The Check’s in the Mail, etc.

No, dear, that dress doesn’t make your asterisk look fat.

My dog ate my homework.

The system worked.

What part of this scenario makes no sense?

On Sunday night, about 24 hours after the smoking Nissan Pathfinder was left on a bustling Manhattan street, investigators identified Mr. Shahzad as the buyer of the car. While the vehicle identification number had been removed from the passenger compartment, a detective found a duplicate number on the engine block.

But at that point, officials said, they were uncertain of Mr. Shahzad’s role and did not think they had enough evidence to arrest him and charge him with a crime. Instead, they began an urgent manhunt; F.B.I. agents located Mr. Shahzad in Bridgeport, Conn., and began to follow him.

It remained uncertain Tuesday night at what time Mr. Shahzad had been found and when he was lost. Paul Bresson, an F.B.I. spokesman, declined to comment on the surveillance issue.

But at about 12:30 p.m. on Monday, more certain that Mr. Shahzad was the suspected terrorist, investigators asked the Department of Homeland Security to put him on the no-fly list. Three minutes later, the department sent airlines, including Emirates, an electronic notification that they should check the no-fly list for an update. At about 4:30 p.m., more information was added to the list, including Mr. Shahzad’s passport number, officials said.

Hint: Since when do you have to have enough evidence to arrest someone before you approach and ask him to come in for questioning, as a car that belongs to him is involved in a crime?  If he’s innocent of any wrongdoing, he might be able to help investigators.  He might have lent the car to someone, he might have left it at a repair shop.  Do I think he wasn’t approached because the Feds are shot up the you-know-what with “sensitivity”?  Uh, yes.  If this guy had actually been white, no problemo, we haul him in, chat him up at a leisurely pace while we gather more evidence and check out his story.

Update: Fun fact, which will amaze all of your friends who read the 9/11 Report (or even anyone who remembers 9/11)

Airlines are not required to report cash purchases, a Homeland Security official said. Emirates actually did report Mr. Shahzad’s purchase to the Transportation Security Administration — but only hours later, when he was already in custody, the official said.

Excuse me while I retrieve my teeth.

3 thoughts on “The Check’s in the Mail, etc.

  1. Just how do you lose the only concrete lead in a potential terrorism case? Did he execute some of those slick moves you see in the movies?

    Speaking of the movies, wasn’t the first thing the cops did was to stake out the train stations, bus stations, and airports? Did that not have a basis in fact?

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