Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts

January 16, 2019

NYS State Legislature Bans Gay Conversion Therapy Making It The 15th State To Do So


 By Dan Avery
NBC News

The New York State Legislature voted Tuesday to ban so-called gay conversion therapy on minors, with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo expected to sign the bill as soon as this week. The measure, which passed 57-4 in the Senate and 134 to 3 in the Assembly, will make New York the 15th state to ban the controversial practice, which is widely discredited by medical and mental health organizations.
“New York has a compelling interest in protecting the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth,” the bill reads in part, “and in protecting its minors against exposure to serious harms caused by sexual orientation change efforts.” 
The ban is part of a larger LGBTQ rights push announced by Cuomo last year, an agenda that includes prohibiting the so-called gay panic defense in court and adding gender identity to state human rights and hate crime laws. (The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act passed the Legislature today as well.)
Bans on conversion therapy — which seeks to change one’s sexual orientation or gender identity — repeatedly have passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly, only to die in the Republican-dominated Senate. But the GOP ceded its majority in the midterm election, paving the way for today’s victory.
Democrat Brad Hoylman, who authored the Senate bill, called conversion therapy “among the worst frauds in history.” “We have to consider the message we are sending to LGBT youth today,” Hoylman said Monday after the bill passed committee. “That we have your back and you are perfect just the way you are.”“The State of New York has a responsibility to stop licensed mental health professionals from causing irreparable damage to LGBT youth and their families,” Hoylman said when advocating for the ban in 2014.
Mathew Shurka, a member of the anti-conversion therapy group Born Perfect, told NBC News he "feel[s] safer” after the bill’s passage, but he stressed that the fight against the discredited practice is still “not over.”
“The next step is testing the law,” he said, “because there are several working conversion therapy practitioners in New York State.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, conversion therapy “can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation.” 
Techniques used to attempt to change sexual orientation and gender identity have included inducing nausea and vomiting, providing electric shocks, psychotropic medication, and hypnosis. And according to a 2009 report by the American Psychological Association, the treatment has been associated with depression, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, high-risk sexual behaviors, homelessness, and other issues. 
The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law recently estimated that 20,000 LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 17 will undergo conversion therapy by a licensed health care professional before they turn 18, and approximately 57,000 will be subjected to the treatment by a religious leader or spiritual adviser. In 2012, California became the first state to prohibit conversion therapy on minors, and since then more than a dozen other states, the District of Columbia and several localities across the U.S. have followed suit. A number of state legislatures are currently considering bans, including Texas, Minnesota, and Indiana.
The issue has also entered the multiplex, with two recent films recounting the struggles of young people subjected to conversion therapy: “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” starring Chloë Grace Moretz, and “Boy Erased,” with Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe.

October 13, 2018

Who The F* Are You ?~~ Douglas Levinson~~ How To Follow Your Dreams in NYC~~

A Powerful Video that will show what it takes to follow your dreams in NYC 🌇


Everyone has a different definition of success, but here in New York City, sometimes just getting through the damn day can feel like an incredible achievement. On a fundamental level, you're "making it" here as long as you're still up and active, still doing the work, even if nobody sees it. You should feel proud you're still hacking away at it (whatever it is!) in the face of all of New York's abrasiveness. Like when you're just trying to practice your trumpet in some corner somewhere and the world's angriest NYU Film School graduate makes it his mission to crush your dreams into dust, SUCKA.

This Sunday, October 14th, marks the fifth anniversary of the short YouTube masterpiece "trumpet fight." If you've never seen it before, stop reading right now and experience all its seething glory for yourself, you miserable presumptuous no talent:

 Yeah, that's the stuff.
To honor the perseverance and true grit that defines real New York City artists, we hereby declare October 14th International "You're Talented And Not A Disgrace And You Do Not Suck Day." (This is not intended to take anything away from the other October 14th holiday World Standards Day, which honors all those experts who develop standards.)

So get out there this Sunday and celebrate You're Talented And Not A Disgrace And You Do Not Suck Day! Dance in the subway or slap on your clown makeup or grab a musical instrument or a paint brush or just start singing. Show the haters that they have no power to stop you, no matter how many times they walked Bob Dylan up on stage in 1975.
And have a great weekend, SUCKA.

