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  • ISIS Claims To Have Built A Dirty Bomb As Officials Warn Of Airline Attack

    12/03/2014 3:49:56 AM PST · by Ray76 · 17 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Norvell Rose
    Islamic State militants are boasting that they have developed a dirty bomb — a crude nuclear weapon using materials seized from Mosul University, Iraq. [A] letter written by the Iraqi Ambassador to the U.N. to the body’s Secretary-General confirm[ed] that some 88 pounds of uranium that could be adapted for a dirty bomb was seized by militants.
  • Analysis: Freed former al Qaeda operative was part of intelligence dispute

    01/21/2015 8:59:44 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 21, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    Last month, Senator Dianne Feinstein and other Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the executive summary of their final report investigating the CIA's controversial detention and interrogation program. As part of their study, the Democrats compiled twenty case studies, which were intended to address claims made by the CIA regarding the efficacy of its interrogations. One of those case studies focused on the identification and arrest of Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, who was freed from a US prison just days ago. Al Marri served as a "sleeper" operative for al Qaeda inside the US in 2001....
  • A Terrorist Released

    11/06/2011 5:32:48 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/5/2011 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Binyam Mohamed is back in the news. You may remember him as the al-Qaeda operative who was slated to help would-be “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla conduct a second wave of post-9/11 attacks, targeting American cities. You also may not remember him. After all, the Obama administration quietly released him without charges. Well, there’s a new chapter in this sordid tale. Mohamed is living large — taxpayer-funded large — in Great Britain. For that, we can thank the Lawyer Left’s stubborn insistence that enemy war criminals are really run-of-the-mill defendants. Actually, make that run-of-the-mill plaintiffs. Unlike Padilla, who actually got into...
  • FBI Press Conference: 17 of 18 suspects arrested in Sting Operation for Illegal Weapons

    03/15/2005 8:46:10 AM PST · by CitizenM · 58 replies · 3,052+ views
    FOX news | March 15, 2005 | Jamie Fox
    Sting operation by FBI- Press Conference just on FOX: 17 of 18 defendents arrested for attempting to purchase weapons from an undercover FBI agent. One wanted to buy uranium to make a nuclear device in a subway system. FBI spokesperson emphatically stated that did not come to fruition, but the suspect did ask the question. FBI was not involving itself in the end user, the sting operation was focusing on the people who were attempting to purchase the weapons for further sale/distribution. FBI taped over 15,000 phone calls made by the men trying to purchase. Very Dangerous weaponry including: grenade...
  • 2 of Britain's most dangerous Islamic terrorists sent to new prison -fellow inmates were 'too white'

    03/21/2008 3:43:44 AM PDT · by Stoat · 31 replies · 757+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 21, 2008 | GWYNETH REES
    Two of Britain's most dangerous Islamic terrorists moved to new prison - because they complained fellow inmates were 'too white'By GWYNETH REES - More by this author » Last updated at 09:58am on 21st March 2008  Two of Britain's most dangerous terrorists have been moved to different prisons after complaining their fellow inmates were "too white".  Dhiren Barot and Omar Khyam asked to be transferred from high-security Frankland prison near Durham. Barot masterminded a radioactive bomb plot involving limousines packed with nails and explosives and Khyam plotted to blow up Bluewater shopping centre in Kent.  Scroll down for more...Complained:...
  • Socialist Terrorist Was Making Radioactive Dirty Bomb For Inauguration

    04/18/2009 11:46:14 PM PDT · by SBD1 · 108 replies · 8,330+ views
    WikiLeaks ^ | January 19, 2009 | Washington DC Regional Threat and Analysis Center
    FBI FIELD INTELLIGENCE GROUPS Page 11 9 December 2008 Discovery of Radiological Dispersal Device Components, Literature, and Radioactive Material at the Maine Residence of an Identified Deceased US Person On 9 December 2008, radiological dispersal device components and literature, and radioactive materials, were discovered at the Maine residence of an identified deceased USPER James Cummings. Cummings had possible ties to white supremacist groups. On 9 December 2008, four one-gallon containers of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide, lithium metal, thermite, aluminum powder, beryllium, boron, black iron oxide, and magnesium ribbon were discovered at the Cummings’ residence. (FBI comments: Literature on constructing ‘dirty...
  • FBI says al-Qaida scout used New Jersey as base

