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A U.S. citizen has been arrested in the failed Times Square bomb plot, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday. Officials say he was boarding a flight to Dubai.

A U.S. citizen has been arrested in the failed Times Square bomb plot, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday. Officials say he was boarding a flight to Dubai.

BREAKING NEWS: Times Square bomb suspect arrested trying to board flight

(CNN) – A U.S. citizen has been arrested in the Times Square bombing probe, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced early Tuesday.

Faisal Shahzad, 30, was arrested at JFK airport in New York late Monday as he prepared to board a flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Holder said. However, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said Shahzad had already boarded the Dubai-bound flight before being arrested and was being questioned overnight.

"It is clear the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," Holder said. "We will not rest until we bring everyone responsible to justice."

Shahzad will appear in Manhattan federal court Tuesday to face formal charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said.

Law enforcement officials said the suspect is the person who bought the Nissan Pathfinder used in the bombing attempt. Read more

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  1. Roland Ortega

    In this country we have developed a cancer that has been growing both domestically and imported from various countries in the world. this cancer is terrorism. I believe that the bush administration opened up a can of worms when they went into Iraq to remove it's dictator to prosecute him for war crimes and then execute him. If that administration would have never gone into Iraq we would not have this terrorism problem in this country.we were safe until they sturred up the waters.This is just another of George W. Bush's legacies gone wrong.Now that he woke up the sleeping giants all around the world we have to brace ourselves for whats comming. You can't stop terrorism from happening because it is not categorized as conventional warfare it is extremely unconventional. Because of this fact you can not predict it, you can not stop it, you can only look for sighns that it might possibly happen. But to do so you need highly trained professionals that know what to look for but unfortunately you don't have these highly trained professionals because they cost money to train and uncle sam won't foot the bill. Infact they won't foot the bill for anything we have to foot the bill for everything and foot it unwillingly we have no choice in the matter it is not an option but forced upon us.If you want to diminish terrorism you must dam up the flood gates of immigration and close all the borders
    That is how you diminish it .you won't stop it because you still have domestic terrorism to deal with. You stop domestic terrorism by searching out cells already located within our borders and arresting and putting on trial these domestic terrorist and then punishing them so they won't try to terrorise this country again.

    May 6, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  2. Jessica

    I am extremely upset with the lack of coverage of the Nashville floods this week. The BP oil spill and terror plot have gotten 99% of news coverage, and it makes you wonder if it's because the government has so much involvement in both of these matters. 28 people lost their lives in the floods...10 in the immediate Nashville area. Lives lost, homes destroyed, businesses gone. And because Nashville isn't standing with their hand out playing the victim role, we aren't getting any coverage to let people know just how bad things are here. It's shameful.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  3. nancy

    MeLoN May 4th, 2010 8:56 am ET ~~ SAID ~~

    "Maybe this "terrorist" was just an immigrant that found out the American dream was just a scam when he lost his house. ifthat's the case there are millions of homegrown "terrorists" in the country now."

    PULLLEEEZE ~~ get your facts straight.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  4. nancy

    Yup, let's make all these crazies citizens!

    May 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  5. ME TOO

    Hey, I have suspicious next door neighbors too.
    What ARE the warning signs??
    Since terrorists are living among us,
    do we just give them the evil eye??

    May 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  6. Elaine Lowe

    Where did the terror suspect go when he left the SUV

    May 4, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  7. Richard

    It appears that these terrorists attacks are scheduled to fit a US events and/or customs in order to conjure up memories. The successful attack happen on September 11th. Hence 911 which is our emergency phone number. Another attack was the "Christmas Day Bomber" which was tied to a national/international holiday.
    This latest event happened on May 1, 2010 (05/01/10) Remove the zeros and you have 511.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  8. Deborah

    Very curious to know what Shahzad did for a living, how was he able to spend such long periods of time away from the US I know someone who is married to a Pakistani-American who also spends long periods away from home, with no real good excuse and who doesn't work What are the warning signs people can be aware of to spot such suspicious behaviour?

