Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber, was sentenced this morning to life behind bars for trying to set-off a parked car full of explosives.
A defiant Shahzad said ‘Allahu Akbar’ Arabic for ‘God is great’ after the judge sentenced him to the mandatory life imprisonment.
‘Brace yourself because the war with the Muslims has only just begun,’ he told the judge before he was sentenced during the 30-minute hearing. ‘The defeat of the US is imminent and will happen in the near future.’
Shahzad, 31, a married father of two and naturalized American citizen who lived in Bridgeport, Conn., had pleaded guilty on June 21 in Manhattan federal court to 10 felonies, including international terrorism and trying to use a weapon of mass destruction.
When Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum asked Shahzad, who was sporting a beard, that he was an American citizen and that he had sworn an oath, he replied, ‘I did swear, but I didn’t mean it.’
The judge handed Shahzad six life sentences to run concurrently for his crimes.
‘So, I am happy with the deal,’ a smirking Shahzad said.
At one point, Cedarbaum argued with the unrepentant Shahzad.
“You appear to be someone who was capable of education and I do hope you will spend some of the time in prison thinking carefully about whether the Koran wants you to kill lots of people,” she told Shahzad.
Shahzad responded that the Koran ‘gives us the right to defend. And that’s all I’m doing.”