    10/14/2004 12:39:20 PM PDT · by Shermy · 10 replies · 909+ views
    Bergen County Record ^ | October 14, 2004 | Mitchel Maddux
    A senior al-Qaida operative lived in New Jersey and posed as a student to disguise his surveillance of financial institutions as possible terror targets, officials said Wednesday. The FBI's top agent in New Jersey, Joseph Billy Jr., confirmed that the operative led an al-Qaida mission to survey the physical layout and assess weaknesses of the Prudential Financial Inc. building in downtown Newark. While carrying out this reconnaissance operation - which included surveys of the New York Stock Exchange building on Wall Street and Citigroup's headquarters in midtown Manhattan - the man attended several institutions of higher learning in New Jersey,...
  • Terror plotter sentenced to life

    11/07/2006 6:03:50 AM PST · by Mrs Ivan · 13 replies · 485+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 07/11/2006 | Duncan Gardham
    A British al-Qa'eda fanatic who planned to cause "indiscriminate carnage, bloodshed and butchery" on both sides of the Atlantic has been jailed for life. Dhiren Barot, from London, plotted explosions Muslim convert Dhiren Barot was told by a judge at Woolwich Crown Court this afternoon that he must serve at least 40 years before being considered for release. Mr Justice Butterfield told Barot: "This was no noble cause. Your plans were to bring indiscriminate carnage, bloodshed and butchery first in Washington, New York and Newark, and thereafter the UK on a colossal and unprecedented scale." He added: "Your intention was...
  • Pair Charged With Terror Recruiting in U.S.

    09/16/2004 12:48:14 PM PDT · by JustAnotherSavage · 36 replies · 1,522+ views ^ | 9/16/04 | AP
    Pair Charged With Terror Recruiting in U.S. Thursday, September 16, 2004 WASHINGTON — Two men were charged Thursday with providing financial support to terrorists and recruiting terror group members, including one person identified by U.S. authorities as alleged "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla (search). A 10-count grand jury indictment handed up in federal district court in Miami charges Adhan Amin Hassoun (search) and Mohamed Hesham Youssef (search) with providing material support to terrorists and conspiracy to provide support. The indictment contends Hassoun helped recruit individuals from the United States for groups engaging in Islamic "jihad," or holy war, in countries such as Afghanistan,...
  • Ex-D.C. school official charged in terror plots

    03/31/2005 2:11:12 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 21 replies · 842+ views ^ | March 31, 2005 | Matthew Cella
    A former high-level D.C. schools official has been charged with plotting global terrorist acts while also struggling to renovate classrooms and rid city schools of asbestos. Kifah Waed Jayyousi, the former facilities director for D.C. public schools, was ordered held in Detroit yesterday after he was arrested for providing material support to terrorists and plotting acts of terrorism outside the United States.
  • Man admits UK-US terror bomb plot

    10/12/2006 7:04:19 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 52 replies · 2,500+ views
    BBC News ^ | October 12, 2006 | Staff
    A man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder people in terrorist campaigns in Britain and the US.Dhiren Barot, of north London, planned to use a radioactive "dirty bomb" in one of a series of attacks in the UK, Woolwich Crown Court has heard. He intended to cause "injury, fear, terror and chaos", the court was told. Barot also plotted to carry out explosions in US cities that were "designed to kill as many innocent people as possible".
  • White House Releases Information On Al-Qaida Plots - Dirty Bomb

    10/06/2005 9:25:36 PM PDT · by silentknight · 14 replies · 1,502+ views
    WNBC ^ | 10/6/05 | WNBC
    White House Releases Information On Al-Qaida Plots 3 Foiled Attacks Aimed At Targets Inside U.S. POSTED: 9:00 am EDT October 6, 2005 UPDATED: 11:22 pm EDT October 6, 2005 WHITE HOUSE -- The White House has released information about 10 al-Qaida plots that President George W. Bush says the U.S. and its allies have foiled in the last four years. Three plots cited were in the United States. They included plans to use hijacked airplanes to attack both the West and the East coasts. The third involved plans to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" in a U.S. city. Also, the...
  • U.S. alleges tie between Muslim charity, bin Laden; man accused of trying to obtain uranium

