 11, with anti-Pakistani sentiment in the US peaking, merchants and job seekers learned quickly that identifying with their homeland's archrival... More »

So Miranda Didn't Blow This Case—but It Could Have!

Treat terrorists as enemy combatants, or we endanger civilians

(Newser) - America must update its approach to investigating terrorists, argues Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . It's great that Faisal Shahzad kept talking after being read his Miranda rights, but what if he stopped? His silence could have put people at risk. "We should treat enemy combatants as enemy combatants,... More »

NYC Bomb Was Payback for Drone Strikes

Shahzad saw hits in Pakistan; lost Conn. home to foreclosure

(Newser) - A picture is starting to emerge of what drove Faisal Shahzad to attempt to detonate a bomb in Times Square. The 31-year-old father of two lost his home to foreclosure last summer, unable to parlay his Master's degree into success, the LA Times reports. Shortly thereafter he spent eight months... More »

NY Bomb Probe Focusing on Pakistani Taliban

Militant group appears ready to go global

(Newser) - The Pakistani Taliban's claim of responsibility for the Times Square bombing was greeted with widespread skepticism, but investigators are now focusing on the group in the wake of suspect Faisal Shahzad's arrest. Shahzad has told interrogators that he received training in Waziristan—a militant hotbed in Pakistan's frontier region—and... More »

Obama: 'We Will Not Cower'

Obama urges resolve in face of Times Square attack

(Newser) - President Obama commended New Yorkers today for not freaking out about the attempted Time Square bombing, and in a brief statement about the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, he promised to follow their example. Obama called the failed attack a “sobering reminder of the times in which we live” and... More »

Pakistan Arrests Associates of Times Square Suspect

Car bomb investigation goes international

(Newser) - Turns out Times Square suspect Faisal Shahzad may have been fibbing about that whole acting alone thing. Pakistan has arrested a number of people in connection with the attempted attack, CNN reports. Two or three were arrested in a raid on a home Shahzad is believed to have stayed in... More »

Shoddy Bomb Left Scads of Clues

'This guy left everything here but his wallet'

(Newser) - The botched Times Square attack left police with an unexploded bomb and an unusual amount of evidence. “He left more clues than a guy walking into a bank to rob it without a mask," one bomb expert says. "This guy left everything here but his wallet.”... More »

What We Know About the Times Square Bomb Suspect

Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad 'seemed like a nice guy'

(Newser) - Details are starting to emerge on the man suspected of driving an explosive-laden SUV into Times Square, who will appear in court later today on as-yet-unknown charges. Faisal Shahzad, 30, is a naturalized US citizen born in Pakistan who had been raising a family in Bridgeport, Conn., for years before... More »

Bloomberg: Bomber Angry —Say, Over Health Bill

Mayor makes wrong call on Times Square suspect

(Newser) - Bloomberg's pick for the Times Square bomber? An anti-health bill nut. Before Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, 30, was arrested trying to flee the country last night , Mayor Bloomberg told Katie Couric he thought the bomb was probably planted by a "homegrown" terrorist. "Maybe a mentally deranged person or somebody... More »

Times Square Bomb Suspect Arrested at Airport

Pakistani nabbed trying to flee US on flight to Dubai

(Newser) - A suspect in the failed car bomb attack on Times Square was taken into custody late last night while trying to flee the country. Faisal Shahzad, 30, of Connecticut, is being held in New York. Shahzad is a Pakistan-born US citizen who recently returned from a trip to Pakistan and... More »

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