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.
“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.