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Faisal Shazad, Times Sq Bomber, Pleads Guilty

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Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani American arrested for a failed attempt to detonate a car bomb in Times Square earlier this year, has pleaded guilty on all counts, according to news services.

Shahzad, age 30, was indicted on ten terrorism counts last week. His guilty plea came Monday during a scheduled court appearance.

Shahzad faces life in prison.

From an Associated Press report, Shahzad sounded something less than contrite. An excerpt:

He told the judge he wanted to ``plead guilty and 100 timesmore.'' He also warned that unless the U.S. leaves Muslim lands,``We will be attacking U.S.''

The plea could strengthen the Obama Administration's argument that many terrorism cases can be handled in the criminal courts instead of in military tribunals.

The guilty plea avoids the costs of a trial and allows the federal government to keep a relatively tight seal on information it may have feared could come out in a trial that would have let terrorism groups, whether al Qaida or the Pakistani Taliban, learn more about U.S. intelligence sources and methods.