May 18th, 2010
12:59 PM ET

Official: Times Square bomb suspect eyed other targets

Faisal Shahzad is accused of attempting to bomb Times Square in New York.

The man accused of attempting to blow up a car bomb in Times Square also considered New York's Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, the World Financial Center and Connecticut helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky as other potential targets, a senior counterterrorism official with oversight of the investigation said Tuesday.

Faisal Shahzad had gone so far as to do surveillance of some of the additional targets, the official told CNN.

Shahzad, a Pakistani-born naturalized U.S. citizen, is accused of attempting to set off a car bomb in Times Square on May 1. E-mails obtained by CNN indicate he was looking for a way to strike back against "foreign infidel forces" he believed were oppressing the Muslim world.

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  1. Terry

    Without religion, there would not be a reason for war or genocide. Throughout history, in every war or case of genocide, religion was the key factor. Why do warriors ask their god for help when killing an enemy?

    May 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ron

    I don't understand why they hate so much. It seems that they want it both ways. to live in a free society and reap the
    benefits from it and kill people because their people in other countries don't have what we have. This is what is called
    coveteousness(spell check). This will eat you up if you let it.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Doctor

    Kill them all. Clean the planet and bring on the next generation of intelligence.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nice

    This is Pakistan history. They were scrwed by Arabs in the 7th century forced to convert to Islam. In 10th century Ghori an afghan scrwed them & islamised Punjab. In 12th century Ghaznavi scrwed them & converted the remaining retards. Pakis today praise their invaders who scrwed them and mock their ancestors. India scrwed them in 4 wars & left them alone, thats a BIG mistake. Lesson to learn from history, if US scrws them hard now, in future they will praise USA also and worship it. If Pakis can accept an Arab pedaphile as prophet, it is upto us to decide what we want these morons to be brainwashed into.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nybeel

      People like you are one of the main reason why people like Shehzad are born (not to say that he was right in doing what he did .. it was absolutely unacceptable and he should be punished) .. the use of degratotry language against an entire nation and religion dosnt help in anyway !!! hoping that you are amongst the minority of people who just dont get it .

      May 18, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chumpa

    I find that the hatred to muslim community is as foul and ignorant as segregation and discrimination was to the 60's. I am amazed at some of these posts. If you look at a whole community because of a few bad apples you are biased and blind. Mandela taught us to learn from our enemy understand them . If anyone taught us the power of restraint and non lethal means it was Martin Luther King Jr. Those bad apples should take history and learn that it is a powerful thing , and to put down your guns and offer only peace. They can get much more accomplished in one day than in 10 car bombs.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nybeel

    First of all, let me say, being a Muslim, that Islam does not all any Muslim to kill an innocent civilan no matter what the religion of other person is. period. This is what all majority muslim clerics have said across the board. Now, obviosuly people like shehzad do not beleive in what the muslim majority believe in. He belives in the interpretation of a small minority of muslims who have taken the entire Muslim community as hostage .. not sure if any of you know but they have killed more Muslims then people of other relgiion. for eg the suicide bombs in Pakistan only kill Muslims as there are no foreign forces there ..

    But it is very imp to understnad why a person like Shehzad who garduated from US having a wife and a kid and trying to live an american dream suddenly got radicalized .. why were the culptirts able to brainwash him .. i think one of the reason could possibly be those govts / nations who stereotype Islams and Muslims in general and continue to oppose / defame the religion without knowing much about it .. the more hatred the west shows against the religion .. more vulnerable would be the people like shehzad ..

    May 18, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mohammed

    I say lets make peace and end this war. Human life is too precious to waste in this war game; no matter what the differences are between the two partys. I say lets be our brothers keeper, lets be the bigger man, we are a nation of great leaders; lets find a way to end this war before more blood is shed.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vkmo

    I just posted a comment, but it hasn't shown up

    May 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. vkmo

    Taliban tempts Jihadists with money and women slaves. If you die in battle against infidels (like many Pakistanis lost in wars), you go to heaven where you get a rich palace with 72 virgins. You are allowed to have a harem with 4 wives, and additional concubines. You are allowed to attack the infidel, kill the men, take over the women, their properties and belongings. This is written about in Pakistan's Dawn of Apr 18, read http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/lahore/jindan-kaur-of-cheechonkemalian-840

    May 18, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. peter

    Hey Chumpa.... We never hated muslims or arabs until they started killing innocent people. If you say that they have killed more muslims than non muslims then we are dealing with a very large number of sick dimented people who are embarassing the rest of the muslim community... Then you better talk to the people in the muslim public relations department because s very pathetic message is being sent out. Its not us its YOU. Ive never done or said anything derogatory towards Islam but the message you send is " like me and allah or I'll Kill you and your family"

    May 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nybeel

      I would agree to this .. Muslim scholars need to come out in lime light and publicly condmen the actions .. on the other hand .. Western media needs to highlight what these scholars are saying .. i ve seen a lot of times that media tries to highlight the negative side of Muslims but deliberately fail to give proper coverage to those (which is a majority) who condemn these actions ..

      May 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nybeel

    VKMO .. also from dawn .. u must ve failed to pick this up

    http://blog.dawn.com/2010/05/13/her-silent-jihad/

    May 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. vkmo

    Nybeel, I read this- it is interesting.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
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