May 13, 2010
Two More Detained in Times Square Bombing ProbeTopics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam
[...] A federal law enforcement source says that the two people taken into custody for alleged immigration violations have no direct bearing on the Times Square investigation. The arrests are described as "collateral."Fox News is also reporting that the raids are not following the operational part of the failed bombing, rather the "money trail" that supported Faisal Shahzad. Fox also says that the authorities were seeking seven differnet people -- four of which have already been captured.
The two are from Pakistan, according to a U.S. official. One is a so-called "visa overstay." The other was in the process of being removed from the United States, but had not yet been ordered removed, as he was attempting to adjust his status so that he could stay.
Both were picked up in Massachusetts, the official said, but he did not have more specifics. Both are being processed in Boston, the official said.
[Updated at 11:41 a.m.] A source close to the investigation says the raids carried out this morning were focused on a system of "cash couriers" who bring money into the United States from overseas. Some of that money is thought to be made available to finance operations like the abortive Times Square attack. The source says the warrants for Thursday's raids came as a result of the investigation into the Times Square incident, but it has not been determined conclusively if the alleged courier system under investigation is tied to that plot.
The source says two individuals have been under surveillance at least since Wednesday, but could not confirm that they were the individuals arrested today. The source says there is no direct evidence linking those under surveillance to the courier system, but they are being investigated for possible links. The source adds that Faisal Shahzad continues to provide information to investigators.
Surely, more to come as the investigation unfolds. Meanwhile, only 11 Days after the failed VBIED at Times Square, the Obami are cutting NYC's anti-terror funding and redeploy the Coast Guard's Maritime Safety and Security Team in New York to Boston Harbor.
Are you feeling safer in New York now? How's all that hope and change workin' out for ya'!
Posted by Richard at May 13, 2010 11:45 AM
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