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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Questions remained in the days after the arrest of the Times Square bombing suspect, who was captured only minutes before his plane was to take off for Dubai."]

Questions surface over Times Square investigation

(CNN) – Questions remained in the days following the dramatic arrest of the Times Square bombing suspect, who was captured only minutes before his plane was due to take off for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Faisal Shahzad was able to board Emirates Flight 202 late Monday despite being put on a no-fly list earlier in the day, but at the time of his ticket purchase, the airline had not refreshed its information so his name did not raise any red flags, a senior counterterrorism official said.

Authorities had tailed Shahzad throughout the day, but lost him before he arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he was ultimately arrested, the official said.

However, an FBI official responded that surveillance operations are designed with redundancies in place, and that agents had to avoid tipping off Shahzad that he was being followed. Read more

Children's medicine recall

If your kids have a cold or allergy right now, listen up. The Food and Drug Administration is slamming conditions at a factory that recalled Children's Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl. So just how safe is the medicine in your cabinet? We'll talk to a retired FDA consumer safety officer this morning. Read more

Make everyone an organ donor?

Every year in New York, 500 people die waiting for an organ transplant. One of our guests this morning is lucky she wasn't one of them. She was saved not once, but twice by donors. And her father hopes to save more lives by proposing a bill in the state assembly that would switch the organ donor system from "opt-in" to "opt-out." And that's creating quite a controversy.

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  1. Ernie

    So now the question is what is wrong with profiling? Don't want to hear that it is a racial thing cause it apparently is not.....all these up and coming terrorists are from one arena....they are little old ladies or men.....they all come from the one radical sect......

    May 6, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  2. sharon corner

    I agree with Alfie, stop telling the world what he did wrong, you are telling the next guy what NOT to do....the terrorists are going to use the CNN tapes as training tapes "what not to do."

    May 6, 2010 at 6:49 am |
  3. sharon corner

    To say the immigration law targets 40% of the baseball league is WRONG....if they are in this country legally. The law targets those that are here ILLEGALLY, the people who are getting the benefits of being in america, our medical care, our schools our welfare system, but aren't paying for taxes or anything else.
    Welcome to America, learn to speak english, become a citizen, pay your taxes and obey our laws.
    Sharon, Virginia

    May 6, 2010 at 6:37 am |
  4. Alfie

    Don't you think that broadcasting all of his mistakes simply serves as a training class for the next guy? Stop telling the world what he did wrong, and maybe the next guy won't get it right either! Reporting is one thing, aiding potential terrorists is something else entirely!

    May 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  5. karen Cummings

    organ donation is the gift of life.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  6. Renea

    Nashville, TN. was hit extremely hard with floods. CNN is not showing enough about it

    May 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  7. samuel blaise joseph ndiaye

    it's a good idea to try to pass this law, at least a lot of lives will be saved

    May 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  8. AnyatheGreat

    Dear CNN: Offshore banks are liquidating the United States and all other nations before our eyes and we are on the verge of an orchestrated collapse. Times Square bomber, like 'underwear bomber' and 'shoe bomber' is just the latest massively-hyped fed operation in the Problem-Reaction-Solution cycle that seeks to rob us of more liberties and keep us occupied and distracted while exponentially greater threats conspire and operate in the shadows.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  9. karen Cummings

    Tissue is under the heart on your license. Organ donation is the only acknowledgment of what that heart represents. If we educated people that the tissue industry should be separated from organ donation......people would be less fearful of being an organ donor. Anyone out there who knows the difference........let me know!

    May 5, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  10. MeLoN

    Not a pacifist.

    Just a realist.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  11. ronvan

    WE just do not learn from our history! WARS/Conflicts, whatever you call them, have always had innocents maimed or killed. The difference here is that the U.S. does not deliberatly target civilians. These low life, religious zealots kill anyone, even their own people!
    Bring ALL of our military home, stop invading all these two bit countries, and let them deal with their own problems! The excuse of it is in our "national security" is bull. Either we are the most powerful nation on the planet or we are not! Then make a world wide statement that if another terrorist attack is done in the U.S. that the results of providing support to these animals will result in wave after wave of bombs, including nukes!

