Officials: Times Square Bomb Plot Has Increasing Foreign Links

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The failed car bombing in Times Square increasingly appears to have been coordinated by more than one person in a plot with international links, Obama administration officials said Tuesday.

The disclosure, while tentative, came as the White House intensified its focus on the Saturday incident in New York City, in which explosives inside a Nissan Pathfinder were set ablaze but failed to detonate at the tourist-crowded corner of Broadway and 45th Street.

Emerging from a series of briefings, several officials said it was premature to rule out any motive but said the sweeping, multi-state investigation was turning up new clues.

Separately, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs also characterized the incident for the first time as an attempted act of terrorism. “I would say that was intended to terrorize, and I would say that whomever did that would be categorized as a terrorist,” Gibbs said, sharpening the administration’s tone.

Another U.S. official, recounting a conversation with intelligence officials, said, “Don’t be surprised if you find a foreign nexus. . . . They’re looking at some tell-tale signs and they’re saying it’s pointing in that direction.”

Officials cautioned that even if the investigation points toward an international link, rather than domestic or anti-government groups, that does not mean al-Qaeda or another terrorist organization is necessarily involved.

The emerging picture came as police and federal investigators searched for a man in his 40s whom surveillance cameras caught changing his shirt in an alley and looking over his shoulder near where the car was parked about 6:30 p.m., and another person seen running north on Broadway from the area. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly also said detectives had spoken with the registered owner of the car but revealed no details other than that the man was not a suspect.

Police said the bomb would have created a fireball that likely would have killed or wounded many people, making it the most serious bombing attempt in the United States since the Christmas Day incident aboard a commercial flight bound for Detroit. The investigation has focused on whether an organized group or a determined individual was responsible.

The Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility in a video posted on YouTube, but Kelly and federal investigators said Sunday that no evidence had surfaced linking the group to the bomb.

On Sunday night, a second video was posted by apparent representatives of the Taliban, showing the group’s commander, Hakimullah Mehsud, promising to launch attacks in the United States.

Mehsud, who U.S. and Pakistan authorities initially believed was killed in January drone strike, was recorded saying, “The time is very near when our fedayeen will attack the American states in their major cities . . . in some days or a month’s time.”

(READ MORE: Washington Post)


9 COMMENTS

  1. Guess what? I think it was Islamic terrorism and I didn’t get that theory from speaking with law enforcement nor from investigating the scene.

  2. ATTENTION #1: According to His Excellency Sheik Barack Hussein Obama, we no longer use the term “Islamic terrorism”.
    Please refrain from using such inciteful, racist terminology in the future.
    The truth is no longer acceptable in Obama’s “1984” world of “newspeak”. Language must coincide with what is currently politically correct.

    Personally… I prefer the Torah’s term
    “pereh-adam”, or yishmaeli savages.

  3. Dear Sister

    How can you be so blindly prejudiced?

    Our great President has reached out to the Islamic world, he has all but abandoned Israel to the Muslim dogs to try and please his Muslim co-religionists and you suggest this is how they would show their gratitude.

    Shame on you!

  4. It sounds like amateurs, hired and perhaps even minimally trained by one of the terrorist groups. Hopefully we will be able to keep out better trained terrorists, bli ayin hora. Keep dovening, before any further attempts are made!

  5. Unfortunately we are long overdue for something like this and only Bechasdei Hamakom have we escaped thus far.

    I fear to say it but on a certain level I think long term we would be better off if the bomb had gone off. Maybe America needs to be less complacent and more aware of what we are dealing with, who are our friends and who just laughs at America’s recent weak stance.

  6. Really, Bechasdei Hashem the damage was averted, we should really be thankful to HKBH!! Hashem is showing us the plots that these wicked minds have planned and how Hashem has protected us once again. Keep davening for Klal Yisrael, for Hashem’s protection from Chavelei Moshiach.

  7. GGH:
    I said that today to someone but at the same time there will be casualties. I don’t want innocent people to get hurt so that Obama should “get it” maybe they can succeed at blowing up some buildings in times square and not hurting anyone. On the other hand that’s the kind of stuff Obama likes because then he can give our tax dollars to the owners of those blown up buildings to pay for their loss. I don’t see an answer. I really don’t.