Faisal Shahzad

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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 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 »

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 »

Why There Haven't Been More Bombings Here

Would-be terrorists face multiple obstacles stateside

(Newser) - From the explosives in Umar Abdulmutallab's pants to Faisal Shahzad's smoldering SUV in Times Square, most recent terror attempts in the US have failed spectacularly. Militant groups who regularly and successfully carry out bombings in Afghanistan and Iraq have a much tougher time launching attacks in the US. Dina Temple-Raston... More »

Attacks on US Hit All-Time High

Homeland Security memo predicts 'increased frequency'

(Newser) - Attempted attacks against America have reached an all-time high, according to the Department of Homeland Security. "The number and pace of attempted attacks against the United States over the past nine months have surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous one-year period," reads the unclassified DHS... 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 »

US Asks Pakistani Elite to Look for Terrorists ...

... inside their own families

(Newser) - The Obama administration has issued an unusual request to Pakistan's leaders: Make sure your kids aren't terrorists. A federal official tells Philip Shenon of the Daily Beast that the administration sent a “clear, if carefully worded warning” to political and and military leaders to check their families and staff... More »

Obama 'Interrogation Teams' Grilled Shahzad

Mobile units interrogate 'high-value' suspects

(Newser) - The Obama administration is now using special interrogation teams to question terror suspects like would-be bomber Faisal Shahzad . The units, known as the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), are made up of law enforcement and intelligence specialists. They mostly are staffed by people from the FBI, CIA, and the Defense... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Pakistani Caught With Explosives at US Embassy in Chile

Muhammad Saif-Ur-Rehman Khan arrested in Santiago

(Newser) - A Pakistani man summoned to the US Embassy in Chile turned up Monday with traces of explosives on his documents and is now being detained by Chilean police. Muhammad Saif-Ur-Rehman Khan, 28, had entered Chile from the US on a 90-day tourist visa and was called to the embassy when... 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 »

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 »

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