September 3, 2018

NY Governor Mario Cuomo Suing Pres.Trump For Falling to Provide Adequate Help to Puerto Rico

On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that NY would be suing President Trump for failing to help the people of Puerto Rico following the devasting effects of Hurricane Maria.
According to the New York Post, Cuomo made the announcement while speaking at Heavenly Vision Christian Center, a church in the Bronx, calling Trump’s actions in regards to the hurricane an abandonment of the people of the American Commonwealth. 
“Somebody has to stand up to this president. He is a bully,” Cuomo said while speaking about the poor federal response Puerto Rico’s people received. 
Puerto Rico mistreated
“They got a different level of care than Texas and Florida and other states,” Cuomo said after stating that President Trump really “never tried” to help victims who lacked food and shelter following the September 2017 storm.
“You know how they handle a bully in The Bronx? He puts a finger your chest, you put one right back.”
“We’re going to hold ‘King’ Trump to the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution said equal protection under the law. Puerto Rico did not receive equal protection under the law,” Cuomo continued while addressing the church attendees.

NY to sue President Trump

“We are going to sue President Trump. We are going to show this bully president that the law is the law.”
NYC to sue President Trump
Cuomo’s vow to sue President Trump comes after the leader’s comments last Wednesday and the staggering death poll of more than 2,900 people, a fact that took months to come to light.
Meanwhile, President Trump told reporters at the White House last week that he thinks his administration “did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico.” Adding, “We’re still helping Puerto Rico.”
If You are  asking why isn't the Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico suing instead?
 Would it not be more proper?
Puerto Rico's Governor belongs to the same party as Trump and all along he has been very timid in criticising Trump, which he has never done. In assigning fault this Governor is second from the President on down. He colluted with Trump; Wether is been the deal with WhiteFish to make a law maker in Washington DC happy, wrong death count which he confirmed a couple times or not asking for more emergency help for certain areas that were just sinking under the waters of this hurricaine. He left the dirty work for the Mayor of San Juan, Carmin Yulín Cruz. I would bet you that if this legal action makes it to a court, Tump will use Ricardo Rosselló as a reason he did what ever the governor asked for and the Governor never complaint personaly to him.  This excuse wont work for Trump though because Trump is had the correct information from the Corps of Engineers, FEMA (whose statement rsenttly said they made mistakes and could have done better) without mentioning the 3000 deaths like he did for the first 11 deaths; The military was there and told Trump how bad things were but he still pulled them out becore the work was even half way done. Still last week He (Trump)said he was proud of the work he did
I have personally seen Governor Cuomo pick a particular issue that was wrong as he promised to fix. He would go all the way putting all his political chips on the table until he made a difference. The New York gay marriage issue comes in mind. He didn't have the vote and  he needed republicans to win the vote and the Republican party promised that any legislator that voted with the Dems will be voted out of office and eventually some did but Cuomo got Gay Marriage in NY State long before the Supreme Court did in Washigton DC. He kept the promise.

June 12, 2018

Cynthia Nixon Running For NY Gov Has been PuertoRican Until It Was Time to Show It

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon blamed rival Gov. Cuomo for causing woes in Puerto Rico – but then she skipped Sunday’s Puerto Rico Day Parade in Manhattan, instead of traveling to Rochester to campaign.
On Friday, Nixon tweeted numerous times about the dire economic situation in Puerto Rico and accused her political foe of not helping in the clean-up after Hurricane Maria devastated the island last year.
“There is a revolving door between Andrew Cuomo’s office and vulture funds keeping Puerto Rico in debt,” she wrote. “Under Cuomo’s administration, New York remains heavily invested in the very hedge funds that are responsible for and profit from Puerto Rico’s rising debt.”
But unlike Nixon, Cuomo was front and center at this year’s famed parade, after pointedly skipping it last year because its organizers decided to honor recently released FALN nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
Cuomo held a press conference before the Fifth Avenue parade began, charging that a weak federal response to Hurricane Maria stemmed from an inherent racism coming from the White House.
Nixon, a former star of TV’s “Sex and the City,” didn’t make it because she “was committed to an event in Rochester with Disability Action for America,” said a spokeswoman for her campaign, adding: “We think one of the strongest moves New York can make to help Puerto Rico recover from Maria is to divest its pension fund from Puerto Rican debt.”
Marcos Crespo, chairman of the Bronx Democratic Party and a state assemblyman, criticized Nixon for not attending the parade.
“After attempting to question the governor on his impact in support of Puerto Rico, the least she could do is be present on the biggest stage for New York to celebrate Puerto Rican heritage,” Crespo, whose organization supports Cuomo, told The Post.

