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in that house. obviously they had lost him at that point. now, what the fbi says is that's right. we had a loose tail on him. we didn't want him to know we were there. that's what happens in the course of these things. sometimes you lose people for a while. for that reason, they say, they had asked customs and border protection to put him on a separate thing. this is not the no-fly list. it's a separate deal. a border watch list. frankly they were concerned he would get in his car and drive to canada. they wanted to make sure he was stopped at the border. that same list the same the cdp, customs and border patrol folks were looking at on every outbound flight, had started doing that at 11:00 monday morning. they noticed he was on united emirates airlines flight to dubai. that's why they pulled him off the plane. it's not the no-fly list as such. it's a separate deal. >> pete williams our justice correspondent today. there's an active organization overseas in faisal
shahzad's pakistan, dozens of people there rounded up, including several relatives of faisal. foreign correspondent richard engel there from islamabad. richard, what do we know about shahzad's pakistan connections given the fact he told authorities he received bomb-making training in wazirstan. >> he has an important pedigree in pakistan, i'm talking to a senior military retired general who knows the family. kae fr he came from one of the most important families in the military, his father was a advice air marshall and quite senior within the pakistani air force. so he was a well-known person here. people who knew where he lived, that he came back to visit quite often. he was a respected family man. he was not someone who was known for expressing extremist
religious views. howeverish the fo however, the focus of attention is on a visit faisal shahzad took last year, starting last summer, summer of 2009, and ending in the fall, the fall of 2010. it was during this visit he apparently made contact with several people with ties to extremist groups, one of them in karachi. this appears to have been his main contact, a person in e-mail contact in karachi, and then from there went on to wazirstan to apparently learn how to make bombs. >> richard engel, chief foreign correspondent in islamabad giving us a sense of how far this man's tentacles reached into the terror business in pakistan. thank you. attempted times square bombing attack is the subject of a hearing under way right now. senate security committee holding a hearing on ways to prevent terrorists from using guns to carry out attacks here
in the united states. new york city mayor michael bloomberg as well as police commissioner kelly are among those scheduled to testify. special agent congressman mike rogers is a republican from michigan, ranking member of the house subcommittee on terrorism, counter-terrorism, and human intelligence. congressman, thanks for joining us. >> peter, thanks for having me. it's an honor to be here. >> you've been critical of the obama administration's effort. you call the attempted bombing an sbl failure. what failed? >> the fact he was able to, a, drape in pakistan, arrive back to the united states, conspire with others to assemble materials for a bomb, obtain a vehicle, assemble the vehicle explosive device, get it to the place where they wanted it to be, and actually initiate the explosion of that device. thank god it didn't go off. but for that, we would have had
a major disaster in times square. that part was a failure. the fact that they quickly -- the law enforcement quickly engaged afterward to catch them, we saw some questions to answer there. that part worked fine. the problem is we have to be aggressive to catch him when he's in pakistan when he's getting on a plane from pakistan to the united states, not when he's getting on a plane after the event back to pakistan. that tells me we've got a lot to do. again, my concern is, listen, they cain. they made i think some political perspectives on certain collection activities that we used to be able to do that we can't do today. >> congressman, let me ask. you and i have discussed this topic in part. yesterday we spoke. part of what concerns you is this pattern of terror, as you've described it. ft. hood shooter, nadal hassan, botched christmas day underwear bomber as he's described. now the times square attack. describe what about that pattern is most concerning to you right
now. >> well, we've seen a switch in the al qaeda doctrine, if you will. this really is driven by at least through a gentleman named al awaki. preferable with a u.s. passport, u.s. citizens of some sort, radicalizing them and sending them on something -- still a lethal operation but not nearly as spectacular as flying planes into a building. that's a change for them. it's a change that we're going to have to deal with, which means things are happening faster. the footprint might be a little bit smaller. so we have to use everything in our arsenal. we see this pattern happening. you saw it on the christmas day bomber. you saw it on the ft. hood shooting. it all ties back to people who are training, recruiting, facilitating these operations in the united states. that makes them incredibly dangerous. again, we need to be very, very aggressive about stopping them
over there before they get here. >> congressman michael rogers from michigan. we appreciate you spending time with us. >> thanks for having me. >> breaking news we want to update you on. we've been telling you about this. there is rioting as we speak in greece. already it turned deadly. a fire broke out in an athens bank during a riot. three people we already know have been confirmed dead there. earlier today police in greece fired tear gas and flash bombs to try to stop the protesters there. take a look at video we're getting into the newsroom. 100,000 people taking the streets protesting harsh new spending cuts. an "associated press" reporter joining me on the phone from athens. if you would, take us there and give us a sense of exactly what you're seeing today? >> well, i've seen the worst chaos for a long time. there have been several protests since the financial crisis broke in greece. this is probably the most violent. obviously three people have
died. so that ratchets up the terrible aspect a lot. also, it's been the largest, about 100,000 people, which is one of the biggest in many years in athens, which is prone to demonstrations. there's been tear gas fired all over town. surprisingly there isn't all that much damage to stores and banks, but every single rubbish bin in the center is on fire. two buildings have been set fire. >> nicholas, to interrupt you briefly, can you, for our audience, who is not familiar exactly with what's happening in greece right now, can you boil down what anger is about, what the frustration is for these 100,000 plus protesters now gathering the streets of athens? >> it's a major financial crisis after years of overspending, lax care of public finances, came to the brink of bankruptcy.
