The Daily Grind (Time Square Bomber Edition)
10:13 AM, May 4, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
To catch a terrorist on Craigslist: "Law enforcement officials were able to track down Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, by recovering his number from the cell phone of the woman who sold him a Pathfinder SUV just weeks before Saturday night's failed bomb attempt."
Serious mistake: Congressional Republicans want to know whether the Pakistani-born American arrested in the Times Square car bombing plot was read his Miranda rights, with Sen. John McCain saying it would be a “serious mistake” if the suspect was reminded of his right to remain silent.
Beck: Of course Shahzad should be Mirandized! (Well, he thankfully can't blow up cars, but he can clearly inspire the explosion of a thousand liberal heads with this business.)
The one who almost got away: "Authorities said that despite the manhunt, his passport had not been flagged and he was able to buy a ticket with cash and clear airport security."
Sources give Bill Roggio a theory: "Faisal is a naturalized American citizen who is originally from Pakistan. He recently returned from Pakistan after spending five months there. While the exact movements of Faisal are not yet known, US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal believe he spent time in al Qaeda or Taliban training camps in North Waziristan."
Connections: "A prominent expert on Jihadist media says there is an apparent link between the new video message in which Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, once thought to have been killed, proclaims he is still alive, and a message posted overnight Saturday in which the Pakistani Taliban appears to claim credit for the failed Times Square car bomb attack."
Holder statement: “Over the course of the day today, we have gathered additional significant evidence which led to tonight’s arrest,” Holder said in his comment delivered at the Justice Department at 1:30 A.M. “This investigation is ongoing as are our attempts to gather useful intelligence and we continue to pursue number of leads but it’s clear that the intent behind this terrorist attack was to kill Americans.”Was it "one-off?""He's claimed to have acted alone. He did admit to all the charges, so to speak," the source said, adding that investigators were still looking into his activities during a recent trip to Pakistan."He's admitted to buying the truck, putting the devices together, putting them in the truck, leaving the truck there and leaving the scene," the law enforcement source told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity."The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel on YouTube was created on April 30. Officials believe it was created to announce the Times Square attack, and Qari Hussain’s statement was pre-recorded."