Life sen­tence sought in failed N.Y. bomb­ing

Faisal Shahzad had ex­pected to kill at least 40, and planned a sec­ond at­tack.

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new york — U.S. pros­e­cu­tors said Wed­nes­day that they are seek­ing life in prison for a Pak­istani-born Amer­i­can cit­i­zen who tried to set off a car bomb in New York’s Times Square and re­vealed that he had planned a sec­ond at­tack.

Faisal Shahzad, 30, pleaded guilty in June to the failed May 1bomb­ing in busy mid­town Man­hat­tan. He was ar­rested two days later aboard a plane bound for Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates, min­utes be­fore it was to leave New York’s John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Shahzad ad­mit­ted that he re­ceived train­ing in bomb-mak­ing from the Pak­istani Tal­iban, also known as Tehrik-e-Tal­iban, and said the group had funded the failed at­tack.

Court doc­u­ments made pub­lic Wed­nes­day re­vealed Shahzad had told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he thought his bomb would have killed at least 40 peo­ple, and that he had planned to carry out a sec­ond bomb­ing at­tack two weeks later. The tar­get of the sec­ond at­tack was not iden­ti­fied in the doc­u­ments.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Shahzad, a nat­u­ral­ized U.S. cit­i­zen, posed a “par­tic­u­larly per­ni­cious threat” and his prison sen­tence should de­ter po­ten­tial fu­ture rad­i­cal­iza­tion of U.S. cit­i­zens.

“While it is self-ev­i­dent that spe­cific de­ter­rence is im­por­tant in this case, de­ter­ring other United States cit­i­zens as well as those who are per­mit­ted to re­side here from work­ing to un­der­mine our na­tional se­cu­rity by aid­ing for­eign ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions is vi­tal,” they said.

Pros­e­cu­tors also re­vealed ad­di­tional de­tails about the plot. They said Shahzad used the In­ter­net to study Times Square in a bid to max­i­mize dam­age. They also said he con­sulted with mil­i­tants in Pak­istan through­out the bomb-mak­ing process.

“Shahzad used the In­ter­net to ac­cess web­sites that pro­vided real-time video feeds of dif­fer­ent ar­eas of Times Square,” the court pa­pers said. “These web­sites en­abled Shahzad to de­ter­mine which ar­eas of Times Square drew the largest crowds and the times when those ar­eas would be most crowded.”

As he as­sem­bled the bomb at his Con­necti­cut home, pros­e­cu­tors said, he used spe­cific pro­grams on his com­puter to com­mu­ni­cate with Tehrik-e-Tal­iban mil­i­tants.

Shahzad is ex­pected to be sen­tenced Oct. 5.


He pleaded guilty in June to the failed at­tack.

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