they were forced to ask for 110 billion euros in foreign loans over the next few years. to secure those loans, the government committed to measure s. the worst hit people, 750,000, in a nation of 11 million people. >> nicholas paphitis, reporter from the "associated press" in athens. we appreciate your time. thank you. the cumberland river receding today giving recovery crews a chance to survey what is extensive damage to the city of nashville. if you haven't seen this, take a look at the pictures. power out through much of the historic downtown area where flooding caused this significant damage to the grand ole opry and reached the country music hall of fame and museum. 29 people died in kentucky,
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security committee. that is a live picture right now. expected to be heard from, commissioner kelly as well as mayor bloomberg. they will be among those testifying. this hearing was, in fact, scheduled before saturday's failed bomb attack in times square. you can bet that bombing effort will play front and center in the questioning we hear when that starts in the next few minutes. we'll try to get there live. if you are in the northeast or south, you're feeling warm and pretty happy. beautiful temperatures in the forecast today. look at that gorgeous new york 81, washington 82, atlanta, 85 degrees. midwest it's pretty much a different story. a storm system moving through the great lakes could produce heavy rain across the northern plains and upper mississippi valley. moving onto the morning rush right now, president obama closes in on a supreme court nominee to fill that seat vacated by justice john paul stevens. yesterday the judge interviewed
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an aerial tour of the massive oil slick. good weather today should allow crews to lay more of that protective boom to guard against the slick. weather permitting it will have a positive impact. correspondent mike taibbi live in biloxi, mississippi with the latest on this. these booms seem to be miles long. when the weather was bad they did almost nothing to stop the oil from moving past. >> reporter: that's absolutely right, peter. so far 40 miles laid out along the most vulnerable parts of the gulf where the oil is expected at the soonest point, two or three days away. the weather has been composed of offshore winds which will keep the slick from happening. it's moving this way, no question about it. containment, think about it, a four-sided cheese greater we're familiar with, only 95 tons, made of reinforced concrete and steel. drop it over the point of the leak, two leaks now. one of them at least, at that point draw up oil and gas, gas
burns off, oil collected. that's the theory. it's worked at shallower depths, never at one mile below the sea. that's what they are trying to do. it will be operational in two or three days perhaps, at the soonest, maybe as long as four or five days. at least there's hope for a fix and the weather is cooperating at this point. peter. mika lot of anger we've seen over the past several days among the fishermen, idle fishermen provided opportunities to work for bp to clean up, put out boom, to do whatever they need. has any of that tempered down at this point? one of the concerns was it would be deferred pay. these men and women need money now. >> deferred pay, they have to sign hold harmless waiver, at least the initial language in the waiver, that they would never sue bp. that language has been taken out of the waivers they fishermen have signed. there are several thousand that signed up to volunteer.
right now everybody is hoping the worst won't happen here. >> mike, give us a sense. you've had a chance to be out on the water. for people a great distance away who see these reports live on the television, does this oil have a stench to it? is it obvious nearby? what does it look like, feel like and taste like on the ground there. >> when we were out on the barrier islands, ship islands, called sweet louisiana crude. it's lighter, easier to dissipate, easier to burn off. so in that regard it's not the worst type of oil forming the slick and the pool forming right now, yet there's so much of it, 2,000 square miles at this point. as you said, potentially according to bp's own experts, 60,000 barrel a day. that means in four days' time it's the equivalent of the exxon valdez leak. it has not hit home or shore but it certainly will at some point. the other side of the story will kick in.
