Federal investigators on Sunday linked the Taliban in Pakistan to the failed car bombing in Manhattan's Times Square, as top U.S. officials pressed the Pakistani government to intensify its fight against terror groups in the region.
In Pakistan, a suspected U.S. missile strike killed 10 people in a militant stronghold near where Times Square suspect Faisal Shahzad claimed to have received bombmaking training, two Pakistani intelligence officials told the Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.
Attorney General Eric Holder and White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, in TV interviews Sunday, said new evidence tied Shahzad to top leaders of the Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a close ally of al-Qaeda.
"We've now developed evidence that shows that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack," Holder said on ABC's This Week. "We know that they helped facilitate it; we know that they probably helped finance it."
Brennan, speaking on Fox News Sunday, said that Shahzad had "extensive interaction with the TTP."
The statements represent the first public assertions that Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, was backed by an organized terror group and did not act alone.
Any third grader immediately knew this.
Unfortunately, our "leaders" initially went looking for angry white middle aged male tea party supporters.
Of course, this could partially explain why they're angry.