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. johnnyhouse

    Are you okay buddy? Feel your brow.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rob S

    No problem with that at all Chug! More drones, less human forces. Let's use them to patrol our own borders too. MORE MORE MORE drones!!

    May 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lance Deux

    Dove: false. Not even close. A half MILLION civ deaths is a gross exaggeration by those with an agenda. And the story continues...

    May 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. olag00

    CNN, quit posting his ugly mug with the stories.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • red

      Stop reading them.

      May 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DRE

    What are we going to do when they succeed at blowing up our American way of life (which they seem hell bent on doing)? Not a pretty thought or picture but a seriously real threat based on the number of people arrested the last 12 months or so, trying to do exactly that. We need not start mass hysteria or panick but it might be time for us to become more vigilant (like the street vendor who spotted the threat). We live in very insane times and it does not appear that it will be getting better anytime soon. Tony I concur with you.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      Nobody's going to blow up America's way of life.
      The picture never crossed my mind.
      Not a serous threat at all.
      No mass histeria here brother.

      The only threat is from people like you .. the Arabs
      who should be expunged from the census for good!

      May 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • bdougla3

      No one is going to "blow up our American way of life"...if some dumb terrorist does, we'll wipe out half of the middle east which is fine with me...or wait, not with that guy in office we won't

      May 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pablo

    "Hey Sarah, your logic is broken. Look at war in Iraq and Afghanistan...Do you know how many civilian deaths there have been? So far its easily over 500,000 civilians killed since the start of the war.... End of Story"

    The difference is that we do not intentionally target civilians as policy. I am concerned with the killing of civilians as the next person, but I truly do not believe that is the US intention. The Arab world has made it an honor to randomly kill civilians. Period.

    "And if you reply he interpreted it was ok to kill the jews from the bible, im really gonna lose it. Wow, just wow people are really really dumb."

    He did. He was a devout catholic, who's faith allowed him to justify the killing of Jews. Hitler was in bed with the Catholic church. Read Mein Kampf, Hitler believed he was doing God's work.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • andyk

      While the morality of the action differs depending on whether you intentionally targeted civilians or not. To the poor iraqi or afghani family who lost an innocent one, their new found hatred for us does not diminish depending on whether it was intentional or not. If the chinese were attacking terrorists in the USA with drones and accidentally killed our civilians every week, what would the US public response be towards the Chinese? You're deluded if you don't think it would be hate... hatred that would soon lead to violence.

      May 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      @andyk – I don't think the mighty USA has any qualms about hitting Taliban who hide in a school full of children.
      Taliban suicide bombers hit children every day.
      Remember the big war? 50 million were killed. 20 million Russians alone.
      Take a guess how many civilians were killed in WW2 .. go ahead.
      Elliot Ness once said, They hit us with a board, we hit 'em with a brick,
      They hit us with a knife, we hit 'em with a gun,
      They hit us with a gun, we hit 'em with a tank,
      They hit us with a bomb, we hit 'em with A 100 MEGATON sun tanning bed

      After that, no more Arabs

      May 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |

    why waste taxpayers money ....... take him for helicopter ride into the Atlantic and just drop him out there.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • red

      You know I said the same thing with the Guantanimo (sp) prisoners. Talk or get dumped into the ocean. No one will ever know.

      May 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoodMemory

      Really? That is what the facists did in Argentina. If we disappear people like that, what does it make us?

      May 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bernard

    Everyone is beating up on Sarah but her point is well taken. Terrorism is about causing people to second guess their normal everyday activities. The terrorist win when normal citizens are afraid to fly, shop, go to the theater, ride a bus or subway. It is a tactic used when all other tactics to achieve their goals fail and the frustration and anger overwhelm them to become exactly what their holy books says not to become. In turn they twist the words around and make leaps of logic to justify their means. Any man or woman who tries to force change through violence is a defeated person who has nothing else to live for. It will take generations and generations to teach equality and acceptance, and it will take strong men and women to push for change in a non-violent way. Nobody seems to have the courage to do things peacefully.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Very well-written and though out, Bernard. A shame it'll be many generations yet until mankind can reconcile its many differences.

      May 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • red

      One of the emails posted on CNN by this guy stated that talk was never the way for people like him. Seems that we have no choice but to fight.