    01/30/2003 7:30:37 AM PST · by freeperfromnj · 9 replies · 521+ views ^ | 1/30/03 - 9:41 am | The Associated Press
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) -- Federal prosecutors accused a Syrian-born American of once leading a Muslim charity that the Treasury Department calls a terrorist group, and said he tried to help Osama bin Laden get a nuclear weapon.</p> <p>The government said Mohamed Loay Bayazid was president of the suburban Chicago-based Benevolence International Foundation in 1994, about the same time he is accused of trying to get uranium for al-Qaida.</p>
  • Federal Judge Orders 'Enemy Combatant' Jose Padilla Charged Or Released

    02/28/2005 3:20:44 PM PST · by MisterRepublican · 354 replies · 4,036+ views
    The Carolina ^ | February 28, 2005 | TheCarolinaChannel
    SPARTANBURG -- A federal judge in Spartanburg has ordered that an American citizen held as an enemy combatant in a Navy brig in Charleston should be charged with a crime or released. U.S. District Judge Henry F. Floyd ruled Monday that the president of the United States does not have the authority to order Jose Padilla to be held indefinitely without being charged. "If the law in its current state is found by the president to be insufficient to protect this country from terrorist plots, such as the one alleged here, then the president should prevail upon Congress to remedy...
  • Homeland Security Agents Force Plane to Land in San Antonio

    01/24/2005 10:12:18 PM PST · by ElephantinTexas · 329 replies · 17,410+ views
    WOAI ^ | 1/24/2005 | ElephantinTexas
    This is my first post so I hope I got it right. This is breaking here in San Anonio. A single engine plane has been forced down at Stenson Field south of San Antonio. Homeland Security, DPS and SAPD are on the scene. They are waiting for a Chinese tranlator but they have Chinese illegals in custody and said that the pilot was someone Homeland Security has been looking for. I'll post more as it comes available.
  • Evidence Points to Dirty-Bomb Plot

    10/29/2003 9:48:28 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 53 replies · 484+ views
    Insight ^ | Oct. 29, 2003 | Scott L. Wheeler
    Adnan El Shukrijumah is a suspected al-Qaeda organizer who is the subject of a worldwide manhunt by the FBI and CIA. He is believed to be working on Osama bin Laden's plan to trigger a radiological disaster inside the United States - the so-called "dirty-bomb" scenario where a small charge would trigger dispersion of radiation over a large area, wreaking havoc on those caught in the blast and making the blast area uninhabitable. High-grade uranium is not necessary for this project; ordinary, low-grade nuclear waste will be deadly enough. El Shukrijumah has eluded capture. But Insight in field interviews...
  • Bin Laden’s dirty bomb quest exposed

    12/18/2004 8:50:29 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies · 858+ views
    Sunday Times (UK) ^ | December 19, 2004 | By Nick Fielding
    NEW evidence of Osama Bin Laden’s attempts to acquire radioactive material for a “dirty bomb” has been revealed by an aide to the Al-Qaeda leader. In a book to be published shortly, the insider shows that Bin Laden bowed to pressure from hawks within the terror group’s leadership to buy the material through supporters in Chechnya. He had initially been cautious about such a dramatic increase in its armoury. It is the first time that such a senior Al-Qaeda figure has revealed the internal tensions and debates within the group, and shows it was far less unified than had been...
  • FBI Believes Student was bin Laden Scout Investigators Say He was Doing Surveillance Here [NJ]

    10/14/2004 1:56:03 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 30 replies · 1,657+ views
    WABC-NY Channel 7 via ABC News ^ | Oct 14, 2004 | Kemberly Richardson
    (Newark-WABC, October 14, 2004) — He looked like any student attending college in New Jersey. But in reality, FBI officials believe he was sent here by Osama bin Laden to scout out possible targets for a terrorist attack. Eyewitness News' Kemberly Richardson reports. Sources tell Eyewitness News they are making headway with this investigation. They say as they canvas the area showing people a picture of Dhiren Barot they are getting confirmation he was here. He was seen at tourist areas, universities, and perhaps the most unsettling place: Right in front of the Prudential building. A senior FBI agent tells...
  • Pakistan Says It Seized Americans Tied to Al Qaeda (6/13/2002)

