After security cameras from New York City’s Time Square caught a Caucasian-appearing man walking away from the explosives-laden SUV on Saturday night the initial speculation was that this attempted attack might be the work of domestic terrorists or extremists. But on Monday afternoon sources from the White House began pointing in a different direction, as intelligence officials say the failed car bombing increasingly appears to have been coordinated by several people in a plot with international links. The new information comes on the same day that the commander of the Taliban in Pakistan, previously thought to have been killed by a CIA drone, has appeared alive-and-well in videos released on the internet. Is there a connection between these two developments or is it all coincidental—and is a large, complex international terrorist plot possible in light years of military and counterterrorism work by the U.S.?
Michael F Scheuer, Adjunct Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University