Plotted to build and explode a radioactive "dirty bomb" with

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Doglips, Jun 10, 2002.

  1. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

    Get you radiiation pills and call TAPCO..they sell the suits. If the goverment admits this much then there are probly 2 or 3 more that should have exploded by now.

    WASHINGTON — Government agents have arrested a turncoat American citizen who plotted with Al Qaeda terrorists to build and explode a radioactive "dirty bomb" within the United States, officials revealed Monday.

    "We have disrupted an unfolding terrorist plot to attack the United States by exploding a radioactive dirty bomb," Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a televised announcement from Moscow.

    Ashcroft said Jose Padilla, also known as Abdullah Al Mujahir, was in the custody of the U.S. military and is being treated as an enemy combatant, suggesting plans for the first military tribunal of an alleged terrorist since the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington.

    A government official said Mujahir is a former Chicago street gang member who served time in prison in the 1990s, converted to Islam and met with Al Qaeda leaders in 2001 before returning to the United States.

    Intelligence and law enforcement officials are continuing to track down others who may have been involved in the plot. Justice officials said a plot to detonate a dirty bomb — a nuclear device set off with conventional explosives, rather than a fission reaction — requires a fairly significant number of people.

    Officials refused to speculate about a report that the bomb was intended to be detonated in Washington.

    Ashcroft said Mujahir was arrested May 8 as he flew into Chicago's O'Hare International Airport from Pakistan.

    He said the government's suspicions about Mujahir's plans came from "multiple, independent, corroborating sources."

    He said Al Qaeda apparently believed Mujahir would be permitted to travel freely within the U.S. because of his American citizenship and because he carried a U.S. passport.

    "We have acted with legal authority both under the laws of war and clear Supreme Court precedent, which establishes that the military may detain a United States citizen who has joined the enemy and has entered our country to carry out hostile acts," Ashcroft said.

    A senior administration official speaking on condition of anonymity said Mujahir was trained by Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan to wire explosives and to research radioactive dispersal devices. He was not believed to have had a bomb at the time of his apprehension.

    "We don't believe it went beyond the planning stages," the official said.

    Mujahir was transferred Monday morning from Justice Department custody in New York City to a high-security U.S. Navy brig in Charleston, S.C., said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Rivers Johnson.

    He said military officials have not decided whether to charge Mujahir or what charges to file.

    Mujahir had a lawyer in New York but his access to a lawyer probably will be severely restricted now that he is in military custody, Johnson said. He said Mujahir was being held separately from other prisoners at the brig.

    A government official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the intelligence that led to Mujahir's arrest came from captured Al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah during recent interrogations.

    Mujahir discussed several terrorist plans with Abu Zubaydah, according to a U.S. official.

    Mujahir first met with Abu Zubaydah in Afghanistan in 2001, and traveled to Pakistan at Abu Zubaydah's request, the official said, adding that he was one of a group that traveled with Abu Zubaydah to several locations in Pakistan.

    Mujahir and another unidentified associate researched dirty bombs in Lahore, Pakistan, the official said.

    "The radiological device plan articulated by Padilla and his associate was in the planning stages, and no specific time was set to occur," the official said.

    At Abu Zubaydah's behest, Mujahir also traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, to meet with several senior Al Qaeda operatives, to discuss the plan, the official said. Mujahir also was interested in plans to bomb hotel rooms and gas stations in the United States, the official said.

    It was unclear whether any of these meetings took place after Sept. 11.

    President Bush, based on recommendations from Ashcroft and White House counsel Al Gonzales, designated the suspect as a combatant in papers signed late Sunday. That designation allowed the Department of Defense to take custody of Mujahir from the Department of Justice.

    "Based on the facts in this case and the importance of protecting sources who helped us get him, the determination was made that DOD is best for his detention," an official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. This official said the administration does not know how close the suspect was to obtaining a so-called "dirty bomb."

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  2. BenP

    BenP Guest


    Makes you wonder what kind of fun drugs their pumpin' into old Abu Zabaydah, eh? I'm sure this guy was just waiting for the chance to rat out his Al Quieda brethren. I'll bet their not gonna leave much of him after their through with him. Probably just sit in a corner with a blank look and gaunt face going "Bah, ba ba bah, ba ba bah" all day long, and have to be fed through a tube in his gut.

  3. Armorer

    Armorer Guest

    Ya only meed a protective mask. To keep the crap out of the inside of you.

    Skin can be deconed. with soap and water.

    It took the news folks long enough to tell the public about dirty bombs, geez we learned about them in NBC counter Terrorest training in the 80's.