The FBI announced Tuesday that it is offering a $65,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the suspect behind the March 2008 bombing of a military recruiting station in Times Square, New York, adding in a statement that the suspect may also be connected to bombings carried out in New York City — at the British Consulate in 2005 and the Mexican Consulate in 2007.
The bureau also released “never-before-seen” video from the attack, which shows the suspect approaching the station on a bicycle, planting the bomb, and making his escape on the bike. In an impressive piece of sleuthing, the FBI has gathered footage from what looks to be just about every surveillance camera in the vicinity, and the video below tracks the suspect as he makes his escape:
But in appealing to the public, it’s fairly clear the FBI has hit a dead end in its investigation. The bureau notes that the “height, weight, age, sex, and race of the suspect are unknown,” and that he or she “was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and pants of an unknown color.”
The explosive device used in the attack was placed inside an ammunition container, and the FBI also released a photo of the remnants of the device, noting that this type of can is “commonly found on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan”:
The FBI has also recovered the bike used in the attack, and posted a photo of what is a pretty cool old Ross number:
So now you know what the FBI is working with. Crack the case and $65,000 could be yours.
Amy Zegart is a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. She is also a faculty affiliate at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and a professor of political economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (by courtesy), where she co-teaches a course on managing political risk with Condoleezza Rice. Previously, Zegart taught at UCLA, worked at McKinsey & Company, and served on the NSC staff. Her academic writing includes two award-winning books: Spying Blind (Princeton University Press, 2007), which examines intelligence adaptation failures before 9/11, and Flawed by Design (Stanford University Press, 1999), which chronicles the evolution of America’s national security architecture. She recently finished a book on congressional intelligence oversight, Eyes on Spies (Hoover Institution Press, 2011), and is currently working on a popular book about intelligence in the post-9/11 world. Zegart has also written about national security in the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Slate. A former Fulbright Scholar, she received an A.B. in East Asian Studies from Harvard and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford. A native Kentuckian, she lives in California with her husband and three children.| Amy Zegart |
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.| Daniel W. Drezner |