Times Sq Bomber Gets Life, Warns Of New Attacks

NEW YORK (CBS 2/ WCBS 880/1010 WINS/AP) — He tried to unleash an historical attack on the crossroads of the world, and now he’s going to prison for the rest of his life. Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-born Connecticut man who tried to detonate a bomb in the heart of Times Square on May 1, was sentenced Tuesday.

“Brace yourselves, because the war with Muslims has just begun,” 31-year-old Faisal Shahzad told a federal judge. “Consider me the first droplet of the blood that will follow.”

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His punishment for building the propane-and-gasoline bomb and driving it into the heart of the city in an SUV last May was a foregone conclusion, since the charges to which he pleaded guilty carried a mandatory life sentence, which under federal rules will keep him behind bars until he dies.

But the former budget analyst from Connecticut used the courtroom appearance to rail against the U.S., saying the country will continue to pay for occupying Muslim countries.

“We are only Muslims … but if you call us terrorists, we are proud terrorists and we will keep on terrorizing you,” he told U.S. District Judge Miriam Cedarbaum.

Shahzad — brought into the courtroom in handcuffs, and wearing a long beard and white skullcap — had instructed his attorney not to speak, and Cedarbaum told prosecutors she didn’t need to hear from them.

That left the two free to spar over his reasoning for giving up his comfortable life in America to train in Pakistan and carry out an attack authorities say could have killed an untold number of pedestrians.

CBS 2’s Don Dahler reported that after Cedarbaum told Shahzad he was a young man and would have a long time in prison to reflect on what he had done, he said he would have only as long as Allah wanted him to, but that non-believers would suffer forever.

“You appear to be someone who was capable of education and I do hope you will spend some of the time in prison thinking carefully about whether the Quran wants you to kill lots of people,” Cedarbaum said.

Shahzad responded that the “Quran gives us the right to defend. And that’s all I’m doing.”

The judge cut him off at one point to ask if he had sworn allegiance to the U.S. when he became a citizen last year.

“I did swear, but I did not mean it,” Shahzad said.

In his address to the court, he said Osama bin Laden “will be known as no less than Saladin of the 21st-century crusade” — a reference to the Muslim hero of the Crusades. He also said: “If I’m given 1,000 lives, I will sacrifice them all for the life of Allah.”

Shahzad smirked when the judge imposed the sentence. Asked if he had any final words, he said, “I’m happy with the deal that God has given me.”

Afterward, the head of the FBI’s New York office, Janice K. Fedarcyk, cited evidence that Shahzad hoped to strike more than once.

“Shahzad built a mobile weapon of mass destruction and hoped and intended that it would kill large numbers of innocent people and planned to do it again two weeks later,” Fedarcyk said in a statement. “The sentence imposed today means Shahzad will never pose that threat again.”

Calling himself a Muslim soldier, Shahzad pleaded guilty in June to 10 terrorism and weapons counts. He said the Pakistan Taliban provided him with more than $15,000 and five days of explosives training late last year and early this year, months after he became a U.S. citizen.

For greatest impact, he chose a crowded a section of Times Square by studying an online streaming video of the so-called Crossroads of the World, prosecutors said.

On May 1, he lit the fuse of his crude bomb packed in a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder, then walked away, pausing to listen for the explosion that never came, court papers said. A street vendor spotted smoke coming from the SUV and alerted police, who quickly cleared the area.

The bomb attempt set off an intense investigation that culminated two days later with investigators plucking Shahzad off a Dubai-bound plane at a New York airport.

Prosecutors introduced a dramatic videotape of an FBI-staged explosion in a Pennsylvania field that they said demonstrated how deadly Shahzad’s bomb could have been.

The FBI’s car bomb — a 1993 Pathfinder fitted with 250 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer and diesel fuel, three 25-pound propane tanks and two five-gallon gasoline canisters — blew up with a force that ripped the sport utility vehicle in half.

The explosion caused a giant fireball that overturned and shredded four other cars parked nearby, obliterated about a dozen dummies and shot fiery debris hundreds of feet in all directions.

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One Comment

  1. steve says:

    this punk is a loser. not a man at all.

  2. DanTe says:

    Since CBS likes to censor anything with facts or truth; and just leave the rants to make the opposition look stupid. I’ll just keep reposting the FACTS. 🙂

    FACT: Everywhere where there are mu-Slimes, sh-!t happens.

    China — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

    India — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slimes burned 100s of hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

    Middle East — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    Russia — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

    South East Asia — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

    Europe — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    USA — 9/11 happened

    Goes to reason, no mu-slimes, no sh-!t.
    All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and than lie about how sorry we are.

    Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio.

    And some bleeding heart imbecile here will post that it’s just a few individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But than conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide mu-slime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

  3. Mohammed says:

    Great !! A Jewish judge sentences a Muslim. I love it! Typical American justice. I wonder if judge cedarbaum loves America or Israel? Hmmm

    1. DanTe says:

      Thanks “Mo” for pointing out the differences between America and sh//th0les like Islam. Here’s a hint: here in America, we don’t have your whacko “legal” system.