November 2, 2017

Details of Terror Attack and Warning to New Yorkers

The following is a page from NBC in New York written by   and 
It is too early to blame anybody but the terrorist and the killling org he let infiltrate his reasoning but there are always many roots that sustain the tree. You have a mad president tweeting hatred and spewing words for whch he has no idea the implications it will have for these people in a connected world. 
In New york city it is obvious we need to do more. New Yorkers are a very special bunch if it wasnt so they will be visitors not residents. New Yorkers need to be more on the alert to the traffic around us and the people that might hurt us. Why do i say that? Because we need to take responsiblity for our own safety and not wait for an emergency vehicle to come screeching down the street to help. I did not say take the law into your hand but to take the safety into your hands to give enough time to first responders to atke over. 
Those head phones on bikers need to also let some noise in and the rider need to have their pair of eyes replace the the sound they are muffling. I say these things because of my own experience as a New Yorker and how i learn to walk in dangerous neighborhoods on the look out for the armed thief. Now that caution needs to still be there even though we don't call the thief a thief a terrorist now. No difference between those two if they both are willing to hurt you and it seems that these humans converted into killing machines will approach us like 'a thief in the night." Let's also keep in mind most of these killes are not deranged. They know what they are doing and why. Our government knows that very well because it knows how you can get into someone's head. A preacher,  a good sales man also knows to sell something people don't need they do by creating a need to fill another need. Again, I would not say that unless I have not seen it myself.  (Revelations).  
The young Uzbek immigrant arrived in the United States seven years ago, moving frequently as he built a family, made a living driving trucks and cars, and raised little suspicion from law enforcement. 
But at some point, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov apparently developed a fascination with ISIS. That, investigators now believe, may have motivated him to commit the deadliest terror attack in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001. 
 New York terror attack suspect is reportedly 'boasting about his activities' 2:37
On Tuesday, Saipov, a 29-year-old married father with nothing more than traffic violations on his criminal record, rented a pickup truck at a Home Depot in northern New Jersey, headed over the George Washington Bridge, and then drove south into lower Manhattan, where he allegedly mowed down people on a bike path, killing eight. He allegedly crashed into a school bus, jumped out of the truck holding two imitation guns, and shouted "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is Great," before a NYPD officer shot him. 
In the rental truck, authorities retrieved a note that, translated to English, said, "ISIS Lives Forever," according to a senior official briefed on the investigation. Questioned in a New York hospital, where he is recovering from a bullet wound to his abdomen, Saipov showed no remorse, and actually seemed proud of what he'd allegedly done, the official said. 
At this point, police and local officials say it appears that Saipov acted alone. But investigators are still trying to piece together his journey from Uzbekistan to the crime scene, and in doing so determine whether anyone helped him, and if he had ties to ISIS or other terrorist organizations ─ or was simply inspired by them. 
Authorities say Saipov's online history indicates that he consumed ISIS propaganda, the senior official said. But the senior official said Saipov was not subject of any active terrorist investigations. 
Some answers may come from his wife, who was tracked down in Paterson, New Jersey and has met with authorities, the official said. She has been initially cooperative and has denied any knowledge of the attack before it happened, law enforcement officials said. 
 Bystander Captures School Bus 'Horror' After Manhattan Terror Attack 0:39
Fellow Uzbek immigrants who came to know Saipov said he didn't seem to be the kind of man who would do such a thing. 
"He liked the U.S. He is no terrorist," said Kobiljon Matkarov, who said he met Saipov four or five years ago, when they both lived in Florida. 
Bekhzod Abdusamatov, whose parents took Saipov into their Cincinnati home when he first arrived in the United States in 2010, said he didn't seem unusual at the time: he was polite, spent a lot of time out of the house, and moved away after a few weeks. 


