Pakistan: With friends like these

May 19, 2010

Pursuing leads in the failed attempt by Muslim terrorist Faisal Shahzad to set off a car-bomb in Times Square, the Pakistani military has arrested one its own army officers for involvement in the plot:

Just one day after Faisal Shahzad’s first appearance in a US court, a big development is coming out of Pakistan, where the failed Times Square attack originated. A major in the Pakistani army has been arrested by investigators for ties to the failed terror plot in New York. From the LA Times:

  • The major’s involvement with suspect Faisal Shahzad, who was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to fly to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, remains unclear. Law enforcement sources said the major had met Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, in Islamabad, the capital, and was in cellphone contact with him.
  • The major’s arrest marks the first time someone in Pakistan’s military establishment has been directly linked to the case. The sources would not say when the alleged meeting and phone calls between Shahzad and the major took place, or what was discussed. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the investigation.

Bear in mind two things: we give the Pakistanis billions in aid money, while their military and intelligence services are riddled with jihadist sympathizers.

Something’s wrong with that picture; I’m not sure what…  Doh


He was an industrious little jihadi…

May 18, 2010

Via Threat Matrix, we read about would-be Times Square car-bomber Faisal Shahzad’s follow up plans, should the bomb have gone off:

Times Square Bomb Suspect Had Multiple Targets, Source Says

Alleged Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad had multiple targets in the New York area, and was planning to wreak havoc in four other locations if his first, botched attack had been successful, a source told MyFoxNY.com

Shahzad, who authorities say left a car bomb in Times Square on May 1, had also hatched plots against other high-profile targets in and around New York City: Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, the World Financial Center — just across from Ground Zero — and the Connecticut-based defense contractor Sikorsky.

A source told MyFoxNY that Shahzad picked out the exact date and time to maximize the effect of the bomb by watching streaming videos online from Times Square. Shahzad determined that the landmark attraction is busiest on Saturday nights at 6:30 p.m., and planned an alternate date for Saturday, May 8.

At least he was thorough.

Yeesh…


The Poet Versus the Prophet

May 17, 2010

There’s a great essay at Reason by Mark Goldblatt, who’s sick to death of Western society’s cowardice (disguised as “political correctness”) in the face of jihadist, fascist Islam:

I’ve had a couple of weeks now to think about [Allen] Ginsberg cursing out that cabbie, and cursing out Islam and Muhammad. You see, I live in Manhattan, three blocks from Times Square. As near as I can determine, I was walking with a friend about thirty feet from the car bomb on May 1st right around the time it was supposed to detonate. Except for the technical incompetence of a Muslim dirtbag named Faisal Shahzad, I and my friend would likely be dead now. Note the phrase: “Muslim dirtbag.” Neither term by itself accounts for the terrorist act he attempted to perpetrate; both terms, however, are equally complicit in it. It might have been a crapshoot of nature and nurture that wrought a specimen like Shahzad, but it was Islam that inspired him, that gave his fecal stain of a life its depth and its justification. Why is that so difficult to admit?

Read the whole thing. The closing line deserves a standing ovation.

(via The Jawa Report)

UPDATE: And speaking of cowardice, take it away, Attorney General Eric Holder! And then there’s Michael Barone’s analysis.


But he was only an amateur terrorist

May 10, 2010

For those inclined to dismiss the Times Square jihadi as an “amateur” or with some other words meant to pooh-pooh him as nothing to really have worried about, consider the likely effect had the bomb gone off:

If you wanted to do a lot of damage with a well-rigged car bomb, the junction of West 45th Street and Broadway in midtown Manhattan, where Times Square narrows into an asphalt bottleneck, would be the place to pick. If the bomb planted in a green 1993 Nissan Pathfinder SUV on the evening of May 1 had exploded, here’s what would have happened, according to retired New York police department bomb-squad detective Kevin Barry. The car would have turned into a “boiling liquid explosive.” The propane tanks that the bomb comprised would have overheated and ignited into “huge blowtorches” that could have been ejected from the vehicle. The explosion, lasting only a few seconds, would have created a thermal ball wide enough to swallow up most of the intersection. A blast wave would have rocketed out in all directions at speeds of 12,000 to 14,000 ft. per sec. (3,700 to 4,300 m per sec.); hitting the surrounding buildings, the wave would have bounced off and kept going, as much as nine times faster than before. Anyone standing within 1,400 ft. (430 m) — about five city blocks — of the explosion would have been at risk of being hit by shrapnel and millions of shards of flying glass. The many who died would not die prettily. A TIME reporter familiar with the ravages of car bombs in Baghdad describes how victims appeared to be naked because a fireball melted their clothing onto the surface of their skin.

