The Week: Most Recent Terrorism:Times Square Bomb recent posts.en-usThu, 15 Jul 2010 12:45:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Terrorism:Times Square Bomb from THE WEEKThu, 15 Jul 2010 12:45:00 -0400Times Square bomber's video confession<img src="" /></P><p>A video has surfaced of Faisal Shahzad, prior to his failed attempt to bomb Times Square, explaining why he wants to kill Americans. "This attack on the United States will be a revenge attack" for the deaths of Islamic fighters and "weak and oppressed" Muslims everywhere, Shahzad says while clutching an assault rifle in his left hand. First aired on Dubai's Al Arabiya satellite network, the video also shows the convicted terrorist hiking with Taliban leaders in the mountains of Pakistan. "Tapes like these are usually meant to send a political message," says Liam Stack at the <em>Christian Science Monitor...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 15 Jul 2010 12:45:00 -0400Faisal Shahzad's Pakistani connections<img src="" /></P><p>Investigators in Pakistan have detained at least 13 people with alleged ties to Faisal Shahzad, the man accused of trying to bomb Times Square in New York City. Here, a quick guide to who these people are, and the roles intelligence officials believe they played in the bombing plot:<br /><br /><strong>Who are Shahzad's alleged Pakistani connections?</strong><br />They include several people that Pakistani intelligence officials say met with Shahzad when he traveled to Pakistan last summer. One, a computer dealer named Shoaib Mughal, may have put the Times Square suspect into contact with members of the Taliban hiding out along the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 24 May 2010 10:50:00 -0400The problem with denying guns to terror suspects<img src="" /></P><p>After police arrested Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad at a New York airport, they found a rifle in his car. Shahzad's name had appeared on a no-fly list in time to prevent him from escaping, yet in the months before the failed bombing attempt he was able to walk into a gun shop and legally purchase the weapon. The news set off a scramble in Congress to propose a bill barring suspected terrorists from buying guns. That would be fine, says Steve Chapman in <em>Reason</em>, "except for that pesky Second Amendment," which makes it unconstitutional to deny an American citizen the right to buy a gun...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 18 May 2010 07:39:00 -0400Did the Pakistani Taliban plot the Times Square bomb?<img src="" /></P><p>On Sunday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder officially dropped the theory that alleged Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad was a "lone wolf" &mdash; a theory Gen. David Petraeus had espoused just days before. Holder and other U.S. officials now say Shahzad was working with, and on behalf of, the Pakistani Taliban (also known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP). (Watch an AP report about Shahzad's Pakistani ties.) Here's what we know about Shahzad's accomplices, and what Pakistan's involvement could mean for America's security:</p><p><strong>What exactly did Holder say?<br /></strong>"We've now developed evidence that shows...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 10 May 2010 13:53:00 -0400Times Square bomb: Did we just get lucky?</P><div ><div ><iframe rel="" src="" width="420" height="451" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></div></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 10 May 2010 09:43:00 -0400The private life of Faisal Shahzad<img src="" /></P><p>The news media has taken to digging through Faisal Shahzad's personal life, his garbage, and his fridge to understand how "an average student in college, an average employee in the workplace, an average neighbor in suburbia," became an alleged would-be mass murderer. (Watch a CBS report about Faisal Shahzad's private side.) Here's a taste of what intrepid reporters have uncovered, and what it might mean:</p><p><strong>What was his family life like?</strong><br />Shahzad wed Colorado-born Huma Mian in Peshawar, Pakistan, six years ago, in an arranged marriage between two prominent Pakistani families. Shahzad's father, Bahar...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 07 May 2010 14:15:00 -0400Faisal Shahzad's motive: 5 Theories<img src="" /></P><p>The Pakistan-born US citizen now in custody for the attempted bombing of Times Square has reportedly admitted to the crime. The U.S. government says it is "very likely" that the Pakistani Taliban had at least some role in the plot, but the media is still working overtime, trying to discern why Faisal Shahzad &mdash; a well-educated man with a career and a young family &mdash; would apparently choose to throw away everything he had on an "incompetent" scheme to attack his adopted homeland. Was it revenge for the Afghanistan war &mdash; or anger over the foreclosure of his house? (Watch a CNN report...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 06 May 2010 10:46:00 -0400What's your opinion on reading Faisal Shahzad his Miranda rights?</P><p><noscript>Was it a mistake for the FBI to read terror suspect Faisal Shahzad his Miranda rights?