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NYT: Taliban Behind Times Square Attack

From a suddenly enlightened New York Times:

Evidence Mounts for Taliban Role in Car Bomb Plot


May 5, 2010

WASHINGTON — American officials said Wednesday that it was very likely that a radical group once thought unable to attack the United States had played a role in the bombing attempt in Times Square, elevating concerns about whether other militant groups could deliver at least a glancing blow on American soil.

Officials said that after two days of intense questioning of the bombing suspect, Faisal Shahzad, evidence was mounting that the group, the Pakistani Taliban, had helped inspire and train Mr. Shahzad in the months before he is alleged to have parked an explosives-filled sport utility vehicle in a busy Manhattan intersection on Saturday night. Officials said Mr. Shahzad had discussed his contacts with the group, and investigators had accumulated other evidence that they would not disclose

American officials, speaking about the continuing inquiry only on condition of anonymity, gave few details about what Mr. Shahzad had told investigators, and said their understanding of the plot would evolve as a dragnet spanning two continents gathered more evidence.

One senior Obama administration official cautioned that “there are no smoking guns yet” that the Pakistani Taliban had directed the Times Square bombing. But others said that there were strong indications that Mr. Shahzad knew some members of the group and that they probably had a role in training him.

In a video on Sunday, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing.

A claim which the New York Times and the rest of our watchdog media brushed off with a laugh. Even though there had been video threats of such an attack from the same terrorist group posted only a few days before.

One issue that investigators are vigorously pursuing is who provided Mr. Shahzad cash to buy the S.U.V. and his plane ticket to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. “Somebody’s financially sponsoring him, and that’s the link we’re pursuing,” one official said. “And that would take you on the logic train back to Pak-Taliban authorizations,” the official said, referring to the group…

There is no doubt among intelligence officials that the barrage of attacks by C.I.A. drones over the past year has made Pakistan’s Taliban, which goes by the name Tehrik-i-Taliban, increasingly determined to seek revenge by finding any way possible to strike at the United States.

The C.I.A.’s drone program in Pakistan, which was accelerated in 2008 and expanded by President Obama last year, has enjoyed strong bipartisan support in Washington in part because it was perceived as eliminating dangerous militants while keeping Americans safe.

But the attack in December on a C.I.A. base in Afghanistan, and now possibly the failed S.U.V. attack in Manhattan, are reminders that the drones’ very success may be provoking a costly response…

If it weren’t the drone attacks the Taliban would be blaming American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Or that Israel still exists. Or that we are not yet all strict Muslims.

Or maybe they would even take a clue from our media watchdogs and blame the US housing market.

Last March, when the Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud boasted that his group was planning an attack on Washington that would “amaze everyone in the world,” many American officials dismissed his claims as empty bravado. His network, they said, had neither the resources nor the reach to pull off an attack far beyond its base in the mountains of western Pakistan.

It wasn’t just the Obama administration. The press also dismissed these claims. But then again, that might be a distinction without a difference.

But the attempted attack on Saturday has forced something of a reassessment, especially as American officials see militant groups determined to score a propaganda victory by pulling off even the crudest of attacks.

If the Pakistani Taliban was involved in the Times Square bombing plot, the organization is only the latest militant group to expand beyond a local political agenda and strike the United States. The Christmas Day attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner, for instance, was traced to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, whose primary targets had previously been the Saudi and Yemeni governments

And yet we have hitherto been told almost daily by the New York Times and their news media colleagues that there is no real threat from terrorism in the United States. At least not foreign terrorism. Of course the terrible specter of ‘domestic’ (meaning, racist, redneck, rightwing) terrorism is everywhere.

But there’s no real threat of Islamic terrorism. That was just part of the politics of fear that Mr. Bush and his criminal cabal exploited for their political benefit.

The administration has been in intensive contact with the Pakistani government, delivering the message that “there are clear links to Pakistan and that we would fully expect them to do what they should do,” the State Department spokesman, Philip J. Crowley, said

But who is going to break the news to Janet ‘From Another Planet’ Napolitano?

And, for that matter, Mr. Obama – who promised us a new improved relationship with “Pockeestan.”

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “NYT: Taliban Behind Times Square Attack”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Who says? The NYT? I’m supposed to believe that?

    Who told them? An Obama Administration flapper? I’m supposed to believe that?

    Who told the flapper? A spin doctor with an alphabet agency with a leviathan budget to prevent such things but ain’t?

  2. bill says:

    Looks like Pook-eee-stahn is not going along with the Obama-regimes nice nice program.

    Are you saying the Taliban is the new al qaeda?

    • mr_bill says:

      We just haven’t bent over and let them cornhole us enough. Maybe if we give them some more money or if Nerobama apologizes some more or bows to them or we tell them some sensitive national security secrets or….

    • Right of the People says:

      More like Al Qaeda lite. So far they ain’t very impressive. If this ass clown in NYC is any indication they need to up their standards.

      Have you seen the video of their Toyota pickup assault vehicles? Bunch of towel-heads in the bed of a dinky Toyota Tacoma with AKs rushing into battle, hilarious.

