Arrest made in Times Square car bomb plot
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New York (CNN) -- An arrest has been made in a failed attempt to ...
May 4th, 2010 12:59 AM
Arrest made in Times Square car bomb plot
Source: Arrest made in Times Square car bomb plot - CNN.com
New York (CNN) -- 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.
The identity of the suspect was not immediately known.
The arrest took place at JFK Airport in New York, while the suspect was trying to board a plane to go overseas. It's destination was not immediately known, a federal law enforcement official said.
The suspect, a Pakistani, was identified at midnight Monday at John F. Kennedy International Airport and was stopped, said the official, who spoke to The Associated Press early Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.
The suspect has not been named. He was being held in New York.
May 4th, 2010 01:32 AM
That took about 48hrs.
Classy NYPD + Fed work - and just as the guy was about to hightail it abroad, waiting to board a plane no less! - reads like a film script.
Unfortunately, it isn't fiction. And, we don't know what the upcoming scenes will be.
And here's a side-line but very interesting account from the "little people" who grabbed this at the beginning of the emergency: great story of the T-Shirt vendors of Times Square, the Eyes and Ears of the cops - and those that are disabled Vets especially (NYC gives all disabled Vets who want it, a vendors license in NYC pretty easily, and preference for high-density areas - not a small thing as it's hard to get one otherwise and with several thousand potential customers a day, the money is good though they aren't well off). Also the police officers, firemen, and other early players tell their story. This is example of ideal community and Police relations:
May 2, 2010 New York Times
Vendors Who Alerted Police Called Heroes
By COREY KILGANNON and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
Published: May 2, 2010 New York Times
Even in Times Square, where little seems unusual, the Nissan Pathfinder parked just off Broadway on the south side of 45th Street — engine running, hazard lights flashing, driver nowhere to be found — looked suspicious to the sidewalk vendors who regularly work this area.
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Lance Orton, center, who sells T-shirts, said that as a veteran he was proud of his actions. But he spurned most questions.
Duane Jackson, posing Sunday with a tourist, said that the day before he noticed a popping sound and an incendiary smell.
And it was the keen eyes of at least two of them — both disabled Vietnam War veterans who say they are accustomed to alerting local police officers to pickpockets and hustlers — that helped point the authorities to the Pathfinder, illegally and unusually parked next to their merchandise of inexpensive handbags and $2.99 “I Love NY” T-shirts.
Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the vendors — Lance Orton and Duane Jackson, who both served during the Vietnam War and now rely on special sidewalk vending privileges for disabled veterans — said they told nearby officers about the Pathfinder, which had begun filling with smoke and then emitted sparks and popping sounds.
Over the next several hours, numerous firefighters and police officers — from patrol officers to those in specialized units — all did their part in minimizing the potential damage and handling a volatile situation. And on Sunday night, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg honored one of the officers, Wayne Rhatigan, by taking him to dinner in Times Square.
But in a city hungry for heroes, the spotlight first turned to the vendors. Mr. Orton, a purveyor of T-shirts, ran from the limelight early Sunday morning as he spurned reporters’ questions while gathering his merchandise on a table near where the Pathfinder was parked.
When asked if he was proud of his actions, Mr. Orton, who said he had been selling on the street for about 20 years, replied: “Of course, man. I’m a veteran. What do you think?”
Mr. Jackson, on the other hand, embraced his newfound celebrity, receiving an endless line of people congratulating him while he sold cheap handbags, watches and pashmina scarves all day Sunday.
He told and retold his story to tourists, reporters and customers: how he heard the “pop, pop, pop” coming from the vehicle, and then detected “the smell of a cherry bomb or firecracker or something.”
“There are a bunch of us disabled vets selling here, and we’re used to being vigilant because we all know that freedom isn’t free,” said Mr. Jackson, 58, of Buchanan, N.Y.
“All of us vets here are the eyes and ears for the cops,” he said. “Whether it’s three-card monte games or thieves, we know the cops here by first name — we have their cell numbers,” said Mr. Jackson, who said that he had been a street vendor many years.
He spoke of his time in the Vietnam War — he served in the Navy from 1970 to 1973 aboard the aircraft carrier Ranger — and how as a street vendor he tended to a table near the World Trade Center during both the bombing in 1993 and the terrorist attack in 2001.
Officer Rhatigan was reserved about his role. He told reporters of the team effort involved — he referred to “guys with bomb suits” as “incredible heroes” — and recalled his first thoughts as he approached the Pathfinder.
He said the vehicle “reeked of gunpowder” and seemed oddly abandoned — “a little bit more than just a parked car with a cigarette in the ashtray.”
“It was just a combined effort of everybody,” he added. “That’s what we do.”
