May 4, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan has been arrested at JFK Airport in New York. Shahzad was removed from a flight bound for Dubai.
Shahzad is believed to be the party responsible for a plot whereby an explosive laden vehicle would have been detonated in Times Square.
According to CBS News, "Shahzad became a naturalized United States citizen on April 17, 2009, but spent much of the past year out of the country. Database information indicated that Shahzad last entered the United States on Feb. 3, 2010 aboard Emirates Flight 201. Shahzad previously departed the United States on June 2, 2009 aboard Emirates Flight 204 for Dubai." [source, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/04/national/main6457989.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody]
The improvised explosive device in Shahzad's car consisted of fertilizer, large propane bottles and containers full of gasoline. The timing device is thought to have been a common alarm clock, wired to trigger the explosion.
Members of Pakistan's terrorist Taliban have taken credit for the failed plot, but so far no concrete evidence has been presented by the government.
It is unclear at this point if the FBI Mirandized Shahzad, a move that would be certain to trigger additional concerns regarding the ability of president Obama to guard against threats to U.S. national security.
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