[Guest post by DRJ]
The Washington Post is running the following banner:
“Failed car bomb in Times Square increasingly appears to have been coordinated by several people in a plot with international ties, Obama administration officials said Tuesday.
White House officials also characterize the incident as attempted terrorism for the first time, dramatically stepping up their description of the intended attack.”
[EDIT: The Post’s website now includes this longer report.]
This follows an earlier AP report that the NYPD has interviewed the owner of the SUV:
Investigators have spoken to the registered owner of a sport utility vehicle that contained a homemade bomb in the failed Times Square terrorist attack, but he is not considered a suspect, officials said Monday.
The car was registered in Connecticut, where the owner on record was questioned Sunday night about what happened to the SUV since it was in his possession, according to law enforcement officials, who both spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is at a sensitive stage.
The vehicle identification number on the 1993 dark-colored Nissan Pathfinder had been removed from the dashboard, but it was stamped on the engine and axle. Its license plates came from a car found in a Connecticut repair shop.”
The article states that the SUV’s license plates came from a Connecticut repair shop, which probably makes Connecticut the current focus of the investigation.
Unlike yesterday, when she said this looked like the act of a “one-off” perpetrator, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said today (on Monday’s NBC’s “Today” show) that no suspects or theories had been ruled out: “Right now, every lead has to be pursued.”
UPDATE — The SUV was purchased through Craigslist:
“The vehicle was sold for cash about three weeks ago at a Connecticut shopping mall in a sale arranged through Craigslist, CNN reported, citing an unidentified person in law enforcement with knowledge of the investigation.
The seller, a Connecticut resident who has been questioned by officers, didn’t exchange paperwork with the buyer, a man who took possession of the vehicle and drove away, CNN reported.
The FBI has identified a “person of interest” in the incident, ABC News reported, without saying where it got the information.”