>> mike taibbi on the gulf coast. thank you. >> thank you. many roadblocks and delays, but will the focus on terror cause us to take our eye off too big to fail? not for some people. joining us democratic senator bill dorgan of north dakota, here to discuss the amendment. thanks for visiting with us. >> thanks, peter. it's byron dorgan. >> i apologize. i want to ask as you quickly look at salt lake city tribune editorial, too big to fail. it says, it contains -- referring to the new financial bill -- it contains many good provisions. what it does not contain, however, is a few simple rules that would limb the size of those institutions. it says the obvious way to limit too big to fail is to make smaller. what do you propose needs to happen here? >> the amendment i filed yesterday is simple and direct and effective. it says, look, if you're too big to fail, you're too big. if you cause a moral hazard or
grave financial risk to this country if you fail, you should divest, we should breakaway portions of those companies so they come under the limit of too big to fail. we can't continue to live with financial institutions that have the potential to drag the entire economy into a ditch. my amendment is the only one i know of that will actually solve this problem. >> you envision the need for this bailout mess many years ago, need for reform because of this mess. in 1999 you were quoted as saying this bill, will in my judgment raise the likelihood of future massive taxpayer bailouts. that was reference to gramm-leach-bliley act. what foresight do you have that is lacking on capitol hill. >> that was at a time everybody talked about we need to modernize the financial system and big holding companies created where you bring in commercial banks, investment banks under one roof.
i said i think it's nuts, setting us up for a huge problem ahead which turned out to be the case. i don't have a crystal ball but it wasn't hard for me to understand this was going to be a big problem for our country. we've lost $15 trillion in this rather deep recession, the deepest recession since the great depression. now as we do wall street reform, let's fix this in a way that will prevent it from happening again. the only way to do that, in my judgment, on too big to fail, say if you're too big to fail, you're too big. you need to divest some. are republicans playing politics with the times square bomb plot arrest? former new york governor george pataki will join us. [ male announcer ] if you've had a heart attack caused by a completely blocked artery,
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they are speaking opening statements at the homeland security meeting. commissioner ray kelly and mayor bloomberg among those attending the hearing on terrorism was scheduled before the bomb plot in times square. the focus today, no doubt, will be on that attempted attack in new york city. times square as well as more money and resources that many there are pushing for to combat terrorists. the arrest of faisal shahzad, pakistani born naturalized citizen last year is raising new questions about the rights of terror suspects. senator john mccain on imus in the morning. >> don't give this guy his miranda rights until we find out what it's all about. >> they have already given him his miranda rights. >> i think that would be a serious mistake at least until we find out as much information as we can. there are legal ways of delaying
that. >> senator lieberman tells fox news he wants to revoke the citizenship of anyone accused of terror activity. >> it's time for us to look at whether we want to amend that law to apply it to american citizens who choose to become affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations, whether they should not also be deprived automatically of their citizenship and therefore be deprived of rights that come with that citizenship when they are apprehended and charged with a terrorist act. >> governor george pataki was the governor of new york on september 11th, 2001. he's joining us in the studio live. nice to be with you. the first question we were speaking out in the break, after something like this, even if it's accomplished, the arrest in 53 hours, which everyone agrees is great police work. there's a lot of politics played, this administration didn't handle it right. during the republican administration they said they didn't handle it right.
