NYC’s police commissioner says there is nothing to this. And certainly jihadis have in the past claimed responsibility for disasters in the U.S. that they probably had nothing to do with — the big East Coast blackout a few years ago was one of these. Still, there is no reason why the Pakistani Taliban couldn’t pull off something in New York City, or try to do so. What exactly would stop them? “Pakistani Taliban Claims Responsibility, Reports Claim: Times Square Bomb Plot Revenge, Group Says,” by Adrian Carraquillo for MYFOXNY.com, May 2:
MYFOXNY.COM – New York City’s police commissioner says there’s no evidence of a Taliban link to a failed bomb found in an SUV parked in Times Square but sad he couldn’t rule them out.
Fox 5 reported Sunday that the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bomb plot.
According to Fox News, in a 1 minute video allegedly released by the Pakistani Taliban, the group says the attack is revenge for the death of its leader Baitullah Mehsud and the recent killings of the top leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq.
Images of the slain militants are shown as an unidentified voice recites the message. English subtitles are at the bottom of the screen.
According to the AP, an unidentified speaker on the tape also says the attack comes in response to American “interference and terrorism in Muslim Countries, especially in Pakistan.”
The claim could not be immediately confirmed andhe [sic] tape makes no specific reference to the attack nor does it mention that it was a car bomb or that it took place in New York City.
A text in gold letters on a black background at the start of the video congratulates Muslims for the “jaw-breaking blow to Satan’s USA.” As the speaker recites the message, images of the slain militants referred to flash across the screen. English subtitles are provided at the bottom of the screen.
The video was uncovered Sunday by SITE, which monitors militant websites and has been accurate with such militant claims in the past….
According to the New York Times, a 911 call on Sunday morning warned that the bomb plot was merely a diversion for a much bigger explosion that is set to happen at Times Square….