A vehicle with Florida license plates is surrounded by a police perimeter in the parking lot of the Home Depot store on Oct. 31 in Passaic, N.J. Julio Cortez / AP

“I was shocked. I never would’ve imagined something like this. I never would’ve thought this guy would do something violent," Abdusamatov said. 
Saipov arrived in the United States under a "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. Two senior U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed that the suspect was accepted into the program, which, according to the State Department, allows the arrival of a limited number of applicants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. 
Saipov's travels from there aren't entirely clear. But records indicate that within months he obtained a commercial truck license, first in New Jersey, and then in Florida. He also registered two automobile-related businesses in Ohio, one at the Cincinnati address of Abdusamatov's family, and another in Cuyahoga Falls. 
In 2013, he married Nozima Odilova, according to records in Ohio. Both listed their birthplace as Tashkant, Uzbekistan. 


Crime scene investigators collect evidence on Nov. 1 at the scene of the truck attack on a bike path in lower Manhattan. Seth Wenig / AP

While driving a truck, Saipov was cited several times for traffic violations ─ in Maryland in 2011, in Pennsylvania in 2012 and 2015, and in Missouri in 2016. In the Pennsylvania cases, he was listed as living in Paterson, and in the Missouri case his home was said to be in Tampa, Florida. His commercial driver's license, issued in 2015, lists a Tampa address. 
He was arrested in Missouri for not appearing in court on a charge of failure to maintain his truck's brake system, a misdemeanor for which he was given a $129.50 fine, according to records and local officials. 
At some point recently, Saipov began driving for Uber, passing a background test. Matkarov said Saipov was working for Uber and living in New Jersey with a couple of children when they last saw each other five or six months ago.


October 31, 2017

8 Dead 11 Injured in Truck Terror Attack in New York City

 The terrorist truck came to a stop after crashing into the school bus.

The pickup truck crashed into another vehicle after striking bicyclists and pedestrians, and the driver got out wielding what police later said were “imitation” guns. The driver was shot by police before being taken into custody, the New York City Police Department said in a posting on its Twitter account. 
The federal government was treating it as a terrorist attack, two U.S. government officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 
A police spokesman posted a photo showing a white pickup truck on the bike path with its front end mangled and the hood crumpled. The truck was adorned with logos of the Home Depot hardware store chain. 
Mangled and flattened bicycles littered the bike path, which runs parallel to the West Side Highway on the western edge of Manhattan along the Hudson River. 
One witness, John Williams, a 22-year-old student, told reporters at the scene that he heard about five gunshots before seeing a large man with curly hair being taken into custody.

“He seemed very calm,” Williams said. “He was not putting up a fight.” 
The police have not confirmed any gunfire besides shots fired by officers.

 A witness told ABC Channel 7 that he saw a white pick-up truck drive south on the bike path at full speed and hit several people. The witness, who was identified only as Eugene, said bodies were lying outside Stuyvesant High School, one of the city’s elite public schools. 
A video apparently filmed at the scene and circulated online showed scattered bikes on the bike path and at least two people lying on the ground.  Both U.S. President Donald President and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had been briefed about the incident, their offices said. The office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the governor was heading to the scene.

The Terrorist 29 yr Old from Uzbekistan, living in Tampa, Florida. He was shot in the stomach by Police. He is in surgery right now, expected to live.
The suspect is reported to have screamed "Allahu Akbar" after the crash, and that is a key reason authorities are looking at terrorism as a possible motive, sources said.
The deadly incident began at about 3:05 p.m., when the vehicle -- a Home Depot rental truck, according to the company -- entered the West Street pedestrian and bike path north of Chambers Street, hitting multiple people on the path, leaving some dead and "numerous people injured," New York City police said.
Six of the deceased victims were pronounced dead at the scene; two more died at a nearby hospital. Police said 11 were wounded with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Reporting by Jonathan Allen, Anna Driver, Dan Trotta and Gina Cherelus in New York; Writing by Jonathan Allen; Editing by //Reuters...adamfoxie