    May 4, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  9. reene

    How come you don't hear about the American drones that kill innocent pakistan citizens over there. Why is it all about people killing Americans ,when your over in their countries killing them. Maybe its time to come back home where we belong and let them fight amongst each other like they have since the beginning of time. We should protect our borders in our countries not from their country where we don't belong.
    You have your own borders to protect on your own land apparently near Mexico.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  10. Randall of Texas

    Goldman Sachs is so happy that their case isn't receiving news coverage as is the Senate that their debate on Wall Street reformation and regulation.

    BP has to be glad that millions in the world aen't hearing ongoing news of their huge oil mishap and the 27 dead in the southeast flooding go an umstory by the editoral-producers decision to overkill. Are any of these guys thick?

    May 4, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  11. MeLoN

    Maybe this "terrorist" was just an immigrant that found out the American dream was just a scam when he lost his house. ifthat's the case there are millions of homegrown "terrorists" in the country now.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  12. Danny

    Ever since the start of this event my wife and I were waiting for the news of a suspect being caught and it appears now that has happened and fot that we are glad. The downside to this is the fact that you the media report facts but if terrorists want to learn anything all they need to do is watch your broadcast. I think it is time to stop making it easier for these people to hurt Americans by witholding some of what is uncovered.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  13. al mackenzie

    Good for BP to pay for the clean up in the Gulf. It looked like they were going to hide behind legaleze and make it all TransOcean's problem. Finally, a decent corporate citizen. Too bad Exxon didnt follow the same model when it came to the Exxon Valdez spill. Money rules and people mean nothing to Exxon.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  14. Ccollies

    What I would like to know is how long did Shahzad have to wait to become a naturalized U.S. citizen???? In that time period how much time did Immigration spend researching his background?

    We were lucky he was not suicide bomber because he surely would have succeeded in blowing up Times Square!

    May 4, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  15. DC Hayes

    What does it say about our country where you get scrutinized and investigated more when applying for a loan or credit card than you do when applying for citizenship?

    May 4, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  16. Mac Christy

    What is wrong with you news people? You are so interested in getting it first, but make so many errors. Yesterday the car owner was a 40 year old white male. WRONG! But the bigger problem is almost giving the terrorists a report card. OH! You are aren't as smart as thought. Here is where you went wrong–and they tell what mistakes they made and tell them how to get it right next time. I don't think this stuff should be arm chair quarterbacked as it is National Security. Report that there was an attempted car bomb in Times Square, but it was foiled. Do not give the details of our Intelligence workings, so that it will continue to protect us. This is so crazy that your station has spent two days hashing and rehashing this story to death. In the mean time there has been disasters in storms and floods–with deaths and destruction all over the mid-South! That is America's story and what we want to hear about. The other stuff should be reported, but as I said protected–so our intelligence and other plans to protect us will still work tomorrow. I am disgusted with our news coverage as they have their priorities all wrong and the "get it first here" their motto and creed. I don't know, if many agree with me, but I am throwing my idea out there. When I played football, I never gave the other team my next play. The same thing kind iof goes here. We have to keep it all together to try to win this war of terrorism and nerves! Thanks! Mac

    May 4, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  17. Eugene Finkelstein

    I don't hear a thing about where he got all his money from. The old adage "Follow the money" must apply here someplace. Did he have a job? Where did all his cash come from? Where is the rest of his family?

    May 4, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  18. Paul

    I give praise to the law inforcement people. But the real hero was the fenders that reported the van. I cant understand with all the police in the time square aera where were they that they could not spot a van with lights flashing and motor running. The venders were the real hero's. The should be given the key's to the city or some kind od=f medel

    May 4, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  19. Jill

    Thanks for the thorough coverage of this issue. I often surf between several channels for the am news, though more and more stay put on your channel, especially today, as you are giving this issue the in depth analysis and coverage I am looking for.
    Where is the White House response, to this as well as the flooding?
    Any additional details how the suspect became a naturalized citizen etc?
    Thanks for your coverage of this, as well as the professionalism of the show.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  20. james keel

