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.

Time Square Bomber to be Sentenced

Prosecutors asked the judge, Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of Federal District Court, to impose a mandatory term of life imprisonment on Mr. Shahzad, who is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday. “The premeditated attempt to kill and maim scores of unsuspecting innocent men, women and children with a homemade bomb can only be described as utterly reprehensible,” the prosecutors said.

Shahzad said, he wanted to plead guilty “100 times,” citing American military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, drone strikes and other issues. “We will be attacking U.S.,” he added, “and I plead guilty to that.”

Mr. Shahzad later told the authorities that he believed that the attack on May 1 would kill at least 40 people, having monitored his target for three months through live video feeds on the Internet, to determine which areas drew the largest crowds and when they would be busiest, the prosecutors said.

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

Time Square Incident and Timeline

On May 1st, a smoking vehicle parked in NYC’s Times Square raised alarms. Times Square was evacuated and investigations confirmed that the vehicle was set to explode. The law enforcement agencies immediately engaged in tracking back the vehicle and identifying the suspect(s). President Obama reacted and speculations began about potential international links. The investigation led to the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American resident of Connecticut, two days later. The suspect was arrested while boarding a plane leaving JFK for Dubai.
LA Times: Pres. Obama: “We will not be terrorized.”