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Neighbor: Shahzads Were Foreclosed On

From the New Haven, Connecticut ABC affiliate WTNH:

This house at 119 Long Hill Ave. in Shelton, Conn., seen Tuesday May 4, 2010, that is the former home of the Faisal Shahzad who was arrested Monday.

Shelton neighbor talks about Shazad

Family moved out months ago

By: Kent Pierce

Tuesday, 04 May 2010

Shelton, Conn. (WTNH) – Faisal Shahzad, arrested in connection with the failed bombing in Times Square, lived at a home in Shelton for several years with his wife and two children and kept to themselves, according to a neighbor who spoke to News 8.

That neighbor, Brenda Thurman, says Shahzad and his family frequently dressed in traditional Muslim clothes. They were friendly, but a little mysterious and didn’t socialize much.

She thought Faisal Shahzad worked in New York City, maybe on Wall Street. But then, about a year ago, they lost their house. The bank foreclosed and they started selling their belongings on Craigslist.

Thurman said Faisal Shahzad left a month or two earlier than the rest of the family, and nobody has lived here since July of last year.

Yesterday she says she saw what she thought were undercover law enforcement vehicles staking out the house. She never saw anyone go in and search the place.

Ms. Thurman has been making the rounds of the news shows all morning. The networks seem fascinated by her claim that the Shahzads lost their Shelton house due to being foreclosed upon by the banks.

Perhaps they see a way to blame all of this on the financial crisis and even President Bush.

Somehow none of the interviewers got from to the information that they "frequently wore traditional Muslim clothes” — that is to say, the wife frequently wore a hijab and maybe even a burka).

Nor was did they note her claim that Mr. Shahzad left his wife and family behind when he returned to Pakistan. (Immediately after he received his American citizenship papers.)

It has been reported elsewhere that Mr. Shahzad owned the house where he most recently resided since February, in Bridgeport.

If this is true, then one has to wonder where he got the money after having been so broke only a few months before.

For the record

This would appear to be the mortgage that the Shahzads defaulted on.

This is from a deeds listing from the May 2004 archives (Google cache) of the Goliath Business News:

Deeds

Publication: Fairfield County Business Journal
Publication Date: 17-MAY-04  Format: Online
Delivery: Immediate Online Access
Full Article Title: Deeds.(On The Record)

Giardino, Jennifer, Norwalk. Seller: Faisal Shahzad, Norwalk. Property: in Norwalk. Amount: $261,000. Filed April 26 [2004].

So how long before we hear that our hero’s ‘radicalism’ was caused by being ruined by Bush’s housing meltdown.

The poor guy was probably tricked into a mortgage he couldn’t afford, in the first place.

We’re starting to feel ‘empathy’ for him already.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Neighbor: Shahzads Were Foreclosed On”

  1. chainsaw says:

    Just your average American Joe family……excuse me while I puke. Journalists have long surpassed lawyers and politicians on the snake list (not an easy feat). Meanwhile, back in Detroit, “real” terrorists are being held by the federalists.

    DETROIT — A judge has suspended a decision that would have freed nine members of a Michigan militia from jail while they await trial.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jhK5VTvnp2Kc1AwCg9DlHUh3xnfAD9FG0NEO0

  2. proreason says:

    Foreclosed eh?

    Fits the teabagger pattern doesn’t it?

    I continue to think this guy is a secret Christian.

    And since when do we keep databases of phone numbers in this country?

  3. neinil says:

    Uh, wouldn’t you stop paying your mortgage, too, if you were planning a terrorist attack? Probably a good chance you would be moving in the future. Just a thought.

    • proreason says:

      racist

    • neinil says:

      proreason – is that sarcasm?

    • proreason says:

      We’re all racists on this site neinil.

      def: “Racist”: a perjorative assigned to any person or thing who disagrees with a liberal on any matter. By accusing the opponent of racism, the caller releases himself from the need to discuss or even think about what the “racist” is saying while stoking his own ego. The term came into disuse in the second decade of the 21st century when it became the third most common word in the Englsh language, behind “the” and “a”.

