NYC Car Bomb Suspect Pleads Guilty, Calls Himself "a Muslim Soldier" - Tom Hays
Calling himself a Muslim soldier, a defiant Faisal Shahzad, 30, pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing. He described his effort to set off a bomb in an SUV he parked in Times Square on May 1, saying he chose the warm Saturday night because it would be crowded with people he could injure or kill. He said he conspired with the Pakistan Taliban, which provided more than $15,000 to fund his operation.
"It's a war. I am part of the answer to the U.S. terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people," he said. He wanted to let the U.S. know that if it did not get out of Iraq and Afghanistan, halt drone attacks and stop meddling in Muslim lands, "we will be attacking [the] U.S." Shahzad, born in Pakistan, moved to the U.S. when he was 18.