August 31, 2017

Tx. Sen.Ted Cruz said Pork for Sandy Victims Now Cruz is The Pig and We Need Pork for Texas

 Flooding in Manhattan from Sandy

Katrina, Sandy were hurricanes in which the aftermath brought fights from the GOP politicians in which they fought( particularly (Sen. Cruz on sandy) bills for help complaining they had too much pork (too much unnecessary money). Meanwhile lives, remained in the balance. I was here without food,  electric or water and I was lucky because I was not flooded out.

The louder yells came from Texas and its Senators in which they had  so many Sandy victims in NJ and NY which they would not pass a relief bill. Delayed because they wanted less money available for victims like if it was money that was going to be given away knowing perfectly well that is not the way it works.

The President asked for the money he figured by talking with the Governors, Representatives, Senators of those regions affected bad. He calculated with FEMA what was needed and that is what he asked congress to deaf ears from Texas.

The whole NYC downtown business area was underwater. We just had this month the Subway Station on South Ferry reopen from the time Sandy flooded it out, a brand new station which had just reopened at the time.. Just like that Subway station remained closed for so long. The memories are still not fixed yet. There are people that lost everything in NY, Long Island and jersey. Still their losses put them in the food stamps roles which House Speaker Ryan and Trump wanted and still want to cut along with Trump.

The North-east is not asking an eye for an eye but it does demand from Republicans strongholds as Texas that they learn we are in this together and there is no one better than anyone else because of where they happened to be born. 5 Yrs ago NY today Texas...What was the argument again from Ted cruz representing and duly elected by the people of Texas?Pork? Well you know who is the moral pig today and pork for as money to rebuilt is for Texas. Yes?

 This are not the worse pictures from Sandy but it does show than even in a town that has tall buildings they are not insulated when you get high winds and flooding conditions. 

 Republicans from New York and New Jersey are pledging unconditional support for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. But their resentment lingers.
But as historic floods wreaked havoc across the Gulf Coast, Northeastern Republicans recalled with painful detail the days after Superstorm Sandy ravaged their region in 2012. At the time, Texas' Republican lawmakers, led by Sen. Ted Cruz, overwhelmingly opposed a disaster relief package they argued was packed with wasteful spending.

The debate delayed the passage of the Sandy relief package by several weeks. And five years later, another powerful natural disaster has exposed lingering resentment that underscores regional divisions in a deeply divided Republican Party grappling with the crisis.
"It was cruel, it was vicious, and something that I'll never forget," Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told The Associated Press on Tuesday. He said Texas Republicans held up the 2012 bill as part of "a political ploy against the Northeast." 

"Having said that," King added, "I don't want the people of Texas to suffer."
King's comments were representative of several New York and New Jersey Republicans interviewed by the AP who said they were still angry but would not employ the tactics of their Texas colleagues as Congress awaits an expected Trump administration request for billions of dollars of assistance. It may take weeks or months to survey the damage, but early estimates suggest Harvey could be one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history. "We're not going to hold it against those poor Texans who need our help what their representatives tried to do to us back five years ago," said Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y. "This is an American crisis and we come to the aid of our fellow Americans."
It's still unclear how the conservative Texas delegation will approach disaster funding when it affects their region. Natural disasters back home typically transform Congress' fiscal conservatives railing about the deficit into fans of federal spending.

