No Credible Evidence Terrorists Trained Shahzad

Friday, May 7, 2010

There is no credible evidence has been found so far that Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American man accused in the so-called Times Square bombing plot received any terrorist training from the Pakistani Taliban or another radical Islamic group, this according to six U.S. officials.

U.S. officials told McClatchy news:

“There is nothing that confirms that any groups have been found involved in this for certain. It’s a lot of speculation at this point.”

Four U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials and two other U.S. officials with knowledge of the case spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss classified intelligence or the ongoing investigation publicly.

So why is the New York Times trying to portray Shahzad as a homegrown terrorist with close ties to Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni-American cleric whose militant online lectures have been a catalyst for several recent attacks and plots?

The Times cites a single, unnamed official as their source who insists on anonymity.

Meanwhile, the impact of the so-called Times Square bomber has successfully ended wall-to-wall news coverage of the British Petroleum oil rig disaster and the worsening ecological and environmental disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. Attention has also shifted away from news that the Obama Interior Department granted BP an exemption on April 6, 2009 from filing an environmental impact study to drill in the Gulf.

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8 Responses to No Credible Evidence Terrorists Trained Shahzad

  1. TOM339 says:

    In it’s own way, the New York Times is about as reliable as the Washington Times.

    You cite 6 sources, 4 US intelligence officials and two other US officials who say Shahzad had never trained in any domestic of foreign terrorist camp. The New York Times cites a single unnamed source claiming Shahzad was under the influence Anwar al-Awlaki.

    While not yellow journalism, it certainly shows the New York Times has an agenda and that agenda is to function as a wing of the Obama propaganda media machine.

  2. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    Candidate Barack Obama received large campaign contributions from British Petroleum. It stands to reason as president, he would accord them special favor. This is how the Washington politics game works.

  3. Peace Nick says:

    Christopher – You always make your readers think and challenge us.

    I stopped trusting the New York Times after the Judy Miller mess. They lost me after that.

  4. Brigadoon says:

    Who expected Barack Obama would have more environmental catastrophes on his CV than George Bush? Not moi. Oh well, take it to the bank because people who care about the planet are furious with him.

  5. It’s obvious that Hussein X himself trained him.

  6. retahyajyajav says:

    New York City after 9/11 has become into a perpetual bridesmaid swathed in terrorism and victimhood.

    The town daily — the New York Times, is committed to a particular narrative now and everything they print is about how New York City is the world’s top terrorism target. Even if reality suggests something else.

    Look what happened today. A few water bottles in a cooler found in Times Square and the cable media fell in line. I’m sure the Saturday and Sunday Times will play this up shamelessly. What an embarrassment.

  7. I’m pretty sure the one thing terrorists now how to do, and trust me it’s a limited list, is make a car bomb.

    We should take this event as yet another chapter in the decline of terrorism and it’s constant failure since 9/11.

  8. fran says:

    I don’t support violence in any form, but I have to say the U.S. has been provoking violence in Pakistan, Afghanistan & Iraq for many years now.
    I’m just stating the obvious…. you fly predator drone planes & randomly drop bombs killing innocent people & children, what kind of eventual response would you expect?

    “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world : My own Government, I can not be Silent.”
    — Martin Luther King Jr. 1967

    Not much has changed since then- as he predicted, we would be doing the same thing, having other wars in other countries with different names.

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