    May 5, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  12. Randall of Texas

    How about at least $5 per share of BP shares! BP has 3.13 billion shares outstanding! Maybe $10 a share...

    May 5, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  13. al mackenzie

    There are very few permanent platforms. Most of them float. Few are actually secured to the ocean bed. The Hibernia platform in Newfoundland is one of the few that sit on the bottom of the ocean but the water is shallower there than in the Gulf.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  14. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    When I cruzed threw the Gulf in the 70's it was like floating threw a water city the oil rigs were lined up in great numbers with lights as far as you can see its amazing that this accident has not happend sooner .

    May 5, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  15. Sandra

    I personally think the organ donation process is a joke. If I decide to donate my organs my family will have to foot the bill for keeping my body alive in a hospital holding room while I'm prepared for transplant. If Richard Brodsky wants to change the system he should start by getting the insurance company or government to foot the bill for my generosity.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  16. Martin Hoade

    Everyone an organ donor?
    The state assumes ownership of your body by default. Just too creepy and too easy to drop the opt out later. Is Vincent Price running this?

    May 5, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  17. ken

    It sounds exciting to say a car packed with explosives was found in time square. The fact is there was no bomb, but rather an incindiary device which never would have exploded. If the car burned the nyc fire deapartment would have put the car fire out in 5 minutes. There are 37 thousand police officers in nyc and yet this car managed to come into nyc from connecticut filled to gas cans and gas grill tanks. The suspect who is on the no fly list managed to get on a plane. This just proves that spending billions on homeland security and having 37 thousand police officer in nyc does not make us any safer from terrorism. Hurray for the tee shirt vendor.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  18. Randall of Texas

    MeloN there is a place for you in my White House! I will make you assisyant to the Director in the Department of Peace and Pacifistic Change!

    I'd make you Director but we know that a Director can't get anything accomplished because of all the interviewing.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  19. MeLoN

    BP should be 100% responsible for the cost of the clean up and aftermath.

    Another reason the Government should push for alternative energy plans and ideas.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  20. Randall of Texas

    Baseball ceases being a game after High School Ken.

    If that had been my son the first question I'd want answer is "what was he thinking in wasting his money one watching prima donnas wasre electricty"?

    The thing with tasering him in front of those people would be a matter of him having the adverse reaction and die in front of all those women and children. ( I didn't see the incident)

    May 5, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  21. al mackenzie

    The taser victim should face the proper punishment for his crime. Being electrocuted for running onto the field at a baseball game is waaaaaaaaaaaay over the top. He should have been escorted out of the stadium along with a season-long ban. Death Row inmates get electrocuted. Big Brother has too much power if this is acceptable way to apprehend a petty offender.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  22. Tim McKnight


    Can we use fire fighting airplanes to scoop oil from the waters surface. They are used to scoop up water to fight fires, I think this addition to the clean up would help alot. I don't know where it would be safe to drop but if you used the helicopter with scoop and drop into containers... Just a thought, hate to see this many animals be effected.
    PS. Maybe time for regulation laws for oil driling, kinda like Norway...

    May 5, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  23. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I double checked it was a portable floating drilling rig which is a ship that moves from place to place drilling wells not a permanent platform .

    May 5, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  24. Randall of Texas

    Hold the phone MeloN! If BP balks and doesn't pay beyond the $75 million cap then let's you and me organize a BP boycott. Or probably get in behind the people in Louisiana in boycotting BP!

    How about BP paying 90% of the price of the a barrel of oil the day the leak is sealed for each barrel leaked.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  25. al mackenzie

    Ken? Would you shoot someone for tresspassing on your land? If the answer is yes then you have forgotten your sunday school lessons. Grow a heart and learn to use it.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  26. hemeon

    You know what would be real nic is to stop showing Shahzad's face every 5 minutes. You are just helping with his fame. But then again, CNN as moved away from news to tabloid TV.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  27. MeLoN

    So calling killing civilians "collateral damage" by Americans makes it better or makes them less dead. OK. I got it now.