Several Texas Republicans did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday. Cruz's office said it was too soon to say whether he could pledge unconditional support to a massive disaster assistance package. In recent days, he has defended his opposition to a $51 billion Sandy relief bill he said was filled with "pork."
The current disaster highlights stark differences between two wings of the Republican Party: more moderate Northeastern Republicans, a group from which President Donald Trump hails, and those across the South and Southwest, who often adhere to a rigid conservative ideology even, apparently, in times of crisis. 
"When regions face serious disasters causing extensive damage, the federal government has an obligation to assist with assets to address the emergency," Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said. "Sen. Cruz strongly supports this role of government, but emergency bills should not be used for non-emergency spending and that, unfortunately, is what made up nearly 70 percent" of the Sandy relief bill.
The Congressional Budget Office found that the $51 billion Sandy relief package was distributed relatively slowly, but virtually all of the funding was related to the storm or to prevent future disasters.
"I don't want to revisit who did or didn't vote for the legislation then," said Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., "I think it's needed now, and I'll be voting for it when we return to Washington."
Lance, like other Northeastern Republicans interviewed, disagreed with the Texas delegation's insistence five years ago that federal spending for disasters should include corresponding budget cuts elsewhere.
"The overarching lesson is that we have the responsibility nationally to be involved in these situations. And that one never knows where the next natural disaster will occur," he said.
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., was a state senator back in 2012 when Sandy hit.
"People's lives were hanging in the balance," he recalled, turning his attention to Texas. "I am fully, completely committed to doing whatever I can ... to assist."
Zeldin added, "Regardless of whether you're a fellow New Yorker or a Texan, we want to be as helpful as possible."
Congress stepped forward with enormous aid packages in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Sandy, though some GOP conservatives — including then-Indiana Rep. Mike Pence — chafed at the price tag. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who will be responsible for preparing any disaster request for Trump, opposed the Sandy aid package as a South Carolina congressman, offering a plan to cut elsewhere in the budget to pay for it.
Lawmakers provided $110 billion to rebuild the Gulf Coast after Katrina. The George W. Bush administration, politically scalded by criticism over its botched response, signed off on the aid.
But New York and New Jersey lawmakers seeking help over Sandy encountered stiffer resistance.
King said he was speaking out now to "put down a marker" for Cruz and others who stood in the way of Sandy relief five years ago.
"If there was another natural disaster," King said, "we're not going to tolerate what he did the last time."
Steve PeoplesAssociated Press

September 21, 2016

What You Should Know About NY Terrorist Bomber Ahmad Khan

US authorities have charged 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection with a bombing that injured 29 people on Saturday in Manhattan and two other incidents involving explosives in New Jersey. Rahami, a US citizen who was born in Afghanistan, also faces five counts of attempted murder of police officers for the shootout that led to his arrest on Monday.

Here's everything we know — and don't know — so far about Rahami and the bombings:

Why did he do it?

Nobody is sure yet. Rahami's family had a long-running dispute with the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey, a city about 20 miles outside of Manhattan, where they live and own First American Fried Chicken. Rahami's father sued the city, accusing police of a racially-motivated "campaign of harassment and intimidation" to force the business to close earlier. The lawsuit accused a neighbor, who frequently complained about noise and the late-night clientele, of saying, "Muslims make too much trouble in this country." It's unclear whether the lawsuit and tensions over the restaurant, where Rahami was a fixture, were a factor in the attacks.

Rahami, who attended high school and community college in New Jersey, traveled to Pakistan and his family's homeland in Afghanistan several times starting in 2011. Most recently, he spent more than a year in Quetta, Pakistan, a city on the Afghan border with a strong Taliban presence, returning in 2014. People who knew him from the family's restaurant in New Jersey told the New York Times he was "a completely different person," after he returned. He grew out his beard and began wearing a traditional Afghan clothing. The FBI is still investigating whether he was inspired by or taking orders from a terrorist organization such as the Islamic State. 

CNN has cited unnamed US law enforcement officials as saying Rahami kept a notebook that mentioned Anwar al-Awlaki, a prominent US-born Muslim cleric who supported al-Qaeda and was killed in a US drone strike in 2011. The notebook also reportedly contained references to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, who used a pressure cooker bomb similar to the one he allegedly planted.

Where did he learn to make the bombs?

A senior law enforcement official who spoke with the New York Times said there's no evidence yet that he had received military or bomb-making training abroad.

According to law enforcement sources cited by CNN, Rahami was questioned by US authorities after each of his trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan, but they had no reason to suspect that he was involved in terrorism. He was also interviewed by officials "for immigration purposes," according to the Associated Press, but he wasn't on any watch lists.