    Is there more working with him? It might be a decoy for something else. We need to tighten security. Think about our land and we need to be safe. We need to seal up gaps. I know we can be stronger. We know what's going on we know there are people here. They have the supplies. If the unibomber our own citizen can do it imagine what terrorist can do. James Keel

    May 4, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  21. john doe

    There is no terrorism, only terror is that one can cause!!! We must try to get these people to understand that this kind of action will not scare "us" or be tolerated!!! Hang him out to dry!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  22. MeLoN

    Americans being targeted isn't BUSH's fault .. not is it Obama's fault. It is the fault decades of a failed US policy. Get a clue. can't keep treating people the way US does and not expect something in return. Americans have to realize that they aren't God's gift to mankind.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  23. MareMom55

    Phila has a big angry muslim population. WHY does our nation let so many arabs become naturalized citizens? The arab muslims I encounter in healthcare are not happy to be here and do not plan to Americanize. Stop giving arabs green cards. Arabs traveling to the middle east must be watched every day every hour. Make them wait for plane tickets and jump through hoops to come here. I am sick of media spin on every story that comes to light. Mr Obama did not encourage terrorism or delay investigation. Report the real story. How many of these muslim creeps are here? How easy is it for them to come to America. Deportation, investigation and delayed citizenship is the way to treat these people.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  24. Margaret

    Just happened to catch an individual stating with great dramatic emphasis: " ...A complete loan wolf..." What is wrong with you? Nobody knows yet whether this Faisal is "a loan wolf" or not. The bias and mis-information from CNN is astounding and disgraceful.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  25. al mackenzie

    Yeah...too much coverage of the same facts...over and over and over again. Get a story together...present it....move on! The constant coverage of nothing new is driving me to the weather channel.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  26. Randall of Texas

    No offense to any of the citizens of New York City but I wouldn't go there if I were the Mayor of the City!

    Which brings up the question of why was Mayor Bloomberg doing at the White House Press dinner? There is no, I repeat no correct answer. The answers will allow detective answers to what is wrong with America's policies!

    May 4, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  27. kiran

    You are right Frank. I misspoke. They are M-80s illegal fireworks.
    thanks for pointing that out!

    also: Bob... it is my understanding that fireworks are indeed legal in PA with some stipulations. You can purchase them if you are a PA resident. However, certain fireworks need a permit to be used in PA. Those that need a permit cannot be purchased by a PA resident without a permit, but they may be purchased by out of state residents. The logic is that people who are buying from out of state may be able to legal use without a permit in another state.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  28. al mackenzie

    Bush was the last US president to start an unneccessary war in Iraq. Yeah...its his fault. He created the insurgency in Iraq and created allies for Osama bin Ladin.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  29. mary mckinney

    I am wondering if this might be related to the attempted bombing of the skyscraper in downtown dallas 60 story glass office building at the fountain place in 09/24/09. It was a jordanian citizen Hosam Maher Husein Smadi 19 that was arrested where undercover fbi agent was setting him up with a suv full of explosives.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  30. Len Ostanek

    Has Faisel Shahzad been identified as the man changing his shirt on the surveilance video on Times Square?

    May 4, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  31. Solvo Sermo Vindex

    @Jim you seriously think that if we pulled all our troops home from other countries these people will stop attacking us?? I mean come on there was a threat on some cartoonist lives because they dared to put muhammad in a bear suit. That had nothing to do with us being over seas. Those people who made those threats are living right here in the U.S and telling US what we can an cant draw in our own country! When will their demands stop!? Why are we giving up for first amendment rights to appease terrorist??

    May 4, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  32. Solvo Sermo Vindex

    @Heather -he wasnt on the terror watchlist because people didnt know he was a terrrorist. He went to Pakistan to be trained in terrorism and came back planted the bomb and was going to head back. He was such a freshly new recruit he was not suspected yet of being a terrroist.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  33. Jim Schroeder Jr.

