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Al-Qaida nuke bomb threat alleged
msnbc ^ | 4/22/02

Posted on 04/22/2002 7:22:04 PM PDT by knak

NBC: Terror network seeks material to explode bomb in U.S.

WASHINGTON, April 22 — A captured key strategist for the al-Qaida network told interrogators Monday that al-Qaida was working to obtain fissionable material for radiation bombs to be exploded in the United States, NBC News has learned. U.S. officials could not confirm the assertions of the strategist, Abu Zubaydah, but said they were taking him at his word.

SOURCES TOLD NBC News that Zubaydah, believed to be one of the top lieutenants of Osama bin Laden, believed to be the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, was cooperating with his interrogators. Officials said they did not know how to evaluate his information but were taking him seriously about bombs.

The officials said they would give Zubaydah’s information about al-Qaida’s quest for fissionable material the same consideration they gave a warning the U.S. government issued to banks Friday.

In that warning, the government said “unsubstantiated information” pointed to a possible terrorist threat against financial institutions. The FBI did not elaborate on that threat, but administration officials told NBC News that Zubaydah had revealed a possible plot to send suicide bombers into banks in the northeastern United States.

In the warning Monday, Zubaydah told U.S. investigators that al-Qaida operatives already had the knowledge to build the bomb, but he did not say that such a weapon had already been delivered to the United States, sources said.

Zubaydah is in U.S. custody at an undisclosed location. He is being treated for gunshot wounds he suffered when he was captured during a raid by Pakistani forces in Faisalabad on March 28.

Court testimony in the United States and in Jordan showed that Zubaydah effectively directed the so-called Millennium Plot, a plan to attack hotels and tourist sites in Jordan and at Los Angeles International Airport on New Year’s Day 2000. He has been sentenced to death in absentia in Jordan.

He is also believed to have directed the deadly bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in October 2000. Seventeen U.S. sailors were killed in that attack.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1999; 20000101; 200010; alqueda; bankplots; banks; dirtybombs; millenniumplot; newyears; nukes; usscole; wmd; yemen; zubaydah
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1 posted on 04/22/2002 7:22:04 PM PDT by knak
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To: buffalo124
That would be the right thing to do, but it will never happen.
4 posted on 04/22/2002 7:28:08 PM PDT by Registered
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To: knak
Send the puke back to Jordan. They know what to do.
5 posted on 04/22/2002 7:28:42 PM PDT by SSN558
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To: knak
,,, if you're standing in line at an airport and you talk about bombs they take those comments seriously. I suspect Abu Zabu du-dah is worth detaining a little longer.
6 posted on 04/22/2002 7:32:03 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: buffalo124
tens of THOUSANDS? Let's talk hundreds of thousands or a million +
7 posted on 04/22/2002 7:32:36 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: knak
Idiots - are 100,000 American lives worth 10,000,000 Arabs lives?
8 posted on 04/22/2002 7:35:07 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: knak;All
It's about time we started taking these people at their word, folks.
9 posted on 04/22/2002 7:36:34 PM PDT by mitchbert
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To: knak
Although I hate to say it, probably the only way to get the terrorist's (and Muslim's) attention is through another "Hiroshima" type attack. Unfortunately many more attacks on the U.S. are likely to occur before we do what is necessary to stop these maniacs.
10 posted on 04/22/2002 7:37:51 PM PDT by inflorida
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To: Travis Mcgee; squantos; libertina
Why do I see our "doctors" saying

"Mr Zubayda. It's imperative that we get all the bullet fragments out of your wounds. So while you're answering 'Mr. Smith's' questions I will be diggi.. er probing your wounds with this .45 inch dowel".

11 posted on 04/22/2002 7:39:45 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
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To: knak
When we capture these Al-Quida guys we need to let them be interrogated by the South Koreans.

There nothing like a South Korean Army interrogation of prisoners.

Very effective.

12 posted on 04/22/2002 7:39:52 PM PDT by ASTM366
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To: knak
Racial Profiling at our airports and closed borders inclduding our shipping ports must begin today!
13 posted on 04/22/2002 7:43:36 PM PDT by Mixer
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To: kattracks
<<<<<<<<<< PING >>>>>>>>>>
14 posted on 04/22/2002 7:44:11 PM PDT by Mixer
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To: Senator Pardek
Idiots - are 100,000 American lives worth 10,000,000 Arabs lives?