    06/13/2002 6:16:02 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 12 replies · 818+ views
    New York Times ^ | Thursday, June 13, 2002 | By DEXTER FILKINS
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 12 — Several men believed to be American citizens have been taken into custody here during the past few weeks on suspicion of being linked to Al Qaeda, senior Pakistani officials said today. The Pakistani officials said most of the men had been picked up along with other suspected Al Qaeda and Taliban members in joint American-Pakistani raids in the country's remote tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan. They said they believe that the men form a disjointed network of disaffected Westerners who converted to Islam and have been drawn to militant causes, fighting alongside Al...
  • Three more held in UK; Arrests Trio Questioned At High-security Police Station

    09/23/2001 11:26:32 PM PDT · by Wallaby · 9 replies · 564+ views
    The Guardian (London) | September 24, 2001 | Paul Kelso
    Not for commercial use. Solely to be used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. Three more held in UK; Arrests Trio Questioned At High-security Police Station Paul Kelso The Guardian (London); Guardian Home Pages, Pg. 4 September 24, 2001 British police were yesterday investigating the possibility that the al-Qaida terrorist network is active in the UK, as anti-terrorist branch officers continued to question three people of Arab extraction arrested at the weekend. French police arrested three men in possession of what investigators believe is uranium-235, a material used in the construction of atomic weapons. The uranium is ...

    06/13/2002 2:00:10 AM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 269+ views
    New York Post ^ | 6/13/03 | BRIAN BLOMQUIST
    <p>WASHINGTON - An associate of alleged "dirty-bomb" plotter Jose Padilla is under arrest in Pakistan and has been grilled by the FBI, a Pakistani intelligence official said yesterday.</p> <p>The suspect was identified as Benjamin Ahmed Mohammed, the Pakistani official said, although FBI and CIA officials refused to confirm the report.</p>

    06/28/2002 1:52:42 AM PDT · by kattracks · 17 replies · 351+ views
    New York Post ^ | 6/28/02 | Andy Soltis
    <p>A Palestinian living in Florida is believed to be an "important link" to "dirty bomb" suspect José Padilla and a possible al Qaeda network in the United States, it was reported last night.</p> <p>Padilla contacted Adham Hassoun of Sunrise, Fla., while overseas and was apparently headed to see him when he was arrested, CBS News reported.</p>
  • Feds arrest man linked to 'dirty bomb' suspect

    06/15/2002 1:22:08 PM PDT · by BJClinton · 6 replies · 325+ views
    CNN ^ | June 15, 2002 | Mark Potter
    <p>MIAMI (CNN) -- Federal officials in Miami told CNN Saturday they had arrested a south Florida Muslim activist with ties to "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla.</p> <p>Adham Amin Hassoun was arrested during a Wednesday night traffic stop by members of South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela and Immigration and Naturalization Service spokesman Rodney Germain.</p>
  • CBS: Palestinian May Be Link to U.S. Al Qaeda Network - Moussaoui Might Not Be "20th" Hijacker

    06/27/2002 7:38:54 PM PDT · by glorygirl · 69 replies · 591+ views
    Reuters/CBS ^ | 6/27/02
    WASHINGTON — The recent arrest of a Palestinian man from Florida has convinced U.S. officials that a network of al Qaeda operatives exists in the United States, CBS reported on Thursday. It said Adham Hassoun, arrested earlier this month, was an "important link" to accused al Qaeda member American Jose Padilla, as well as other groups based in the United States who may be awaiting orders for future attacks. "A number of people are under surveillance. None is believed to have had a supporting role in the Sept. 11 attacks. Some may have been slated to assist Zacarias Moussaoui," it...
  • U.S. Says Dirty Bomb Suspect Plotted Other Attacks

    06/11/2002 9:34:10 AM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 294+ views
    Reuters | 6/11/02 | Deborah Charles
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American accused of plotting a radioactive "dirty bomb" attack on the United States met repeatedly with top al Qaeda leaders after Sept. 11 to discuss a range of attack options including blowing up hotels and gas stations, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.The officials said Abdullah al Muhajir, a New York native born as Jose Padilla, traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan several times after the Sept. 11 attacks on America to meet senior al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah for talks on plans for other types of attacks.Muhajir first met Zubaydah, a member of Osama bin Laden's...
  • U.S. Nabs 'Dirty Bomb' Suspect