      May 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark Peterson

    what happens when civilians get killed in Iraq and Afghanistan? They are also innocent citizens. Their lives are also precious. Why was Irag attacked?? Where are WMD? We can't simply apologize after making so much mess in Iraq.
    We will have to take ownership for destruction in Iraq.
    What happens when a drone attack kills innocent citizens kids and women in Pakistan??
    Why are we threatning Iran? They haven't made any weapons yet? How come we didn't stop Isreal bombing innocent civilizans in Gaza? These are all the answers we need to answer.
    If a family have 5 members and 4 of them get killed...the one left will definetly take a revenge..and then he get called as terrorist. We will have to find the root cause of this terrorism. Why this was not there before 9/11?

    May 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ameican

      Lets talk about why US carry out dron attack ?

      More ppl in Iraq , afganistan and pakistan are died becuase of thoes terrorist blast.. they are not jehadis or what so ever you stupid muslims called .. simply the are terrost.. best way to get rid of them is kill them.. so rest of the world live peacefully. period.

      May 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Mark Peterson – have you been living under a rock for the past 20 or so years? Specifically your statement, "We will have to find the root cause of this terrorism. Why this was not there before 9/11?" Did you forget about the USS Cole attacked in 2000 by none other than bin Laden's terrorist cabal? Have you forgotten about American and European embassies around the world that have been attacked prior to 9/11? Shall I go on with what you have forgotten? Terrorism was brought to the West long before the West became involved militarily in any part of the Middle East. Does anyone really believe that the Taliban and al Qeuda terrorists are all from Afghanistan? These are terrorists from other Arab countries, such as, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, etc. sent there by mullahs and other Islamic "holy" men to "fight for Islam." The Taliban's main goal is to keep the people so uneducated and terrified that they will believe and do anything they are told, to subjugate women into the lowest form of life, to create a life and world where there is no joy and where people only consider their best option is death because there is no joy in this life and surely the "next life" must be better. From all I have read, the Afghan people do not truly want to live under the Taliban. They only want peace and are willing to accept whomever can provide peace for themselves and their families, whether it's the Taliban, al Qeuda, or coalition forces. Have you considered that terrorists have absolutely no compunction about using the local civilian population as shields to protect themselves from coalition forces? Have you considered that using drones instead of sending military forces into an area very possibly SAVED lives the Taliban would not hesitate to use in their own protection? Have you considered that the Pakistan government has been stringing along the West for 9 years with empty promises to control the areas in PAKISTAN that are hiding the Taliban terrorists, that the Pakistan government has been playing a cat and mouse game with the West for 9 long years and very possibly this is why we use drone attacks in Pakistan? Have you considered that many of the terrorist groups were created and encouraged by the Pakistan government because they thought it would be an easy way to protect them from their neighbors? Try educating yourself or reading a book once in awhile before you speak. But then, ignorance is bliss, isn't it?

      May 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. concerned citizen

    Call them what they really are "War Enemies",,,put them in front of the military court in Gitmo (no cost to American taxpayers)...which
    I,m sure will find them guilty...hang them or put them in front of a firing squad...all of this should be done swiftly!!

    May 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Norm

    Seems like we're getting more and more info out of this guy the longer we hold him.
    At what point does the person being "interrogated" start to confess whatever his captors want to hear, just to make them stop?

    May 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pablo

    "Why this was not there before 9/11?"

    Uh, Arab terrorism has been around for centuries. Munich, Beirut, Jerusalem. Arabs have made attacking civilians part of the Muslim cause for centuries. Christians did the same thing for centuries. Only in the last couple centuries Christianity has progressed and Islam has not. The Arabs were attacking our interests in the Middle East for years before we invaded Irag of Afganistan. Radical muslims will continue to do so until we eradicate them. I simply do not understand how normal intelligent people cannot see what a threat the muslim ideology is to their existence. Their sole purpose in life is to convert you to Islam, or kill you.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SinoChino

    I love the way people try to use civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan (the majority of which are caused by Islamic terrorists and interfaith Muslim fighting) as a means to justify why terrorists kill, or attempt to kill, innocent civilians in America and Europe. If it's wrong for civilians to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, then it's wrong for civilians to be killed in Europe and America. Or does the Islamic faith believe two wrongs make a right?

    May 18, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. trinh

    No more Islamic people immigrate to the West then we do not have the problems.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    These nutbags sound like Chairman Mao's advisers

    May 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
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