posted on 11/07/2003 7:54:49 PM PST
To: Shermy; All
According to the webpage at Mac's website:
" The university has no record of the individual referred to in the Washington Times article ever attending school here or accessing the reactor," said Johnston.
It is still unknown as to whether El Shukrijumah may have enrolled under a false name if he had, in fact, been at McMaster.
Shoukri said that, even if an attempt had been made to access the reactor, McMaster has complete trust in the security and stability of its nuclear facilities, as well as the disposal methods of radioactive waste.
"We have total confidence in the safety and security of the reactor," said Shoukri. "There is no indication whatsoever to substantiate the information in the story."
Faculty and staff have been conducting extensive inventory checks to ensure no nuclear or radioactive materials are missing from the facilities. So far, the checks have shown no equipment is unaccounted for.
According to the Times article, the FBI informant indicated there may have been at least three other al-Qaeda members on campus prior to El Shukrijumah's arrival in Hamilton. Johnston, however, does not feel students or anyone in the McMaster community have any cause to worry as a result of the Times article.
"There is no reason for anyone to feel insecure on campus as a result of this media story," said Johnston. "It is an allegation by a reporter.
"There is no proof or evidence to confirm the allegation and there is no proof that the individuals mentioned in the article have any connection with McMaster or have ever been here."
posted on 11/07/2003 11:33:32 PM PST
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