    • JohnMG says:

      I’m surprised he didn’t take out a huge homeowners policy on the place and then burn it to the ground. That’s what most of his liberal apologists would do.

      And pro’s right. I’m one those racists, too! I know I am, ’cause all my liberal acquaintances say so. I’m a bitter clinger, as well……and a Christian one at that!

  4. canary says:

    Why did the liberal neighbor she think the terrorist worked on Wall Street, ka boom, and why haven’t we heard where Shahzad worked or was getting his money funneled from.
    These world wide travelers like Obama, his father’s side of family & mother’s side of family, his Hawaii, CA, & NY etc. that came to his wedding,
    Senate celebration, presidential celebration?
    That 4 month period Senator Obama, Michelle, and half-sister
    lived in Indonesia traveling back & forth to help Obama’s writer’s block, a haven according to his sister for less phone calls to disturb Obama’s brain.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    None so blind as those who will not see.

    Can’t say as Fat-wad’s behavior was a red flag….but….what’s happening, obviously is the authorities, in an effort to appear unbiased, have revealed their bias all too well. Now, we start traveling down the road that Great Britain and France have already traveled and the end result will be the same–

    Major culture clash, along with the violence and upheaval that the radical moose-limbs desire, all in the name of friggin Jeee-haaad. Like most American citizens of Western culture and descent, I’m quite sick of it. I openly laugh now at moose-limbs in their ridiculous outfits while at wal-mart.

    My tolerance is GEE-OH-EN-EE GONE!

    Sure, there MIGHT be a few who harbor no ill-will but now it’s showing itself to me as a black/moose-limb vs. white Christian issue and it will compound itself and blend with the black/Christian against the whites issue and we’ll find ourselves in the perfect land that barry hoped for. Whites overall against blacks overall.

    All seeded, encouraged and reinforced by the boy in the president’s chair.

    For, all he has EVER done, his entire life is pit one entity against another and, to be perfectly honest, I think he just loves to cause trouble. The guy who rolls a grenade in a room in the form of an ignorant statement or accusation and then watches the sparks fly while he gets his jollies from it.

    I was exposed to moose-limbs at a very young age. I could feel their hatred towards me as an American citizen. Was never so glad to leave a place as north africa.

    Had this discussion today…that Americans are patently naive when it comes to prejudice and how to cope with it. Every human being has them…and no….it’s not exactly always “learned” behavior. There are instincts that every human has and the difference is how we deal with them and whether we let them control us or not.

    It is a GOOD thing to be initially mistrustful of those who are different from us our what we note as our established norms. It’s a NATURAL survival instinct. Over the course of time, if the one who is different shows they can be trusted then it will naturally follow. Of course, there is unintended consequences to everything often enough but by and large, many things can be worked out.

    However, the left thinks that thought/speech and word police will fix all that when in reality, it just aggravates the problem.

    In other words, all the things the left has done to “actively” address the issues (as in “activist”, “activism”, etc) have only made things worse by enforcing an acknowledgment and thus a subservient position to the previously downtrodden entity (black, asian, any non-white/Christian group/entity, etc).

    Yet they will never acknowledge that throwing money and treating the symptoms will never cure the disease.

    Again, at the base of this is the core values that the left dismiss out-of-hand. A nuclear family….not a gay one…or broken home…or breadwinner and solid values which result in the natural high self-esteem of a functioning family.

    Nope, you can fill all that in with “a village”. NOT!!!

    All in all, they don’t act like us because largely, they don’t WANT to. Therefore they are suspect. Also therefore I don’t feel particularly obligated to “reach out” to them. Screw ’em. If they reach out to me I will cautiously and tentatively work with them until I see whether they are to be trusted or not. And then, it will be a tenuous trust if any at all.

    It takes time.

    If they burn me….the trust is gone.

    The left seems to think I/we should categorically and automatically extend ANYONE the trust no matter how many alarms are going off or even how bad the person has been.

    Ridiculous.

    Moose-limbs go home. I will gladly front the money to send any single family to send them back to jeee-haad land. We don’t play that game here.

    buh-bye.

