Bomber had planning and surveillance
CNN.com provides some frightening details surrounding the attempted Times Square bombing. According to this report, Faisal Shahzad, who pleaded guilty to the attempted attack on Times Square, also admitted that he had altered the composition of the bomb, its materials and structure to avoid detection. After what seems to be comprehensive surveillance on his part, Shahzad decided to substitute higher grade explosives for items that were "more readily available" on the consumer market. This action indicates surveillance, planning, contingency planning, and testing on the part of this would-be bomber. Interestingly, these steps, now obvious, are the same steps mainstream media outlets have stated would allow an attempt to be detected by officials...making it nearly impossible to carry out an attack."...the bomber decided to substitute higher grade explosives for items that were "more readily available" on the consumer market..."
The most disturbing facts here are that the targeting of a major hotel in a densely populated area on a Saturday night...the intent clearly to maximize casualties.
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