    06/10/2002 2:34:13 PM PDT · by RedBloodedAmerican · 99 replies · 567+ views
    AP ^ | May 10 2002 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government on Monday announced the arrest of an American accused of plotting with al-Qaida terrorists to detonate a "dirty bomb" to spread radioactive material, possibly targeting Washington. Authorities said the alleged scheme, involving a former gang member from Chicago who was raised Catholic but converted to Islam, went only as far as the planning stages. Undersecretary of State John Bolton indicated the man was carrying plans for the attack when he was picked up in Chicago. Jose Padilla, 31, also known as Abdullah al Muhajir, was arrested on May 8 as he flew from Pakistan via...
  • U.S. Counters 'Dirty Bomber' Civil Liberty Critics

    06/11/2002 10:05:07 AM PDT · by RCW2001 · 345 replies · 592+ views
    (Reuters Photo) U.S. Counters 'Dirty Bomber' Civil Liberty Critics June 11— BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The United States Tuesday countered criticism from civil liberties groups over the way it was treating a suspected al Qaeda operative, alleged to have been plotting a radioactive "dirty bomb" attack against the U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft told a news conference in Hungary's capital that it was the "terrorists" who threatened civil liberties, not the international coalition set up to combat the threat in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington."The fight against terrorism is a fight to secure...
  • The mystery of John Doe No. 2 (Video Camera Recorded John Doe No. 2)

    06/17/2002 8:29:54 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 70 replies · 1,075+ views
    Salon.Com ^ | June 9, 2001 | David Neiwert
    The main thing Joann Van Buren says she remembers about Timothy McVeigh is the $50 bill he wanted her to break. That, and the two men who accompanied him. One day before he tore a hole in the nation's psyche with the bomb that destroyed Oklahoma City's Murrah Federal Building, McVeigh, Van Buren says, pulled up to the little Subway sandwich shop where she worked in Junction City, Kansas, driving the yellow Ryder truck that would contain the bomb. Van Buren didn't pay any particular attention to them at first. Another clerk waited on the men, but when they tried...
  • Terror Suspect's Arrest (Padilla) May Spur Attack, FBI Fears

    06/20/2002 6:17:03 PM PDT · by codebreaker · 14 replies · 227+ views
    The London Times ^ | Friday June 21, 2002 Greenwich Mean Time | Roland Watson in Washington D.C
    FBI officials fear that the arrest of Jose Padilla, the US-born terror suspect, may be a signal for other Al Qaeda operatives to stage attacksPadilla who also used the name Abdullah al-Mujahir, walked knowingly into the hands of federal authorities at Chicago's International airport five weeks ago.The FBI strongly suspects Padilla knew he was being tailed before his arrest. Many seats around him on the Swiss International Airlines Flight from Zurich to Chicago were taken by agents of the FBI and Swiss Intelligence. But before that, officials believe Padilla was tipped off that he was being followed after agents approached...
  • Padilla to Be Held Indefinitely

    06/14/2002 3:01:08 AM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 248+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jun 14, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- The government will hold suspected American terrorist Jose Padilla indefinitely and will not bring him before a military tribunal, according to congressional and U.S. officials. Justice officials made their case in a closed meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, arguing the United States has the legal power to hold Padilla until President Bush decides the war against terrorism is over. "They say it's not punitive, it's just purely prevention to stop him from attacking us," said one congressional official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "He's going to stay in...
  • Padilla Sought Radioactive Material

    06/13/2002 5:57:02 PM PDT · by kattracks · 7 replies · 222+ views
    AP | 6/13/02
    Terror Suspect Jose Padilla's Bid to Purchase Radioactive Material Led to His Arrest ISLAMABAD, Pakistan June 13 — "Dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla went to a Central Asian country in search of radioactive components before returning to the United States, where he was arrested last month, Pakistani officials said Thursday. But a U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the United States has no information that Padilla traveled to another Central Asian country earlier this year in search of radiological weapon components.The Pakistani officials refused to identify the Central Asian country nor say whether Padilla was successful. He...
  • Padilla not cooperating with U.S.

