NY bomber suspect knew they were coming for him

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on May 5, 2010 10:36 am

The Times Square bomb suspect knew he was being tracked down.  He was on a plane from JFK airport in NY on his way to Pakistan when law enforcement officials arrested him.


“I was expecting you. Are you NYPD or FBI?” asked Faisal Shahzad.


According to CNN, sources directly involved in the investigation of the failed bombing attempt on Saturday night, told CNN that Shahzad suspected authorities were on to him after news reports that he allegedly bought a vehicle in Connecticut.


Shahzad, arrested by New York detectives and FBI agents, is now in federal custody.


Shahzad had actually been put on a no-fly list that day, why didn’t it work?  He made his reservation by phone as he drove to the airport.  His name wasn’t on their list yet, as they hadn’t refreshed it.  Airlines are required to check the no-fly list with 24 hours

of electronic notification of changes.  Now they will be required to check it after 2 hours, says the Department of Homeland Security.




Who caught his name?  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who review all flight manifests, according to a counterterrorism official.

Faisal Shahzad, 30, born in Pakistan became a U.S. citizen last year, is married with children.  His neighbor said they were a quite family who kept to themselves.  His wife doesn’t speak much English.  Saturday night, he drove a car housing a crudely made bomb into NY’s Times Square and fled.  Authorities defused the bomb.


He is being formally charged with five terrorism-related counts, and faces life in prison.  He has waived his Miranda rights (includes the right to an attorney) and is fully cooperating.

NY Bomb Squad in Times Square Saturday night

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