The bombs he allegedly made were relatively sophisticated. They used flip-style cellphones as a timing mechanism — the phones helped link the bombs in Manhattan to the ones found in New Jersey — with Christmas lights to trigger the blasts. The pressure cookers left in Manhattan were filled with shrapnel and HMTD, according to the Times, an explosive that can be made with a few readily available chemicals. Some of the bombs also reportedly used Tannerite, an explosive powder available at many sporting goods stores for use at shooting ranges.

"Where did he really go and what did he do overseas that a kid who lived a normal New Jersey life came back as a sophisticated bomb maker and terrorist?" one unnamed official law enforcement official told the Times.
As some media outlets have already noted, instructions for making pressure cookers bombs are easily found online, and al-Qaeda's online magazine Inspire infamously included an article titled, "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom."

The investigation is still ongoing, but right now it still appears that Rahami acted alone.

How did he choose his targets?

It's still a mystery.

The bomb that did the most damage was placed under a dumpster in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, near a home for the blind. A second bomb was left on the sidewalk four blocks away, but two thieves may have unwittingly disabled it when they removed it from a rolling suitcase and made off with the luggage. According to the Times, authorities believe Rahami drove his father's car into New York City shortly before the Chelsea blast at 8:30 p.m, and surveillance footage shows him in the area with baggage.

Three pipe bombs were attached to each other and left in a trash can along the route of a US Marine Corps charity 5K race in Seaside Park, New Jersey. One bomb exploded at around 9:30am on Saturday, but the race hadn't started yet and nobody was injured. Five more pipe bombs were found late Saturday night in a backpack on top of a garbage can near a train station in Elizabeth, just a few minutes away from the Rahami family's restaurant, suggesting the possibility that Rahami ditched them there after fleeing Chelsea.

Rahami was caught the following morning after he was found sleeping in the doorway of Merdie's Tavern in Linden, New Jersey, a town near Elizabeth. He shot one police officer, who was saved by a bulletproof vest, and fired wildly with a handgun at others as a he tried to flee on foot. Rahami was shot several times by police, but he is expected to survive.

Where's his wife?

On one of his early trips to Pakistan, Rahami found a wife. CNN reported that he filed paperwork to bring her to the US in 2011, but it's still unclear whether she ever made the trip. New Jersey Congressman Albio Sires said Rahami contacted his office in 2014 seeking help with his wife's immigration paperwork.

"He wanted his wife to come from Pakistan," Sires said on MSNBC. "At the time she was pregnant and in Pakistan. They told her that she could not come over until she had the baby, because she had to get a visa for the baby."

The Los Angeles Times cited an unnamed US official as saying she was allowed to enter the country at some point, and returned to Pakistan a few days before the bombings. She was reportedly questioned by officials in the United Arab Emirates, but her current whereabouts are unknown.

Rahami also had a daughter with a high school girlfriend, according to the New York Times.

Why didn't anybody see this coming?

According to the Times, Rahami's father warned police after a domestic dispute incident in 2014 that his son was a terrorist. Two unnamed law enforcement officials told the paper that Rahami's father made the comment to New Jersey police, and the information was passed along to a regional terrorism task force led by the FBI's Newark office. The father reportedly changed his tune when the FBI came to interview him, saying he made the comment out of anger.

Rahami had a few previous encounters with law enforcement, including an incident in 2014 when he was arrested on weapons and aggravated assault charges for allegedly stabbing a relative in the leg, according to court records found by the New York Times. He spent three months in jail, but a grand jury declined to indict him. He was also reportedly arrested and jailed for a day in February 2012 for violating a restraining order.

While Rahami's frequent travel to Afghanistan and Pakistan certainly looks suspicious in hindsight, he had family members in both countries, giving him a legitimate reason to visit.

He was also, by most accounts, mild-mannered and well-liked. Acquaintances told the Times he enjoyed racing and tricking out his Honda Civic, and a high school friend said he was relatively popular. "Everyone seemed to like him," the friend told the Times. "Smart, funny, humble." There was reportedly some tension with his father, who was more religious and traditional, but nothing that raised red flags.

His bail is set at $5.2 million

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