      Don’t they know those Toyota’s are dangerous? The US Government said so.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    So my question is, how many terrorist/radical islam threats has this been since the boy who sits in the president’s chair took office?

    The attack on the recruiter station
    The fruit of kaboom bomber
    Hasan, the non-terrorist terrorist
    The failed NYC Times Square bomber

    Sooooo, when I become president, I want to be able to blame Barry for all that..and keep harping on it until every liberal’s head explodes.

    As Rush has so clearly stated it, he’s living in obama’s head rent-free and now, conservatives are racking up the score with so many “I told you so’s” which is the saddest part of it all. I take not one iota of satisfaction from it. I do, however note that so many conservative thinkers are being proven correct every day.

    From redistribution of wealth (the trigger that caused many of us to take note of this nobody) to the lackadaisical, nonchalant approach to the gulf oil leak.

    He and his administration is so inept, one has to wonder if they have an agenda and it’s fast appearing that they do. Ruination of this nation is key. I think they are attempting a total meltdown of any and all structure here so they can then rebuild it in their own image.

    PR’s suggestion of martial law, complete takeover, suspended elections, etc. They see too much rich bounty here for their wish-to-power. How many over the years have wanted to have everything the US has, but not in the wealth-sharing that capitalism affords? Now it’s come to this….the elite few, slowly, taking advantage of any and all opportunities to insist on more government, to take over businesses and make communism the “law of the land”.

    The Soviets said that it would happen and that we would most likely do it to ourselves.

    So here it is.

    If your average citizen rationalizes every bad thing this government does as somehow “necessary” then it’s a very troubling situation.

    The fact that most in high school are too busy thinking about how they’re going to get high, get laid or otherwise satisfy their teenage urges instead of listening to history is a huge problem. One, the lack of teachers who can make history interesting and two, the teachers who preach that socialism/communism is the panacea that this nation needs.

    What they teach in school now is criminal. But because we are a free nation, so far, it is not punishable..no…only when kids wear patriotic attire is that anything to worry about. But in the old USSR, a teacher who taught that capitalism was anything but evil was retired/arrested/shot.

    Soon the dark cloud may come to hover over this once great nation as it did over the USSR. As it does over Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela. A once vibrant nation, etc etc.

    And all in the name of affording power to a select few.

    I realize I’m parroting PR’s post on another topic but dammit, when you’re right, you’re right.

    • proreason says:

      I’ve come to believe the seizure of the eduction system is even more important than the media.

      With the industry that Rush developed, the geniuses that have followed him, Fox News and the brugeoning conservative internet presence (thanks Steve, Hotair, Ace, NRO, VDH, BigGov and many others), it’s now possible to learn the truth……

      But what can you do about the kids when they have them in their sinister clutches for 6 hours a day pouring in their hot molten propaganda, even stooping to cartoons for god’s sake. What could be more despicable. Even the books they use are dipped in socialism. By the way, I know there are a lot of really good teachers, but even the good ones are all immersed in the propaganda themselves. It’s unavoidable when people like the unrepentant terrorist control the school system. It’s no surpise to me that so few are able to overcome it and present some objectivity about what the greatest country in human history has accomplished.

      Thank god there are some people on this site in their 20’s who get it. If I never heard from one of them, it would seem too hopeless to deal with.

      It’s another reason why I think this November is so critical. It will never be this clear. The people who know what the country was like are aging. The kids are subjected to more and more propaganda. November is probably the last chance to turn the tide.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:


      I’ve got 2 daughters, 1 Conservative & 1 Dem. The Dem no longer even wants to talk about voting for The Magic Negro. Perhaps there is hope after all.

  4. canary says:

    NYT’s should be doing an article on all the stupid things Obama’s stooges said, such as that they allowed him to get on the plane to try and catch anyone else on the plane.

    And I guess NewsWeek reporters are offering fine gifts to get an interview
    with someone they claim is a top leader in the Taliban who warns there are more planned suicide bombs in major cities planned. That means we get to hear Obama stooges come up with “more ameturish” statements.

    1.Amazing, an off duty police officers shoots U.S. intelligence known terrorist activist Capt Hasan at Ft. Hood.
    2.An airline passenger stops an international known muslim terrorist’ bomb
    3.A former military vet stops an muslim terrorist explosion in NYC.

    Newsweek: Pakistan Taliban Source: Times Square Bombing Attempt Was ‘Revenge Against America’

    By Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau May 6 2010

    A top Afghan Taliban planner and organizer tells NEWSWEEK he wasn’t surprised by the attempted car bombing in Times Square. “We were expecting this,” says the source, who operates on both sides of the porous Afghanistan-Pakistan border—

    Hakimullah went deep underground immediately after the Hellfire missile attack in January,…

    “We have been hearing that the Tehrik-e-Taliban were expecting two or three attacks in America soon,” the Afghan Taliban source says. “Shahzad may have been one of them.” He says he has heard that one or two of the bombers have already recorded farewell “martyrdom videos” at Hakimullah’s side…


    I’m not suggesting large tunnel rats is the answer.

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