Shahzad Gets Life Term for Times Square Bombing Attempt

Faisal Shahzad, the would be Time Square bomber, warned of more future attacks as he heard his fate in a New York district court. “This is but one life,” said Shahzad, upon hearing his life term sentence for the attempted Times Square bombing. “If I am given a thousand lives, I will sacrifice them all for the sake of Allah, fighting this cause, defending our lands, making the word of Allah supreme over any religion or system.”

Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum; interrupted Shahzad’s threatening soliloquy and condoned him for using skewed interpretations of the Koran to suite his justifications for attempting to kill people. “I do hope that you will spend some of the time in prison thinking carefully about whether the Koran wants you to kill lots of people.”

Shahzad continued; “Blessed be” Osama bin Laden, “who will be known as no less than Saladin of the 21st-century crusade, and blessed be those who give him asylum.” To which the judge responded; “How much do you know about Saladin, as you called him?” “He didn’t want to kill people…He was a very moderate man,” the judge told the defendant.

The Time Square bomber incident and the Timeline

“On May 1st, New York’s Times Square was the target of a failed terrorist attack. In the extensive coverage of the incident, you will find the timeline of the incident leading to the arrest of the suspect right before he scarped the country. The coverage will also include the news following the arrest, the charges against the suspect and the debate around the suspect’s Miranda rights. It will review some of  the immediate consequences of the incident including debates about the effectiveness of the no-fly list, the heightened security measures in NYC and potential effects of the incident on US foreign policy. International dimensions of the incident in linkage to Pakistani Taliban as well as the coverage by Pakistani sources have also been included. Finally, a collection of links related to the suspect’s background is available.”

LA Times: Pres. Obama: “We will not be terrorized.”

Associated Press via LA Times and ABC: Police Release the Video of “A Person of Interest”

CBS: On the Vehicle

Fox News: Potential Foreign Links

LA Times: NYPD: No Evidence of Taliban Links

Associated Press via My Fox, Democracy Now, LA Times: Times Square Hero

Associated Press via CNN, WNYC, The Washington Post and CBS News:The Timeline

Associated Press via CNN, La Times, Huston Chronicle: The Last-Minute Arrest

Aftermath and Consequences

The fact that the suspect was able to get on an airplane even though he had been on the no-fly list caused criticism of the implementation of no-fly list leading to revisions to avoid future mistakes. Also, there has been debates about terror-watch list individuals’ ability to buy guns. Meanwhile, Sen. Lieberman announced his “Terrorism Expatriation Act” revoking citizenship of any American “who is found to be involved with a foreign terrorist organization as designated by the State Department.” At the same time, security measures in NYC and at East Coast airports tightened as two suspicious situation in NYC caused evacuation and investigation. Neither of the two was of terrorist nature.

Following the Arrest

Following his arrest, the suspect has admitted the involvement in the incident and have been charged with five accounts including attempt to explode a weapon of mass destruction. According to officials, the suspect has been cooperating while claiming that he has acted alone. There has been some controversies as to whether the suspect should enjoy from Miranda rights or not.