    2. Leah Bat-Har says:

      Are you suggesting that he should be set free. and that a muslim judge would do so?

  4. jake says:

    Once that training cen…eer, I mean Mosque is up and running. There will more suicide bombers .. But, like what the government says, we HAVE to be tolerant about their beliefs

  5. sds says:

    Isn’t Mohammed supposed to be peaceful?

  6. Regetec jukdarlabar says:

    Should be put to sleep forever

  7. Regetec jukdarlabar says:

    I don’t think he should spend the rest of life behind bars, I recommend for him to be beheaded. Any enemy of USA should face the same punishment, we have to leave aside the sorrownes.

  8. sulaymanf says:

    I am a Muslim. I have no sympathy for this guy; I work nearby and he could have killed me had I been near it. He’s only increased the amount of hatred other New Yorkers have towards American Muslims like myself. I’m glad they threw the book at him

  9. Green Eyes says:

    Let the loser make those new street signs that are going to cost us 27 million to make while he rots in prison!!

  10. Wallabee says:

    My wife became a citizen this past year. During her swearing-in ceremony, I looked around at the large group of participating. Most looked eager and happy. But way too many looked cynical or sarcastic while repeating the oath. Others appeared to be joking with each other. Some just stared forward without repeating the oath they were supposed to be taking.

    I kept wondering what reasons these people had for becoming citizens if they did not believe the oath they were taking and/or did not even attempt to take the oath. I wonder how many “Shahzads” were in that group.

  11. frank says:

    dumb sand monkey

  12. Alan P. says:

    Ya Ya…Why didn’t the judge give him another life term for swearing falsely?

  13. JEFF GORDON says:

    This savage should be executed immediately

  14. beeman says:


    1. Jeff R. says:

      don’t worry, he will probably be murdered within a year.

  15. Liberal Jew says:

    We should commemorate this by building a tolerance Mosque in Times Square where people of all faiths can hug each other and pray. After all, Islam is the most peaceful religion in the world. Surely, it was just a few wayward Muslims that are responsible for all of these terror acts. Certainly, it was just a small group of detractors that hijacked four airplanes—two from the same airport—and flew them into our buildings. This Faisal guy—who bears a striking resemblance to Corey Feldman—is nothing more than a radical offshoot of an otherwise tolerant religion in the same way that the USS Cole, African Embassy bombers, the hijackers of Egyptian Airlines flight, the first World Trade Center Attack, and Khobar Towers bombers were all just disgruntled Muslims, much like all the other disgruntled people from other religions. Time and time again, Islam has had to prove its peacefulness in the face of overwhelming worldwide evidence of inclusiveness such as the stoning of those suspected of practicing Christianity and women suspected of adultery or the killing of students in Chechnya. A few bad seed Arabs spoil it for the rest of the peace loving Muslims who do nothing more than refuse to condone terrorism and dance in the streets upon the collapse of American Buildings filled with human beings. I say look closer. If there are a few detractors, maybe it is the West’s fault what with their freedoms and human rights and all.

    Wake up America!!

    1. Shoshana says:

      first, its not surprising you are a liberal! There is always an American who defends the other side. Lets get real: There are not a few Muslims who are terrorists. There are many terrorists who are spreading terror all over the world. The numbers of extreme radicals are just growing. Comparing a few incidents by other people are not the same as the number of Moslem terrorists that has occured in more modern times. That does not mean all Moslems are terrorists, but there are enough of them to be concerned. Second, Speaking of being Jewish, we have a long history of hatred. We don’t sit and blame our problems on the whole world. I hope one day soon you can wake up and not live in a fantasy!

      1. Liberal Jew says:

        Shoshana, I see you have trouble detecting sarcasm. It figures.

        Wake up Shoshana!

      2. shoshana says:

        i’m sorry I see your point now!

  16. Roy says:

    runghee’s an idiot

  17. jim says:

    Wait–he’s an agent of the Mossad! But this was a great victory for Islam! Or… or…

    Or something.

  18. ttc says:

    congrats, you just summarized the global effect of terrorism by radical muslims. Tell us something we don’t know.

    1. MOHAMMED says:

      thanks ttc. couldn’t have summarized it better. ISLAM is a religion of PEACE. ISLAM did NOT do all this. It is the Devil West.

  19. jtorres says:

    This guy is NOT a scapegoat. He gleefully admitted he wanted to kill Americans and he was caught trying to flee the country. He deserves whatever he gets — he’s a terrorist.
    Oh, and DanTe: wanna get rid of all the murderous haters? Why wait? Start with yourself

  20. runghee says:

    Sounds like they are making this dude into a serious scapegoat!


    1. ttc says:

      who is they? he pled guilty.

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