To the ones who would take the 100,000 American lives, yes. After all that's 10,000,000 more martyrs, with 720,000,000 more Virgins, well make that 360,000,000 Vigins, since I don't think the females get 72 virgin studs.

15 posted on 04/22/2002 8:01:40 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: knak
Well, I don't know the validity and I don't care.  Between the quasi-rouge alphabet soup agencies, the inept INS, the mexican population wanting the southwest back and the middle-easterners pulling off terrorist attacks HERE, I ain't waiting for some punk third-worlder to kick me in the ass.  I'm BLOGAAT'n, getting my various areas ready, teaching myself a second language, and keeping two vehicles in good running condition.  The family all knows the three linkup points in case of a "natural disaster."  Also got my medical bag (try almost suitcase!) fully stocked and food supply is in a full two year rotation.  Learned the Y2K two step very well, ain't NOBODY gonna take this good `ol country boy for a ride.  As far as my definition of Homeland Defense.. it starts and the immediate problems will end AT HOME!

There is a lot of security in "The Buck Stops RIGHT Here."

16 posted on 04/22/2002 8:15:43 PM PDT by TLI
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To: Senator Pardek
No, that is only 100 to 1. We can't afford that ratio.

I think it should be 500, 700, or 1000 to one.

17 posted on 04/22/2002 8:17:57 PM PDT by crystalk
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To: crystalk
that is a LOT of ammo/ordinance
18 posted on 04/22/2002 8:20:15 PM PDT by TLI
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To: knak
How about we say that for every nuclear weapon or radiation bomb that goes off in the United States, we will nuke 5 Iraqi cities. Then we'll find out for sure who is really behind all this.
21 posted on 04/22/2002 8:29:22 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: Thane_Banquo
how bout if ONE goes off here, from there, we just vaporise "there" or zap it with neutron bombs and go back to being America, without all this USA is the great Satan BS? Sound good?
22 posted on 04/22/2002 8:37:53 PM PDT by TLI
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To: knak
Fine. Nuke the capitals of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Lybia. Maybe they'd like to talk about their support of and participation in terrorist savagry.
23 posted on 04/22/2002 8:42:20 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: knak
high-voltage jumper cables clamped to the testicles followed by 35cc of sodium pentathol apparently makes one quite talkative...however, is there anything here we hadn't known or suspected already?
24 posted on 04/22/2002 9:02:37 PM PDT by abraxas_sandiego
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To: inflorida
But will they pray to a glowing crater?
26 posted on 04/22/2002 10:06:44 PM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: big ern
Yeah, "doctors" with garden tools.

Dull rusty muddy garden tools.

27 posted on 04/22/2002 10:07:47 PM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: right_to_defend
Martians?

Damn illegal aliens...

28 posted on 04/22/2002 10:16:37 PM PDT by TheLooseThread
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To: ASTM366
There nothing like a South Korean Army interrogation of prisoners.

Yes there is, interrogation by South Korean Marines!

-ccm

29 posted on 04/22/2002 10:19:28 PM PDT by ccmay
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To: knak;all
Some useful info:

Nuclear News you *can* use--

Nuclear, Biological, & Chemical Warfare- Survival Skills, Pt. II

30 posted on 04/23/2002 1:47:21 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: 4ourprogeny
...And is gonna be worse ten years from today. Get ready, get used, and most importantly, plan on being on your own.

your reminder causes me to further mull a foreign destination for my family-to think that our timid and confused gubmint has gotten us to this....

31 posted on 04/23/2002 5:41:48 AM PDT by 1234
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To: 4ourprogeny
That's just great. Some of our major cities are probably about to get dirty nuked in a few years by infiltrators and sleepers.

If this was all 'going down' on President Clinton's watch, there would be streams of Freepers and other conservatives out in front of the White House "freeping" to have the US international borders completely shut down and all aspects of immigration reviewed including suspending amnesty including mass deportation of undesirables from terrorist profiled nations.

But as it is, you can't do that.

Because the administration is Republican, donchya know?.....

