Times Square-bomberen Feisal Shahzad ble dømt til livsvarig tirsdag. Stadig avbrøt han dommeren for å levere religiøse statement om at han ville gjort det samme om igjen om han så hadde 1.000 liv.
Flere av utsagnene må ha virket dypt urovekkende på amerikanere, som fikk høre at eden han avla da han ble amerikansk statsborger ikke betød noenting. Den er menneskeskapt og som sådan uten verdi.
Amerikanerne hører stadig mer om hjemmeavlede terrorister. Her hadde de en rett foran seg.
After a federal judge declared that he would never leave prison, Shahzad smiled faintly, held up an index finger and declared, «Allah Akbar.»
U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum did not bother to review parole possibilities because she said there were none.
«You appear to be someone who was capable of education,» she said later, «and I do hope that you will spend some of the time in prison thinking carefully about whether the Koran wants you to kill lots of people.»
As he did throughout the half-hour sentencing, Shahzad, 31, interrupted her to press his religious viewpoint: «The Koran gives us the right to defend, and that’s what all I’m doing.»
On May 1, on a bustling corner of Broadway in the theater district, Shahzad parked an SUV loaded with three homemade bombs and tried to set them off. When his attempt fizzled, he returned by train to suburban Connecticut, where he’d been living off and on since he moved to America to attend college. Authorities tracked Shahzad through the vehicle and the keys he left dangling from the ignition, and two days later he was arrested at JFK International Airport aboard a plane that was about to take off for the Middle East.
At one point Tuesday, Cedarbaum asked whether Shahzad hadn’t taken an oath of allegiance to the United States when he became an American citizen a year before the bombing attempt.
«I did swear, but I did not mean it,» Shahzad said. «Human-made» laws, he elaborated, were corrupt and meant nothing to him because he abided by «sharia,» or Islamic law.
«I see,» the judge said, «You took a false oath?»
«Yes,» Shahzad said.
Shahzad’s beard and hair, spilling out from under a white prayer cap, had grown long and bushy since he last appeared in court in late June and announced his desire «to plead guilty 100 times over.» Again, Shahzad lectured the judge and a packed courtroom about his guilt: «If I am given 1,000 lives, I will sacrifice them all for the sake of Allah fighting this cause, defending our lands, making the word of Allah supreme over any religion or system.»
He went on to explain how Muslims would never accept having Western forces in their countries fighting on a «pretext for your democracy and freedom.» The past nine years of war, he said, had achieved nothing except to awaken Muslims to defend their «religion, people, honor and land.»
Failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad gets life in prison sentence
Pakistani militant Faisal Shahzad remains defiant at his sentencing for the May 1 failed bombing attempt in Times Square. He repeatedly interrupts the judge to press his Islamic views