And, contra the President’s fool of a counterterrorism adviser, the only reason Times Square didn’t come to resemble downtown Baghdad circa 2006 was a combination of the bomber’s incompetence and the alertness of some street vendors and a homeless guy. The Department of Homeland Security and the rest of the security services had nothing to do with it, just as they had nothing to do with defeating the guy who tried to blow up NWA 253 over Detroit. We were lucky and incompetent; he was unlucky and incompetent.

But what happens when the luck turns?

(via Gabriel Malor on Twitter)

RELATED: Tim Cavanaugh at Reason wants DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano fired, unless she can demonstrate some heretofore missing competence.

LINKS: Sister Toldjah on AG Holder’s sudden discovery “homegrown” Islamic terrorism.


Finally, the Obama Administration tells the truth

May 9, 2010

About the Times Square bomber, that is.

The investigation into the Times Square bomb plot has revealed that the Pakistani Taliban were behind the failed attack, top Obama administration officials said Sunday.

Despite conflicting claims over the past week from military and law enforcement officials, as well as Taliban leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder and White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said that authorities now believe suspect Faisal Shahzad acted at the direction of the Taliban in Pakistan and was probably funded by them.

Brennan told “Fox News Sunday” that Shahzad had “extensive interaction” with the group, which he described as virtually “indistinguishable” from Al Qaeda. He said investigators believe the suspect was trained by the militant network.

“It looks as though he was operating on behalf of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan,” he said. “This is a group that is closely aligned with Al Qaeda. It has a murderous agenda similar to Al Qaeda, they train together, they plan together, they plot together. They’re almost indistinguishable.”

I wouldn’t be so miffed if, in the immediate aftermath, they our political “leadership” had issued a straightforward statement that said “no comment while the investigation is under way,” instead of belching up stupid and inane statements to make people believe this was anything, anything but a jihadist plot. We’re not idiots. We can see the world around us, we remember what happened on a rotten day in September, 2001, and we know very well that they are trying to kill more of us.

We know this is a war.

You don’t have to come out of the gate screaming “Oh my God! It’s the Taliban!!”, but don’t treat us like simpleminded children who need a pat on the head, either.

(via Threat Matrix)

UPDATE: Good God. The President’s chief counterterrorism adviser has said, with regard to the Times Square attack, “We’re not lucky. We’re good.” We’ve had three major attacks in six months. One was a success for the other side (Ft. Hood), and the other two, Detroit and Times Square, failed only because of dumb luck and alert civilians. How stupid does John Brennan think we are? Here’s a clue, Johnny: it was luck, and you guys are worse than useless.


There are times I really like Joe Lieberman – Updated!

May 5, 2010

And this is one of them:

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) thinks he’s found a work-around on the whole Miranda rights debate for U.S. citizens accused of terrorism: Strip their citizenship and ship them to Guantanamo.

Lieberman plans to introduce a bill that would amend a decades-old law aimed at yanking citizenship from U.S. citizens who fight for a foreign military.

“I’m now putting together legislation to amend that to [specify that] any individual American citizen who is found to be involved in a foreign terrorist organization, as defined by the Department of State, would be deprived of their citizenship rights,” Lieberman said Tuesday.

Such a law would potentially cover terror suspect Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born American citizen charged in connection with the attempted car bombing in New York City’s Times Square. He was apprehended Monday night at the city’s John F. Kennedy airport after he boarded a flight to Dubai.

“If you have joined an enemy of the United States in attacking the United States and trying to kill Americans, I think you sacrifice your rights of citizenship,” Lieberman said.

Citizenship has not only rights, but duties that are all too often forgotten; one of them is the duty of loyalty. Since I don’t think Lieberman’s proposal would meet constitutional muster in Shahzad’s case because of the ex post facto clause, they should add a charge that’s fitting for American citizens who betray their country – treason.

If only Joe weren’t such a  social liberal-statist in domestic affairs.

UPDATE: Allahpundit has objections worth bearing in mind, while Byron York looks at the government’s alternatives for dealing with the treasonous Shahzad. I still favor stripping citizenship from citizens who join foreign terrorist organizations, though I don’t think it can be applied to Shahzad for the reason given above.


How can we fight an an enemy we can’t name?

May 5, 2010

Political correctness has already gotten Americans killed. The refusal to identify Major Nidal Hasan as a jihadist driven by his devotion to Islam contributed to the deaths of 13 people at Fort Hood. Even when people thankfully  don’t die in a terrorist attack, as in the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit or the attempted car-bombing in Times Square this weekend, the media and American officials rush to direct the blame anywhere but where it belongs: Muslim terrorists waging war in the name of Allah – jihad fi sabil Allah.

At Pajamas Media, Roger L. Simon asks a question I’ve asked many times, myself: How on Earth can we hope to effective fight an enemy if we do not allow ourselves to bluntly talk about him and the ideology motivating him, or even to plainly name him at all?