    06/12/2002 11:12:38 AM PDT · by Jean S · 35 replies · 410+ views
    UPI ^ | 6/12/02 | Michael Kirkland
    WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Jose Padilla, the man accused of plotting with senior al Qaida terrorists to set off a radioactive "dirty bomb" in an American city, has not been cooperating with U.S. investigators, senior law enforcement officials told United Press International Wednesday. In fact, he's been anything but. "He wouldn't even admit he had been in Afghanistan," one official said. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on a trip to help lower the temperature in the dispute between India and Pakistan, said earlier that the United States didn't necessarily want to prosecute the suspect, just find out "what he knows."...
  • Muhajir: What's Really Going On

    06/12/2002 11:32:02 PM PDT · by katman · 21 replies · 351+ views
    CNN ^ | June 11, 2002 | Joe Katzman
    <p>This follow-on post does some in-depth analysis of what the Muhajir arrest really means, and the game that's afoot here. Which is not the story the media is talking about. Mujahir's M.O. tells us a lot about Al-Qaeda, and he could be our Midway on that front of our War Against Islamists. I explain how and why.</p>
  • McVeigh Lived In Ft. Lauderdale Area Same Time As Padilla!!! (According To Court Document)

    06/17/2002 6:27:47 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 260 replies · 4,154+ views
    <p>And the first of these is with respect to a William Davis. And the parties have agreed that if he were called as a witness in this case, he would testify as follows: "I am married to Patricia Davis, who is the sister of the defendant, Timothy James McVeigh. In early 1993, I owned and operated a business known as Bill Davis Electric which was then located in my home at 11240 N.W. 27th Court, Plantation, Florida, 33323.</p>
  • Jose Padilla as John Doe #2 theory gains as ties to Benevolence International are uncovered

    06/15/2002 11:59:45 AM PDT · by spycatcher · 207 replies · 1,609+ views
    CNN via ^ | June 15, 2002 | John Berger
    Latest Developments BREAKING NEWS: Padilla Associate Nabbed By Feds In Florida, Had Ties To Benevolence International Foundation If you've plodded through the Padiila-BIF-Terry Nichols stories (listed below) patiently, wading through the tedious speculation, wishing a real connection would emerge, well, your wait has ended! The feds have nabbed the missing link between the Benevolence International Foundation and Jose Padilla! Who is John Doe #2 news and information clearinghouseCNN - Feds arrest man linked to 'dirty bomb' suspect
  • From Taco Bell to terror: How a S. Floridian ended up in al-Qaida

    06/12/2002 7:05:27 AM PDT · by browardchad · 37 replies · 423+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | 6/12/02 | Christy McKerney and Tanya Weinberg
    José Padilla’s conversion to Islam could have helped him leave behind a life of violence and thuggery that saw him in and out of jails. Instead, his new religion and his old ways apparently combined to make him the perfect candidate for terrorism, according to prosecutors who say the former South Floridian, 31, plotted with al-Qaida to build a radioactive bomb that could have rained nuclear material over city blocks. A decade ago, he was planning a new life for himself and his future wife. Both converted to Islam and Padilla took it very seriously, asking questions and attending local...
  • From Chicago Gang to Possible Al Qaeda Ties

    06/10/2002 11:06:48 PM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 210+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6/10/02 | JODI WILGOREN with JO THOMAS
    HICAGO, June 10 — The man suspected of plotting a radioactive bomb attack, a Brooklyn-born Hispanic Catholic who converted to Islam when he married a Middle Eastern woman, had a lengthy criminal record in two states. The record started with an arrest in connection with a murder when he was a teenager, according to law enforcement officials and court records.In 1985, the man, born Jose Padilla to Puerto Rican parents but later known as Abdullah al-Muhajir, told the police that after his friend stabbed a stranger in a Chicago alley, Mr. Padilla, who was 14, kicked the victim in...
  • Ex-mosque leader says suspect (Padilla) wasn't radical in Broward

    06/18/2002 12:39:13 PM PDT · by browardchad · 19 replies · 401+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 6/17/02 | WANDA J. DeMARZO
    The former leader of the Fort Lauderdale mosque where Jose Padilla worshiped said Sunday that the terrorism suspect's transformation to extremism probably came after he left South Florida for Egypt.Raed Awad, who served as imam of Masjid Al-Iman from 1994 to 2000, said Padilla was eager to learn more about Islam and had won a scholarship to Al-Azhar University in Egypt.''There are programs at universities in Egypt where converts can go and study about Islam and learn Arabic,'' Awad said. ``The plane ticket to fly over there is only a couple of hundred dollars. I myself have studied in Egypt.''Awad,...
  • Dirty Nuke Plotter a Convicted Double Murderer

