June 22, 2010
Faisal Shahzad has pleaded guilty to the attempted car bombing of Times Square car bomb “100 times,” calling himself a Muslim soldier and defiantly warning of more attacks on the United States.
Reading out a combative statement in court, the Pakistani-born American citizen showed no remorse as he pleaded guilty to all 10 charges, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and terrorism.
“I want to plead guilty 100 times because unless the US pulls out of Afghanistan and Iraq, until they stop drone strikes in Somalia, Pakistan, and Yemen, and stop attacking Muslim lands, we will attack the US and be out to get them,” he said, speaking in perfect English.
Asked by judge Miriam Cedarbaum why he tried to kill innocent Americans, 30-year-old Shahzad, who wore a white Muslim skullcap during the 90-minute proceedings, was unrepentant.
“Listen, you are attacking children with your drones in Afghanistan,” he said. “I would not consider what I did was a crime. I’m aware it’s a violation of the United States laws, but I don’t care for the laws of the United States.”