It’s the jihad, stupid!

If you were listening to Geraldo on Sunday night (okay, I apologize), you would have thought the would-be Times Square bomber was either the illegitimate son of Timothy McVeigh or an evangelical minister overdosed on steroids looking for an abortion clinic. Geraldo was practically fulminating at the mouth — it’s a white man, it’s a white man — in nostalgia for the good old days when the true enemy was some evil Ku Kluxer waving his hangman’s noose.

Well, it wasn’t. At least the man currently under arrest, Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American, is no evangelical Christian and wasn’t seeking vengeance against our federal government. I’m willing to bet right now he is a believer in jihad and, if he’s seeking vengeance against anything, it’s Western Civilization — our way of life.

Yet only months after the Ft. Hood massacre, our government and leaders refuse to name our enemy. In fact, as a recent PJTV video reminds us, they are running the other way. Words like “jihad,” “Islamic fascism,” etc. — the very ideologies cited by the 9/11 Commission as the causes of September 11 — have now been expunged from the lexicon of our government and even our military.

Times Square reminds us how dangerously self-destructive that is.  Were it not for our concerned citizenry and smart law enforcement, our civilization would be on its way out. Many of our leaders are evidently ready to hand it over.

Until we rip off the blinders of political correctness and are honest with ourselves about the enemy waging war on us -Muslims waging jihad against infidels in obedience to the Islamic-supremacist imperative embedded in the Qur’an and the hadiths- we are fighting with one hand behind our backs and our eyes averted.

And many more of us will die needlessly because of it.

LINK: Mike Opelka on the media’s refusal to use the M-word.


They’re still trying to kill us, a continuing series

May 4, 2010

I haven’t commented yet on the attempted car-bombing of Times Square over the weekend, partly because plenty of people already were, and I didn’t have much to add, but also because I wanted to wait and see what developed over the investigation. My first suspicion was that this was a terrorist operation by jihadists bent on sacrificing innocent people for the glory of Allah, but there was no firm evidence before the public, yet.  It could, after all, have been a lone, home-grown psycho acting out for reasons that had nothing to do with Islam. The bomber might have been one of those crazed, hate-filled Tea-Partiers, or maybe someone upset over health-care reform. So, I waited.

Turns out my suspicions were correct.

The FBI has detained a Pakistani-American suspect who was wanted for his involvement in the failed May 2 car bomb attack at Times Square in New York City.

Authorities arrested Shahzad Faisal on Long Island on Monday night after discovering he was behind the purchase of the SUV used in the Times Square attack. Shahzad and two other men, who have not been identified, were detained at JFK Airport while attempting to leave the US, the Associated Press reported. The men were on board a flight bound for Dubai that had just left the gate. The two othe rmen questioned by the FBI were released from custody, The New York Times reported.

Faisal has since claimed he acted alone, but Pakistani intelligence sources told Fox News that a suspect who was involved with the failed bombing was detained in Karachi.

Faisal is a naturalized American citizen who is originally from Pakistan. He recently returned from Pakistan after spending five months there. While the exact movements of Faisal are not yet known, US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal believe he spent time in al Qaeda or Taliban training camps in North Waziristan.

Waziristan is the heart of Taliban-controlled territory in Pakistan, and the Taliban and al Qaeda maintain numerous training camps there and elsewhere in the region. And now the would-be mujaheddin has admitted he trained at a camp in Waziristan. And, contra Senator Schumer, it turns out the brave, brave jihadi who was trying to blow up children had accomplices: up to eight were arrested within the last day in Pakistan.

This wasn’t a lone psycho. It wasn’t someone upset over domestic policy or the color of our President’s skin. This was an act of war by people who have declared war on us and who have a far different concept of innocent bystanders than we.

It’s been nearly nine years since 9/11, and they’re still trying to kill us. We’d do well to remember that.

RELATED: Sadly, some in the mainstream media were disappointed that the real enemy wasn’t behind this plot. Idiot.


Bomb at Houston Airport? – UPDATED!

May 4, 2010

Very few details, but, coming in the wake of the Times Square attack, I have my doubts about coincidence:

Small Luggage Explosion at Bush Airport

A small explosion occurred in a piece of luggage at Bush Intercontinental Airport, according to officials. No injuries were reported.

Smoke was seen coming from the luggage shortly after it was unloaded off a jet around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Houston Airport System. The jet had just landed at the airport from Amsterdam.

Ground crews said they noticed something strange about a blue suitcase and were working to remove it when they heard a “pop” and smoke came pouring from it, according to an airport spokeswoman.

While no injuries were reported, several agencies, including the Houston Fire Department, were called to the scene.

(via The Jawa Report)

UPDATE: Turns out the initial reports of an explosion were wrong, or, at least, it wasn’t that kind of explosion. Whew. Whew