Car bomber caught in the nick of time

The Times Square car bomber managed to board an aircraft on its way to the Arab Emirates–despite being on the no fly list–but authorities boarded the plane just before it took off and nabbed him.  The American citizen born in Pakistan, Faisal Shahzad, admitted everything, including training as a terrorist in Pakistan.

As federal agents closed in, Faisal Shahzad was aboard Emirates Flight 202. He reserved a ticket on the way to John F. Kennedy International Airport, paid cash on arrival and walked through security without being stopped. By the time Customs and Border Protection officials spotted Shahzad’s name on the passenger list and recognized him as the bombing suspect they were looking for, he was in his seat and the plane was preparing to leave the gate.

But it didn’t. At the last minute, the pilot was notified, the jetliner’s door was opened and Shahzad was taken into custody.

After authorities pulled Shahzad off the plane, he admitted he was behind the crude Times Square car bomb, officials said. He also claimed to have been trained at a terror camp in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region of Waziristan, according to court documents. That raised increased concern that the bombing was an international terror plot.

Shahzad, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, was charged Tuesday with terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in Saturday evening's failed Times Square bombing. According to a federal complaint, he confessed to buying an SUV, rigging it with a homemade bomb and driving it into the busy area where he tried to detonate it.

via Security slip let suspect on plane, near takeoff – Yahoo! News.

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 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.