Who is Faisal Shahzad? Clues to Times Square Bomber's Past

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Fascinating details are emerging on Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistan-born, U.S. citizen who authorities say confessed on Tuesday to an attempted terror attack in New York City's Times Square. Michael Schmidt, reporter for our partner The New York Times, joins us with some insight into Shahzad's life.

Michael Schmidt looks back at Shahzad's journey from Pakistan into the United States, where he got an advanced education, started a family, worked during the dot-com boom, and was ultimately arrested for trying to set off a bomb in Times Square.

Read the profile in today's New York Times


Michael Schmidt

Produced by:

Noel King and Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [3]


Thank heaven most of the comments I heard this morning were about how ridiculous and inflammatory this question is. On what grounds should he have been denied? That he had kids? That he was educated? That he owned a house? That he was male? He seemed like a normal, respectable person.

This question invites no answer except a bunch of racists proclaiming that Pakistanis (or insert whichever other nationality you like here) should not be allowed to come here, period, no matter who they are. Thank heaven either those answers didn't come, or have been edited and not allowed to air/be posted (I suspect the latter; I highly doubt that no racist nutjobs rushed to weigh in on this).

Whoever did not see that that was the inevitable outcome and thought this question was a good idea needs to be evaluated for common sense before they're allowed to come up with any more ideas for the show.

Try thinking next time before you make up such incendiary (no pun intended) questions.

May. 05 2010 11:10 AM
Hector from NYC

Hola Celeste y John,

I do love to wake up to you both everyday - better than coffee, albeit, coffee follows shortly thereafter.

My comments today are related to the Arizona Law and who should and shouldn't be able to stay in the U.S.:

With the capture of the TS suspect, it's worthy of note that he is a U.S. citizen who came(we presume) to the U.S. legally. Yet another case of a person who has gone through the legal process or was born here. It has yet to happen where "an Arizona ILLEGAL" has been arrested for terrorism or antyhing remotely linked. My argument is: shouldn't we be more concerened with person(s) who are in the U.S. legally, but harbor resentment or ill-will towards the country, rather than targetting persons who all they are in the U.S. for is to work...?

May. 05 2010 09:10 AM

Posing the question of whether well educated middle class foreigners should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. dose not help the immigration debate as a whole. The question erodes the basis to which less qualified immigrants are allowed in to the country and is poorly framed in the one off case of Faisal. Poor Form.

May. 05 2010 08:23 AM

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