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FBI Task Force Nabs Suspect Accused of Plotting Times Square Attack

Times Square, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI and local police nabbed a man they believe was plotting to detonate explosives in Times Square.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force took the suspect into custody Thursday after setting up a sting to catch him buying weapons CBS 2 reports.

Authorities believe the suspect was acting alone and not planning another attack.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, is set to appear in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday.

Authorities have not yet indicated a motive.

Uber Driver Arrested for Joining ISIS, Supporting Vicious Attack on Times Square

Times Square, via Wikipedia

Times Square, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Uber driver from Brooklyn was arrested Monday after authorities said he expressed support for attacking Times Square with a garbage truck.

Mohamed Rafik Naji, 37, is also accused of traveling to Turkey and Yemen last year to join ISIS, the New York Daily News reports. 

Naji showed his support of ISIS on Facebook, posting a photo of an ISIS flag, videos of jihadists and a link to an ISIS spokesman encouraging attacks on Western targets.

Naji is accused of telling an informant that he supported a deadly attack in Times Square with a garbage trucking running over pedestrians.

“They (ISIS) want an operation in Times Square,” Naji told the informant on July 19.

“They want an operation in Times Square, reconnaissance groups already put out a scene, the Islamic State already put up scenes of Times Square … I said that was an indication for whoever is smart to know.”

FBI Reveals Potential Break in Unsolved Times Square Bombing in ’08

Times Square

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A bomb that exploded in the heart of Times Square just after 3:30 a.m. in 2008 has gone unsolved for seven years.

The FBI hopes to end that streak after announcing Wednesday that progress has been made in the attack, which resembled two earlier bombings in Manhattan.

Investigators said three people who had been identified as “persons of interest” were now believed to be connected, The New York Times reports. 

“Someone knows those responsible for placing this device in the heart of New York City,” Diego Rodriguez, the head of the New York office of the F.B.I., said in a statement. “We need those people to come forward to help us solve this crime before they can strike again.”

The FBI has not yet identified the suspects.

Behind-the-Scenes Look at FBI Providing Counterterrorism Security at Times Square

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

While more than one billion people tuned in to watch the ball drop at Times Square on New Year’s eve, a massive counterterrorism operation was underway.

CBS News went behind the scenes to see how the FBI keeps the city safe during one of the busiest nights of the year.

“It’s a nice target – a lot of media, a lot of cameras – to expose the world to whatever some insane person has got planned. It’s a target,” said Randall Derouin of the FBI.

A SWAT team was position in an underground garage. More than 100 FBI agents helped with security. And a bomb squad was on hand.

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller Continues to Bang the Drum About the Dangers of Terrorists and the Cyber World

Robert Mueller III / file fbi photo By Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
There’s was nothing particularly shocking — or for that matter new — in FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III’s speech Thursday, but it was another reminder of the havoc and mischief we can expect via cyber attacks against business and government in the future.

Terrorism remains the FBI’s top priority,” Mueller told a crowd in San Francisco at the RSA Cyber Security Conference, according to the text of his speech. “But in the not too distant future, we anticipate that the cyber threat will pose the number one threat to our country.”

Mueller talked about how increasingly “cyber savvy” terrorist have become, citing as example, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has produced a full-color, English-language online magazine.

“They are not only sharing ideas, they are soliciting information and inviting recruits to join al Qaeda. ”

“Al Shabaab—the al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia—has its own Twitter account. Al Shabaab uses it to taunt its enemies—in English—and to encourage terrorist activity, ” he said. “Extremists are not merely making use of the Internet for propaganda and recruitment. They are also using cyber space to conduct operations.”

“The individuals who planned the attempted Times Square bombing in May 2010 used public web cameras for reconnaissance. They used file-sharing sites to share sensitive operational details. They deployed remote conferencing software to communicate. They used a proxy server to avoid being tracked by an IP address. And they claimed responsibility for the attempted attack—on YouTube.”

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FBI: No Known Terrorist Plots Aimed at Times Square on New Year’s Eve

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

With just hours to go before the ball drops, the FBI in New York says  it knows of no credible terrorist threats involving the traditional New Year’s Eve celebration in Manhattan’s famed Times Square.

“While there’s no credible threat, the FBI and NYPD, as they do every year, will have a large security effort in and around Times Square,” FBI agent Richard Kolko, a spokesman for the New York office, told AOL News.

Kolko said the FBI and New York police will have fully operational control centers and teams of bomb techs to respond to suspicious packages. Hazmat and SWAT teams, evidence techs and hostage negotiators will also be on hand.

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It’s Life For Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Just as expected, Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber, who authorities say had links to al Qaeda in Pakistan, was given a life sentence Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, during sentencing, told Shahzad, according to the New York Times:  “You are a young man, and you will have a lot of time to reflect about what you have said today, and what you have done.”

Shahzad told the judge:

“We are only Muslims … but if you call us terrorists, we are proud terrorists and we will keep on terrorizing you,” he said, according to the Associated Press, adding at another point: “The defeat of the U.S. is imminent.”

“If I’m given 1,000 lives I will sacrifice them all for the life of Allah,” he also said. “How can I be judged by a court that does not understand the suffering of my people?”

Though Shahzad, 31,  cooperated with authorities after his capture, he showed no remorse when entering a guilty plea, eliminating even the slightest of chances of getting any break on his sentence.

After sentencing Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a statement:

“Faisal Shahzad is a remorseless terrorist who betrayed his adopted country and today was rightly sentenced to spend the rest of his life in federal prison.”

“The case of Faisal Shahzad demonstrates the global scope of the terrorist threat,” added Janice K. Fedarcyk, head of the New York FBI, in a statement. “Distinctions between home-grown and foreign terrorists are blurred when a U.S. citizen travels to Pakistan to learn bomb-making from a known terrorist organization, then returns to the U.S. and receives financial backing from the overseas organization.

” However you define him, there’s no question that Shahzad built a mobile weapon of mass destruction and hoped and intended that it would kill large numbers of innocent people – and planned to do it again two weeks later.”

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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