how much change is behind the scenes in the terms of justice department and the like and fbi efforts with different administrations. >> peter, i think there's been a tremendous change since the obama administration has taken office and i don't think it's for the better. they have done things like decide enemy combatants are entitled to miranda warnings so they can lawyer up and not talk about what they know. they decided khalid shaikh mohammed and other mass murderers should be tried in civilian courts instead of military tribunals. that is the wrong thing. they have revoked the prior administration policies allowing officials to listen in on phone calls overseas where one of the parties was here and expected of terrorism. all of these are steps weakened security and made tragic possible events like last saturday night in times square much harder to prevent. >> just seconds ago we heard from senator lieberman who said
we should consider stripping citizenship of those people who get involved in terror activity. presumably you agree with that? >> well, i agree with that, except i just heard this for the first time. hearing senator lieberman, he's saying if you're accused, then you should be stripped of citizenship. i don't see how you can do that, because, you know, we are a system of laws. you're innocent until proven guilty. i don't think you can simply charge someone with something and because of that charge strip them of their citizenship. >> our justice correspondent pete williams is reporting today that according to officials within the justice department, it is doubtful faisal shahzad will be in court for this initial appearance, largely because he's still talking to investigators right now. they are going to try to gather as much as they can. what is your opinion about the miranda rights concerns that are being thrown around right now. the concern is, as john mccain said, if he's mirandized too early they will get him to shut up. >> i think we should do in every case everything possible to find out what we can from these
charges of terrorism, they are terrorists before they are allowed to lawyer up and be told they have to remain silent. there's a difference when it comes to citizens and noncitizens. as tough as i believe we should be on terrorists, and as weak as i think the obama administration policies are we still have to make that differential between a citizen and noncitizen. the christmas day will bore should not have been given miranda warnings and allowed to have lawyers and told to remain silent. he is an enemy combatant, a terrorist without those rights. >> we'll leave it there. governor george pataki, thank you. >> thank you. >> vehicle recalls, important news to share. this is coming to us from general motors. let's make sure we get the details straight. it's pulling more than 126,000 hummer h 3 modelsocity road. there are now concerns part of the hood could detach from the vehicle while it's driving. recall involves h 3 models
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back right now live on msnbc, the suspect in the murder of a university of virginia lacrosse star made a stunning admission to police. he told authorities that he kicked through the door of his ex-girlfriend's bedroom, then admitted to grabbing yeardley love and shaking her. sadly it did not end there. nbc's jeff rossen on the ground for us today at the campus at the university of virginia in charlottesville right now. jeff, just a stunning admission. all this coming out in the new court documents. >> yeah, real bombshell, peter, in these court documents. bombshell admission that puts the suspect, george huguely right at the scene of the crime. as you mentioned, kicked that door down. we'll get into the details in a minute. what's disturbing this could be all over a bad breakup, peter. in fact, he now says after kicking the door down, george huguely told police he knocked
her head against the wall over and over again. it was inside this campus bar at a post exam party where 22-year-old yeardley love would spend her final hours sunday. police say when this stunning star lacrosse player went home, her life would end. according to new court papers, her on again, lately off again boyfriend george huguely, a player on the men's lacrosse team was about to pay a visit, admitting to police he kicked his right foot through the door that leads to love's bedroom. he went on confessing he was involved in an altercation with love, he shook love. her head repeatedly hit the wall. officers found her face down on her pillow in a pool of blood, bruises on her face, her right eye swollen shut, the victim, police say, of blunt force trauma. her roommate and another friend discovered her body. >> you believe this is first degree murder. >> absolutely. >> that he intended and planned to go and kill her? >> that's our belief. >> friends say love and huguely
had a turbulent romantic relationship that recently got physical. in fact, some say just weeks ago when they broke up, he tried to attack her in public. now police sources tell nbc news they are looking at the possible death threats he sent her over text message. >> i think there's a lot of stigma on women to kind of deal with that, and i would hope that there would be something we could do to prevent these kinds of things. >> before it gets to this. >> before it gets to this. we definitely don't want to be here again. >> huguely has been arrested for first degree murder, his school lacrosse picture replaced by a jail mugshot. now, even with his stunning admission of violence, his lawyer is building a defense. >> we are confident miss love's death was not intended but an accident with a tragic outcome. in the meantime, george is with drawing from the university of virginia and remains in the custody of the authorities. >> tuesday his parents came to
charlottesville to support their son. but wouldn't comment. college friends say there were warning signs. at 6'1"205 pounds george huguely was aggressive when he drank and liked getting his way. in 2008 he was arrested for public swearing and intoxication and resisting arrest, allegedly screaming racial and sexual slurs at the officer. but his old friends back home in this wealthy d.c. suburb paint a different picture entirely. >> i'm absolutely shocked. the george huguely i know growing up, the george huguely that played in my backyard with me every single day was not capable of doing something like this. >> the crime has rocked this campus to its core. the university of virginia, with its beautiful views and southern charm, has now lost a beautiful young woman in a murder as ugly as it gets. >> it's really sad, because she's in the prime of her life when it ended.
