U.S. Demands Pakistani Aid in Times Square Terrorism Case


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

U.S. officials are demanding a more aggressive investigation by Pakistani law enforcement and security forces into the Taliban connection to suspected terrorist Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to bomb New York’s Times Square last weekend.

Meanwhile, a source told the Law Enforcement Examiner that interrogators continue to press the suspect for information about his co-conspirators, the leadership of his “cell” and identities of other terrorists already in U.S. or scheduled to enter the U.S.

U.S. investigators are hoping to question Shahzad’s parents in Pakistan, but so far they reportedly haven’t been found by Pakistani police officials.

According to a source within the New York City Police Department, investigating detectives believe that Pakistan-based Taliban leaders are behind Shahzad’s attempted detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED) outside of a Broadway theater that featured the play “The Lion King.”

Shahzad was arrested on Monday night after he was removed from an Emirates flight at JFK International Airport that was about to takeoff for Dubai. He was on his way back to his homeland of Pakistan.

On Wednesday, Shahzad reportedly waived his right to a court appearance in order to continue his interrogation by the investigation team. However, Shahzad, 30, has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and trying to kill and maim people within the United States as well as other charges.

The Pakistani-born Shahzad became an American citizen in April 2009, and reportedly flew to Pakistan after the citizenship process was completed. According to officials, the Connecticut resident’s wife and two children live in Pakistan.

According to Fox News Channel’s national security correspondent Catherine Herridge, prosecutors stated that Shahzad is the son of a retired Pakistani vice air marshal. He admitted to receiving bomb-making training in a Taliban and al-Qaeda camp in Pakistan.

A law enforcement source said investigators believed the Pakistani Taliban financed Shahzad’s training. The Taliban in Pakistan has also claimed responsibility for the Times Square bomb plot.

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc.

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About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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