May 4th, 2010
02:42 PM ET
12 years ago

Suspect admitted role in Times Square plot, Holder says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" The suspect in the failed Times Square car bombing has admitted involvement in what authorities have now labeled ‘a terrorist plot,’ Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday."]
(CNN) - The suspect in the failed Times Square car bombing has admitted involvement in what authorities have now labeled "a terrorist plot," Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistani-American, was arrested around 11:45 p.m. ET Monday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport moments before he was to fly to Pakistan via Dubai. He is to appear in federal court in Manhattan later Tuesday.

"It is clear that this was a terrorist plot," Holder said. It could have caused "death and destruction in the heart of New York City."

A law enforcement source said Shahzad was on board Emirates Airlines Flight 202 to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, when the plane was called to return to the gate. Shahzad was booked through to Islamabad, Pakistan, via Dubai, a senior airline official confirmed.

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Filed under: Department of Defense • Eric Holder • Terrorism
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  1. Shirley in California

    Another good job by the Obama administration. I could not be prouder.

    Thank God and all those who worked diligently to keep us safe despite the fools who PREY for our harm.

    May 4, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Death penalty for this magot and his buddies.

    May 4, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    I just hope some fancy pants lawyer does not get this guy set free. Let's make this an airtight case, please

    May 4, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Wanda

    The president and leadership we have now have opened up our country to terrorists. Anyone that didn't believe this before should know for sure now since our officials have announced to the world our number of weapons. Does anyone else have a problem with what is coming out of our White House? We'll see more of the same kind of the New York issues because of the lack of concern from the leader of our country. It makes one wonder if security secrets/information are being leaked/released intentionally to our enemies. Our country's leadership needs to be more active at fighting terroists, not welcoming them in and letting them off with a slap on the wrist. I'm concerned for my children and grandchildren.

    May 4, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. yuki

    make sure that punk goes to jail 4 life. tell him he is dumb

    May 4, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Michael

    Heartfelt thanks to every American hero whose skilful work contributed to the quick arrest of this conspirator.

    May 4, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Kevin B.

    The one fact that can not be denied is that the largest terrorist attack to ever occur on our soil, happened under the GOP's watch.

    Try and spin that.............

    May 4, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. aware

    This administration could not tell the truth to save its soul! 🙁

    May 4, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Wake UP

    Does anyone trust Eric Holder to get any information? He never will. Just like he covered up Fort Hood. We need a new administration.

    May 4, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Obama the liar

    MR. Incompetent and impotent hisself-good ol' Eric

    May 4, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. chris

    almost forgot. Obama wanted the alleged bomber to be a white-righty too as well i'm sure.

    May 4, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's all Americans responsibility to keep heads up, our military and our government can't go it alone regardless of who the President may be. I intend to do my part as an American citizen.

    May 4, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Let's not forget that for eight years the country was run by two oil men, Bush and Cheney. The oil lobbyists were allowed to write the regulations themselves and you can be sure that PROFITS not SAFETY were the guiding principles.

    May 4, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. doug

    While we should all be thankful that no one was injured or killed, every Democrat in America is angry and sad over this incident because they were all praying to Obama that this guy was a white tea party American and that a copy of Glenn Beck's latest book would be found inside the pathfinder.

    Think about it, can you look your children in the eyes while supporting such hateful madness?

    Vote Republican, do what is right, thank you.

    May 4, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |

    OH YES< and he said they were right on top of this all along. Thanks to our security system they had been checking on these people for months. He continued to brag all the while never mentioned IF it had not been for an EX-VETERAN who saw smoke coming from out of the turtle hull OF THE CAR the bomb would have exploded like planned. The government was no more on top of this than a fly landing on top of a greased bald head. If not for the cameras located in strategic places they would never have knowN who the man was OR WHAT HE WAS. Common law procedure took them to the airport upon checking the roster they found where the Pakistanian had bought a ticket. LUCK IS ALL FOR OUR WORTHLESS GOVERNMENT. . OUR GOVERNMENT IS A LIE AND WE HAVE THE CHIEF OF LIARS AT THE TOP POST. IMPEACH HIM NOW FOR HE IS GOING TO PROTECT THE MUSLIMS TILL THE END. ALSO WHAT IS THIS A STAMP NOW COMMERATRING THE MUSLIMS. YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING. I PRAY THAT NO ONE BUYS THESE STAMPS. IF YOU DO YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

    May 4, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Obozo's Record Deficit + Higher Taxes

    I wonder if our IDIOT Homeland Security Director still thinks this wasn't a terrorist attack.

    OBOZO and his cabinet of idiots.

    I wonder if Idiot Holder thinks this terrorist deserves special rights.

    May 4, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |