May 4th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

Toobin on the Times Square suspect's legal rights

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday evening spoke to CNN legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin about Faisal Shahzad, the suspect in the Times Square bomb plot and his Miranda rights.

Below is a transcript of the conversation. It has been edited for clarity and length.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Explain to our viewers about the Miranda rights. He was cooperating, he was answering questions. Then they read him his Miranda rights and now he's still cooperating, Jeffrey. It sounds a little strange - but explain the legal process under way.

Jeffrey Toobin: The Miranda rule says nothing you say can be used against you in court unless you first have been read your Miranda rights.

That doesn't mean that the police can't use the information, that they can't follow leads, that they can't go get search warrants, that they can't use the information that they give you before you get your Miranda warnings.

It just means that if you go to trial, information cannot be used against you.

Now, once he did receive his Miranda rights and the statements that he made afterwards, those certainly would be used against him if he goes to trial.

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May 4th, 2010
09:30 AM ET

On the Radar: Times Square plot, oil leak, stem cell trial

Faisal Shahzad, 30, was arrested Monday night and will appear in a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday, officials said.

Times Square bomb probe - A man from Pakistan who became an American citizen last year is under arrest in the Times Square car bomb incident.  Faisal Shahzad, 30, was removed from an airliner last night as it was about to take off from New York for the Middle East. There are indications authorities deliberately waited until the last possible instant to make the arrest in hopes Shahzad would call a co-conspirator.  No word on whether he did. We'll continue to follow all developments in this story, including Shahzad's expected court appearance today and minute-by-minute updates on the story.

Gulf oil spill - Democratic lawmakers will talk to officials of the Sierra Club and Environment America today about the oil well leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Sens. Frank Lautenberg, Robert Menendez and Bill Nelson want to raise the existing cap on how much oil companies pay for damages resulting from spills.  Right now, that cap is $75 million.  They want to raise it to $10 billion. Nelson says he doesn't believe BP's claim that it will pay for the damage done by the leak. "BP says it'll pay for this mess. Baloney," said Nelson, referring to the oil giant that owns the well at the heart of the problem.

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May 3rd, 2010
09:20 PM ET

Latest Updates: Times Square car bomb scare

[Updated 6:32 a.m. ET] Authorities removed three passengers from a Dubai-bound flight late Monday, according to a spokesman for Emirate Airlines. An airline official said the three included Faisal Shahzad, the suspect arrested in connection to the foiled bomb attempt at Times Square. The other two passengers were allowed back on the flight, the official said.

[Updated 5 a.m. ET] Investigators searched a house in Bridgeport, Connecticut, early Tuesday morning in connection with the foiled bomb attack in New York's Times Square over the weekend.

Speaking to reporters, FBI Special Agent in Charge Kim Mertz would not disclose any details of the search.

"Our first misison was to ensure the safety of the public and our law enforcement officials," she said. "That is complete and the public is safe."

Along with several patrol cars, a Connecticut State Police bomb squad truck was called to the two-story building at Sheridan Street and Boston Avenue.

[Updated 4:19 a.m. ET] Faisal Shahzad is believed to be the person who drove the sports  utility vehicle into Times Square, a law enforcement official said.

The  Nissan Pathfinder had its Vehicle Identification Number removed from the dashboard. Police climbed under the SUV and retrieved the VIN from  the bottom of its engine block. This, said the official, led  investigators to the registered owner of the vehicle and then to Shahzad  who purchased the SUV.

Another law enforcement source  said Shahzad is claiming he acted alone in the incident.

[Updated 1:46 a.m.] A U.S. citizen has been arrested in Times Square bombing probe, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced early Tuesday.  Faisal Shahzad was arrested at JFK airport in New York as he prepared to board a flight to Dubai, Holder said.

[Updated 12:39 a.m.] An arrest has been made in a failed attempt to set off a car bomb in New York's Times Square over the weekend, a law enforcement official told CNN early Tuesday.

[Updated 9:18 p.m.] CNN has learned the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is considering the possibility that the incident in Times Square was more than just a lone wolf and that there is a connection to Pakistan according to a source familiar with the investigation.

Investigators believe this was an intended terrorist attack to set off explosives in Times Square—that the individuals intended for the tanks to explode but didn’t have the expertise to detonate it.

[Updated at 6:07 p.m] From CNN's Alan Chernoff: Former NYPD Bomb Squad member Kevin Barry says the bomb found in an SUV Saturday night in Times Square "had no known signature," meaning it was not constructed in a fashion used by known terror organizations. In particular, Barry refers to the fact that the bomb had two timers.

"It's the first device of this type in quite a while. So we have no signature yet. Were we to see two or three more of these in the area, or within the U.S. then we might say, 'Listen we have a new group and they have somebody that is building these for them,'” said Barry.

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May 3rd, 2010
10:10 AM ET

On the Radar: Times Square scare, flooding, Gulf oil spill

Police stand watch Saturday night in Times Square after a failed car bomb attempt.