    This will never end until we remove ourselves from other countries where we are not wanted. We do not seem to be able to grasp that we are not welcome in these countries. To put it on a more personal level, you had better not come into my yard if I tell you not to. If you do there will be hell to pay. The same goes for these countries, and they do not want us there, and we will continue to pay a price.We have been in most of these countries since WWII. Enough is enough.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  34. Solvo Sermo Vindex

    @muslim- you know they have already investigated this guy and his sources and he is MUSLIM and GEE he is a terrorist. Stop trying to deflect the real problem here by blaming some mexican. Its NYC not Arizona and I havent known mexican terrorist whos M.O is using car bombs.
    We obviously have Islamic terrorist breeding and festering on our own land and we need to keep a sharp eye on them.
    I am sick and tired of Islamist facist thinking they are the master race. Muslims are not better than any other religion or non-religion here and they dont get special treatment that other religions and non-religions dont get here. The fact that some extremist muslim group can sit there and openenly on American soil threaten Matt and Treys life from South Park and get away with it is bad enough...but oh criticize the mulsim faith and its called hate. Hate is threatening to kill people, hate is cutting of peoples heads over a cartoon or bombing buildings. Criticism has nothing to do with hate and all to do with showing these extremist muslims we will not cower in fear and they will not tell us what we can and cannot do in this country because they have a few lunitics who are willing to kill people.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  35. Sonny R

    Here's a question, why didn't the gentleman who sold the car for cash call the authorities? Wasn't he suspicious of someone wanting a car without papers, or just interested in the money?

    May 4, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  36. Katie

    Is the person arrested the same person from the video yesterday that was headlined with "suspect?" Or was that person actually not related to the incident?

    May 4, 2010 at 7:57 am |
  37. Randall of Texas

    The entire purchase system in hard currency to Iraq is an entire farce. We should asset purchase. As example trade them so many aprtment complexes for so many barrels of oil. Provide training for their citizens while building this apartment complex. Barter fairly.

    The worst CIA covert action in the last 25 years was the removal of Gorbachev in Russia, He got it! The real value of Russia's raw resorces and the world it could develope for his people right down to grocery stores. If he and American Ambassador to Russia Robert Strauss had ever gotten together this world would have improved 100,000%!

    Ask yourself this! How many things have we built to improve the Palestinians rufegees?

    It isn't important that you believe in God nor if there is a God but rather that you believe and benefit from the story of God. 98% of Americans have benefitted from the story of God but the leaders and the Congress-people are not in the mold when the truth is forced to be revealed "where the rubber meets the road!

    May 4, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  38. Drew

    is anyone else tired of this terrorism crap. We cannot stop them. We cannot stop rag tag marijuana toting mexicans from crossing the border. If we cant stop that how can even think we are going to stop a homicidal terrorist. We need to wake up.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  39. William Sivill

    Your coverage of the event in Times Square and the subsequent investigation have highlighted two significant facts:

    1.)" Homeland Security" is a joke!. This is an agency that spends billions "strip searching" 9 year oldblond blue eyed girls in airports but fails to perform any real due diligence on individuals from Islamic countries.

    2) This agency is REACTIVE when PROACTIVITY is needed to provide real security.

    I am sure that over the next few days we will be subjected to endless interviews with and press conferences by over inflated federal egos bragging about how well the system worked. They will cite how rapidly they were able to arrest a suspect as evidence of a perfect system.

    A perfect system would PREVENT these events and keep these people from entering our country.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  40. MsAwldat

    What airline was this suspect deplaned from....

    May 4, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  41. Bob Anderson

    Your story about the attempted car bombing in New York has repeatedly stated that fireworks can be brought into New York from Pennsylvania where they are legal. Fireworks ARE NOT legal in Pennsylvania. They are in Ohio, but have never been legal in Pennsylvania.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:42 am |
  42. Arlene Leader

    I would rather not be as informed by the media if it meant we were not informing the terrorists of what we know about them. Put a tarp cover over the gathering evidence in Bridgeport !

