Faisal Shahzad, a 30 year old naturalized American citizen, was arrested trying to board a flight to Dubai last night. Gee, I wonder why he’d be trying to flee the country if he weren’t guilty.
The Washington Post: Authorities said Shahzad, who is of Pakistani origin and lived in Connecticut, had paid cash for a Nissan Pathfinder that was found packed with explosives Saturday night on a tourist-crowded block in midtown Manhattan. The vehicle was set ablaze but failed to detonate.
Officials located Shahzad after a sweeping two-day investigation that yielded what senior Obama administration officials described as a flood of international and domestic clues suggesting a plot involving more than one person.
“It was clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans,” Holder said at a rare middle-of-the-night news conference at the Justice Department, nearly three hours after the suspect was pulled from an international flight that had already left the departure gate.
Nice that Holder recognized this was an act of terrorism.
While I’m happy to know they caught this guy, it does concern me that when it comes to terrorism we seem to be in a reactive mode, rather than being pro-active. A guy got on a plane and if not for the actions of some passengers he may have blown it up. This guy drove a car bomb into Times Square, and if not for the actions of some street vendors it would have blown up. Unfortunately, at Ft. Hood, nobody was able to stop that maniac in time.