Faisal Shahzad obviously didn’t watch the greatest thing ever made for TV, “The Wire.” Or if he did, he wasn’t paying attention. He had a problem with a disposable cell phone:
This would be familiar to those of us who watched HBO’s “The Wire.” In the show, drug dealers managed to evade police surveillance for a long time by purchasing the phones at convenience stores, and discarding them, to keep law enforcement officials on their toes. According to a 2005 New York Times piece, New York criminals followed suit, using the show as a guide to evade arrest. Of course, “Wire” watchers know the police caught on to the ruse eventually — leading drug dealers to dump those traceable cellphones for pay phones and texting.