32 posted on 04/23/2002 7:03:08 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
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To: 1234
New Zealand is probably about as safe as anywhere during this whole damned mess....
33 posted on 04/23/2002 7:06:19 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
tx-new one for me-will consider
34 posted on 04/23/2002 7:24:42 AM PDT by 1234
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To: Thane_Banquo
how about a muslim site nuke lottery - we put the names of Mecca, Medina, Damascus, Bagdad, etc.. on lottery balls and if ANY WMD are used against the US or allies then we draw a ball and fire an ICBM within an hour.
35 posted on 04/23/2002 7:25:30 AM PDT by hford02
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To: expatriot
My butt got tight when I relaized they could hit a nuclear plant.

LOL! The 'pucker effect' at work!

37 posted on 04/23/2002 7:29:15 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: knak
They nuke Washington, we nuke MECCA. Let's put an end to this satanic cult once and for all! If Allah is real, then Mecca will withstand the nuclear blast. I say, let's put it to the test.
38 posted on 04/23/2002 7:41:45 AM PDT by exmarine
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To: knak
USA public stance stated in barroom parlance:

If you hit me, you better kill me.

39 posted on 04/23/2002 8:07:06 AM PDT by kinghorse
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To: exmarine
Washington for Mecca? Surely you jest. Washington for Cairo, Damascus, Baghdad, Tehran, Mogadishu, Tripoli, All three major Saudi cities, North Korea, a couple of Chinese cities and Marseilles for good measure.
40 posted on 04/23/2002 8:26:36 AM PDT by kinghorse
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To: exmarine
Sounds like Sodom and Gommorah all over again.
41 posted on 04/23/2002 8:33:33 AM PDT by fivecatsandadog
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To: kinghorse
Of course, we would not willingly trade Washington for that muslim idol center, but we may have no choice. I do not believe our government is able to protect its citizens. Our borders are open sieves, air travel is no safer than it was on 911, and many of the bureacrats in key agencies are either incompetent or hostile to the cause. Take the FBI, for instance (you know, that agency that lies every time it opens its mouth) - they still think that right-wing militiamen are responsible for the anthrax attacks, and suspected American citizens of conspiracy while Al Qaeda plotted to desroy us. This is the Waco mentality. I think we FBI should be henceforth referred to as Federal Bungling Incorporated.

The sad part is that only 6 months later, most Americans think they are safe again. Fools. It's every man for himself.

42 posted on 04/23/2002 8:38:25 AM PDT by exmarine
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To: Travis McGee
But will they pray to a glowing crater?

Of course they will. They direct their prayers to a black chunk of stone now, so they'll just sweep up as much of the black stone powder as they can find and call it good.

43 posted on 04/23/2002 8:39:01 AM PDT by Charles Martel
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To: knak
radiation bombs are not nukes. These misleading claims are simple scare mongering and they are extremely irresponsible.
44 posted on 04/23/2002 9:38:57 AM PDT by JasonC
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To: knak
al-Qaida operatives already had the knowledge to build the bomb

So does any high school graduate. That's not the point. Did OBL die of radiation poisoning?

46 posted on 04/23/2002 10:47:35 AM PDT by RightWhale
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To: Charles Martel;dennisw;lent
I'm not sure. Their religion is based on unthinking unquestioning submission to an all powerful god, and the black kaba moon-god rock is the physical manifestation of tha god on earth.

If the infidels can turn allah's moon god rock into a mile wide glowing crater, the myth of their all powerful allah also goes "poof".

I don't know if their islemming cult can survive that.

47 posted on 04/23/2002 10:53:50 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: Travis McGee
I could put together one of these dirty bombs and so could milions of others. Even a small dirty radiological bomb can creat chaos and great expenditures for clean up money/ hospitalization/insurance claims if detonated in the right place.
48 posted on 04/23/2002 10:59:45 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Travis McGee
If the infidels can turn allah's moon god rock into a mile wide glowing crater, the myth of their all powerful allah also goes "poof".
I don't know if their islemming cult can survive that.

You are probably right. They are so eager to demolish the religious shrines of others...... makes one think they would very very spooked if their number one religious shrine was destroyed for a change. They are certainly up for such a rebuke going by the huge number of churches synagogues etc. they have torn down thru the ages and then built mosques on top of the ruins.....

49 posted on 04/23/2002 11:04:36 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw
I hope that 25 minutes after a hypothetical islemming dirty bomb goes off in Manhattan or DC, Mecca and Medina become smoking mile wide craters.
50 posted on 04/23/2002 11:11:42 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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