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Feds Look For Shahzad’s ‘Money Courier’

From a Sherlock Holmes-like Associated Press:

Supporters of the youth wing of the Pakistani religious party Jamat-e-Islami rally to support Faisal Shahzad, the suspect accused of the failed Times Square car bombing, in Karachi, Pakistan on Thursday, May 6, 2010.

Investigators seek money courier in NYC bomb plot


May 7, 2010

NEW YORK — Investigators of the failed car bombing in Times Square are looking for a money courier they say helped funnel cash from overseas to finance a Pakistani-American’s preparations to blow up the crude gasoline-and-propane bomb in the heart of New York, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Investigators have the name of the courier who they believe helped Faisal Shahzad pay for the used SUV and other materials to rig up a car bomb that would have caused a huge fireball in Times Square if it had gone off, the official told the AP. The official didn’t know how much money may have changed hands.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because of the sensitivity of the investigation…

We don’t have congressional oversight of money couriers from Pakistan?

U.S. law enforcement officials traveled to Pakistan — where Shahzad spent five months before returning to the U.S. in February — to question four alleged members of an al-Qaida-linked militant group. Investigators are trying to trace his movements in his homeland and looking into the possible financing of the operation between the Pakistan-born budget analyst and foreign terror groups…

Officials have been investigating if Shahzad got money from militant groups, including the Pakistani Taliban, which originally claimed responsibility for the bombing attempt then backed off that claim…

Since his arrest Monday, Shahzad admitted to the failed bombing and has cooperated in the investigation, authorities say. He has not yet appeared in court.

Still, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said investigators want to find out if "what he’s saying is in fact the truth."

"We are directly looking at who did he have contact with while in Pakistan, what did he do, who is supporting him and why," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said…

If, as we have been assured, Mr. Shahzad is cooperating fully — why is it so hard to figure out who was funding him?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 7th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Feds Look For Shahzad’s ‘Money Courier’”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Since his arrest Monday, Shahzad admitted to the failed bombing and has cooperated in the investigation, authorities say. He has not yet appeared in court.”

    Gee, what a stand up guy. Maybe we shouldn’t be so rough on him.

  2. proreason says:

    We should outsource the investigation to Inside Edition or National Enquirer.

    This one’s important enough to get the best involved.

    Big Sis and her 40,000 crack investigators can concentrate on donuts and getting their break time in.

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