Developments in Times Square car bombing

A Connecticut man was being sought Monday in the failed plot to blow up a bomb-laden SUV in Times Square, sources said.

This “person of interest” bought the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder that was abandoned with the engine running – and with primitive, but potentially deadly payload in the rear – just two weeks ago, law enforcement and police sources told The Daily News.

Investigators aren't certain whether he is the same man who drove the rolling bomb to the Crossroads of the World, but he has not been seen by his girlfriend – and has not shown up at his home or job – since the frightening incident on Saturday night.

Detectives from the NYPD and FBI identified the SUV owner after tracking down the registration of the previous owner, who told investigators he'd sold the vehicle.

The mystery man met the seller through craigslist.com and paid $1,300 cash for the Pathfinder, the Daily News has learned.

The revelation came as:

- The News learned from sources that forensic evidence found in the Pathfinder points to the possibility that whoever prepared the car bomb has links to foreign terrorists.

via Hunt is on for missing Conn. man who bought car bomb Nissan just 2 weeks ago on Craigslist.

What I want to know is, why aren’t they releasing the name of the man who bought the car? Wouldn’t that help if authorities are looking for him? I mean, I have an idea why, but surely political correctness wouldn’t trump the public safety in a case like this. Would it?

UPDATE: Well, as you commenters have pointed out, now we know: He is a Pakistani-American named Faisal Shahzad. I guess the concern was not to make people jump to the conclusion that the suspect is a Muslim.

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  • Joe

    They are relasing his name now (link must have been updated since you posted):

    “Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American who recently returned from a trip to his home country, was nabbed at Kennedy Airport. ….
    Shahzad, 30, of Connecticut, bought his mobile weapon of mass destruction on craigslist – and paid a 19-year-old college student $1,300 cash for it.
    He is believed to have links to international terrorists and was already under surveillance for two days when the feds moved in.”

  • Joe

    They are relasing his name now (link must have been updated since you posted):

    “Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American who recently returned from a trip to his home country, was nabbed at Kennedy Airport. ….
    Shahzad, 30, of Connecticut, bought his mobile weapon of mass destruction on craigslist – and paid a 19-year-old college student $1,300 cash for it.
    He is believed to have links to international terrorists and was already under surveillance for two days when the feds moved in.”

  • Booklover

    They virtually strip searched my elderly disabled mother on her wheelchair before embarking her on her plane, ordeal which lasted over one hour; yet they didn’t release this man’s name.

    Yes, political correctness did trump public safety in this case.

    While we’re on the subject, I have not heard anything of the Muslim doctor who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people. PC reigned there, too.

  • Booklover

    They virtually strip searched my elderly disabled mother on her wheelchair before embarking her on her plane, ordeal which lasted over one hour; yet they didn’t release this man’s name.

    Yes, political correctness did trump public safety in this case.

    While we’re on the subject, I have not heard anything of the Muslim doctor who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people. PC reigned there, too.

  • Tom Hering

    Booklover, I don’t think political correctness had anything to do with it. Law enforcement had leads, and reasons to believe the suspect would try to leave the country (which he did try to do). They didn’t want to tip him off that they were going to nab him (which a public announcement of his identity would have done). I would guess that, from Sunday on, we were never in danger from this man – because he was under surveillance (to see if he might lead law enforcement to co-conspirators).

    I’m sorry for what happened to your mother. But I’ve been through an embarrassing embarkation search myself. It was a small price to pay to protect the lives of my fellow passengers.

  • Tom Hering

    Booklover, I don’t think political correctness had anything to do with it. Law enforcement had leads, and reasons to believe the suspect would try to leave the country (which he did try to do). They didn’t want to tip him off that they were going to nab him (which a public announcement of his identity would have done). I would guess that, from Sunday on, we were never in danger from this man – because he was under surveillance (to see if he might lead law enforcement to co-conspirators).

    I’m sorry for what happened to your mother. But I’ve been through an embarrassing embarkation search myself. It was a small price to pay to protect the lives of my fellow passengers.

  • Peter

    How did we catch this guy without first invading another country, costing thousands of lives? But it’s a good thing that he was caught here by civilian officials. Now they probably won’t be able to torture him, so they’re likely to get good intelligence.

    Booklover: don’t you hate it when people generalize?

  • Peter

    How did we catch this guy without first invading another country, costing thousands of lives? But it’s a good thing that he was caught here by civilian officials. Now they probably won’t be able to torture him, so they’re likely to get good intelligence.

    Booklover: don’t you hate it when people generalize?

  • Booklover

    Tom, #3, I hope you’re right.

    Peter, #4, if you’re making fun of me here’s my point…

    I want a Dodge Ram truck in the worst way. (They’re ram tough.) If I give in to temptation, break into the local Dodge dealership, and run off with a shiny blue model; the authorities had better damn sure start some profiling and go after tall white women of Russian/German descent.

    If a sumo wrestler commits a crime, you don’t bother the Chinese gymnasts.

  • Booklover

    Tom, #3, I hope you’re right.

    Peter, #4, if you’re making fun of me here’s my point…

    I want a Dodge Ram truck in the worst way. (They’re ram tough.) If I give in to temptation, break into the local Dodge dealership, and run off with a shiny blue model; the authorities had better damn sure start some profiling and go after tall white women of Russian/German descent.

    If a sumo wrestler commits a crime, you don’t bother the Chinese gymnasts.

  • Scots

    >>He is a Pakistani-American named Faisal Shahzad. I guess the concern was not to make people jump to the conclusion that the suspect is a Muslim.<<

    Oh, they wouldn't do that. They already jumped to the conclusion it was a Tea Party-er…

  • Scots

    >>He is a Pakistani-American named Faisal Shahzad. I guess the concern was not to make people jump to the conclusion that the suspect is a Muslim.<<

    Oh, they wouldn't do that. They already jumped to the conclusion it was a Tea Party-er…

  • sg

    New York Times reports the suspect had an engineering degree.

    Some engineering. The bomb didn’t work.

    If it weren’t so creepy, you would have to laugh.

  • sg

    New York Times reports the suspect had an engineering degree.

    Some engineering. The bomb didn’t work.

    If it weren’t so creepy, you would have to laugh.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    As Ann Coulter is saying, our defense policy is to hope our enemy’s bombs don’t work.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    As Ann Coulter is saying, our defense policy is to hope our enemy’s bombs don’t work.


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