May 5th, 2010
09:39 AM ET

On the Radar: Times Square plot, immigration, Gulf oil

Police stand guard in Times Square following an attempted bombing.

Times Square investigation - Questions remained in the days following the dramatic arrest of the Times Square bombing suspect, who was captured only minutes before his plane was scheduled to take off for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. A court hearing is possible Wednesday as investigators in the United States and Pakistan continue to chase leads. 

We'll also take a look into what role the no-fly list played into capturing Faisal Shahzad, what it means to be on the no-fly list and how effective it may be in identifying suspicious individuals. Our reporters are also looking into Shahzad's history and what his family and life were like in the U.S. before the Times Square plot took shape. We'll also continue to provide constant updates on the blog to keep you up to date on any developments in the story. 

Arizona immigration - The Tucson and Flagstaff city councils reportedly have voted to sue the state of Arizona over the state's new law targeting illegal immigrants. Members of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, meanwhile, plan to wear jerseys that say "Los Suns" in a playoff game Wednesday. The team's managing partner, in announcing the jerseys, said that "frustration with the federal government's failure to deal with the issue of illegal immigration resulted in passage of a flawed state law." 

Gulf oil spill - - Crews working to stem the tide of oil in the Gulf of Mexico capped one of the three leaking points Wednesday, a BP executive said. John Curry, the director of external affairs for BP, said the leak that was capped was the smallest of the three.  Curry says the pipe was cut off and sealed with a slip valve. 

As officials work to try to keep the oil from coming ashore, our reporters are also taking a look at what impact the spill may have on the tourism and seafood industries. 

Dichotomy of Fred Phelps - Who is Fred Phelps? The easy answer: The Topeka, Kansas, pastor whose protests at the funerals of U.S. soldiers and antipathy toward homosexuals has gained him national recognition and resulted in a court battle that has landed on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. But as Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church arrive in Atlanta to stage nine protests, we look at the Fred Phelps few know: The man, who in the 50s and early 60s, was one of the few lawyers in the country willing to take on civil rights cases. 

Old-timers in the African-American community in Topeka knew that man and hardly recognize the one he has become. We talk to those civil rights activists  and two of Phelps’ 14 children, including one daughter who is part of his church and an estranged son who has become an atheist, in large part, he says, because of his father. CNN's John Blake reports. 


 

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. onls

    There had better be no amnesty for illegals unless we don't care about America. If you want crime and graffitti, give them amnesty. If you like overcrowded schools, let them stay and breed. If you like overburdened municipalities, give them amnesty. If you want your children and grandchildren to be pressured into joining gangs, let them stay. If you approve of the destruction of subdivisions and overall quality of life, give them amnesty. If you want the job market to be undermined with cheap pay scales caused by them, let them stay. We have always had a choice in these matters, but now it seems our gubmet makes these decisions for us (the medical fiasco) Once they are here to stay and are allowed to vote, the game is over and the coutry is lost forever – say hello to the biggest welfare state on the planet.

    May 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Toast

    Poor Onls.

    Even if he/she had any good points, it proved impossible to hide his underlying racism. "Let them stay and breed" is how biologists think about bacteria. Every ethnic group that has come into this country in large numbers has had to suffer the same fools. The Irish, the Italians, the Jews. Each time, these communities flourished and have made significant contributions. The notion that this group will not, is pure racism (the idea that your racial group is superior to that of another). I'm sure you're an otherwise nice fella, but you sound like a Nazi (and an ignorant one at that).

    May 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. XSniper

    Not that I am in line with ONLS on his comment but your is even more out of line. The groups you mentioned never came here illegally in large numbers to exploit this nation. They came here legally and not only asimilated by learning enlish but you also never found them waving their home country's flag. By you calling him a Nazi is as rediculous as his statement. The majority of posts I have read over the last 3 weeks on various sites indicate that most Americans embrace people looking to come here for a better life. We only expect you to follow the laws of the land be they federal state or local. Just do it the right way, learn english, and stop waving other nations flags unless it is the nation you are in. Some nations even consider the display of a flag not of that nation to be an act of war. Also, you strike me as one of the neanderthalls that wanted all muslims screened at the airports after 9/11.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. EH

    ONLS:

    You have to learn the history of this country. I am a foreign born citizen and I know the history of US (USA) better than you.

    I agree with everything Tost said.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. AGuest9

    The Tucson and Flagstaff city councils need to grow a set, respectively, and determine which country they are citizens of...

    May 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Teresa

    I'm glad everyone's ok in New york but Security should have been high even before sep. 11
    our government failed everyone that day but since nothing blew up or no one was injured or killed we should move on to more important topics because from what is being talked about that bomber didn't even succeed at killing anyone ................ Let the government worry about the little details
    i don't want to know who the guy was married too or what his cat looked liked or what store he shopped at. Lets Move on and let our tax dollars handle it ........ There's more crazy things happening rite now in the U.S

    May 10, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jim

    I am so disgusted and embarrased by Americans. ONLS, take some responsibility for yoyur damn self and your own kids. Do you not this your spoiled little white kids dont grafitti or cause crime? Do you really think your kids are only influensed by immigrant kids to join gangs and cause violence? How ignorent can you be? Youre a pure bloded rasist and its sickening. This law is a slap in the face to anyone who cares about human rights. You should be thanking every immigrant who comes here to work and keeps your produce and child care costs low. I'm a white dude and i would have no problem picking the fields....for 10 bucks andf hour, full insurance, workmans comp, paid sick time, paid holidays and comfortable working conditions. most Americans wouldnt even consider doing such a job at any wage. Thank god and god bless the immigrants who come to the country. We should tear down the wall and let people flow freely on the entire continent.

    May 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |