May 4, 2010

Faisal Shahzad Timeline

Posted: 04:02 PM ET

Shahzad, 30, has a Karachi identification card - a document that shows Pakistani residency, and his family is from northwestern Pakistan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told CNN.  Malik was notified about Shahzad's arrest on Tuesday morning by the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, and said his government will cooperate in the investigation.


According to The Wall Street Journal, a law enforcement official says Shahzad was granted an F-1 student visa in 1998 and attended Southeastern University in Washington, D.C., before transferring to the University of Bridgeport.


Faisal Shahzad, attended the University of Bridgeport. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer applications and information systems in the fall of 2000.


According to the Wall Street Joural citing a law enforcement official, April, 2002, when he was granted an H1-B visa for skilled workers; he stayed in the U.S. for three years on that visa and gained an M.B.A. It is not clear what company sponsored the visa, which is used to attract workers with a “specialty occupation,” such as information technology.


The Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik tells CNN: Faisal Shahzad first went to the United States in 2003 on a student visa. He has been going back and forth between Pakistan and the Unites States many times since then". Malik also says, "Shahzad has been visiting Middle Eastern countries", but would not elaborate where and when. When asked if Shahazad had received training by militants in Pakistan, Malik said "we don't have such information at this point".


Documents from the civil division of Milford (Connecticut) Superior Court show that Faisal Shahzad, along with Huma Mian, purchased a home at 119 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton, Connecticut, on July 7, 2004. They took out a mortgage for $218,400 from Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp.


Shahzad received a master's of business administration in 2005 from University of Bridgeport.

October 2008

According to The Wall Street Journal citing an law enforcement official,  October 20, 2008, he reported his marriage to a woman he identified as Huma Asif Mian, an American citizen.

April 2009

Shahzad became a naturalized U.S. citizen on April 17, 2009, which aided investigators in the case.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement had his photo because of his fairly recent change in status, which investigators were able to take to the person who sold the Nissan Pathfinder sports utility vehicle used in the attempted bombing. The seller identified the man in the photo, Shahzad, as the person who bought the car.

Shahzad passed all the criminal and national security background checks required for citizenship, the Associated Press reported.

May 2009

In May 2009, the family lost their house to foreclosure and began "selling their belongings on Craigslist," according to local news channel WTNH 8.

June 2009

Shahzad has traveled to Dubai before:  from June 2, 2009 until his return to the United States on February 3, 2010. He received a secondary screening upon returning to the US. (((CNN has June 2009 departure date- but WSJ has June 2)))

July 2009

Brenda Thurman, who said she lived next door to Shahzad in Shelton, Connecticut, told CNN Tuesday that he was a quiet man who claimed to work on Wall Street in New York.  She explained that Shahzad, his wife, their two children and his wife's two sisters lived next to her for about three years, moving out in July of 2009.

September 2009

On September 21, 2009, the mortgage company began foreclosure proceedings. As of December 14, Shahzad and Mian owed $207,837.


Shahzad made international calls in recent weeks, according to a law enforcement official, who said there was not any derogatory information about the suspect in the system previously.

The Nissan Pathfinder had been sold three weeks before the incident in a cash deal with no paperwork exchanged, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN earlier Monday. The $1,800 deal was closed at a Connecticut shopping mall, where the buyer handed over the money and drove off, the source said.

Cell phone calls helped lead police to Shahzad, authorities said Tuesday. 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.

May 1-2, 2010

Pathfinder is found in Times Square Saturday night.

The Nissan Pathfinder had its vehicle identification number (VIN) removed from the dashboard. Police climbed under the SUV and retrieved the VIN from the bottom of its engine block. This, said the second official, led investigators to the registered owner of the vehicle and then to Shahzad who purchased the SUV.

May 3, 2010

FBI Deputy Director John Pistole said Tuesday that Shahzad was on the federal "no fly" list.

Shahzad made the reservation for his flight on his way to the airport.

Shahzad's purchase of a ticket from New York to Islamabad, Pakistan, with cash "flagged him" to the airline's staff at JFK International Airport, a senior official with Emirates airlines in Dubai told CNN Tuesday.  The official said the airline's staff regarded the purchase as unusual.

A law enforcement source said Shahzad was on board Emirates Flight 202 to Dubai

The jetway had just been pulled back from the aircraft and "they just caught him at the last second," a law enforcement official said.

Shahzad was on a plane that was about to depart New York's JFK International Airport for Pakistan via Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, when he was arrested at 11:45 p.m. ET Monday, a law enforcement official said.

An airline official said authorities removed three passengers from the plane, including Shahzad. The other two passengers were not allowed back on the flight, the official said.

The two passengers removed from an Emirates flight Monday night along with Shahzad have been cleared and released, a federal law enforcement source told CNN Tuesday.  They were on a flight to Dubai Tuesday, an Emirates airline official said.

It was 53 hours from start to finish of operation.

