Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Grasping for Straws

This just SCREAMS it.

Neighbor: Times Square bomb suspect 'didn't like the sunlight'

(CNN) -- The suspect in the failed Times Square car bombing is a Pakistani who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in April 2009 and had not been on national security radar.

Faisal Shahzad, 30, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was arrested Monday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as his flight to Dubai was about to take off, law enforcement officials said.

Shahzad had traveled to Dubai before. He took a flight there in June 2009 and stayed out of the United States until his return on Feb. 3, officials said.

A woman who said she had lived next door to Shahzad in Shelton, Connecticut, told CNN on Tuesday that the man she knew didn't say much and claimed to work on Wall Street in New York.

"He was quiet. He would wear all black and jog at night. He said he didn't like the sunlight," Brenda Thurman said.

She said Shahzad, his wife and two children and his wife's two sisters lived next to her for about three years, moving out in July 2009. People whom she believes were plainclothes law enforcement officers appeared to be staking out the house Monday, Thurman told CNN affiliate WTNH-TV.

The neighbor said she often saw Shahzad leaving the home in the morning and returning in the evening. She also saw him in his yard with his children, a boy and a girl, and the family usually wore traditional Muslim attire, she told WTNH-TV.

She said she never suspected he might be involved in a possible terror attack.

"I didn't think he was capable of doing something like that. ... I'm very shocked," she said.

Thurman said her daughter often played with Shahzad's daughter, but she herself didn't have much contact with the family.

Shahzad's wife spoke English, but was apparently so insecure about her language ability that she told people she did not, Thurman said.

"I never knew she spoke English until it was time for her to move," Thurman said.

Shahzad's wife told Thurman in July 2009 that the family was moving to Missouri. A few weeks after they left their home, the lender foreclosed on the property and changed the locks, the neighbor said.

Shahzad had made international calls in recent weeks, but said he acted alone in the attempted bombing, investigators said.

Cell phone calls conducted for the purchase of the vehicle used in Saturday's bombing attempt helped lead police to the suspect, law enforcement sources said.

Sources said investigators got cell phone information from the daughter of the Nissan Pathfinder owner. She sold the vehicle to Shahzad on behalf of her father.

She had been talking on the phone to Shahzad in arranging the purchase of the SUV, which was advertised for sale on Craigslist.

The Nissan Pathfinder was parked in Times Square containing propane tanks, fertilizer and gasoline on Saturday night. After police retrieved the vehicle identification number of the Pathfinder, they located the registered owner of the vehicle.

The sources said the owner's daughter had met with Shahzad at a Stratford, Connecticut, grocery store, for the sale. Shahzad took the car for a test drive in the parking lot and bought the vehicle for $1,800 in cash.

Bridgeport, where Shahzad resides, is a working class city of 130,000 on Long Island Sound, 66 miles northeast of New York City. Per capita income there is 26 percent below the national average, and 27 percent of its residents are foreign-born, more than twice the national average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

There are three major things wrong with this article.

1.) It's written by CNN.

2.) The headline clearly states that this is from a statement by his NEIGHBOR. How reliable is this, and how does this even make actual, good "news"? I mean, for all we know, his neighbor can be as trustworthy as a politician.

3.) OMFG HE DOESN'T LIKE THE SUNLIGHT HEADLINE HEADLINE HEADLINE BIG NEWS BREAK!! SERIOUSLY? I know it's hard to paint someone who tried to blow up Times Square even more evil than he would already seem, but "Neighbor: HE DIDN'T LIKE SUNLIGHT." just SCREAMS desperation and sensationalism. I don't like the sunlight, it burns my skin (good thing I live in North Dakota, where there is so little sun that the tanning salons are inexplicably still in business), and I'd rather stay inside on good days. THAT MUST MEAN I'M A TERRORIST THAT WANTS TO BLOW SHIT UP! Ladies and gentlemen, sensationalist stereotyping in full effect.

1 comment:

Mike W. said...

Clearly he's a vampire.