    You ever think WHY those "people" plan attacks against the US and the Allies. Could it possibly be the decades of US aggression the same people? Where and how did this problem start? There will never be a solution till reality is forced upon people.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  28. al mackenzie

    Big Brother has been watching long before 9-11. The more secure you want your country the more intrusion into the private lives of it's citizens will occur. I dont think we should be so afraid and scared all the time. Soon it will be identity cards carried by all to be produced on demand. Checkpoints at every street corner. No state to state travel without a permit. Is that what the US wants? In the name of security? The cost to our personal freedoms is too high. All to stop 0.000001% of the population that might actually be a threat. Ridonculous!

    May 5, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  29. MeLoN

    Actually .. it was an oil rig PLATFORM.. not a ship.

    Google the story and see for yourself.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  30. al mackenzie

    Ok...time to move Nashville. About 100ft higher

    May 5, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  31. al mackenzie

    Politicians changed the rules to cap compensation from oil spills at 75 mill??? That is insane. Must have been some big campaign contributions to get that done. It seems oil companies are "too big to fail" as well. Big industry gets to pollute us all and not pay for it. Sweet deal if you can get it. Another prime example of the countries corporate citizens only looking out for themselves and screwing the country and it's people in the process.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  32. kiran

    I do too. The extent of the devastation is still not known but we all can see that this will have a major impact on the marine life there. So tragic.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  33. Robert Laracuente

    Oh... and one more thing.... where are the privacy advocates today? A US citizen was tracked down all the way to his seat in a plane to an international country, by use of several tracking means including surveillance cameras, and no one is crying BIG BROTHER! yet? Wow... so.... more surveillance doesn't keep us safer, or does it? I'm not sure anymore.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  34. Scott Stodden

    So we almost lost Faisal Shazad Huh? Don't you think this is getting to be a problem? First we have the underwear bomber trying to blow up a plane then we Mr Shazad trying to blow up Times Square I honestly think there's a breach in security. Maybe its true they didn't want to tip him off but what if he would've got away? Im thinking Janet Napolitano needs to get it together! Also its a shame that childrens medicine is being recalled so now what are they putting poisen in our medicine for children? I think the United States really needs to get a grip on things in this country because apparently we're not as safe as we thought we were or should be! I love American Morning and I watch everyday, John and Kiera are the best!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    May 5, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  35. MeLoN

    The Phoenix Suns should be disbanded as a NBA team.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  36. al mackenzie

    Wall Street is a private casino for rich people. There is no fairness nor moral compass involved in this casino. Rules seem to be few and have very small teeth. The house holds all the cards in that casino. I will stick to lotto tickets if I want to gamble from now on.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  37. Robert Laracuente

    Someone up there mentioned something about an "American Double Standard", sorry to say that someone willingly trying to kill dozens if not hundreds of people with a car bomb is not the same as people getting killed, sadly, as collateral damage in a war against the same folks who plan attacks against the US and their allies.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  38. Ramon R.

    I just wonder now that Faisal Shahzad told authorities that he took these lesson on how to make an explosive in Pakistan, If we will take the steps that needs to be taken to end this training camp?

    May 5, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  39. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Maybe if these people who attack us will wake up and realize that America will identify and hunt down any one who does or try's to do harm to us our country is aware of every little thing they sell and who buy's it .

    May 5, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  40. Ken

    If my son was on a ball field an got tased, I would give that cop a medal of honor for bringing some "shock" to ego maniac of a son

    What I say, "shock up and lockim" I say


    May 5, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  41. al mackenzie

    Oil wells experience large and unpredictable surges of pressure from time to time. The blow-out preventer is supposed to prevent this change in pressure from surging up the drill stem to the rig platform. The change in pressure from the well casing to the open air can be enough to ignite the oil and cause the fire. Or 1 small spark from colliding metal can set it off. It is a known hazard of drilling. Why the blow-out preventer didnt work is the buring question of the day

    May 5, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  42. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Whats so bad about these drugs are that the name brands cost three times as much as the generic and are more dangerous maybe they should rethink how important there name is .

    May 5, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  43. al mackenzie

    Rohm must resign? Why?

    May 5, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  44. al mackenzie

    I saw the report on the Gulf with the reporter in a boat at the edge of the oil slick. He indicated that the oil had been treated with a dispersant to break up the oil. The reporter stated that you could see small bubbles of oil going down into the water. How will the booms stop this dispersed oil from hitting the beaches if the dispersant breaks it up and allows it to sink below the level of the booms? You showed a sea turtle swimming in this dispersed oil. It died (presumed). Is using dispersants close to shore a good idea? Is using dispersants a good idea at all?

    May 5, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  45. Randall of Texas

    Any report yet on how Congress is going to redraw the fleecing maze of Wall Street. I am always interested in how these "richies" are going to steal off investors on paper as they sleep at night. Ripping of people is a past time for this den of New Yorkers.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  46. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Actually it it was a drilling ship that was anchored down it was not a permanent platform .

    May 5, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  47. al mackenzie

    The officer who tased the guy at the ballgame should be running a desk at best and fired at worst. If someone breaks a law or rule, should the authorities have the power to use "any means/force neccessary" to stop them? Tasers are not toys, and they are LETHAL. I think any officer who uses his taser should face the same inquest as an officer who uses his pistol. Canadian RCMP killed a man in Vancouver with a taser. The taser was used because he wouldnt calm down. Tasers are LETHAL!

    May 5, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  48. Randall of Texas

    Robert Kennedy, Jr. appeared recently on CNN and he detailed somewhat about the lawsuit he brought against BP on behalf of the fishing industry in that oil spill area! In the course of that interview he told of government deregulation in 2001 that allowed the oil drilling industry to remove a safety device in case of blowouts such as the one that happened to BP that would have prevented this disaster.

    He said that this safety device was still required in drilling offshore in the North Sea and some other large offshore drilling area.

    Will this interview ever be replayed or is the an "expert" not busy with the terroist investigation that can uncover anything to let the peons know what this safety device is that American offshore ventures no longer are required to have.

    The oil industry once supplied us with a President and Vice- President from Texas and Wyoming and I remember that Vice President telling American's that the War in Iraq would last 6 months.

    Rohm Emanuel must resign!

    May 5, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  49. MeLoN

    Americans are programmed to think that they can do no wrong and that they aren't required to take responsiblity for THEIR actions.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  50. Ramon R.

    I just feel bad for the sea animals that have to deal with this oil spill. How much of them will die from this? and will some of the sea life be extinct?

    May 5, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  51. al mackenzie

    If you harvest organs from "death row" inmates then we will have degraded our society to the level of the Chinese. People will find themselves charged with a crime and condemned to death so a wealthy friend of the judge can get your organs....bad idea.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  52. MeLoN

    It wasn't an OIL tanker .. it was an oil rig.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  53. Ramon R.

    Hey Daniel that shows how well our police and security on planes work in days... They need to be more cautious about these things

    May 5, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  54. Katie

    What caused the oil tanker to explode in the first place?

    May 5, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  55. DANIEL

    good jobs fbi and nyc police. what really i don't understand why he could go on the plane. I shouldn't of!!! But we got him!!! God bless!!

    May 5, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  56. MeLoN

    What's wrong with White Castle?

    May 5, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  57. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    If we can not contain this well then we need to bury it .

    May 5, 2010 at 7:26 am |
  58. paul f

    it appears that even the death penalty was not a deterent, however if he is found guilty the death penalty will insure that he doesn't ever have the opportunity to participate in another attempt

    May 5, 2010 at 7:26 am |
  59. Ramon R.

    Terrorist are like robots they are programed to serve Allah and will do whatever it is to get there 72 virgins...

    May 5, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  60. Ellie

    When you talk about protecting the Florida Keys from oil damage it's more than just tourism. The Fla Keys are home to the US's only LIVING coral barrier reef, a very delicate eco system.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  61. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    A five year probation period needs to apply for every newly documented immigrant .

    May 5, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  62. svn seven

    concerning further comments about the business named "white castle" STOP. unless you want further discussions about the history of this company, it is advised that further inane prattle using the name end. ~love, svn seven

    May 5, 2010 at 7:18 am |
  63. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    What steps are being taken to attack this training camp and closing it down .

    May 5, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  64. MeLoN

    Maybe this "terrorist" went off when he found out the American dream was just a scam when he lost his house, probably got scammed by a corrupt mortage company.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:07 am |
  65. Robert K Curtis

    No one should get "the death penalty" for anything. It is unnecessary and ineffective. Rehabilitation is always a real possibility. But in the US now we do not execute for attempted murder.... Vindictiveness should be seen as a character flaw.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  66. Ramon R.

    Our air ports need to be more on point on who boards on plains...

    May 5, 2010 at 7:04 am |
  67. MeLoN

    Example of double standards... somebody tries to kill Americans is a "terrorist" but Americans killing civilians in Pakistan aren't "terrorists" (by American standards).

    May 5, 2010 at 6:55 am |
  68. itsontv

    As a frequent flyer into JFK, it's disturbing that a person on the No-Fly List even got on board a plane. Fortunately it wasn't a tragic mistake.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  69. MeLoN

    There is probably at least one "terrorist" for each of the several hundred innocent civilians killed by American predator drones in Pakistan.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:46 am |
  70. Ramon R.

    Now it makes me wonder if terrorist attend my school... And if so will they end up trying the commit the same action as psycho dude tried to commit?

    May 5, 2010 at 6:46 am |
  71. Ivo

    I think it's safe to assume there are many more like him waiting in the wings for their number to come up and their [real] mission to begin.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:42 am |
  72. MeLoN

    America will never learn that hypocrisy and double standards are the root cause of terrorism.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  73. Bob H- of Ann Arbor

    The recent bombing attempt in Times Square and the situation with the Euro show the need to connect financial reform to national security. A goal of Al Qaeda is to destroy the U.S. economically and financial manipulation ruins national economies. A banking institution can male a country vulnerable by its gambling.
    Your tracker of the morning of May 5 stated that NYC's economy was not affected by the bombing attempt. This is only on the surface. Just compare what even a failed attempt costs U.S. governments to what it costs a terrorist group to launch one. Our banking system must see their operations as part of national security given the global climate so that we can afford to protect ourselves.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:30 am |
  74. MeLoN

    Why not attempt to deal with the root cause of what causes people to want to kill Americans?

    It's just easier to blame the "terrorist" than face reality.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  75. Joshua Wertheim

    I'm glad the cops tasered that guy for running onto the field during yesterday's Phillies game. Next time some jerk thinks of doing that, maybe he or she will think twice about it. Or, perhaps not – I'm sure some idiot will still think that 50,000 watts to the ass is a fair exchange for 15 minutes of fame. Now, I'm sure some lawyer will make MLB put a warning on game tickets saying that fans may be subject to electrocution if they break the rules.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:23 am |
  76. Ramon R.

    this kind of People needs long prison term and to send A clear message to others back home A price has to be paid for the ridiculous actions they try to commit. Thank God it did not go off as we would have lost all information in the blast,

    May 5, 2010 at 6:22 am |
  77. MeLoN

    Censorship in part of the problem with terrorism, isn't it?

    May 5, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  78. john doe

    Organ donor's, Hmmm, Take the prisoners on death row or who are really not right, have the doctors seach for what they need then enforce the death penatly, gives a new meaning to "LIFE SENTENCE" I call this "body cropping"!!! Think it over!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 6:18 am |
  79. MeLoN

    Don't tase me BRO!

    May 5, 2010 at 6:10 am |
  80. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:07 am |
  81. Dana E.

    Shahzad should definately get the death penalty. Thats it. Thats all.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:04 am |