    May 4, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  43. Frank

    Kiran keeps calling the firework that was used to try to ignite the explosives an "MD-88", that's a type of plane. The correct name of the firework that was used in this incident is an "M-80" which is a small red firework that produces a loud explosive bang when ignited.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  44. MeLoN

    Any terrorist attack against the US is self-inflicted – either by actions done upon others by the US or failure of the American people to realize the damage/casualties on other innocent peoples of the world by their Government actions.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  45. Randall of Texas

    Say "ks" try addressing the editor's and don't worry this constant repetetion on this terroist attempt has viewers scramling to local networks for updates on Tennessee area rains where lives have been lost and of course the oil spill took lives. The fortunate thing here in CNN's feature story and it looks like a 16 hour ongoing repot is there were no injuries or lives lost.

    It will continue through to Larry King live. If you count the re-runs it will go full circle around the clock. Yet the newscasters aren't calling the shots. Simply play-doh for the honchos.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  46. Joseph Nanashee

    This arrest shows thaT PROFILING WORKS! You don't look for pigs in the henhouse. This man (suspect) should recieve the death penalty since he could have killed or maimed hundreds except for the hand of God. Joe Nanashee

    May 4, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  47. spirit

    Enough is enough NY Suspected bomber has been caught. Going over and over the same news is ridiculous and a waste of time. There is other news happrning in this world lets here it.

    Like what is happening in Nashville?
    There has been anoter Eartquake in Chile–we need a update from there.
    What is happening with the oil spill?

    May 4, 2010 at 7:27 am |
  48. K.Hatt

    I thought once President Obama took office, there would be no more terrorsim. That is what we were told because it was all Bush's fault. Where is the left wing media or the left wing kooks now. Why are they not blaming Obama. Oh I know – it is Bush's fault.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  49. Ric

    I'm glad that the situation was resolved,now those conservative hipocrites like RUSSIN LIMPBRA/ SHAWN HANDLESSIY can't complain about. can you imagine what would have happened if this wasn't resolved?

    May 4, 2010 at 7:22 am |
  50. mike sey

    C'mon guys ,You spot a a car smoking, fizzing and popping at the curb and stop a passing policeman. Who wouldn't? Responsible, maybe- but Hero ? Stop the hyperventilating!

    May 4, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  51. Den Selby

    No one seems to be mentioning that a five-year continuous residency in the United States is necessary before a person can apply for naturalized citizenship.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  52. john doe

    Good job to everyone!!! Now, he wanted to hurt/kill American's, Hmmm, ask all New Yorker's to kill him!!! Remember the Twin towers!!! Fight back, they seem to want to hurt New York!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  53. Randall of Texas

    Way to go MeloN! I think you get it! American policy totally needs revamping. American policy in the Middle East has been driven by the oil companies and assisted by the Ivy League. A deadly combination these two have been.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:06 am |
  54. MeLoN

    Why not report on why Americans are targeted so much and how to fix THAT problem? I hate to think that my kids are targets because of what corrupt money grubbing politicians do or the corrupt double standard US foreign policy.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:04 am |
  55. ks

    I can't believe you all are seriously going to devote the ENTIRE show to one single topic. Stop trying to sensationalize everything. At this point it's all mostly pure speculation. There's nothing to report other than an arrest has been made. So what!

    Why not wait until there's actually something to talk about. Move on, there are other worthwhile things to talk about, everybody isn't obsessed with terrorism.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  56. jr

    the speculation over the times square bombing/bomber caper (just before the 6:54am break)needs editorial attention or, at least, adult supervision...slack, idle, uninformed kaffeklatch banter, lacking facts, context, historical savvy..."...fired up by some immam..." indeed...shallow stuff...looks like more of the same after the break...time to go (back to BBC radio).

    May 4, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  57. MeLoN

    Americans still acting like they are unprovoked innocent victims of terrorists. Get real Amercians. We are hardly innocent nor are we not responsible for what happens to us.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  58. Anne Grimm

    Everyone is calling the cop a hero. What about the street vendor who saw the SUV in the first place.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  59. Heather Tschopp

    What I would like to know is why was this mans name not on the manifest for the Emirates flight? How many terrorists have this airline allowed to come into our country unoticed? Maybe this airline has ties to terrorists. I hope to hear about investigations and actions taken against this airline for jepordizing the safety of the American people.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:46 am |
  60. Jon Lee

    Faisal Shazhad why do we not have a picture of him? He is on facebook. Please pull picture and see if it is man that was seen removing his shirt in Times Square video.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  61. Just an average guy

    Enough about the Times Square Story, atleast until the facts are all in,
    Lets look at the flooding and the Gulf.

