Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison today after pleading guilty to charges he attempted to conduct the terrorist attack. Afterward, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said. “The case shows once again how our values and the rule of law can keep us safe against those determined to do us harm on behalf of terrorist organizations overseas.”
Keep America Safe chairman Liz Cheney responded to the Obama Administration’s reaction:
“President Obama and his administration still seem to believe they can keep this nation safe by convicting terrorists in civilian courts. We tried that policy throughout the 1990s and gained convictions of key terrorists. None of those convictions prevented the terrorists from attacking us again and again. Americans expect their government to disrupt plots and defeat terrorists before they can attack us. The Times Square bomber’s attack failed not because it was thwarted, but because his bomb failed to detonate. Being lucky is not a responsible counterterrorism strategy, and convictions in civilian courts will not keep this country safe.”
Join Pat, aka Honest Conservative, 8 PM EDT Sunday evening, for the May 16 edition of Freedom Radio.
Update: Here is Tim Brown’s interview from Sunday evening:
Retired FDNY firefighter and 9/11 survivor Tim Brown of theBravest.com joins us to discuss the plan to build a sharia-complaint ‘Cordoba House’ within sight of where 19 followers of sharia law slammed Flights AA 11 and UAL 175 into the Twin Towers.
We’ll discuss with Diana West her latest column on TownHall.com, ‘Do We Deserve a Mosque at Ground Zero?’
The second attack on the World Trade Center is coming. It will stand 13 stories high, cost $100 million dollars and include a mosque. Known as Cordoba House — the name echoing an early caliphate that, of course, subjugated non-Muslims — it will be located two blocks away from where our magnificent towers crashed and burned, easy wafting distance for the Islamic call to prayer.
Maybe we deserve such a mosque at Ground Zero. It will serve as the perfect monument to post-9/11 America, a shining reproach to a nation that long ago capitulated through loss, or worse, absence of will. Not that it will be widely seen that way. Aside from the torment and seething of survivors, both family and professional family of the 9/11 dead, aside from blog noise and tabloid venting, the phony narrative of Cordoba House as a kind of healing outreach center — pure deception — appears ready for chiseling into stone. And that’s not because Cordoba’s flimflamming Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf obfuscates everything negative about Islam (jihad, for instance), and promotes everything antithetical to Western liberty (Sharia), often with jarring Western references. (“To Muslim ears,” he writes, “Sharia law means … the conditions necessary for what Americans call the pursuit of happiness.”) That is, it’s not only the efforts of Imam Rauf that are the problem. It’s because nearly nine years after 9/11, we are still stupid enough to buy them.
Bill Roggio of the LongWarJournal.org received an email from the Taliban within 8 hours of the May 1 attempt by Faisal Shahzad to set off a car bomb in Times Square. On April 30, the day before the attempted attack, the Taliban put their web site online and uploaded a video of their taking credit. Bill will explain what happened next and detail the players at the Pakistan end of the plot.
Bill Roggio of the Long War Journal reported that the Taliban video taking credit for the attempted bombing in Times Square was created in April and uploaded from Connecticut before the attack:
The YouTube website that hosted the video was created by a group calling itself the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel. The website was created one day before the failed attack, and the video was also uploaded one day before the attack, The Long War Journal first reported on May 2.
Far worse than being hacks for political correctness, Mayor Michael Bloomberg (“Maybe … someone with a political agenda who doesn’t like the health care bill…”) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (“Whether they were some right-wing nut group…”) endanger their constituents by averting attention away from the real danger, those who have made at least 31 attempts to attack us here on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.
Mark Levin spoke of this on last night’s Sean Hannity Show:
“[Terrorists] are making a run at us … because they sense weakness, they sense that we have our guard down … It is obviously fundamental Islam. It is not 40-year old white guys. … We are talking about protecting this country and these guys play group, racial politics.”
Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen from Pakistan, was arrested last night at JFK airport after authorities discovered he was aboard a plane that had left the gate and was preparing to take off for Dubai. He had recently returned from an extended trip to Pakistan. Authorities also have evidence of an “international connection.” Obviously, that translates to Shahzad had help of some kind from Islamic terrorists abroad and the Obama administration is playing it down at this point in the investigation. Daniel Foster at the National Review Online reports:
Police have arrested Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen from Pakistan, in connection with the attempted Times Square bombing. Shahzad is believed to be the purchaser of the SUV used in the plot, and was apprehended at about 11:00 P.M. Monday while already on-board a flight to Dubai from JFK International Airport … International phone records reportedly show calls between Shazhad and/or other suspects and overseas elements; and evidence at the crime scene, including potential fingerprints, also reportedly suggest an international connection.
We will soon learn that Shahzad had some contact with Islamic terrorists in Pakistan. How much training and assistance they provided him is not clear at this time.