Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Re: (Intel) Total Time Of Investigation: 53 Hours, 20 Minutes

 An since he has violated u.s. laws within five years of his naturalization, his u.s. citizenship is cancelled. Its a law, but rarely used. 
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From: Beowulf
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Subject: (Intel) Total Time Of Investigation: 53 Hours, 20 Minutes

Total Time Of Investigation: 53 Hours, 20 Minutes

Faisal Shahzad In Custody After Nearly Fleeing United States

The arraignment of Times Square terror suspect Faisal Shahzad has been postponed until Tuesday afternoon. Authorities said Shahzad confessed to receiving explosives training in Pakistan and is being held by federal agents in lower Manhattan.

Charges against Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, were contained in a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. Shahzad was arrested overnight as he attempted to leave the country on a flight.

The complaint says he confessed to buying an SUV, rigging it with a homemade bomb and driving it Saturday night into Times Square, where he tried to detonate it. It also says he admitted to receiving bomb-making training in Waziristan, Pakistan, but there is no mention of al-Qaida.

Officials said Tuesday that Shahzad, 30, is providing "useful" information in his interrogation. When they detained him, they found a gun in his car and other incriminating evidence.

"It is clear that this was a terrorist act aimed at murdering Americans in one of the busiest places in our country," Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday. Wanna Speak Out On This Story? Write On Our Facebook Wall!

Shahzad, 30, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen, has been in custody since shortly after midnight. He was hauled off a plane in the nick of time as it was about to fly to the Middle East. CBS 2 obtained air traffic control recording intended to stop the pilots from taking off. The controller alerts pilots to "immediately" return to the gate.

The charges he'll faces for allegedly planting the explosive-laden SUV in Times Square include an act of terrorism transcending national borders; attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction; use of a destructive device during the commission of another crime; and assorted explosive charges.

There were many developments in the fast-paced investigation, but sources told CBS 2 how the operation went down. Spooked by reports that authorities were looking for a Pakistani-American, Shahzad rushed out of his Bridgeport, Conn. Home and headed for the airport. He made the reservations on the way, paying cash for his ticket.

Agents raiding his Bridgeport home found components for the bomb device, including firecrackers and the boxes for the alarm clocks. They also reportedly found a hand-drawn map of potential targets, including the 4, 5, and 6 trains and the Staten Island ferry. There was also evidence of his ties to Pakistan, including a Karachi ID and residency papers.

Pakistan officials have reportedly made arrests in connection with the case. One of the suspects, Tausif Ahmed, is believed to have traveled to American two months ago to meet with Shahzad.

"We are working with our law enforcement and intelligence partners to uncover all possible ties this particular individual has to radical extremism terrorist organizations, both at home and overseas," said FBI Director John Pistole.

In the end, it took officials just 53 hours and 20 minutes to solve the case.

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    Monday, May 3, 2010

    What are the idiots up too?


    In an historic step, the U.S. Government will formally reveal the number of
    nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal.

    Until now, the shifting size of the nuclear arsenal had only been
    declassified from 1945 up to 1961. Current stockpile figures were the
    subject of more or less informed speculation. The pending disclosure was
    first reported by the Washington Post.

    Among other things, the declassification of the nuclear stockpile is a
    milestone in secrecy reform. It means that what must be the single most
    significant number in the domain of national security policy will now be in
    the public domain. It will also set a standard by which the nuclear
    transparency policies of other nations may be assessed.

    If there is any cause for dismay in today's announcement, it is that it took
    so long to accomplish. The Department of Energy, which has the highest
    concentration of nuclear weapons expertise in the federal government, had
    proposed declassification of stockpile size as early as 1992, as noted in a
    2000 DOE fact sheet on the subject. But the DOE proposal was blocked by the
    Department of Defense.

    Other DOE declassification proposals that have been stymied would have
    disclosed the explosive yield of retired or dismantled nuclear weapons
    (blocked by DOD), and the locations of former nuclear weapons storage sites
    abroad (blocked by DOD and State). An Energy Department classification
    official told Secrecy News last week that the Department also favors public
    disclosure of the budget of the DOE Office of Intelligence (which had been
    public information up until 2004), but that the Director of National
    Intelligence had vetoed the move.

    "We get blamed for a lot of stuff that's not our fault," the DOE official