No Trial for Times Square Car Bomb Suspect

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There will not be a trial for the would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. He pleaded guilty in a New York courtroom on Monday, and also promised more attacks would come.

His courtroom appearance was filled with chilling explanations of why he tried to kill Americans.

CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck appeared on the Tuesday, June 22 broadcast of The 700 Club to discuss more about Shahzad and the threats to the American homeland.

Click play to watch the interview. 

Defiant and unapologetic, Shahzad claimed to be "part of the answer to the U.S. terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people."

It was just one example in a string of anti-American statements made in federal court, where he pleaded guilty to 10 terrorism and weapons charges.

"I want to plead guilty," he told the judge. "And I'm going to plead guilty 100 times over."

In court, he revealed that it was not just one bomb, but three separate bombs he tried to detonate from his car in the middle of a busy Times Square on May 1.

The plot failed and police evacuated the area after a street vendor reported seeing smoke coming out of the SUV. Shahzad was arrested two days later on board a flight to Dubai.

"One has to understand where I'm coming from," he told the court. "I consider myself ... a Muslim soldier."

Shahzad, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, said he acted alone, admitting that he returned to Pakistan to receive weapons training from the Taliban - just three months after becoming an American citizen.

As for targeting civilians and even children, Shahzad suggested that when military drones strike in Afghanistan and Iraq, they don't discriminate.

"They kill women and children. They're killing all Muslims." he said.

After the plea, Attorney General Eric Holder said the American criminal justice system will make sure that Shahzad "will pay the price for his actions."

Shahzad sentencing is set for October 5.

Before the hearing concluded, Shahzad warned more attacks would continue against the U.S. until Americans get out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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