her family and friends are going to have to deal with that. >> there's also the issue of the lacrosse teams. the men's lacrosse team at uva ranked number one in the country, the women's team ranked number four in the country. the big question was do they continue on with their season, do they continue on to the ncaa tournament. they left it to yeardley love's parents. late last night, peter, they decided the kids should play on. >> at the university of virginia, jeff rossen. thanks very much. there are questions over who was watching the alleged times square bomber, how close did faisal shahzad come to getting away with it. the arrest came at the 11th hour, 11 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds as someone described it. he was pulled off a plane about to did he perfect from the gate. he had been put on the no-fly list earlier.
starting today, airlines will have to check that list two hours after it updates. the botched bombing reminiscent of another attack that went wrong on christmas day abdulmutallab, accused of hide ag bomb in his underwear to bring down a plane. his own father told u.s. officials his son was a radical. the suspect was in a terrorism database but not a no-fly list. michael isikoff senior reporter joining us from washington. michael, the newsweek article you contributed to, it points out fbi surveillance of shahzad broke down. he spent three hours at jfk, three hours there with no one watching him. take us through that time line and describe where the failure was. >> well, look, no surveillance is perfect. i think there's going to be a lot of second-guessing at the fbi on this one. there are two questions. the surveillance breaking down. also the fact that he was able to get on the plane when he had already been put on the no-fly
list. this was -- you know, it seems inexplicable but apparently there's a delay in downloading information of the latest up to date information of people who had been put on the no-fly list. there's a lot of scrutiny on those two aspects of this. it is worth pointing out here that we are -- this case is far from over. although it has been reported, and, in fact, attorney general holder said yesterday that shahzad was cooperating and providing useful information. there are still a lot of questions about his story. he's acknowledged getting bomb-making help -- bomb-making training in waziristan and pakistan, but he has insisted he was acting alone in this plot, as somebody we quoted yesterday, u.s. intelligence source told us, there isn't anybody that believes that. that's why this investigation is
continuing at full throttle. >> reports today that one of the arrests made in pakistan and nbc news reporting about a dozen arrests made there. one of them is a person who had been e-mailing back and forth before he was arrested. as for what happened at the airport, the no-fly list, they have to check it every two hours. why doesn't this update in realtime, automatically checking it. the fact he paid in cash. i haven't traveled to islamabad or dubai recently, i certainly didn't do it paying in cash. shouldn't that raise red flags and be suspicious. >> that's seemingly inexplicable on its face. that's usually the foremost red flag when somebody shows up at the airport and pays cash for a ticket. why there wasn't additional screening of him on that score. also worth pointing out in that very interesting fbi affidavit that was released yesterday, there's a reference to four phone calls from a number in
pakistan. that would seem, on its face, to undercut the idea he was acting alone. >> i imagine we'll learn a lot more about this in the next several days and weeks. michael isikoff from newsweek. michael, thank you. >> thank you. >> stay in jail, that's what the judge decided for the nine members of the michigan militia charged with sedition. judge roberts suspended a decision that would allow them to leave jail while they await trial. prosecutors have until 5:00 today to file an appeal if the judge believes the government cannot win its case, the nine militia members are back on the street. ounts we're offering. i've got some catchphrases that'll make these savings even more memorable. gecko: all right... gecko: good driver discounts. now that's the stuff...? boss: how 'bout this? gecko: ...they're the bee's knees? boss: or this? gecko: sir, how 'bout just "fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance." boss: ha, yeah, good luck with that catching on! anncr: geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance.
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department correspondent pete williams is reporting because shahzad has been providing new information in the course of interrogations with authority. they do not have to have that arraignment. it has to happen without unnecessary delay. that's exactly why they are going to keep questioning him before that arraignment takes place. today there are new changes to the no-fly list after the alleged times square bomber managed to get a boarding pass and physically get on that flight, just 24 hours after investigators learned about his connection to the plot. the airlines are going to have to check that list every two hours after they have been notified of a late addition. nbc news correspondent live with details. a lot of people are wondering why wouldn't this be in realtime. >> let's make it clear how this works. airlines responsible for checking manifest against the terror watch list. they have to do that 24 hours before a flight leaves.
