Faisal Shahzad Indicted On 10 Counts
June 18, 2010
NEW YORK (CBS) - Faisal Shahzad, the 30-year-old Pakistani man accused of attempting to detonate a car bomb in busy Times Square, was indicted on 10 terrorism and weapons counts Thursday.
He's expected to be arraigned Monday at noon.
"The facts alleged in this indictment show that the Pakistani Taliban facilitated Faisal Shahzad's attempted attack on American soil," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "Our nation averted serious loss of life in this attempted bombing, but it is a reminder that we face an evolving threat that we must continue to fight with every tool available to the government."
The indictment filed today charges Shahzad with 10 offenses which carry the following potential penalties:
• Count 1 – Attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, life in prison.
• Count 2 – Conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, life in prison.
• Count 3 – Possession of a firearm during and in relation to a conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, life in prison.*
• Count 4 – Attempted act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, life in prison.
• Count 5 – Conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, life in prison.
• Count 6 – Attempted use of a destructive device during and in relation to a conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, life in prison.*
• Count 7 – Transportation of an explosive, 10 years in prison.
• Count 8 – Conspiracy to transport an explosive, 10 years in prison.
• Count 9 – Attempted destruction of property by fire and explosive, 20 years in prison.*
• Count 10 – Conspiracy to destroy property by fire and explosive, 20 years in prison.*
Shahzad was arrested two days after the May 1 bombing attempt. He was taken into custody at JFK Airport after boarding a plane heading to Dubai.
It also came on the same day CBS 2 HD learned that Shahzad had ambitions to commit further attacks -- at the World Financial Center just blocks away from ground zero, at the bustling Grand Central Terminal and in Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown, as well as the Sikorsky plant in Stratford, Conn.
"I believe the entire United States has become a new front in that we're going to find more and more instances of al Qaeda and al Qaeda affiliates recruiting people lawfully in the United States," said Rep. Peter King, R-Long Island.
Thus far, Shahzad's cooperation has led to raids and arrests across the Northeast, including Long Island. Congressman King said the battle front in the war on terror has clearly shifted to our shores, and Suffolk County is a primary area of concern.
"There has been some concern among law enforcement for quite a while now about Suffolk County, about some locations in Suffolk County and some of the individuals in Suffolk County," Rep. King said.
King isn't saying al Qaeda operatives are living on Long Island, but he said it's not surprising that Shahzad picked up money for his plot at a Dunkin' Donuts shop in Ronkonkoma.
The U.S. Attorney requested Tuesday Shahzad be held without bail, something his attorneys did not contest. He is expected to continue cooperating.