    • mr_bill says:

      I’m with you Rusty. I’m sick and tired of being told I have to be tolerant of people who want to kill us, especially when the people saying it are the same people who tell us that patriotic Americans are the people to watch out for.

      Everytime some liberal whacko or mohammadan jihadi kills some people or blows something up, the left are the first people pointing fingers at the tea partiers and then slink away from the conversation when the truth comes out.

      I think its pretty suspect that both mohammadans and liberals have the same talking points: Booooosh is bad, tea partiers are bad, Christians are bad, etc. etc. etc. When one reads a transcript of an osama bin laden video or ahmadinejad speech and a liberal talking trash about America, its difficult to tell the difference between a radical, anti-Christian, extremist who is hell-bent on the destruction of the infidels and America and a moslem terrorist. It’s nauseating and I’m more than tired of it. I know exactly how you feel and I think a lot of Americans are running out of patience with this BS.

    • sheehanjihad says:

      Now, we start traveling down the road that Great Britain and France have already traveled and the end result will be the same–

      Not exactly, unlike Great Britain and France, we have firearms, and little patience remaining. But I do see your point.

  6. lexiluvr says:

    Well, now the AP is tying all this back to Bush.

    By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press Writer John Christoffersen, Associated Press Writer – Tue May 4, 10:34 pm ET

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Not long ago, Faisal Shahzad had a pretty enviable life: He became an American citizen after emigrating from Pakistan, where he came from a wealthy family. He earned an MBA. He had a well-educated wife and two kids and owned a house in a middle-class Connecticut suburb.

    In the past couple of years, though, his life seemed to unravel: He left a job at a global marketing firm he’d held for three years, lost his home to foreclosure and moved into an apartment in an impoverished neighborhood in Bridgeport. And last weekend, authorities say, he drove an SUV loaded with explosives into Times Square intent on blowing it up.

    The bomb didn’t go off, and Shahzad was arrested on a plane in New York as he tried to leave the country. He was in custody Tuesday and couldn’t be reached for comment. Authorities say he is cooperating and has admitted getting explosives training in his native Pakistan.

    Shahzad’s behavior sometimes seemed odd to his neighbors, and he surprised a real estate broker he hardly knew with his outspokenness about President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.

    “He mentioned that he didn’t like Bush policies in Iraq,” said Igor Djuric, who represented Shahzad in 2004 when he was buying a home.

    Djuric said he couldn’t remember the exact words Shahzad used about Bush but “something to the effect of he doesn’t know what he’s doing and it’s the wrong thing that he’s doing.”

    “I don’t know if he mentioned 9/11,” Djuric said, “but something like that, Iraq has nothing to do with anything.”

    Shahzad, 30, is the son of a former top Pakistani air force officer, according to Kifyat Ali, a cousin of Shahzad’s father. He came to the United States in late 1998 on a student visa, according to an official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the investigation into Saturday’s failed car bombing.

    • mr_bill says:

      Shahzad’s behavior sometimes seemed odd to his neighbors, and he surprised a real estate broker he hardly knew with his outspokenness about President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.

      “He mentioned that he didn’t like Bush policies in Iraq,” said Igor Djuric, who represented Shahzad in 2004 when he was buying a home.

      Djuric said he couldn’t remember the exact words Shahzad used about Bush but “something to the effect of he doesn’t know what he’s doing and it’s the wrong thing that he’s doing.”

      “I don’t know if he mentioned 9/11,” Djuric said, “but something like that, Iraq has nothing to do with anything.”

      His behavior isn’t that unusual these days, he sounds exactly like the NYT, WaPo, USAToday, LA Times, MSNBC, Apparatckik Holder, Comrade Commissar Rahm, Comrade Commissar Clinton, Apparatchik Murtha, Apparatchik Reid, Dear Leader, and every other liberal I’ve ever heard – Enemies of America, every one of them.

      I like the part where they insinuate he was fired, but actually told the truth (barely): “He left a job…..” HE QUIT! But the intimation is that he was fired because of the “Boooosh recession.” effing liberals.


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