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On May 5th, NPR’s Morning Edition program featured an exchange about the naturalized U.S. citizen who’s been accused of attempting to detonate a car bomb in New York’s Times Square. It included the usual fuzzy speculation about what his motives could possibly have been:

MONTAGNE: And what do authorities say they know about why he allegedly did attempt to do this bombing?

TEMPLE-RASTON: Well, there’s [sic] still a lot of unknowns when it comes to this case. Remember, I mean basically it’s about three days old at this point, so we dont know Shahzad’s motive. I mean we know he lost his job. We know his house was in foreclosure, and that he’d taken his wife and family to Pakistan, just a short time after he became a naturalized citizen last year.

But what we dont know is did he return to Pakistan to get a fresh start after being here for 15 years, and then fall prey to terrorist groups who saw his citizenship as an easy way for him to come here and attack? Or did he actually go to Pakistan fully intending to come back to the U.S. and launch something like this? Thats still unclear. I think we’re going to find that out, however, in the coming days, cause he’s talking.

Kathleen’s ear was caught by this, so I’ll turn it over to her:

(From Kathleen):

I’ve been challenged for years about whether Theodore Kaczynski (the Unabomber) “wanted to get caught.” Before his execution in 2001, bomber Timothy McVeigh asserted that he’d deliberately left the rear license plate off the sedan he drove out of Oklahoma City, in order to provoke an arrest that would bring him public renown as having sparked a new American revolution. Just recently, a fellow former FBI agent wrote that he’d concluded from his analysis of Faisal Shahzad that this was another terrorist whose apparent sloppiness was deliberate, because he “wanted to get caught.” Read More→

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