Wednesday, 5 May 2010 07:50 UK
Faisal Shahzad has been formally charged with terrorism and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with a failed car-bomb attack in New York’s Times Square on Saturday.
The US citizen of Pakistani origin was detained by the US authorities on Monday night on board a plane to Dubai, shortly after it had left the departure gate at John F Kennedy airport.
US Attorney General Eric Holder has said he has been talking to investigators and provided them with “useful information”.
Officials earlier said Mr Shahzad had told them he been acting alone and had no connection with foreign militant groups.
Mr Shahzad, 30, became a naturalised US citizen on 17 April 2009.
Sources have told the BBC that he is the son of retired Air Vice-Marshal Bahar-ul-Haque, a former head of Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority, but this is unconfirmed.
His family is said to come from the northern frontier city of Peshawar, close to the strongholds and training grounds of the Taliban.
Mr Shahzad married there, the sources added. His wife and at least one of their two young children are currently believed to be living in Karachi with relatives.
He moved to the US in 1998 on a student visa, according to officials, and eventually enrolled at the University of Bridgeport where he received a bachelor’s degree in computer applications and information systems in 2000.
William Greenspan, adviser for undergraduate business students at the university, described him as “personable, a nice guy, but unremarkable”.
Mr Shahzad later returned to the university and was awarded a master’s in business administration in 2005.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, told the BBC that Mr Shahzad had made eight to 10 visits in the past seven years, and had travelled to several locations including Karachi and Peshawar.
His most recent visit to the country was in early February.
The minister said there was no evidence at this stage that Mr Shahzad had links to militants, but added that investigations were just beginning.
Mr Malik also said there had been no arrests so far in Pakistan, contradicting local media reports that said Mr Shahzad’s father-in-law and another man who spent time with him had been detained.
‘Little bit strange’
US officials say Mr Shahzad drove the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder SUV found loaded with gasoline, propane, fireworks and fertilizer in the heart of Times Square, which was packed with people.
He is believed to have bought the vehicle within the last three weeks for $1,300, a transaction that eventually led to his arrest.
The FBI searched Mr Shahzad’s home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, earlier on Tuesday. They removed several filled plastic bags from inside.
A former neighbour in nearby Shelton told local newspapers that Mr Shahzad and his wife had lived at a house there for about three years before moving out last year.
Mr Shahzad left around May, and his wife followed about a month later, said the neighbour, Brenda Thurman.
She said she assumed the Shelton property had been repossessed after noticing personal items had been left behind and because of the long grass that took over the lawn in the following months.
“They left a lot of their stuff there,” she said. “All they really took was a refrigerator.”
Ms Thurman said Mr Shahzad got up early every morning to go to work and had told her that he worked on Wall Street.
“I think he caught the train to New York,” she said.
Ms Thurman described the suspect as “a little bit strange”.
“He didn’t like to come out during the day,” she explained.
But Audrey Sokol, a teacher who lived next door to Mr Shahzad in Shelton, said he would wave and say hello, and that he seemed normal.
She said she thought he had worked in nearby Norwalk.
Faisal Shahzad was born on June 30th, 1979 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faisal_Shahzad
June 30th, 1979
6 + 30 +1+9+7+9 = 62 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Restrictions. Limitations. Obstructions. Impediments. Blockage. Barrier. Barricade. Barred. Prohibit. Ban. Penalty. Frustrations. Interference. Hampering. Impediment. Unpopularity. Booing. Throat. Larynx. Keys. Locks. Locksmith. (Un)lock. Release. Detain. Arrest. Handcuff. Confinement. Victim. Suspect. Criminal. Convict. Prisoner. Jail. Contain(ment). Lockdown. Walls. Wall off. Cage. Captive. Captivity. Capture. Apprehend.
6 + 30 +2+0+0+9 = 47 = his personal year (from June 30th, 2009 to June 30th, 2010) = Famous. Name & fame. Notoriety. Name recognition. (Inter)nationally known. High profile. Well-known. Household name. Public life. Limelight. Notable. Noteworthy. Legacy. Daydreaming. Infamy. Notorious.
47 + 4 (April) = 51 = his personal month (from April 30th, 2010 to May 30th, 2010) = The State. Government. Congress. President. Military. Soldier. Police. Law enforcement. Officer. Lawyers. Attorneys. Legal advice. Counsel. Litigation. Lawsuit. (Un)constitutional. Evidence. Proof. Ammunition. Logic. Rational. Factual. Accurate. Exact. Precise. Frankness. Candor. Brief. Plain spoken. Impartial. Unbiased. Serious. Sober. Solemn. Formidable. Instructor. Instruction manual. Textbook. Instructions. Lessons. Procedure. Machines. Computers. Linear. Methodical. Systematic. Statistics. Facts. Arithmetic. Math. Equation. Formulas. Quotient. Counting. Measurements. Parameter. Requirements. Qualifications. License. Permits. Blunt. Disciplinarian. Authoritarian. Bureaucracy. Legalistic. Stringent. Rigorous. Strict. Stern. Severe. Draconian. Adversary. Harsh. Mean. Cruel. Merciless. Relentless. Cold. Unfeeling. Unemotional. Callous. Dehumanize. Mechanical. Robotic. Automaton. Intimidate.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
his primary challenge = 61
the most important thing he can(not) do = FA = 61
what he must (not) do/has to (not) do = FA = 61
61 = Strategy. Planning. Contingency plans. Back up plans. Plan B. Change of plans. Tactics. Stealth. Exit. Running away. Escape. Flee. Evade. Getting away. Elusive. Pursue. Chase. Hunt. Pounce. Dodge. Skip. Missing. Disappear. Hide. Hidden. Slick. Slippery. Trick. Trickster. Sneaky. Shady. Scheme. Cheating. Lone wolf. Rip off. Pilfer. Heist. Theft. Stolen. Robbery. Burglary. Abscond. Fugitive. Ambush.
how he obtains/loses his heart’s desire = FD = 64 = Conclusion. Finality. End. Done. Undoing ruin. Darkest hour. Final chapter. The end complete. Closing. Indefinitely. Endlessly. Never. Deep sadness. Major depression. Listlessness. Mope. Bleak. Bummer. Rock bottom. Dismal failure. A karmic drama that just needs to be played out to its conclusion. Bummed out. Hitting rock bottom. Misfortune is not that which can be avoided, but that which cannot. Will there ever be an end? Final curtain. It’s done. It’s all over. Stick a fork in it.