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. Frank

    @Gloria. Well put.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ron

    He couldnt make a fricking bomb to begin with..... reminds me of the polak who tried to blow up a school bus and burned his lips on the exhaust pipe

    May 18, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      hahahaa, i love that one

      May 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul

    How about some facts:

    1) Yes, all religions were responsible for lots of deaths in the past, but this is the PRESENT and Islam is #1 in the "kill anybody who doesn't believe in us" category...it does intolerance and hatred like nobody else.

    2) Very few other places in the world will you find people who are willing to kill other people's kids...deliberately targeting them. Civilized countries have norms against that, and civilized people don't deliberately target children. Period.

    3) The overwhelmingly vast majority of deaths in the Arab world has been, continues to be, and will always be, at each others' hands.

    4) The modern world has very few benefits from the Arab world. Yes, you gave us algebra and some other things....a thousand or so years ago. But aside from exporting hatred, strife, intolerance and violence, what have you given the rest of the world? Very little...practically nothing. And do NOT say "a peaceful religion".

    5) Last, but most importantly, the rest of the world is slowly but surely losing their patience with you. We're tired of your whining and violence when someone says something you don't like. We're tired, frankly, of your barbarism. And we WILL put a stop to it.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff

    Women would be except for once a month like Gloria...

    May 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Observer

    Maybe time to play cowboys and muslims?

    May 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. peter

    Right on Paul!!!! How can you bomb somebody back into the stone ages when they keep living in the stone ages... I guess its because they want our girls because all of theirs have to keep their faces covered.. but most of our girls have better taste than go out with someone whose future is based on suicide.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nice

    Koran preaches voilence. It is full hatred for non believers and hatred for any body who does'nt accept Islam. The pakistani people call non Islamic people as Infidels. The Paki villagers from the hometown of the Mumbai terrorist attacker were telling journalists that the terrorists did not do any wrong as he was only attcking infidels as the Koran stated and so he should be set free. This is their way of justifying terrorist attacks. No Human rights for these islamic dogs, massacre them

    May 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sunny

    @red, you logic is totally screwed up, u should have the alias redneck! US supported the extremists to counter ussr and once they left these guys were unemployed, looking for a agenda and decided to go after its masters in the pakistan and the us.
    If you look back at history, India has been facing terrorism for nearly 30 years and has fought 4 wars with pakistan and defeated them. India not only needs the nuke as a self-deterrrent but also needs to go after pakistan and their terror camps. Instead of trying to counter India's nuke , try to make friends with countries where the populace is positively disposed towards the west(which is fast dwindling)

    May 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rivirivi

    All organized religions are separatistic all instill hate and murder for the next guy who professes another religion or belief and vice-versa. At the same time after they leave their churches, synagogs, temples, mesquites etc, they go on and hate and plot to conquer and/or kill the next door neighbor. We must realize that IF there is a limitless GOd, everything and everyone from the smallest particle to the biggest clump of multi-universes exist within and we are all connected. Whomever teaches human children separatism is wrong and is full of lies and full of greed and personal agendas. We need to teach our children compassion and respect for the life of all creatures and our planet.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Orville Mac

    Drones are instruments used to bring peace...like it or not. Dirt bag muslim cowards like this guy are killers that have no place on this earth except in a windowless, heatless cell just north of Siberia.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Yugo

    Its OK for Muslims to kill innocent women and children in a marketplace in Iraq or Pakistan – Or blow up a bomb in a plane in Chicago or in Times Square. That's OK with them because God err Allah told them its OK. Just don't draw a cartoon of Allah or Mohammed, because now that's really insulting the religion. These people live in the dark ages and they are trying to drag the rest of the world down into their own living hell.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John D

    Religion has caused more deaths than any other single cause in the history of mankind.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. arizonapatriot

    the leaders and followers of radical islam believe that for alah to return to earth they have to rid the earth of all the ifidels! this means killing every person on the face of the earth who has not converted to islamic faith and practice the obediance of the faith! this is an insane perversion of the religion taught by radical leaders who have an evil agenda. the declaration of a jihad or holy war is being used to brainwash children and young adults. these perverters of this religion will find no martardom in heaven only the judgement of god!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • vkmo

      The prize to the Jihadist is all the material possessions of the infidel- the property, their women. The infidel men have to be killed. Jihadist becomes wealthy, and gets rewarded with all the women. He can choose who become his 4 wives, and the rest can be his concubines – or he can donate them to his friends and relatives. If the Jihadist dies, he is told that he will go to heaven, live like a king in a palace with 72 virgins.

      May 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. peter

    To All would be suicide bombers... If you don't like it here then go back to your own country and blow yourelf up there... after all you left there because you didn't like something... so take out a few more muslims for us ... it seems you all have this death wish and can't wait to see allah... so go and see him when ever you want.... I have no problem with that... Just do it in the confines of your own home or country and don't leave a big mess... believe me you aren't leaving here and moving on to paradise as a hero.... The family you leave behind will remain as an embarassment.... We all point at them and say " Hey look there's the family of that poor dimented ignornant fool who killed himself and innocent people.... nobody gives them money and a mansion and says " He did such a great job we love him for doing it....

    May 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    This is very simple, he tried to kill innocent people. There is absolutely no reason he could give that would justify this act. He is insane, there are a lot of crazy people out there. The excuses given that we are hurting his people are just the excuses of a crazy person. I'm not saying accedents haven't happened and innocent people haven't been killed, of course they have. The key work is accidents. People trying to over intellectualize these types of actions are fooling themselves and excusing the inexcusable. Lets get to some clear thinking here. Somepeople may respond to this saying it is an oversimplification..it is not, it is clear thinking. He is an American citizen, simply try him for his crime.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
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