White Male Sought in Times Square Car Bomb Attempt

Police are seeking a white male in his 40's in connection with yesterday's foiled Times Square car bomb.

Police investigating a failed car bomb left in Times Square have videotape of a possible suspect shedding clothing in an alley and putting it in a bag and found a substance that resembled fertilizer in the parked SUV, Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Sunday. The surveillance video shows a white man in his 40s taking off one shirt, revealing another underneath.

It was an "amateurish" device, according to New York's Mayor. The reports on the car's plates, which didn't match the vehicle, are conflicting. Some say the car's owner, who is apparently not a suspect, sent the plates to the junkyard. (Then wouldn't he still have the car or did he sell it? Did the driver steal the plates from the yard and put them on the Pathfinder he just bought, and if so, it shouldn't be hard to find the buyer. If he put plates on a stolen car, that's a bit trickier.) Others say the vehicle the plates were registered to was at the junkyard in the past few weeks. It's a bit confusing. Also not known: the motive or target of the Pathfinder driver.

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    White males are dangerous at (none / 0) (#1)
    by observed on Sun May 02, 2010 at 06:32:24 PM EST
    any age. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security just because some white guy is over 50.

    Good one, observed! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Zorba on Sun May 02, 2010 at 06:42:52 PM EST

    And what was the peaceful race? (none / 0) (#6)
    by observed on Sun May 02, 2010 at 09:43:05 PM EST
    Probably Neanderthals, judging by their place in history.

    the car and the plates (none / 0) (#3)
    by lawstudent on Sun May 02, 2010 at 08:32:19 PM EST
    My understanding is that the owner of the plates has been identified and interviewed...he sent the plates to a junkyard and is not a suspect.  The owner of the car has also been identified, but police have not yet questioned him.  At the moment, he is not a suspect.  And based on the other details of this story, I doubt the guy used his own car for this.

    But I thought the Pakistani Taliban was behind the (none / 0) (#5)
    by Dan the Man on Sun May 02, 2010 at 09:32:58 PM EST
    whole thing!  Question: will whether or not the white male perpetrator of this crime be held in solitary confinement and accused of terrorism depend on whether he's a Christian or Muslim?

    We don't know who is behind this (none / 0) (#7)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun May 02, 2010 at 10:48:47 PM EST
    And we could wait until we find out before we start snarking, couldn't we?

    At risk of causing myocardial infarction (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by Peter G on Sun May 02, 2010 at 11:22:17 PM EST
    throughout the TL community, I am going to say I agree with JimAKA on this one.

    LoL (none / 0) (#10)
    by squeaky on Sun May 02, 2010 at 11:29:34 PM EST
    Good one... Of course you are agreeing with jim for entirely different reasons..  

    Aw come on (none / 0) (#13)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon May 03, 2010 at 11:19:42 AM EST
    You are hurting both our reputations.

    Doesn't look foreign to me (none / 0) (#8)
    by nycstray on Sun May 02, 2010 at 11:09:33 PM EST
    It's very American. He used someone else's vehicle and plates and got out of harms way . . . ;)

    Panic! (none / 0) (#11)
    by DancingOpossum on Mon May 03, 2010 at 09:17:35 AM EST
    This morning I broke my normal pattern and actually tried to watch some news, but all I got was panicked reports of ATTACK ATTACK IS AMERICA SAFE TERRA TERRA TERRA EVERYBODY RUN!!! Talking heads wondering WILL WE EVER BE SAFE and Janet Napolitano basically saying, Well there's no need to panic BUT PANIC TERRA TERRA!!

    I'm getting to the point where I have zero interest in these events because I can't help but see them as suspiciously well-timed. Yep, that's me with the tinfoil beanie. All I know is, they never turn out to be actual real TERRA_ISTS!!!! and they always seem to happen just when our Dear Leaders are in need of a major way to distract the rabble.

    I have zero interest as well.... (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by kdog on Mon May 03, 2010 at 09:29:24 AM EST
    the sad fact that there are people among us with the desire to blow sh*t up just isn't news to me anymore...its a fact of life and a risk we all have no choice but to accept.  IOW, this is humanity, 21st Century Edition...get used to it.

    My concern is how we react to the people with a desire to blow sh*t up...and the blowing sh*t up I chip in 4 grand a year towards, thats a big concern.  If I gets blown up I gets blown up, but to be party to blowing sh*t up is just too much to bear sometimes.


    Just last month: (none / 0) (#14)
    by KeysDan on Mon May 03, 2010 at 01:42:19 PM EST
    Baghdad, April 4, a string of car bombings, 42 dead, 224 wounded; April 23, triple car bombings, 58 dead, hundreds wounded.

    tk out the washington post (none / 0) (#15)
    by Upstart Crow on Mon May 03, 2010 at 02:31:00 PM EST

    The administration is calling it terrorism now, with international links.


    Let me try that again. HERE (none / 0) (#16)
    by Upstart Crow on Mon May 03, 2010 at 02:32:38 PM EST