Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Times Square Bomber Captured. Thanks, Patriot Act!

I realize that the Patriot Act was indeed written to guarantee a Nazi-esque police state in which anti-war protesters were beaten and environmental activists executed, but it appears that one of its less-horrible means has captured one of the men responsible for Saturday's bombing attempt.

The vehicle identification number had been removed from the bomb-laden 1993 Nissan Pathfinder left in Times Square. But investigators were able to lift it from a second location on the vehicle, and used that to track down a Connecticut man who said he had sold the Pathfinder for cash about three weeks ago.

The man had offered the vehicle on Craigslist, and FBI agents were able to recover the number from a disposable cellphone that had been used by the buyer.

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