    Since someone mentioned the CHRISTmas day bomber, here is a simple idea to end those Airplane and even ship attacks,

    Here's a solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners at the airports:

    Have a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any
    explosive or incendiary device you may have on you.

    It would be a win-win for everyone, and there would be none of this crap about
    racial profiling and this method would eliminate a long and expensive trial. Justice
    would be quick and swift. Case closed!

    This is so simple that it's brilliant. I can see it now: you're in the airport terminal and
    you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the
    PA system, "Attention stand...by passengers we now have a seat available on flight
    number..."

    May 4, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  62. Rocco Tricarico

    Kiran ... Yesterady I wrote you and John to express my feelings for the opening music used at 6:00 AM, explaining that the "Drums and Cymbals were harsh at that time of the morning".
    It was changed this morning ... for me ? Wow ! Thanks!
    A wonderful, familiar, but quiet and dignified sound ... leading in to 'CNN Breaking News'.
    Please don't change ... everyone here loved it, I know that, they kept on sleeping while I enjoyed my CNN Morning News !!!
    Say thanks to John when he gets back from "Fishing, or Flying"/
    Rocco

    May 4, 2010 at 6:36 am |
  63. Pat Reilly

    As a former NYS DMV Commissioner, I wonder why the car's title was not given to Shazad by the owner at the time of.
    sale–that should have been a red flag to the owner if he did not request it
    (you can't register a car without the
    title).

    Also, the SUV was parked on 45th between 7th and 8th not Broadway and 7th–I was on 44th St and Shubert Alley that evening.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:28 am |
  64. Ted

    Come on guys.....all that matters is that he was arrested. The constant questioning as to when and why so late is of little news importance and/ or relevance. Kudos to the investigative team and the citizen/s assisted in the arrest.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:27 am |
  65. Muslim

    Apparently the best exercise the media does is jumping to conclusions.

    This is what's called an investigation. In investigations, people of interest are questioned, sought after.

    We are not 3 days into the matter and already those in positions on power with something to gain from it, are crying international terrorism.

    The best thing the media can do is to report, don't editorialize or bring in opinion. If they're questioning a Mexican about this matter, just say that someone is being questioned.

    Previous examples of media hype:
    Christmas day "bomber": It was later revealed, through eyewitnesses, that he didn't have a passport nor doccumentation when he boarded the plane. In fact, someone had to convince the people at the airport that he was a Sudanese refugee.

    Don't formulate conclusion unless and until you have the whole story. This is what's called journalistic integrity.

    Although, there is much pressure put on the media to hype and spread fear of terrorism, much like was done about the Christmas day 'bomber'. After that, people like Michael Chertof with obvious conflict of interest problems, with the companies that manufacture them, started to promote the solution i.e., naked body scanners.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:17 am |
  66. MeLoN

    Targeting*

    May 4, 2010 at 6:15 am |
  67. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    Wanna stop "terrorists" from target Americans?

    Change US foreign policy that has allowed Americans to kill innocent women and children for nearly a century, stop imposing American double standards on the world, quit blindly supporting the terrorist state of Israel, stop acting like the wrongs America inflicts on the world isn't the root cause of most terrorism against America.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:08 am |
  68. Mehlanie S. Spears

    Please stop giving out info that helps terrorists, i.e. "they missed getting rid of the VIN# on the engine", "they deliberately allowed the plane to pull away from the jetway to see if there was a contact person on the plane that was also involved", etc.

    I also don't want your reporter to keep stating that they were the first on the scene - over and over and over.

    Too often the info given out only helps those who are doing wrong - criminals, terrorists, etc. Telling them what mistakes they made makes it more difficult to catch others who learn what mistakes helped others get caught and probably makes law enforcement and others want to wring your (and other news people's) necks.

    PLEASE STOP!!! Just give us some info and stop the "experts" you call upon (for their expertise) from giving out too much info also.

    Thank you.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:23 am |