Dubai-based TV station Al-Arabiya has aired an English-language video of the man arrested for an abortive bomb plot in New York's Times Square, and one thing is evident: He needs some serious work on presentation. Thirty year-old Faisal Shahzad, dressed in a black turban and clutching an AK-47 rifle which at times appeared poorly edited into the picture, fumbled through a crude news broadcast to explain that the gasoline and fireworks rigged to explode a SUV in Times Square on May 1 was "a revenge attack from—for all of the mujahideen (holy warriors), uh, and all the muhajireen (emigrants), and the weak and oppressed people of Muslims." He went on, unconvincingly, to cite names such as "uh, for example...Abu Musab al Zarqawi," the late al Qaeda head in Iraq.
Shahzad, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, repeatedly glanced down at notes out of sight as he told the camera: "With jihad, the basis of Islam can be enforced and the word of Allah and his religion will prevail...Abandoning jihad destroys the religion and puts Muslims in an insulting position as they get robbed of land and authority." Al Arabiya has claimed the full video is 40 minutes. The AP has provided a one-minute clip, seen below:
Though the NY Post reports that the video's authenticity cannot immediately be confirmed, this could be the first recording to link the May 1 bomb plot and al Qaeda. Shahzad was barely arrested on May 3, having already boarded a flight at New York's JFK airport; since then, he has been charged with international terrorism and is reportedly cooperating with authorities. Prior to his arrest, Shahzad resided in Connecticut and had just returned from a five-month trip to the Pakistani city of Peshawar, a recruiting hub for al Qaeda and the Taliban. Evidently, workshops for speaking lessons and Final Cut Pro weren't also being offered!