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Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad Joins Exclusive Company of Failed Terrorists


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Now that "Times Square Bomber" Faisal Shahzad has been justly sentenced to life in prison we can mark him off the list of would-be terrorists who roam the streets. Fortunately, Shahzad failed to carry out his plot to blow up a car in Times Square. Otherwise, we could have had another 9-11 on our hands.

Shahzad joins exclusive company now that he's behind bars for life in prison. Since the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001 there have been several major "busts" involving terrorists in the air and on the ground. Shahzad joins this distinguished list of failed terrorists who fortunately failed to carry out their nefarious plans.

1. Richard Reid-probably the most well-known terrorist on this list. Reid, a.k.a."The Shoe Bomber" attempted to blow up an airplane with a shoe bomb on December 22, 2001. Reid's plot was foiled when fellow passengers noticed something was seriously wrong when Reid attempted to light a fuse in his shoe with a match. He was subdued by several passengers and is now in the joint for life.

2. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab- attempted to blow up an airplane (Flight 253 carrying 289 people) on Christmas Day last year with plastic explosives hidden in his underwear. Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian citizen is the youngest of 16 children. Abdulmutallab fired his legal team and is awaiting further legal proceedings.

3. Dhiren Barot- plotted to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, the World Bank and landmark London hotels. Sentenced to life in prison.

4. Hosam Maher Husein Smadi- planned on carrying out an attack on a downtown Dallas office tower. Smadi was arrested in an FBI sting a year ago. He pled guilty and faces 30 years in prison.

5. The Fort Dix Six- six people in all were charged in this particular plot, where the individual planned on launching an attack on military personnel at the New Jersey Base. Four of the would-be attackers received life sentences, one received a 33-year sentence, and the other received a 5-year sentence.

Fortunately, all of these men were fortunately caught before or during their terrorist plots. At some point we won't be so fortunate and a terrorist plot will come to fruition.

Email Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com