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Attempted Times Square Bomber Moved to 'Alcatraz of the Rockies' Penitentiary

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Marshals(NEW YORK) -- The Bureau of Prisons has moved Faisal Shahzad from his temporary cell in New York City to the United States Penitentiary in Florence, CO., where he’ll serve a life sentence for the attempted car bombing of Times Square. 

USP Florence is a high security facility and part of a complex that has been dubbed the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”  It’s also home to shoe bomber Richard Reid, 20th hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui and more than 30 other terror convicts. 

Shahzad arrived on Dec. 28 and will be housed in a two-man cell in the general population area.

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Times Square Bomber Gets Life in Prison

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Marshals(NEW YORK) -- Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to detonate a car bomb in New York's Times Square on a crowded Saturday night, was sentenced to life in federal prison on Tuesday.

Shahzad said "Allahu Akbar" after hearing the sentence, and said he would "sacrifice a thousand lives for Allah."

"War with Muslims has just begun," said Shahzad.

Shahzad also said he was happy with "the deal" God had given him. "We have laws made by Allah. We don't need laws made by humans."

In handing down the sentence, Judge Mirian Cedarbaum said, "You are capable of education, and I do hope you spend time in prison thinking about whether the Koran gives you the right to kill innocent people."

Shahzad pleaded guilty in June to the failed May 1 attack, and admitted receiving terror training from the Pakistani Taliban. Two of the ten different terror and weapons charges to which he pleaded carry mandatory life sentences.

The 31-year-old naturalized American, who was born in Pakistan and lived in Connecticut, warned in June that further terror attacks were coming.

After Shahzad had pleaded guilty to the first charge, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, Judge Cedarbaum said, "I gather you want to plead guilty to all [the charges.]

"Yes," said Shahzad, and then said he wanted to plead guilty and 100 times more," because he wanted the U.S. to know it will continue to suffer attacks if it does not leave Iraq and Afghanistan and stop drone strikes in Pakistan.

Calm, but clearly angry, and standing the whole time, Shahzad spent nearly an hour giving the judge a narrative of his failed bombing attempt, and how he changed from a financial analyst with an MBA to a would-be bomber and what he called "part of the answer" to the U.S. killing of Muslims. He also confirmed that he had placed the bomb in Times Square at its busiest in order to do the maximum damage.

Shahzad admitted driving a Nissan Pathfinder into midtown Manhattan on Saturday evening, May 1, when the city's theater district was packed with tourists. He abandoned the SUV, which was stuffed with fireworks, propane, gasoline and fertilizer, after trying to use the fireworks to ignite the vehicle.

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Test Shows Times Square Bomb Could Have Been 'Devastating'

Photo Courtesy - Department of Justice(WASHINGTON) -- The bomb planted in Times Square last spring could have been "devastating" and killed or injured dozens of people, according to an assessment of a government explosion of a mock "bomb" based on Faisal Shahzad's failed device.

Video of the Joint Terrorism Task Force's explosion, released this week, shows how much damage a successful device could have caused.

Bomb experts said while it is unlikely the resulting blast would have taken down any buildings, glass and twisted metal shooting out from the vehicle housing the bomb would have formed deadly shrapnel.

People in close proximity to the car could have been injured or killed by the fire and blast force, the experts said. In addition, it is possible there would have been injuries from broken glass and falling debris from adjacent buildings.

The bomb test was revealed in the Justice Department's sentencing memorandum for Shahzad, filed Thursday.

"On June 29, 2010, the JTTF conducted a controlled detonation of its bomb after it was placed in the back of a vehicle identical to the one Shahzad used," the memorandum said. "The JTTF also placed other vehicles nearby in order to measure the explosive effects of the bomb. While it is impossible to calculate precisely the impact of Shahzad's bomb had it detonated, the controlled detonation conducted by the JTTF demonstrated that those effects would have been devastating to the surrounding area." ´╗┐

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