Times Square car bomb scare - Law enforcement officials early Monday pored through evidence, including a 20-second video, after a failed car bombing attempt in Times Square over the weekend. The video released by authorities showed an image of a man, who police say is possibly connected to the attempted bombing, changing his shirt along a New York street. A balding man with dark hair is seen removing a shirt and putting it in a bag before walking out of the camera's view from inside a restaurant. Authorities plan to release another video in the case, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told CNN's "American Morning" on Monday in hopes of finding out what happened.

Flooding deaths - Nashville's mayor says his city never has seen rain like this. It caused record flooding this weekend - more than 1,000 people had to be rescued from high water. The death toll from the storm in Tennessee and Mississippi is said to be as high as 15. The storm, is continuing to cause havoc, bringing heavy rain to Georgia and delaying flights at the Atlanta airport. CNN will follow the storm and bring you the latest on any alerts or travel problems as they happen.

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May 2nd, 2010
08:06 PM ET

Official: TSA ramping up East Coast security measures

The Transportation Security Administration on Sunday ramped up security screening at airports along the East Coast after an attempted car bombing a day earlier in New York's Times Square, a Department of Homeland Security official said.

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May 2nd, 2010
03:35 PM ET

Broadway shows went on despite bomb scare

The security alert in New York's Times Square on Saturday evening did not prevent nearby Broadway shows from going on.

Although part of the area was evacuated after a T-shirt vendor alerted authorities to what turned out to be an apparent failed car bombing, no theaters in the famed district were evacuated, officials said Sunday. Some shows did start late, and in some cases audiences had to leave through different exits.

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May 2nd, 2010
12:02 PM ET

iReporter captures Times Square evacuation

iReporter Matthew Derby captured video of the Times Square evacuation

 iReporter Matthew Derby was vacationing in New York from Hawaii when he witnessed the Times Square evacuation and ongoing investigation of the car bomb found at the scene. He captured footage and filed to iReport. CNN talked to Derby on Sunday morning: 

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May 2nd, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Witnesses to car bomb scare

Another witness says he saw smoke from the SUV: FULL POST


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May 2nd, 2010
07:51 AM ET

Roundup: Reports on the Times Square car bomb scare

[Update: 2:30 a.m. ET] Law enforcement officials early Monday pored through evidence, including a 20-second video, after a failed car bombing attempt in Times Square over the weekend.

[Update: 10:28 p.m. ET] Investigators have obtained a videotape from a Pennsylvania tourist who believes he may have caught a suspect's image on camera, according to New York Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne.

[Update: 8:44 p.m. ET] Material found in a gun locker inside the Nissan Pathfinder was "non-explosive-grade fertilizer incapable of blowing up," Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne tells CNN. Still, the gasoline cans and propane tanks that also were in the vehicle "could have exploded with enough force to split the vehicle in two and produce a fireball," Browne said. The vehicle's contents were "capable of producing human casualties and broken windows," but did not have enough force "to take down a structure, in the opinion of NYPD bomb experts," Browne said.

[Update: 7:40 p.m. ET] The Nissan Pathfinder belongs to someone who lives in the tri-state area, a New York police official tells CNN's Susan Candiotti. This contradicts what a federal law enforcement source told CNN earlier Sunday.

[Update: 6:55 p.m. ET] Authorities have identified and are attempting to speak with the owner of the Nissan Pathfinder, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation says, according to CNN Correspondent Deb Feyerick.

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May 2nd, 2010
07:39 AM ET

How the Times Square incident unfolded

- At 6:28 p.m. Saturday, a New York Police Department surveillance camera caught a dark green sport utility vehicle going west on 45th Street.

- About 6:30 p.m., a T-shirt vendor - a Vietnam veteran - noticed an unoccupied SUV on 45th Street, just off 7th Avenue. The vendor alerted New York Police Officer Wayne Rhatigan.

Rhatigan saw a Nissan Pathfinder with its engine running and its lights flashing. He noticed smoke coming from the backseat and smelled gunpowder.

- "I told my friend, 'Yo yo look at this!' I mean it looks like fireworks inside," said Hamid Boubaln, another street vendor. "I don't know; it's hard to explain. After that, like 15 minutes later, the smoke came out.

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May 2nd, 2010
05:56 AM ET

Official: Times Square incident similar to Glasgow bombing

As authorities conduct their investigation into a car bomb found in Times Square, a federal law enforcement official said the incident was most similar to the events leading up to the 2007 bombing at the airport in Glasgow.

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May 2nd, 2010
03:48 AM ET

Official: 'Too early' to call Times Square a terror incident

It is too early to tell whether the incident in New York's Times Square was a terror incident involving al Qaeda or another terror network, a federal official briefed on the situation told CNN early Sunday.

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May 2nd, 2010
03:01 AM ET

NYC mayor: SUV had 'bomb-making' materials

The Nissan Pathfinder that prompted police to close off parts of New York's Times Square contained bomb-making materials, the city's mayor said.

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May 1st, 2010
11:31 PM ET

NYC's Times Square shut down over suspicious car

Several blocks around New York's Times Square were closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic Saturday night after a police officer saw smoke emanating from a box inside a parked car, according to authorities.

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