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Still-defiant Times Sq. bomber gets life sentence

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NEW YORK A Pakistani immigrant who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison by a judge who said she hopes he spends time behind bars thinking "carefully about whether the Quran wants you to kill lots of people."

A defiant Faisal Shahzad smirked as he was given a mandatory life term that, under federal sentencing rules, will keep him behind bars until he dies.

"If I'm given 1,000 lives I will sacrifice them all for the life of Allah," he said at the start of a statement that lasted several minutes. "How can I be judged by a court that does not understand the suffering of my people?"

Shahzad brought into the Manhattan courtroom in handcuffs and wearing a white skull cap had instructed his attorney not to speak, and U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum told prosecutors she didn't need to hear from them. That left Shahzad and the judge free to spar over his reasoning for giving up his comfortable life in America to train in Pakistan and carry out a potentially deadly attack in the heart of Times Square.

"You appear to be someone who was capable of education and I do hope you will spend some of the time in prison thinking carefully about whether the Quran wants you to kill lots of people," Cedarbaum told Shahzad after she announced his mandatory life sentence.

Shahzad, a 31-year-old former budget analyst from Connecticut who was born in Pakistan, responded that the "Quran gives us the right to defend. And that's all I'm doing."

Afterward, the head of the FBI's New York office, Janice K. Fedarcyk, cited evidence that Shahzad hoped to strike more than once.

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"Shahzad built a mobile weapon of mass destruction and hoped and intended that it would kill large numbers of innocent people and planned to do it again two weeks later," Fedarcyk said in a statement. "The sentence imposed today means Shahzad will never pose that threat again."

Calling himself a Muslim solider, a defiant Shahzad pleaded guilty in June to 10 terrorism and weapons counts.

He admitted that the Pakistan Taliban provided him with more than $15,000 and five days of explosives training late last year and early this year, months after he became a U.S. citizen.

For greatest impact, he chose a crowded a section of the city by studying an online streaming video of Times Square, the so-called Crossroads of the World, prosecutors said.

On May 1, he lit the fuse of his crude, homemade bomb packed in a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder, 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 SUV 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.

Prosecutors had introduced a dramatic video of an FBI-staged explosion they said demonstrated how deadly Shahzad's bomb could have been.

The FBI bomb an identical vehicle fitted with 250 pounds of ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel, three 25-pound propane tanks and two five-gallon gasoline canisters blew up with a force that ripped the vehicle in half. The explosion caused a giant fireball that overturned and shredded four other cars parked nearby in an open field, obliterated about a dozen dummies posed as pedestrians and shot fiery debris hundreds of feet in all directions.

At sentencing, Shahzad claimed the FBI's interrogation had violated his rights. He also warned that attacks on Americans will continue until the United States leaves Muslim lands.

"We are only Muslims ... but if you call us terrorists, we are proud terrorists and we will keep on terrorizing you," he said.

He added: "We do not accept your democracy or your freedom because we already have Sharia law and freedom."

The judge cut him off at one point to ask if he had sworn allegiance to the United States when he became a citizen last year.

"I did swear but I did not mean it," said Shahzad.

"So you took a false oath," the judge told him.

She also reminded him that he was a failed terrorist.

"What you have done here, although happily, the training you sought in making bombs was unsuccessful and you were unsuccessful in your effort to kill many Americans," she said.

Asked by the judge if he had any final words, Shahzad said, "I'm happy with the deal that God has given me."
I like this judge.
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Ask that sorry mother fucker again in thirty years and we'll see what he says.

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I like that. Glad he got life instead of death.
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Ask that sorry mother fucker again in thirty years and we'll see what he says.
Ih he's in gen population,I doubt he will make 30 years. If he does,he may be a she by then.
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Ih he's in gen population,I doubt he will make 30 years. If he does,he may be a she by then.
Not necessarilly. He may find his way to some muslim faction that will protect his sorry ass.
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I like that. Glad he got life instead of death.
Except the part about us having to feed, clothe, and house that sorry fucker until someone takes him out.

The piece of shit swore an oath of citizenship and "didn't mean it". They will stop at nothing until we are all dead (or they are).

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Except the part about us having to feed, clothe, and house that sorry fucker until someone takes him out.

The piece of shit swore an oath of citizenship and "didn't mean it". They will stop at nothing until we are all dead (or they are).
That part sucks. But this way,he cannot be looked at as a martyr by his fucked up people.
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Wow...they didn't mention all the threats he did.
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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, 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.'

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.

Prosecutors used video of an FBI test blast as evidence of what kind of damage authorities say the bomb could have done.

Technicians studied Shahzad's design to build a working model that was detonated in a field in Pennsylvania in June.

The FBI test vehicle - fitted with 250lbs of ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel, three 25lbs propane tanks and two five-gallon petrol cannisters - blew up with a force that ripped the sport utility vehicle in half.
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A police officer approaches the vehicle containing a car bomb, which stands with the door open, on May 1

The explosion also caused a giant fireball that overturned and shredded four other cars parked nearby in an open field, obliterated about a dozen dummies posed as pedestrians and shot fiery debris hundreds of feet in all directions.

"Had the bombing played out as Shahzad had so carefully planned, the lives of numerous residents and visitors of the city would have been lost and countless others would have been forever traumatized," prosecutors wrote in court papers.

Shahzad did not disputed the allegations while under interrogation and taking a guilty plea.

In fact, "he spoke with pride" about the scheme, in which he bragged that he wanted to kill at least 40 people, the government said in a sentencing memo.

If he escaped arrest, he added, he hoped to set off another bomb two weeks later in a second, undisclosed location.

Unless the U.S. leaves Muslim lands alone, he warned, "we will be attacking U.S., and I plead guilty to that'.
A car is loaded onto a truck following the recent attempt to blow up New York's Times Square. Pakistan-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty to 10 charges following the failed attack

A car is loaded onto a truck following the recent attempt to blow up New York's Times Square. Pakistan-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty to 10 charges following the failed attack

Shahzad has said the Pakistan Taliban provided him with more than $15,000 and five days of explosives training late last year and early this year, months after he became a U.S. citizen.

A few days later, Pakistani authorities arrested three men on charges they helped him meet leaders of the Pakistan Taliban, a militant group based in the northwest of the country that has claimed responsibility for the plot.

They also are accused of sending him cash in the United States when he ran short of money.

The men's lawyer said there was no evidence to support the allegations and that the men had been forced to sign confessions.

A trial date has yet to be set.

Three other men were detained in the northeastern U.S. on immigration charges in an investigation of an underground money transfer system used by Shahzad, but they were never charged with any crimes.
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Ask that sorry mother fucker again in thirty years and we'll see what he says.
He won't last very long in prison if the general population has a choice. I think they should tie him to a post in the spot where he tried to blow up his truck, post a sigh up and let people do what they will to him, but not kill him.
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Why would anyone plead guilty to a mandatory life without parole sentence? If I were in his shoes I would have made them try the case.

He will do just fine in prison. Ya'll have to remember that 3/4 of the population in federal prison is made up of non-citizens and most of them have a chip on their shoulder towards the good old USA.

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He had better thank the good lord that I'm not in charge of his fate. Also some random mosque should thank him. Cause I'd drop him out of the plane onto a mosque in his own country.
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He had better thank the good lord that I'm not in charge of his fate. Also some random mosque should thank him. Cause I'd drop him out of the plane onto a mosque in his own country.
amen!

i've heard vietnam stories just like that.toss a couple out the plane and watch the others start singing.works everytime.

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If we had any balls at all, we'd drop him out of a plane right on top of that rock he worships.
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