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New York, NY - Times Square Bomb Suspect Doesn't Get Why Car Didn't Blow

Published on: May 21, 2010 12:39 PM
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Suspected Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad makes his first court appearance since his arrest two weeks ago, as seen in this courtroom sketch, May 18, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Christine CornellNew York, NY - The man accused of driving a bomb-laden SUV into the heart of the city earlier this month doesn’t understand why his homemade death device didn’t explode.

While sequestered in a New York hotel room, Faisal Shahzad asked investigators why the bomb he built failed to go off, people familiar with the probe said.

A person familiar with the case said that during more than two weeks of questioning, the Pakistani-American expressed surprise that the device — a mishmash of fireworks, gasoline canisters, propane tanks and fertilizer — did not detonate. The suspect said he thought the fireworks would trigger a chain-reaction that would rupture the tanks and create a deadly fireball, the person said.

Shahzad, who authorities say has claimed he received explosives training in Pakistan, even asked interrogators to explain why the device failed.

Shahzad left the vehicle on West 45th Street on a spring Saturday evening amid hundreds of people enjoying the tourist haven, prosecutors said. The attempted bombing prompted a massive police response, but no one was hurt.

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Experts said the bomb had been poorly constructed with a nest of wires, battery-operated alarm clocks and heavy bags of fertilizer that couldn’t explode.

There was no immediate response to a phone message left with Shahzad’s attorney.

On Tuesday, Shahzad appeared in a U.S. court for the first time since his May 3 arrest. Prosecutors had refused to disclose his whereabouts prior to the hearing, but a third official told the AP on Wednesday that he had been under guard at a Brooklyn hotel while he voluntarily answered investigators’ questions.

All three people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the investigation had not been completed.

Shahzad, 30, was ordered held without bail on five felony charges including attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and attempted acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries, each of which carry potential penalties of life in prison.

The ex-budget analyst from Bridgeport, Conn., was captured while attempting to flee in a Dubai-bound plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Since his arrest, Shahzad “has provided valuable intelligence from which further investigative action has been taken,” the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said in a statement.



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 May 21, 2010 at 01:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Imagine a Westerner arrested in Iran attempting to blow up a marketplace and still kibitzing with his interrogators about why it didn't blow up. Only in America. Only in America can someone try to blow people to smithereens and still smile and kibbitz. Welcome to America.

As Bob Grant would say, punched his nose down his throat.

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 May 21, 2010 at 01:12 PM Anonymous Says:

As if they're going to tell him so he doesn't make the same mistake the next time.

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 May 21, 2010 at 01:55 PM tehillim yid Says:

Rabot Machshavot belev ish, va'atzat Hashem Hee Takum!!!!

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 May 21, 2010 at 04:30 PM Anonymous Says:

He was a Terrorist Shoiyteh

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 May 21, 2010 at 05:03 PM Anonymous Says:

just tell him the bomb was perfect, but allah didn't want it exploding.

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 May 21, 2010 at 05:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

just tell him the bomb was perfect, but allah didn't want it exploding.

gut gezukt-- but i like #3 better!

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 May 21, 2010 at 06:17 PM Anonymous Says:

HOTEL! This is nuts if starwoods points don't work out try to blow something up and you'll get a free hotel stay

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 May 21, 2010 at 06:35 PM Anonymous Says:

why is he in a hotel room

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 May 22, 2010 at 11:40 PM Truth Says:

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Anonymous Says:

why is he in a hotel room

Because once they officially arrest him, even a low life like him has rights. An attorney will be appointed for him, he gets to see the judge, etc. They did the best thing trying to get as much info out of him. Maybe he did tell them who actually supported him here and in Pakistan and where they can be found. The gov. isn't going to tell you what info he gave them.

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 May 23, 2010 at 07:12 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Truth Says:

Because once they officially arrest him, even a low life like him has rights. An attorney will be appointed for him, he gets to see the judge, etc. They did the best thing trying to get as much info out of him. Maybe he did tell them who actually supported him here and in Pakistan and where they can be found. The gov. isn't going to tell you what info he gave them.

They couldn't have taken him off a plane and held (arrested) him unofficially. He was arrested and has been in police custody since he was taken off the plane. Yes, it is absurd that he was not held in a maximum security facility somehwere, but perhaps he was more likely to talk comfortably in the relasxed atmosphere of a 5 star hotel. I'm sure some newspaper in Syria or Iran has already published stories about how his "rights" have been violated.

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 May 23, 2010 at 11:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to # 8 maybe. Only maybe because his name is NOT rubashken , well the snicker bomber. After clearly saying I WANT TO KILL EVRY american got his full 11 YEARS [only] bud you know •!!!!!!! What shell we say •!!!! Nothing

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 May 23, 2010 at 02:05 PM Anonymous Says:

this terrorist faces a MAX penalty of life in prison while rubaskin is facing 25 years to life???

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