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Failed Times Square Bomber Sentenced to Life

Failed Times Square Bomber Sentenced to Life

In this handout image provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, suspected Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad poses for a mug shot. [U.S. Dept. of Justice]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

October 05, 2010

An unrepentant Faisal Shahzad, proudly wearing the mantle of terrorist, was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday morning for his failed Times Square car-bombing plot.

The Pakistani-born terrorist, speaking before learning he would die behind bars, warned Americans to “brace yourself” for future attacks.

“The defeat of the U.S. must and will happen in the near future,” Shahzad declared, adding that the attacks were just Muslims defending themselves.

“If you call us terrorists for doing that, than we are proud terrorists,” said Shahzad, wearing a white skull cap and a blue prison-issued outfit.

The sentence in Manhattan Federal Court came just five months after Shahzad parked an explosives-laden SUV on W. 46th St. in the Theater District – and tried to detonate it.

“You are a young man, and you will have a lot of time to reflect on what you have done and what you have said today,” Federal Judge Miriam Cedarbaum said in handing down the life term.

The judge, in a brief back and forth, had earlier asked Shahzad about the oath he took when becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.

“I did swear but I did not mean it,” Shahzad replied.

“So you took a false oath?” the judge asked.

“Yes,” he replied.

The unusually quick terror case turnaround followed Shahzad’s unrelenting admissions to his role in the plot to kill dozens of tourists and theatergoers on a Saturday night in May.

“I want to plead guilty and I’m going to plead guilty a hundred times forward,” Shahzad said when entering his plea on June 21.

The onetime resident of suburban Connecticut, a married father of two, declared himself “a Muslim soldier.”

Prosecutors said Shahzad, 31, was already plotting a second attack if his Times Square bombing came off as planned.

Shahzad was arrested at Kennedy Airport two days after the May 1 bombing bid while sitting aboard a Dubai-bound plane.

“It’s only right that Faisal Shahzad forfeit his freedom for life after trying to forfeit the lives of innocent New Yorkers forever,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Shahzad was trained and funded by Tehrik-e-Taliban, a militant group in his homeland known as the Pakistani Taliban.

Three Pakistani men were later arrested on charges they arranged introductions for Shahzad to leaders of the militant group.

“The case of Faisal Shahzad demonstrates the global scope of the terrorist threat. Distinctions between home-grown and foreign terrorists are blurred when a U.S. citizen travels to Pakistan to learn bomb-making from a known terrorist organization, then returns to the U.S. and receives financial backing from the overseas organization,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk.

  • Stmaarten2_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    i cant wait until the white power groups in prison make him their new playtoy

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Good, just keep him locked up.

  • John_groh_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Well if the rest of the idiots who attempt to attack us are a stupid as this guy. I don't think we have much to worry about. Maybe 23 hours a day in lock down for the rest of his life will teach him a lesson.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Wow. Should have just killed him.

  • Thinker_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    "The judge, in a brief back and forth, had earlier asked Shahzad about the oath he took when becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. “I did swear but I did not mean it,” Shahzad replied."

    Well the judge meant it when she said life in prison, now enjoy the rest of your life hopefully in a dark hole in supermax...

  • My_pics_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Wonder if the prison will be his next headquarters???

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Kill him at a hog farm and feed him to the pigs.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    FIRING SQUAD!!!!!!!! Now we have to pay to keep him alive.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Take him about 20 miles out and let him swim home.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    "Brace yourself for future attacks"? Were your refering to your prison shower?

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    He's a proud terrorist!!!!! Why does he continue to steal oxygen???

  • Dscn0912_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Glad to hear the news.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Brooklyn Hills Cop: when you say, " This is WAR. War against all these scum bags whose only purpose in life is to destroy America and what it stand for", are you talking about the terrorist only, or all people that call themselves Muslims?. I certainly hope that it is the terrorist ones only that your talking about, because your words could be interpreted to mean that we are at war with the Muslims, even the ones that live in this country, the law biding ones, the ones that mean no harm. Just want to get some clarification on the words brother, mean no insult, peace.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    This douche bag obviously has no clue what country he is dealing with, What I want to know is WHY???? was he granted citizenship..... This is what it means to be American allow me to break it down for all of you. Respect the stars and stripes, obey the laws of this nation support the Military and pray for our leaders in public office. If that douche bag wants to threaten our nation he needs to be sent to Gitmo so our Marines can bring down a Ass kickin courtesy of the USA

  • My_kids_027_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I know a life sentence seems light to some of you guys, but we all know too well even if they gave him a death sentence we would probably still be feeding him for several years.

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