Police robot at Times Square
UPDATED: May 2, 2010 6:43pm
When we wrote this article the story was still breaking close to the event. Like any developing story new details emerge after the first few hours and they continue to emerge even today.
Since our story was published the following has been reported… Remember… This too will change!
Summary of the news to this time…
– Various reports credit a local street vendor as seeing the smoke first and calling over a patrolling officer. The vendor is a black Vietnam veteran named Lance Orton. Other vendors are mentioned in some other news articles as being either “first” or there as part of a group of vendors who all alerted the police at virtually the same instant. One of the vendors is Duane M. Jackson. Another is Hamid Boubain.
– In any event, one or some of the vendors alerted a Police officer on horseback, Wayne Radigan, who called for the cavalry and started evacuating the area. The two female officers (called “rookies” in some stories) were apparently next to arrive only seconds after Officer Radigan.
– Some reports state that the driver of the vehicle left it running and escaped into an alley where he removed his shirt and exposed another colour of shirt underneath as he ran off. He is described as “white” and there are probably videos of him but who knows how good they will be.
– The SUV was originally said to have been stolen. Reports now say that it was marked for “scrap” at a Texas scrapyard but had scrapped Connecticut license plates on it.
– The explosive device that failed to detonate was comprised of two three propane tanks, two jerry cans of gasoline, some commercial-grade fireworks, two clock timers and a metal box with contents as yet unknown two hundred pounds of fertilizer. (AP: NYPD: Video has possible SUV bomb suspect in alley)
– There seems to be an attempt by some in the media to minimize the seriousness of the event by pointing to the jury-rigged nature of the bomb and the fact that propane tanks were the apparent main power of the device. While we can thank God it didn’t go off and that it wasn’t some huge bomb as Muslim fascists used when they almost took down the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993 – the device could have killed or injured many people on a Saturday night in crowded Times Square. Anyone doubting that should do a little research on “bleve” (boiling liquid expanding vapour explosion) with only a single BBQ propane tank.
Here’s what the Commissioner of Police had to say… “We were lucky it didn’t detonate,” the New York police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, told a press conference. “In my judgment, it would have caused casualties, a significant fireball. I’m told the vehicle would have been cut in half.”
For me, the words “Vehicle would have been cut in half” while parked at the Times Square Marriott as the Saturday night crowds walked by illustrates that this could have or would have caused injuries or deaths.
– The Pakistan Taliban allegedly claimed responsibility on a jihadist website, but this often happens even when a suspicious event is later proven to not have been terrorist related (ie: the huge power shutdown on the eastern USA a while back).
– That’s what we see in the news at this time. No doubt our readers will fill in other pieces or make corrections as the news develops. Some BFP bashers in the comments section seem to take great delight that once BFP posted our story we weren’t on hand to update it with new developments every hour. Hey… if ya want minute by minute news turn on the satellite tv!
Here is our original story as posted shortly after the first reports Saturday night…
Car bomb fails to detonate in New York City’s theater district
Times Square in New York was evacuated on Saturday evening after two female police officers confronted a man who was trying to detonate a car bomb. The man escaped into the Times Square crowds as a flash and smoke were erupted from the rear of a parked Pathfinder SUV – later determined to have been stolen. The police bomb squad eventually used a robot to defuse an explosive device consisting of propane tanks, unknown powder (identified as gunpowder in some news reports), gasoline cans and an attached electronic device with burned wires.
The most recent reports (3am Sunday May 2, 2010) indicate that the wires were somehow connected to the nearby Marriott Hotel. (NY Daily News: Cops stop Times Square car bomb from detonating; Robot finds gun powder, wires in car)
Odds are this was another Muslim Terror attack
Although the authorities aren’t publicly speculating on the motive for the car bomb in the crowded theater district at 45th Street and Broadway on a Saturday evening, you can bet that Muslim fascists are #1 on the list of suspects, and rightly so. Could the suspect have another motivation? Could it be a rogue Catholic priest or misunderstander of Seventh Day Adventism? Attempted suicide terror by a de-frocked Baptist preacher?
Let’s just say that I wouldn’t bet on anything but Muslim fascists. I might be wrong, but I wouldn’t bet against it.
For those who have been sleeping since 9/11, here’s a very partial list of US-based Misunderstanders of the peaceful nature of Islam…
Courtesy of Jihad Watch and the New York Daily News…
Even a partial inventory of attempted attacks by radicalized Muslims on these (United States) shores puts the threat into terrifying perspective:
Jose Padilla, arrested in 2002 as the so-called dirty bomber, was convicted of conspiring with Islamic terrorists.
The Lackawanna Six – Sahim Alwan, Faysal Galab, Shafal Mosed, Yasein Taher, Yahya Goba and Mukhtar al-Bakri – were busted in 2002 and convicted of aiding Osama Bin Laden.
Ohio truck driver Iyman Faris was charged in 2003 with conspiring to topple the Brooklyn Bridge. He was sentenced to 20 years.
Eleven men, known as the Virginia jihad network, were charged in 2003 with planning to train at terrorist camps. Nine were U.S. citizens. They were sentenced to prison.
U.S. citizen James Elshafay admitted plotting in 2004 to blow up the Herald Square station.
Yassin Araf and Mohmmad Hossein were arrested in Albany in 2004 for trying to buy a grenade launcher to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat. They got 15 years.
U.S. citizens Umer Hayat and Hamid Hayat, his son, were arrested in California in 2005 after lying to the FBI about Hamid’s attendance at an Al Qaeda training camp. They were convicted.
Four members of terror cell Jam’iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh were charged in 2005 with conspiring to attack the Los Angeles airport. Three went to prison, one to a mental facility.
Michael Reynolds was busted in 2005 for plotting to blow up a Wyoming natural-gas refinery. He was sentenced to 30 years.
Syed Haaris Ahmed, a Pakistani, and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, an American of Bangladeshi descent, were charged in 2006 with conspiring to make videos for extremists. They were convicted.
Seven men, including five U.S. citizens, were charged in 2006 with conspiring to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower. Six were convicted.
Former U.S. sailor Hassan Abujihaad was accused in 2007 of giving locations of Navy ships to a group that supports terrorists. He got 10 years.
Six New Jersey men were imprisoned in a 2007 conspiracy to attack Fort Dix.
An American and three others allegedly plotted to bomb fuel lines at JFK. They await trial.
Christopher Paul, a U.S. citizen, was arrested in 2008 for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against U.S. and European targets. He got 20 years.
Four men were charged in 2009 with plotting to bomb Bronx synagogues. They await trial.
Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a Jordanian living in Dallas, was charged in 2009 with trying to car-bomb an office tower.
Michael Finton of Illinois was busted in 2009 in a courthouse bomb plot inspired by American Taliban John Walker Lindh.
Bryant Neal Vinas of Long Island was busted in 2009 for allegedly giving Al Qaeda information on the subways and Long Island Rail Road.
Brooklyn-born Betim Kaziu was charged in 2009 with trying to join an Al Qaeda affiliate in hope of killing U.S. troops.
Twelve Americans were indicted in 2009 for allegedly supporting Al Shabaab, a terror group seeking to overthrow the Somali government.
Colleen LaRose, aka Jihad Jane, was charged this year with plotting to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had depicted the Prophet Mohammed.
Sharif Mobley, a 26-year-old New Jersey man, was arrested in March in a roundup of Al Qaeda suspects in Yemen.
Zazi admitted he and pals planned to suicide-bomb Grand Central and Times Square subways….
Hmmm. What do all those people have in common? What, oh, what, could it be?