<span >customer surveys</span></noscript></p><div class="pollLink clearfix"><p>Click to see all of <em>The Week</em>'s most recent polls</p>Vote now</div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 06 May 2010 08:23:00 -0400Terrorists should keep their citizenship<img src="" /></P><p>Sen. Joe Lieberman has a bad idea.<br /><br />The Connecticut senator has proposed that U.S. citizens who serve international terrorist organizations be stripped of their citizenship. <br />&nbsp;<br />It&rsquo;s a sad day when Glenn Beck (!) offers a more eloquent defense of constitutional rights than the normally statesmanlike senator from Connecticut. <br />&nbsp;<br />But let&rsquo;s leave aside the constitutional formalities and just consider: Would Lieberman&rsquo;s proposal accomplish anything? The idea behind stripping a terrorist of citizenship is to avoid a morass of litigation over which precise rights the terrorist possesses...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/david-frum" ><span class="byline">David Frum</span></a>Wed, 05 May 2010 18:00:00 -0400Faisal Shahzad: Did he deserve Miranda rights?<img src="" /></P><p>Did the Times Square bombing suspect deserve the right to remain silent? Authorities read Faisal Shahzad his Miranda rights after his arrest (and an initial interrogation to suss out any imminent threats to public safety) &mdash; a decision Glenn Beck, among other commentators, support. Wrong move, say Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) arguing that officials should have squeezed Shahzad, a Pakistan-born naturalized U.S. citizen, for everything he knew. Was the FBI right to "mirandize" Shahzad? (Watch Glenn Beck defend Faisal Shahzad's Miranda rights)</p><p><strong>No Miranda = no conviction...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 05 May 2010 10:30:00 -0400Who is Faisal Shahzad?<img src="" /></P><p>U.S. authorities have made an arrest in the attempted bombing of Times Square on Saturday night. The Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, suspected of involvement in the plot, was picked at JFK Airport minutes before his flight departed for Dubai on Monday evening. (Watch a Fox report about Faisal Shahzad's arrest.) A little more about the sole suspect in the car bomb attack:</p><p><strong>Who is he? </strong><br />Faisal Shahzad is a 30-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen who lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Originally from Pakistan, he has a wife, Huma Mian, and two young children there, according to one neighbor. Officials say...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 05 May 2010 10:21:00 -0400Can surveillance cameras trap terrorists?<img src="" /></P><p>Security cameras monitoring Times Square caught footage of an unidentified man walking away from the explosives-laden car left there late Saturday evening &mdash; a clip that was widely distributed and scrutinized until the search for the bomber concluded with last night's capture of a different suspect, Faisal Shahzad. Here, a brief instant guide to New York's surveillance cameras &mdash; and whether or not they make us safer.</p><p><strong>How many surveillance cameras monitor the Times Square area?</strong><br />At least 82 city-owned security cameras, plus countless private ones. All nightclubs, for example, are required...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 04 May 2010 11:59:00 -0400Who is the real 'Hero of Times Square'?<img src="" /></P><p>With police trying to unravel the failed May 2 attempt to detonate a car-bomb in Times Square, street vendor Lance Orton &mdash; who alerted police to the smoking Nissan Pathfinder &mdash; has emerged as the episode's "hero."&nbsp; Meanwhile, conflicting reports identify two other men as the informant. What's going on? (Watch reporters pepper Lance Orton with questions)</p><p><strong>Who are the three men?</strong><br />Lance Orton, a t-shirt salesman and Vietnam veteran, has received the most press coverage. Initially reluctant to speak with reporters, Orton appeared on Monday's "TODAY" show (see video below). The other...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 03 May 2010 15:15:00 -0400What's your opinion on terrorism-proofing Times Square?</P><p><noscript>The failed Times Square car bomb led Mayor Bloomberg to tell New Yorkers, "We dodged a bullet." What’s the most appropriate way to avoid a repeat attack?<span >Market Research</span></noscript></p><div class="pollLink clearfix"><p>Click to see all of <em>The Week</em>'s most recent polls</p>Vote now</div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 03 May 2010 12:21:00 -0400Who planted the Times Square bomb: 5 theories<img src="" /></P><p>The hunt is on for the person or group behind Saturday's failed car bombing in New York City's Times Square. Local and federal officials have traced the stolen license plates on the green 1993 Nissan Pathfinder to Connecticut and identified the car's owner (the owner is not considered a suspect). While forensic specialists look for clues, several theories are circulating in the mainstream &mdash; and not-so-mainstream &mdash; media about who's behind this "very amateur" attempt to bomb Times Square:</p><p><strong>1. The Pakistan Taliban</strong><br />A Taliban group in Pakistan, the Tehrik-e-Taliban, claimed responsibility...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 03 May 2010 11:07:00 -0400The latest Tweets on the 'Times Square bomb scare'</P><div class="twitterBlock"></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 03 May 2010 09:16:00 -0400