The Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, was sentenced to life in prison on Oct. 5, after pleading guilty to terror charges in June. He was apparently more interested in making a timely statement against America than drawing the trial out for several years like his jihadist predecessor Zacarias Moussaoui who wasted the court’s time for five years.
Indeed, Shahzad used the sentencing to bash America in a hostile outburst of Islamist belief.
Keep in mind that Shahzad came to this country on a student visa, stayed legally, got an MBA and became a citizen. He had an unremarkable lifestyle in the suburbs with a job and a wife — an apparent success story of immigrant assimilation. Yet he went to Pakistan for terrorist training so he could kill dozens of Americans.
‘Brace yourself, the war with Muslims has just begun’: Defiant Times Square bomber laughs as he is jailed for life, Daily Mail, October 5, 2010
The failed Times Square bomber was jailed for life today for his plot to bring carnage to the heart of New York.
Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad had packed explosives into the back of an SUV, but the detonator failed, sparing crowds of tourists.
Calling himself a Muslim solider, Shahzad had pleaded guilty in June to 10 terrorism and weapons counts.
Today, as he was sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole, he defiantly warned the court: ‘Brace yourself, the war with Muslims has just begun.’
He added: ‘The defeat of the U.S. is imminent, inshallah.’
During in a five-munite outburst, the 31-year-old thanked the judge for the sentence and said he was ‘happy with the deal that God has given me’.
Shahzad, a former finance worker from Connecticut was arrested two days after his attempted bombing on May 1.
He had parked a sport utility vehicle full of explosive materials in the crowded area and attempted to set the bomb off as he fled.
But the bomb fizzled before it could do any harm, doomed by faulty wiring and ingredients such as a low-grade fertiliser that couldn’t explode.
For greatest impact, he chose a crowded section of Times Square by studying an online streaming video of the so-called ‘Crossroads of the World’, prosecutors said.
He lit the fuse of his crude, homemade bomb, then fled on foot, pausing along the way to listen for the explosion that never came, court papers said.
A street vendor spotted smoke coming from the vehicle and alerted police, who quickly cleared the area.
The bomb attempt set off an intense investigation that culminated two days later with investigators plucking Shahzad off a Dubai-bound plane at a New York airport.
Despite pledging allegiance to this country when he became a citizen, Faisal Shahzad tried to mass murder dozens of Americans because of his dedication to jihadist Islam. Yet Washington continues to admit Muslim immigrants when there are millions from more agreeable cultures who would like to enter.