Shahzad was questioned before and after having his Miranda rights read to him, FBI Deputy Director John Pistole said Tuesday.

May 4, 2010

Early Tuesday morning, authorities searched a house in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in connection with the case.-CNN Bags of evidence, along with documents and computers, were removed from the home, believed to have belonged to Shahzad.-AP

A federal law enforcement official confirmed to CNN Tuesday that Shahzad was given his Miranda rights.

Investigators in Pakistan have arrested a number of suspects in the investigation into the failed car bombing in Times Square, a Pakistani intelligence source said Tuesday.

Shahzad will appear in federal court sometime after 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan said.  He is to appear before Magistrate Judge Kevin Fox at U.S. District Court.

Investigators have found a 9mm handgun with clips and ammunition in a vehicle that Shahzad is believed to have driven to the airport, a federal law enforcement source said Tuesday.  Authorities also found 15 bags of "standard green fertilizer" and flash powder in the trash outside Shahzad's Connecticut apartment, the source said.

Investigators have found a hand-drawn map, but it's not clear where it was found, a federal law enforcement official confirmed.  The official believes Faisal Shahzad "wasn't working alone."  But Shahzad claimed to investigators that he acted alone, a law enforcement official said.

Shahzad has been providing useful information since his arrest Monday night.

Holder said the Justice Department anticipates charging Shahzad with an "act of terrorism" and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, among other things.

Holder said Shahzad has admitted involvement in what authorities have now labeled an attempted terrorist attack.

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Smith in Oregon   May 4th, 2010 5:07 pm ET

It sounds increasingly obvious that Faisal Shahzad was actively under surveillance for sometime prior to him placing his propane tank (weapon of mass destruction) in the back of his SUV and leaving it near the South Park-Comedy Central Studio in Times Square.

Faisal Shahzad likely was on a very short tether resulting from recording his international phone call conversations.

Did the undercover surveillance team supply Faisal with faux explosive instructions and the M88 Salute Firecrackers?

Joe G. (Illinois)   May 4th, 2010 6:43 pm ET

Borak Obama companied about ending wars..
About being loved by every nation, tug and dictators alike.

If Borak Obama is still on the payroll, he should do more speeches… Even if means having to answer to the world for another ridiculous Nobel Peace Prize.

kimberly   May 4th, 2010 7:18 pm ET

The terrorists are ALREADY in the country,trying to exploding it.
All this security in the airport a joke.
Mr.Obama keep talking non sense speech to convince who??

Smith in Oregon   May 4th, 2010 7:41 pm ET

Faisal Shahzad was listed as a flight risk and obviously a federal agency had been previously tipped off about this man before he suddenly took it upon himself to drive a truck bomb to Times Square.

Likely his repeated overseas phone calls and trips to Pakistan had triggered the TSA alert and surveillance on this individual.

SO, why does it appear he was allowed to even board the international flight to Dubai? A TSA agent apparently became suspicious of this man because he paid in cash for his flight which 'supposedly' connected the dots on this man to those seeking him.

If this man was already on a flight risk LIST, why was he still allowed on the plane? UNLESS he had been on active surveillance all along and the federal agents were hoping to capture any and all accomplices connected to the Times Square truck bomb.

Al C   May 4th, 2010 8:45 pm ET

CNN's timeline appears to be providing the intelligence the terrorists needed from this attempt. Significant detail on how the investigation works and the minute details such as the existence of a hidden VIN number that the terrorists will be sure to catch next time. Please.....Consider the implications to national security, even if some official who is giddy about their success blabs details that compromise future use of current techniques. I also encourage you to challenge these officials when they get carried away with some of the details.

Hugh in California   May 4th, 2010 11:26 pm ET

@Joe "Gestapo" (Illinois),
You are constantly belittling President Obama with nothing but hot air; he is our Commander-In-Chief. You and so many of these so called patriots and tea-baggers need a check up from the neck up - and probably the waistline as well! "Soldier, what is your major malfunction!"

Faiz   May 5th, 2010 6:46 am ET

Earlier authorities said taliban is behind this heinous act and now its an individual act(too much contradiction).
Its unbelievable that individual did it and roamed with pistol through airport.
Its fabricated case in order to obtain certain objectives of vested interest.

Sashi   May 5th, 2010 1:35 pm ET


Why can't Home Land security at International airport terminals scrutinize and interrogate people travelling to or travelling from Pakistan / Afghanistan regardless of nationality, position, rank etc. VISA stamps, entry stamps , exit stamps from these countries can narrow down home grown sleeper agents.

MARCIA   May 6th, 2010 7:06 am ET

terrorism is a war against humanity peace. American is not the only country at risk but the whole world. we must all fight against this menace that is destroying our world. what America can do now,is to strengthen its security measures. they should not naturalize foreigners from all this Arab countries. they should see this terrorism as a war which can only be solved with war. Obama should act now.

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