Does New York’s Times Square Plot Make You Nervous To Visit DC’s Monuments?

Snatched off a plane heading from New York to Dubai, a Pakistan-born man admitted to rigging an SUV with a homemade device to explode in Times Square, federal official say.

Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Connecticut, spent five months in Pakistan, before returning home to build a crude gasoline and propane bomb, which officials say he tried to blow up in the middle of a busy Saturday evening.

Shahzad has been charged with terrorism and using weapons of mass destruction, after being hauled off a flight at Kennedy Airport on Monday night. He was on the federal no-fly list.

Customs and Border Protection agents were on the lookout for Shahzad, and they recognized his name on a passenger manifest and ordered the flight stopped so they could arrest him.

“Based on what we know so far, it is clear that this was a terrorist plot aimed at murdering Americans in one of the busiest places in our country,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

WTOP TALKBACK: If New York City is terror target number 1 in our country, Washington DC probably is 1A. So do this failed terror plot using a car bomb make you more nervous about visiting our tourist attractions?

Listen to my reports and let me know what you think!

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PUTTING ON MY PRODUCER’S HAT: Dimitri Sotis and Nathan Roberts spoke to James Carafano from the Heritage Foundation about this story.
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