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Times Square Bomber Planned to Detonate 2nd Bomb, Prosecutors Say

Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The man known as the Times Square Bomber planned to set off an additional bomb two weeks later, according to court papers filed by prosecutors  Wednesday, which urged the judge to give Faisal Shahzad a life sentence.

The  papers, a sentencing memorandum,  said that Shahazd hoped to kill 40 people in the first bombing, which ended up being a dud. And he planned to set off additional bombs “until he was captured or killed.”  He was arrested at JFK  airport while trying to flee the country.

Shahzad “had every intention of delivering a powerful and terrorizing strike to the heart of New York City,” the court papers said, adding that Shahzad showed no remorse when pleading guilty on June 21.

In a 40-minute video made in Pakistan, he says, according to court papers;

“I have been trying to join my brothers in jihad ever since 9/11 happened. I am planning to wage an attack inside America.”

He then appealled to his fellow Muslims: “I also want to inform my brothers Muslim abroad living abroad [sic] that it is not difficult at all to wage an attack on the West, and specifically in the U.S., and completely defeat them inshallah. Get up and learn from me and make an effort. Nothing is impossible if you just keep in mind that Allah is with you.”

Read Shahzad Sentencing Memorandum

Atlanta Cop Pleads Guilty in FBI Sting

atlanta policeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Atlanta cop Lucius T. Solomon got tripped up in an FBI sting and will likely head off to prison.

The 31-year-old, now a former cop, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta to corruption and drug charges. He could get up to life in prison at sentencing, which is set for Nov. 9.

According to authorities, Solomon on three occasions in 2009 and 2010 provided protection for what he believed to be multi-kilogram cocaine deals, but in reality it was all part of an FBI sting that has been carried out in other cities around the nation over the years.

On two occasions, Solomon was on duty, in uniform and in his marked police car when he provided the protection, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. In each deal, he agreed to provide protection for $2,000.

“Instead of protecting and serving the people of this community from the scourge of the illegal drug trade, this former police officer took money to protect the very drug dealers he had sworn to pursue and arrest,” Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. “There is no greater breach of a police officer’s oath than to actively participate in criminal conduct that so powerfully harms the community.”

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Three In Ft. Dix Terorrism Case Get Life Sentences

The defendants insist they are innocent. The government insists the defendants were planning a massacre. The judge was convinced of their guilt and expressed concern that they showed no remorse.

By Troy Graham
Philadelphia Inquirer
ftdix31 CAMDEN, N.J. — Three of the five men convicted of plotting a terrorist attack on Fort Dix were sentenced to life in prison yesterday, and two of them were given an additional 30 years for gun charges.

All three of the Duka brothers – Dritan, Eljvir and Shain – vociferously proclaimed their innocence before their sentences were announced.

At the end of his statement, Eljvir Duka, 25, turned toward his large family, seated in the gallery, and urged them to “be patient, don’t worry.”

“Being in prison and knowing you’re innocent is a great feeling in the sight of God,” he said. “The government knows what they did.”

District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler noted that the defendants showed no remorse for their actions, and said “a harsh, punitive sentence is necessary.”

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