We know that Faisal Shahzad is the Time Square bomber; that he is 30 years old; that he is married to Huma Mian and at least one child; that he lived in Shelton, Connecticut; that he and his wife spoke limited English and kept mostly to themselves; that he came to the United States of America from Karachi Pakistan in the 1990's as a student; that he became a naturalized US citizen on April 17, 2009, in Hartford, Connecticut and passed all the criminal and national security background checks required for citizenship.
Where did he work? Where did he get his money?
.... defaulted on a $200,000 mortgage on his Connecticut home and that the property is in foreclosure.
Records obtained by The Associated Press show that Chase Home Finance LLC sued Shahzad in September to foreclose on the home in Shelton.
The foreclosure records show Shahzad took out the mortgage on the property in 2004, and he co-owned the home with a woman named Huma Mian. The foreclosure case is pending in Milford Superior Court. (WCBSTV)
Shahzad took out the mortgage in 2004, he did not become a citizen until 2009. I'm wondering what kind of job he had that would allow him to be approved for a $200,000 mortgage. I also wonder who Huma Mian is, is that her real name, where is she from, is she a citizen, did she have a job, what allowed her to be approved for co-ownership of this home? Is this yet another disaster provided to American citizens by politicians wanting to give people mortgages even though they could not afford them? Should Barney Frank and Chris Dodd carry some blame?
We know that after becoming a naturalized citizen in April 2009, in May 2009 Faisal Shahzad returned to Pakistan renting a house in a middle-class neighborhood of Karachi. A month later his wife and at least one child joined him. They lived there for five months. Media reports say he was staying in Peshawar. He returned to the US on February 3, 2010 and purchased the Nissan Pathfinder from Craigslist for $1,300 cash, all one hundred dollar bills, three weeks ago.
A Pakistan government official said that "He was here at a training camp," during those five months in Pakistan and that members of Shahzad's family were arrested in Karachi on Tuesday morning.
Where did he work? Where did he get his money?A neighbor in Shelton, Connecticut said:
Ms Thurman said Mr Shahzad got up early every morning to go to work and had told her that he worked on Wall Street.
"I think he caught the train to New York," she said.
Ms Thurman described the suspect as "a little bit strange".
"He didn't like to come out during the day," she said.
Another neighbor said, she thought he had worked in nearby Norwalk.
We know Faisal Shahzad was arrested at JFK Airport late Monday night aboard Emirates Flight
202 bound for Dubai with his final destination Pakistan. Interestingly, it was Army Intelligence planes that led to Shahzad's arrest. Spies in the skies as Drudge calls them.
... Shahzad rushed out of his Bridgeport, Conn. Home and headed for the airport. He made the reservations on the way, paying cash for his ticket.
CBS 2 obtained air traffic control recording intended to stop the pilots from taking off. The controller alerts pilots to "immediately" return to the gate.
In the end, it was secret Army intelligence planes that did him in. Armed with his cell phone number, they circled the skies over the New York area, intercepting a call to Emirates Airlines reservations, before scrambling to catch him at John F. Kennedy International Airport. (CBS2)
WSJ reports three were removed from that flight along with Shahzad. Shahzad claims he is guilty but that he worked alone. Latest reports say at least two of these passengers are believed to be involved with Shahzad.
Sources told CBS2 that Faisal Shahzad should have been on the United States terror watch list, and that
because he wasn't, he was able to board the plane.
We know that materials related to the homemade car bomb were found in Shahzad's
apartment, including the boxes that contained the alarm clocks and his car
which he left at the airport contained a 9mm handgun with extra clips of ammunition. Also found in the apartment and surrounding areas were bags of fertilizer, firecrackers, and other related materials.
Again, where did he get his money? We can surmise from all the reporting that no one knows where he got his money, he apparently didn't have a regular job anywhere, yet he had cash to purchase the SUV and related bomb making materials.
We know that he had money to buy plane tickets for himself and his family. We know that he had money for food, rent, and at least one other vehicle, a car that was left at the airport. We know that he could not, or would not, make payments on his mortgage.
He was getting money somewhere and I'm betting it was from his family and terror connections in Pakistan. In this case it seems that family and terror connections may be one in the same. Only time and investigation will uncover the truth.
While we wait for more information, we have learned that he made one big mistake:
The would-be bomber packed the car with more than 100 pounds of fertilizer, but not the kind that would explode, police said.
Had the bomber chosen the right kind of fertilizer, the bomb would have had the force of more than 100 pounds of TNT. But instead of ammonium nitrate, the kind of fertilizer used by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, the bomber used a harmless fertilizer, New York City Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said. (ABC)
U.S. Attorney Eric Holder said authorities are hunting for other
suspects, .... sources told the Daily News at
least three other people were involved in buying the bomb materials
found in the Pathfinder.
FOX News is reporting that authorities in
Karachi, Pakistan have
arrested eight people in connection with the attempted bombing in Times
Square on Saturday. Pakistan expects to arrest several others. Several arrested in Pakistan are believed to be relatives of Shahzad. There were meetings between these Pakistan citizens who have been arrested in Pakistan and Shahzad.
We know that investigators are looking for any links to a Connecticut-based Web site that supports the Pakistan Taliban.A military commission is apparently out of the question. Shahzad won't be needing money, tax dollars will be paying for his attorney unless a private attorney volunteers his services.
A military commission is not an option for trying alleged Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad unless the naturalized U.S. citizen can be linked to Al Qaeda.
Shahzad claims to have no connections to terror groups in his home country of Pakistan, but we now believe that not to be true. The arrests in Pakistan, Shahzad's meetings with them in that region which has connections to Lashkar e-Taiba, Al Qaeda and Jaish e Mohammed, a group that supports the separatist movement in Kashmir, seem to point to terror connections of some kind.
The current Military Commissions Act as passed by Congress does not allow a U.S. citizen to be prosecuted by a military tribunal, though some lawmakers say they would like to have Shahzad and other alleged terrorists put before military commissions -- and not tried in federal civilian court.
After the press conference: It seems that Shahzad has not been read his Miranda rights and is being questioned by the Feds under the Public Safety Exception and that he is providing valuable information, according to Fox. Even later Fox said that he had indeed been read his Miranda rights, but was continuing to talk anyway.
Also revealed that he was indeed put on the no fly watch list, but it was too late, he was already on the plane.
His citizenship papers are being investigated to see if he lied on any of the questions or documents. If in fact he did lie or mislead, the question become "can his citizenship be revoked" and if so can/will he be tried differently?
PS: It is important to note that the terrorist was NOT a white man, in his 40's, nor a member of the TEA party, as so many tried to make us believe and as so many wished it would be. The terrorist was in fact a Muslim, from Pakistan, who tried to build and explode a car bomb similar to those in Glasgow Scotland and London England. So in President Barack Hussein Obama's words, "let us be clear ...".UPDATE: See my latest which answers the money question here: