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Times Square Investigation is ongoing, it is multi-faceted, and it is aggressive
U.S. Statement of Attorney General Eric Holder on the Times
May 4, 2010
Earlier this evening, Faisal Shahzad was arrested in connection
with the attempted car bombing in New York on Saturday. Mr. Shahzad,
an American citizen, was taken into custody at JFK Airport in
New York as he attempted to board a flight to Dubai.
Since this plot was first uncovered on Saturday night, the FBI,
prosecutors and intelligence lawyers in the National Security
Division of the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys Offices
in Manhattan and Connecticut, along with the NYPD have worked
night and day to find out who was responsible for what would
have been a deadly attack had it been successful. Over the course
of the day today, we have gathered significant additional evidence
that led to tonight’s arrest, which was made by agents
from Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border
This investigation is ongoing, as are our attempts to gather
useful intelligence, and we continue to pursue a number of leads.
But it’s clear that the intent behind this terrorist act
was to kill Americans.
FBI agents are working with their state and local counterparts
in New York, Connecticut and other jurisdictions to gather evidence
and intelligence related to this case. We are also coordinating
with other members of the President’s national security
team to ensure we use every resource available to the United
States to bring anyone responsible to justice.
We continue to gather leads in this investigation, and it’s
important that the American people remain vigilant. The vehicle
in Times Square was first noticed on Saturday by a citizen who
reported it to authorities, and, as always, any American who
notices suspicious activity should report it to the appropriate
law enforcement agencies.
This investigation is ongoing, it is multi-faceted, and it is
aggressive. As we move forward, we will focus on not just holding
those responsible for it accountable, but also on obtaining any
intelligence about terrorist organizations overseas.
Because of the fast-moving nature of this investigation, I am
not able to make any further information public at this time.
But the American people should know that we are deploying every
resource available, and we will not rest until we have brought
everyone responsible to justice.
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