Who is Faisal Shahzad???

A profile of Faisal Shahzad has come to the fore. He lost his home in Shelton,CT, Educated in US; son of a Pakistani Military leader; he hated former President George W. Bush. From the Wall Street Journal provides the background on him:

Faisal Shahzad was losing his Connecticut home to foreclosure, disliked President George W. Bush, and was an almost invisible presence at the American university where he earned two degrees.

Those are some of the details in the still-emerging portrait of the man who authorities say has implicated himself in the botched Times Square bomb plot. Mr. Shahzad was born in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province, according to Pakistan’s U.S. embassy. He worked at a Connecticut marketing firm until 2009, the same year he became a U.S. citizen. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Shahzad and his wife, Huma Mian, were facing foreclosure on the compact home of gray vinyl shingles they owned on Long Hill Avenue near the center of Shelton, Conn. He is “financially bankrupt,” said a high-level official briefed on the investigation. Neighbors and brokers said Mr. Shahzad and his wife had moved away and abandoned the house months ago. A lockbox with a key was on the front door, and the lawn was being mowed on behalf of the bank, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., which issued the mortgage when the house was purchased in 2004.

Mr. Shahzad bought his house that July for $273,000, brokers said, with 20% down and an 80% mortgage with Chase. It was a new house built on a lot in an existing neighborhood. Brokers said he used the proceeds of the sale of a condominium he owned in Norwalk, Conn., to pay for it. He later added his wife to the deed.

Chase Home Finance filed a foreclosure action against the couple last September, and court dockets indicate they didn’t show up to defend themselves. They were listed as “non-appearing” parties. The most recent papers were filed in the case on April 23.

Frank DelVecchio, a broker based in Trumbull, Conn., listed the house off and on for Mr. Shahzad starting in 2008. When the listing expired last spring, he said, Mr. Shahzad sent him an email message saying he “had to let the house go to the bank” and was returning to Pakistan to take care of his parents, in particular his ill father.

“He was very disappointed that he wasn’t getting his house sold,” Mr. DelVecchio said.

Last Year Shahzad walked away from the home and rented a home in a working-class neighborhood of Bridgeport,CT.

After leaving his home in Shelton, Mr. Shahzad spent some of his time at a three-story, beige building on Sheridan Street in Bridgeport, Conn. Neighbors said he didn’t appear to live there. He didn’t stay overnight, but would come for short visits and leave.

Shahzad did not have an affinity for former President George W. Bush:

Igor Djuric, a broker who showed Mr. Shahzad the 1,356-square-foot home he eventually bought, said he remembered that Mr. Shahzad was quiet about himself, but was openly critical of President Bush in the aftermath of the Iraq war.

“I didn’t take it for anything, since a lot of people didn’t like Bush,” Mr. Djuric said, “but he was a little bit strong about expressing it.”

The neighbors was shocked about their former neighbor. Some say that he was weird others describe Shahzad as quiet man no one would suspect the worst out of him:

The only thing strange about Mr. Shahzad that next-door neighbor Brenda Thurman could remember was his habit of going jogging at night wearing all black. He told her he didn’t like the sunlight, she said.

At home, he sometimes wore ankle-length traditional Muslim garb, said Ms. Thurman, who lived next to Mr. Shahzad for more than three years, but he wore a shirt and tie to work. He would leave the house in the morning in a burgundy car and return in the evening.

Sometimes, relatives would come to visit, she said, driving cars with New York license plates.

Ms. Thurman’s daughter occasionally played with his daughter. Then one day last May, Mr. Shahzad disappeared. His wife, two children and his wife’s two sisters—who also lived in the house—held a tag sale in July. Ms. Thurman paid $5 for four pillows—”a steal,” she said. Then her neighbors were gone. She didn’t know where they went. The house has sat empty since then, she said.

“He was a little weird,” she said. “I didn’t know he was that damn weird.”

Other real-estate brokers and a lawyer who worked with Mr. Shahzad described him as soft-spoken, well-dressed and intelligent, but very reserved.

The FBI removed computer and other material from the Bridgeport Apartment:

Some neighbors said they were evacuated by the FBI Monday night and only able to return Tuesday morning. The apartment had a for-rent sign posted in the front yard.

Ms. Staples said the materials that authorities hauled out of the apartment made it seem like a storage space. “It’s very scary to see what they brought out of the house,” she said, referring to wires.

Shahzad attend the University of Bridgeport where he receive college degrees where some faculty and staff remember him:

Mr. Shahzad received two degrees from the University of Bridgeport—a B.A. in 2000 in computer science and engineering, and an M.B.A. in 2005. Professors there said they had been discussing Mr. Shahzad for much of Tuesday morning, trying to recall what he was like, yet few were able to remember.

Prof. Robert Todd said his records showed that Mr. Shahzad was in at least one of his classes, but “I don’t remember the kid,” Mr. Todd said. “He was not obviously outstanding or horrible.”

Ward Thrasher, director of the M.B.A. program, said he only remembered Mr. Shahzad’s name, and that Mr. Shahzad took longer than most to complete his degree, because he was taking only one or two classes a semester.

“There are kids who over the years make an impression on faculty and advisers,” Mr. Thrasher said. “This kid doesn’t appear to have impressed anyone, favorably or unfavorably.”

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