Thursday, May 13, 2010

Feds Arrest 3, Possibly Tied To Bomb Plot

O.K. So the times square Attempted bomber Was not acting alone ! (Possibly)
If the feds have picked these guys up , There is something there .

Federal authorities have arrested three New England men in connection with the attempted Times Square bombing, Fox News has learned.

FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Thursday morning executed search warrants in "several locations in the Northeast," a statement from ICE said.

At least two raids were in Boston suburbs, where two of the men were arrested. The third man was arrested in Maine, while search warrants related to the case were also executed in Camden County, N.J., and on Long Island in New York.

Attorney General Eric Holder said late Thursday that the three men are connected to Faisal Shahzad, the 30-year-old Connecticut man who allegedly drove a car bomb into Times Square on May 1. But, Holder said, the exact nature of those connections is still unclear.

"There's at least a basis to believe that one of the things that they did was provide him with funds," Holder said.

One source called the raids a "logical next step in the investigation," after gathering information from Shahzad and elsewhere.

The source said the New England men, all three from Pakistan, may have "unwittingly assisted in some capacity." In fact, the source said, Shahzad may have duped the men into providing money, but authorities are not ruling out anything at this point.

Authorities are looking at whether Shahzad may have used a "hawala" system to obtain funds for his bomb plot. According to the Justice Department, a "hawala" is an informal "value transfer system" in which money does not pass through the banking system. Instead, funds are transferred to an operator in one country, and corresponding funds, less any fees, are sent to recipients in another country.

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