Times Square Bomber Arrested on Commercial Flight to Dubai

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

In a dramatic scene that could have been pulled from TV’s "24," federal agents arrested 30-year-old Pakistani-born Faisal Shahzad on the tarmac of New York’s Kennedy Airport for an alleged connection with Saturday’s attempted Times Square car bombing.

Though Shahzad is now in federal custody and has admitted to planning and placing the car bomb, it remains to be seen how deep his connection to international terror groups runs. BBC reporter, Aleem Maqbool has details on Pakistan's response to the arrest. And we get the latest developments in this story from Mark Mazzetti, national security correspondent for our partner The New York Times.


Aleem Maqbool and Mark Mazzetti

Produced by:

Noel King and Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [5]

Debbie from Washington

Shahzad should be charged with treason, tried in a court of law and, if convicted, be put to death, consistent with the Constitution of the United States. When Shahzad became a naturalized citizen, he took an oath of allegiance which forswears him from commiting the offences to which he has admitted. There should be no more molly-coddling, excuse making, revokation of visa, stripping of citizenship. The offence is treason. He should be charged with it and tried for it.

May. 05 2010 01:54 PM
Robina Niaz from Queens, NY

Hi Brian, good morning
I called in but couldn't get on this morning's show. My name is Robina Niaz, I'm a social worker and Executive Director of Turning Point for Women and Families. I am a Pakistani-American living here for the last 20 years and the daughter of an Air Force officer. I am deeply saddened by the attempted terrorist attack on Times Square and feel that the efforts in bridge building with the civily society and average Pakistanis in Pakistan have to take center stage so that they become stake holders in peace building in Pakistan. I worry about the backlash on Muslims and Pakistanis living in New York and across the country.
I disagree with Mohsin Zaheer on the point he made about majority of Pakistanis are enlightened. This is not true at all - majority of the Pakistanis are poor, uneducated, disenfranchised many without access to clean drinking water or any kind of health care. They are vulnerable, easy targets for terrorist organizations.
I accept that in Faisal Shahzad's case this was not true but there are many young educated men in Pakistan who are angry about the injustices they see around them as well as the US foreign policies.
You mentioned the Wall Street Journal's article about Pakistan being carved out of the sub-continent based on religion but didn't mention anything about British colonization that has left long lasting animosities in all part of the world. The article doesn't also mention the treatment of Kashmiris and Muslims by the so-called secular Indian governments. India's struggle with the Tamils in the South, Sri Lanka's struggle of over 25 years with the Tamil separatists, the IRA etc.
But the most important point that was left out in this morning's conversation was the role of the US itself when it enlisted Pakistan back in the 1970s and imported young Muslims from around the world to fight its proxy war in Afghanistan that led to the very creation of the Taliban. For a whole decade the US supported a military dictator who thrived on bringing Islam into public lives. I grew up in a very different Pakistan where despite Pakistan being a Muslim country, religion was a private matter.
After 9/11 because of the US government's policies even I began to look at myself as a Muslim first and a Pakistani-American second. Sadly 9/11 and the two wars has changed the way we look at the world and US...the Obama administration has a lot of undoing to do and continued drone attacks in Pakistan will not do it - bridge building and diplomacy will.

May. 05 2010 10:57 AM
dan from New York

I apologize for the typos & of course it was our not are. Darn my pudgy fingers. Now if Big Brother was watching this might not have happened.

May. 05 2010 10:44 AM
Dan from New York

It's a slippery slope. Right now you can't watch everything but in the future as computers become more powerful and recognition software is more perfected, I could see a world where are rights dissappear. We have to be brave enough to do this for pur children's children.

May. 05 2010 10:41 AM

The half-hearted execution of this operation would indicate that Shahzad may have intended the bombing attempt to fail OR to get caught by the authorities. What is the status of his family's security? Could he have been coerced to do this by someone here or in Pakistan?

May. 05 2010 09:31 AM

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