The first firefighters who arrived were responding to a report of a car fire at the site, but realized upon arrival that explosives could be in the vehicle, said Tom Meara, a battalion chief, who was at the scene.
Lt. Mike Barvels of Engine Company 54, also at the scene, said firefighters moved people away and readied fire hoses, but then decided to leave the vehicle untouched since the popping and sparking indicated the possible presence of a bomb.
“We took a defensive position and cleared people away,” Lieutenant Barvels said.
On 45th Street on Sunday, tourists seemed aware of the vendors’ role in alerting the police. Mr. Orton was not working at his usual spot, but Mr. Jackson was.
At his vending table, one tourist, Wayne Jackson, a self-described born-again Christian from Saskatchewan, prayed with Mr. Jackson for several minutes and asked God to “alert us to more attempts on this brave country.”
Several police officers, in bulletproof vests, shook the vendor’s hand. A woman with a British accent rushed up and said: “Are you the one who saved us? Thank you.”
“It could have been a lot worse,” Mr. Jackson told a bank of television cameras and then turned to say to a customer, “That’s $8 on the watches.”
As for Mr. Orton, he rested on Sunday at a relative’s house, leaving others to talk on his behalf. “When he was in Vietnam, he said they had to make decisions and judgments from their gut, from their own feelings,” said Miriam Cintron, the mother of Mr. Orton’s son. “His instinct was telling him something’s not right. I guess he was right.”
She said Mr. Orton would mediate disputes between the police and other vendors, and when something did not look right, he would alert the police. “He always said, ‘Downtown is where they’re going to come to, and I’m going to be right there,’ ” Ms. Cintron said.
When Mr. Orton left Times Square about 7 a.m. on Sunday, he did so to a hero’s reception. As he walked down the street, employees from Junior’s restaurant stood outside applauding him. He briefly entered the restaurant before heading toward 44th Street.
Using a cane and wearing a white fedora, Mr. Orton limped away and hopped a cab home to the Bronx, but not before repeating a terror-watch mantra: “See something, say something.”
May 4th, 2010 01:33 AM
I hope that he get a fair trial, and a fair execution...
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May 4th, 2010 01:41 AM
Maybe Obama can "reach out" to him.
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May 4th, 2010 02:54 AM
Like I said, just like a movie:
"Authorities became aware of his identity Monday afternoon. He was arrested just after 11 p.m. by Customs and Border Protection agents at JFK International Airport. Shahzad's flight to Dubai had left the gate and was headed toward the runway when authorities discovered that he was on board and wanted. He was removed from the plane and taken into custody, an official said. "
May 4th, 2010 03:02 AM
Wow. He was a hair away from being a gone mofo.
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May 4th, 2010 03:24 AM
anywase i am sort of glad that there is extra blue out becuse of this incident. i chould get use to it.
May 4th, 2010 04:27 AM
Wonder what the SOP would have been had the plane taken off? Would Dubai where he was headed have extradited him? Or would Feds have authority to order plane to land in friendly country once it left US airspace? Dunno..........
Wow. He was a hair away from being a gone mofo.
Glad they got him at last second. Reminds me of the classic Steve McQueen film, Bullitt, at the airport.
May 4th, 2010 03:26 PM
I know the left is really disappointed it wasnt a tea party person.
May 5th, 2010 06:55 PM
Posted before, but this is the right place for it, again.
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
To: The Editor
Subject: Again we see why we need more L-1s and H-1Bs
“Immigrants do what citizens don’t or won’t do”
From Manhattan Island we have yet more irrefutable proof that Pakistanis will do jobs that U.S. citizens don't and won't do! That's why we are hopin' to keep our borders open, and to keep smiling without profiling, for our Mother Earth friends and neighbors who are our immigrant saviors, despite their diverse, historic and foreign cultural, clannish cultish traditional tribal behaviors that they bring [and keep] from their native racial, regional and religious enclaves, crueler cruder countries, and nastier nativist nations. We all know that such foreign alien diverse immigrants will be more grateful than hateful, if and after we allow them to enter our country to work and to study, and to buy cars, houses and homes, and to freely speak and to roam. How can they hate, after they get good jobs after they graduate? I mean, where has common sense went? After they grow wise or grow up, how could they blow innocent people up? Thus, we need even more immigrant H-1Bs and L-1s for profit, diversity, votes and fun. We don't and won’t care where these folks go or how they vote.
West Carrollton, Ohio
NOTE: Why don't you Tea Party People, militia men, gun lovers and others follow the damned script?!!! YOU are supposed to be the willing villains, and not be quittin', because the stories are already written and ready to go, like these predictable old-media 'hos.
May 8th, 2010 08:57 AM
I am not profiling anybody but not every Muslim is a terrorist. Although, every terrorist seems to be a Muslim. Just saying.
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