they checked it before his name was added at 12:00, 12:30 or so. they were notified a name had been added to the terror watch list but the airline didn't check, update the list, didn't go back and compare the list. the new rules mean they have to do that within two hours of receiving an electronic notice from the tsa that a new name has been added urgently to the terror watch list. what's happening in the bigger picture to answer your question, peter, is that the tsa is by the end of the year going to assume all of this responsibility. no longer will the airlines be responsible for watching their manifest against the passenger, terror no-fly list and terror watch list, now tsa will be responsible for all of that. they are pretty much doing it domestically on international flights. as for what happened at jfk, it was the final process here in which the man ifest is sent to the national targeting center run by the customs and border
patrol was he finally picked up on the plane. it was a last minute last detail check at the targeting center in virginia that recognized the name because the airline hadn't updated its list. again, the new rules are they must do that within two hours of receiving an urgent notice. tsa is assuming all this responsibility for itself. back to you. >> tom, we've got to move on. the fact this guy paid cash, presumably more than $1,000 in cash, no red flags there? what went wrong? >> you would think in and of itself that is a big red flag. it isn't necessarily, at least not all the time. clearly when you talk to tsa if you pay cash for a one-way ticket and you're going to pakistan, that should be a red flag. >> tom costello helping us out from d.c., our washington correspondent. another live picture from the nation's capital where you see testifying at had homeland security committee hearing that is the new york city mayor michael bloomberg. msnbc reporting faisal shahzad, his arraignment will not happen today.
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a little bit of an odd political twist right now. more than a year after barack obama came america's first african-american president, today's "new york times" reports at least 32 black americans are running for congress this year as republicans. nbc's luke russert saw this one for us, joining us live. wasn't since four years ago, jc watts, the last african-american to serve in the house. >> that's true, indeed. this 32 number of african-americans running is the highest number since reconstruction. an ironic twist of fate, president obama when he was elected, a lot of folks close to him said this will now create a real surge in terms of african-american participation in politics, because folks will believe they can be elected. no doubt it has. it's empowered african-americans, not only democrats but an unusually high number of republicans. of these 32 republicans, gop sources i spoke to said about four have a clear path to
victory as mr. west to florida, mr. parker of arizona, mr. fraysier of colorado, and south carolina. these candidates are soliciting report from the tea party, a group a lot of folks have claimed to be racist against african-americans. these folks see them as someone they want in their tent as a path to victory. a unique, interesting article. after november 2010, if we wake up with four african-american congressional house members, that is a huge story that nobody in washington saw coming. peter. >> certainly getting some inspiration from michael steele, head of the rnc. luke, thanks. >> reporter: take care. it happened again, another fan running on the field in philadelphia. did you see this? that was a nut case. can i call him that? i think you probably can. a 34-year-old man ran on the field, was apprehended, this time without incident. the police charged the guy with defiant trespass, disorderly
conduct and in this case narcotics possession. good times. notab notable, a night earlier at a phillies game a police officer chasing a teen for about 30 seconds before looks like he's sliding into home plate. he was tasered, that's why he fell to the ground. they said the officer acted within department guidelines. they allow police to use tasers to arrest fleeing suspects, even if that's in left field. that does it for me. i'm peter alexander. we'll see you back here tomorrow morning. up next, tamron hall, speak with senator lautenberg, testifying at the capital this morning about the times square bomb plot arrest. back with more live coverage. really, brian? what?
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his time in the united states, ties to pakistan and possible terror training in that country. also big questions concerning how that suspect almost got out of the country. breaking news in greece. three people dead after protesters set fire to a bank. tens of thousands are on the streets outraged at the government. one of three leaks at an underground oil well in the gulf of mexico has finally been capped, but it is not stopping oil from flowing into those waters. a live update on the situation. plus one day after police tasered a teenager on the field, a phillies fan, another man jumps into the mix. what did security do this time around. new details emerge about the suspect in the attempted bombing in times square. prosecutors announced 30-year-old faisal shahzad will not make his first appearance in federal court today. he was initially due to appear yesterday on terrorism and other charges, but investigators say they want to keep a pakistani
u.s. born citizen talking. officials say shahzad has confessed to constructing a bomb inside an suv and driving it right into times square claiming he acted alone. shahzad was taken into custody after being allowed on an emirates airline despite an e-mail placing him on the no-fly list. passengers describe shahzad's arrest. >> when you pulled him off, everyone kind of looked at each other. his demeanor was, okay, i'm caught. >> even knowing when we were waiting this was a suspect on the plane, then taken off the plane, at least that's what we were told, i didn't think it was anything to be concerned about. obviously he was just trying to get out of the country. >> nbc's ron allen joins us from the federal courthouse in lower manhattan. ron, i mentioned, it's not likely shahzad will appear in court. they want to keep him taking. the natural question, is he talking about a