Times Square Bomb Suspect Pleads Guilty

Voice of America News reports: “Calling himself a ‘Muslim soldier,’ Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-born man accused in a failed attempt to ignite a car bomb in New York City’s Times Square last month, has pleaded guilty to all ten counts against him.

‘I want to plead guilty, and I’m gonna plead guilty 100 times over,’ he said at his arraignment in federal court in Manhattan.

He said he intended to injure and kill as many people in Times Square as possible, and had chosen a busy Saturday evening for that reason, he told the court…

Judge Cedarbaum asked Shahzad if he had looked at the people who were walking in Times Square that night. He replied that ‘the people selected the government. We consider them all the same.’

She asked him if he had intended to hurt and kill many people. ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘One has to understand where I’m coming from. I consider myself a Mujahideen – a Muslim soldier. I’m part of the answer to the U.S. terrorizing the Muslim nations and Muslim people, and on behalf of that, I am an avenger,’ he said.

He listed his grievances against U.S. policy, including drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, and the Iraqi occupation. He said that U.S. attacks hurt civilians in other countries. ‘The U.S. only care[s] about their people, not the other,’ he said.

Shahzad said that unless the United States leaves Muslim lands, including Afghanistan and Iraq, ‘We will be attacking [the] U.S., and I plead guilty to that.’…” (See the prediction of Christ in Matthew 24:37 and its interpretation in Genesis 6:11. See the next report as well.)

Three held in Norway ‘al-Qaeda bomb plot’

BBC News reports: “Three people have been arrested in connection with a plot to bomb targets in Norway, police in Oslo have said.

Two of the plotters were arrested in Norway and one in Germany, said the head of the Norwegian security police, Janne Kristiansen.

The men – a Uighur from China, an Iraqi and an Uzbek – are said to have ties to al-Qaeda and to be linked to bomb plots in the US and UK, Ms Kristiansen said.

The three, all Norwegian residents, had been under surveillance for a year.

US prosecutors say the Norwegian case is linked to foiled bomb plots in New York and the English city of Manchester.

‘We believe this group has had links to people abroad who can be linked to al-Qaeda, and to people who are involved in investigations in other countries, among others the United States and Britain,’ Ms Kristiansen said.

She said one of the men was a Norwegian citizen, 39, a Muslim Uighur from China, who had lived in Norway since 1999.

Another was an Iraqi citizen, 37, who was granted Norwegian residency on humanitarian grounds.

The third man was an Uzbek national, 31, who was granted permanent residency in Norway on grounds of family reunification, Ms Kristiansen said.

She gave no details of where the men were arrested, nor any information about locations which may have been targeted for attacks…”