Holder: Pakistani Taliban Behind Times Square Plot

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder says the Pakistani Taliban was "intimately involved" in the failed Times Square bombing.

Holder says the Taliban in Pakistan "directed this plot." A U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, Faisal Shahzad is accused of spending five months in Pakistan before returning to the United States in February and preparing his attack.

Holder says the Taliban also planned and perhaps financed the plot. Shahzad's bomb failed to explode.

On CNN's "State of the Union," the White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser says authorities believe the accused bomber was working for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or "TTP." John Brennan says that's the militant group believed to be hiding senior al-Qaida leaders, including Osama bin Laden.

Meanwhile, the attorney general also says he believes there are constitutional problems with a proposal to take away the citizenship of Americans working for foreign terrorist organizations and of lone-wolf terrorists.

Bipartisan legislation on the citizenship question was introduced Thursday in both houses of Congress


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