America will not be `terrorized`: Obama
Obama calls the failed Times Square attack a sobering reminder of security threats.
Washington: US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the failed Times Square attack was a sobering reminder of current security threats, but vowed America would not be terrorized or cower in fear.
The President said the FBI and law enforcement officers had all the tools they needed to investigate the attack and would probe whether the Pakistani American suspect arrested on Monday had links to foreign extremists.
"This incident is another sobering reminder of the times in which we live," Obama said in a speech to the Business Council in Washington.
"Around the world and here at home there are those who would attack our citizens and who would slaughter innocent men, women and children in pursuit of their murderous agenda.
"They will stop at nothing to kill and disrupt our way of life."
Obama said hundreds of lives may have been saved by the vigilance of citizens and law enforcement authorities in New York when the car bomb attack was thwarted on Saturday night.
And he promised that Americans would stick together and keep their heads held high after the failed attack.
"We know that the aim of those who try to carry out those attacks is to force us to live in fear and thereby amplifying the effects of their attacks, even those that fail."
"But as Americans, and as a nation, we will not be terrorized.
"We will not cower in fear. We will not be intimidated."