While preparing my dinner last night, I heard Bob Beckel speculate that the Times Square bomber may be a right-wing militiaman. Looks like he’s wrong:
A Connecticut man who recently spent several months in his native Pakistan was arrested at Kennedy Airport early today in connection with the attempted Times Square car bombing, law-enforcement sources told The Post.
Authorities believe that Faisal Shahzad, 30, was trying to flee the country.
They also suspect that he purchased the dark-green SUV used in the would-be attack, sources said. An e-mail sent from his account had been used to contact the seller.
Shahzad, a naturalized US citizen, had not been seen at his home in Shelton, Conn., or at his job since the explosives-packed vehicle was abandoned on West 45th Street near Broadway Saturday evening, sources said.
Right-wingers tend not to travel to Pakistan for training.
UPDATE: Seems like this is the “person of interest” federal authorities were trying to track down:
There is growing evidence the bomber did not act alone and had ties to radical elements overseas, with one senior official telling ABC News there are several individuals believed to be connected with the bombing and that at least one of them is a Pakistani-American.
Radical elements overseas tend not to mean right-wing militiamen.
UP-UPDATE: Moe Lane offers:
The implications of this – now that we’ve determined that the terrorist was not a domestic right-wing militia type against imposing carbon neutral insurance mandates on illegal immigrant stimulus project workers, or whatever the heck the Usual Suspects were guessingtoday – can wait for the morning, but I’d like to get this on the record: Mr. President, when it comes to successful counter-terrorism methodologies, hope is not a plan. And we cannot be lucky all the time.