Times Sq. bomber given life sentence
A smirking Pakistani-born U.S. citizen who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square was sentenced yesterday to life in prison after he defiantly said more attacks on America were imminent.
Faisal Shahzad, 31, had pleaded guilty in June to a failed May 1 bombing in Manhattan. He admitted he received bomb-making training from the Pakistani Taliban and that this group, known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, had funded the bomb plot.
Shahzad, who arrived in the Manhattan federal courtroom in shackles, wearing a blue prison tunic and a white prayer cap, smiled and addressed District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum before he was sentenced to life without parole.
“We Muslims don’t abide by human-made laws because they are always corrupt,” he said, denouncing the presence of U.S. and NATO forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and mentioning al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden.
“Furthermore, brace yourselves because the war with Muslims has just begun,” he said. “Consider me the first droplet of the flood that will follow.”
“The defeat of [the] U.S. is imminent and will happen in near future,” he said. “We are only Muslims … but if you call us terrorists, we are proud terrorists and we will keep on terrorizing you.”
The judge noted that Shahzad recently became a U.S. citizen, saying he “falsely swore allegiance to his country.”
“His desire is not to defend the United States and Americans but to kill them,” she said. “The defendant has repeatedly expressed his total lack of remorse — his desire, if given the opportunity, to repeat the crime.”