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Faisal Shahzad pleads guilty to attempting to bomb Times Square

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“I am a muslim soldier! I will kill children as required! We terrorists think killing muslims is bad!” And blurted in open court – that doesn’t sound scripted at all. A sensation in the press! Look, it’s already out in the open that Pakistani secret service, the ISI, essentially runs the Taliban. The London School of Economics just put a study out on it. And the CIA has a lot of influence over the ISI still, and runs bases in Pakistan, and has contractors running all over the country besides. The ‘Taliban’. There is no single ‘Taliban’, it’s a diverse system of tribes. And the particular outfit this guy ‘trained’ with is a confirmed CIA front. Everything’s outsourced these days! (It’s a good thing their bomb-training instructors appear to suffer from gross incompetence). If this guy isn’t an outright agent, he’s a complete moron on the order of Abdul Mutallab the crotch-bomber patsy, because the US is just itching to roll across the border and into Pakistan. We need to ‘pull out’ in 2011, after all. And for some odd reason the planned withdrawal route just happens to be through Pakistan, rather than existing airbases in the UAE. And we won’t stop until we’ve wiped out ad-hoc banking like the Hawala system and pacified the nomadic peoples. They’ve very difficult, never staying put. Not readily accepting of occupation, they were so useful against the Russians in the 80s, when we set up and financed ‘Al-Qaeda’. Now they’re in the way of certain strategic resources, so the pawns get pushed off the table in the great geopolitical game. Empires have always conducted themselves in this manner. What don’t people understand about this? The US uses proxy terrorism to accomplish political goals, there are countless documented examples. Noam Chomsky, for one, has devoted almost the entire latter half of his career to exposing this. It’s getting old. So could we please. Stop. Now.

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Tom Hays, Associated Press
June 22, 2010

NEW YORK–Calling himself a “Muslim soldier,” a defiant Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing, saying his attack was the answer to “the U.S. terrorizing . . . Muslim people.”

Wearing a white skull cap, Faisal Shahzad entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan just days after a federal grand jury indicted him on 10 terrorism and weapons counts, some of which carried mandatory life prison sentences. He pleaded guilty to them all.

“One has to understand where I’m coming from,” Shahzad calmly told U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, who challenged him repeatedly with questions such as whether he worried about killing children in Times Square. “I consider myself . . . a Muslim soldier.”

The 30-year-old described his effort to set off a bomb in an SUV he parked in Times Square on May 1, saying he chose the warm Saturday night because it would be crowded with people who he could injure or kill.

He revealed that he actually packed his vehicle with three separate bombs, hoping to set off a fertilizer-fuelled bomb packed in a gun cabinet, a set of propane tanks and gas canisters rigged with fireworks to explode into a fireball.

Shahzad said he expected the bombs to begin going off after he lighted a fuse and waited between 2 ½ minutes and five minutes for them to erupt.

“I was waiting to hear a sound but I didn’t hear a sound. So I walked to Grand Central and went home,” he said.

Shahzad dismissed the judge’s question about the children by saying the U.S. didn’t care when children were killed in Muslim countries.

“It’s a war. I am part of the answer to the U.S. terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people,” he said. “On behalf of that, I’m revenging the attack. Living in the United States, Americans only care about their people but they don’t care about the people elsewhere in the world when they die.”

Shahzad made the plea and an accompanying statement as Cedarbaum began asking him a lengthy series of questions to ensure he understood his rights.

Cedarbaum asked Shahzad if he understood some charges carried mandatory life sentences and that he might spend the rest of his life in prison. He said he did.

At one point, she asked him if he was sure he wanted to plead guilty.

He said he wanted “to plead guilty and 100 times more” to let the U.S. know that if it did not get out of Iraq and Afghanistan, halt drone attacks and stop meddling in Muslim lands, “we will be attacking U.S.”

Sentencing was scheduled for Oct. 5.

The Connecticut resident was arrested trying to leave the country May 3, two days after the bomb failed to ignite near a Broadway theatre.

Authorities said Shahzad immediately co-operated, delaying his initial court appearance for two weeks as he spilled details of a plot meant to sow terror in the world-famous Times Square.

The bomb apparently sputtered, emitting smoke that attracted the attention of an alert street vendor, who notified police, setting in motion a rapid evacuation of blocks of a city still healing from the shock of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

According to the indictment issued last week, Shahzad received a total of $12,000 prior to the attack from the Pakistani Taliban through cash drop-offs in Massachusetts and Long Island.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the Pakistani Taliban “facilitated Faisal Shahzad’s attempted attack on American soil.”

Shahzad was accused in the indictment of receiving explosives training in Waziristan, Pakistan, during a five-week trip to that country. He returned to the United States in February.

The indictment said he received $5,000 in cash on Feb. 25 from a co-conspirator in Pakistan and $7,000 more on April 10, allegedly sent at the co-conspirator’s direction.

Shahzad, born in Pakistan, moved to the United States when he was 18.

Pakistan has arrested at least 11 people since the attempted attack. An intelligence official has alleged two of them played a role in the plot. No one has been charged.

Three men in Massachusetts and Maine suspected of supplying money to Shahzad have been detained on immigration charges; one was recently transferred to New York.

Federal authorities have said they believe money was channelled through an underground money transfer network known as “hawala,” but they have said they doubt anyone in the U.S. who provided money knew what it was for.

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