AP: Men Held in Today's FBI Raids Are Tea Partiers From Pakistan

The FBI made raids today in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

The AP: Men held in FBI raids are tea party protesters from Pakistan.
But, let’s not jump to any conclusions.

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation into the failed Times Square car bomb says two men taken into custody from a house in Massachusetts are from Pakistan.

The official says one of the men was taken into custody because he had overstayed his visa. The government had already begun proceedings to remove the other man from the country and he had been awaiting a ruling from an immigration court. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, is not authorized to release details on the case and did not know whether authorities are considering criminal charges against the men.

Authorities and witnesses say federal agents conducted Thursday raids in Boston suburbs and on New York’s Long Island. The FBI says the searches are the product of evidence gathered in the investigation into the bombing attempt two weeks ago.

They were probably upset because Americans were not nice to them and they weren’t able to pay their cable bill.


The men had spoken recently of taking trips to Pakistan. One of the men arrested Thursday has been charged with overstaying his visa, and another, identified as Pir Khan, has been charged with staying in the country despite an order of removal, according to one source.

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