    06/10/2002 9:44:58 PM PDT · by kattracks · 55 replies · 722+ views ^ | 6/10/02 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    The dirty nuke bomb plotter whose arrest last month in Chicago was announced on Monday has a rap sheet that included convictions for two murders before he was out of his teens as well as prosecutions for other serious crimes - all before he joined al Qaeda to fight against America. When he was just 13, Abdullah al Muhajir - aka Jose Padilla - was arrested in 1983 on a robbery charge, reports ABC He was given probation. From there Muhajir became a one man crime wave. By the time cops caught up with him again in 1985,...
  • 'Dirty Bomb' Suspect Not Cooperating, Wolfowitz Says

    06/11/2002 7:06:16 AM PDT · by MississippiMan · 226 replies · 276+ views
    'Dirty Bomb' Suspect Not Cooperating, Wolfowitz SaysTue Jun 11, 8:39 AM ETWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A suspected American al Qaeda operative accused of plotting a radioactive "dirty bomb" attack on the United States has not yet given authorities information on his associates, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said on Tuesday. Photos Reuters Photo Slideshows Audio/Video (Reuters) Wolfowitz also said Abdullah al Muhajir, a U.S. citizen of Puerto Rican descent, and his accomplices had additional al Qaeda-directed plans to harm Americans. "He came into this country with the intention, by various means, not just the dirty bomb idea, of killing hundreds and...
  • Dirty Bomb Suspect Jose Padilla/Abdullah Al-Mujahir's Timeline from 10 Different Media Sources

    06/15/2002 11:13:34 PM PDT · by cgk · 36 replies · 3,056+ views
    AP, Reuters, NY Post, Chicago Sun Times, Fox News, Philadelphia Inquirer, UK Guardian, Wash Times, | 06-12-02 | cgk
    AP/Excite – Red Reuters/UK – Purple Washington Post – Blue Washington Times – Aqua Chicago Sun Times – Orange Fox News – Olive UK Guardian – Pink NY Post – Grey Philadelphia Inquirer – Green AP/Netscape (Drudge) - Brown ****************************** 1970 - New York – Born Jose Padilla in New York 10/18/70 1974 – Chicago - Moved to city with his family 1975 – Chicago - Moved to city from NY with family when 5 yrs old 1975 – Chicago – Moved to city from Brooklyn with family when 5 yrs old; attended Charles R Darwin grammar school 1985...

    06/16/2002 8:30:38 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 15 replies · 904+ views
    Boston Globe via Dan Stein Report ^ | 6/13/02 | Tatsha Robertson
    <p>EMBROKE PINES, Fla. - The American citizen suspected of planning to detonate a radioactive bomb worshiped and studied Islam at a local mosque known by authorities to have been frequented by a number of Muslim extremists.</p> <p>The Darul Uloom Institute is one of South Florida's largest and most liberal Islamic centers, but center leaders say its size and reputation may be attracting extremists who want to avoid attention.</p>
  • 'Dirty Bomb' Suspect can be held indefinitely

    06/10/2002 8:48:03 PM PDT · by mhking · 27 replies · 205+ views
    The Drudge Report | 6.10.02 | Matt Drudge
    'DIRTY BOMB' SUSPECT CAN BE HELD INDEFINITELYPress Association Mon Jun 10 2002 20:21:02 ET The US citizen accused of plotting to detonate a radioactive dirty bomb in Washington faces an uncertain future in military custody. Abdullah Al Mujahir has been moved from a civilian jail to a high-security US Navy prison in South Carolina after officials determined he was an "enemy combatant" who posed a serious and continuing threat to Americans. But a US Justice Department official said there are no plans to make him face a military tribunal set up for alleged terrorists because these are only for non-Americans....
  • Daley blasts FBI for arrest secrecy

    06/12/2002 6:19:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies · 131+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | June 12, 2002 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Mayor Daley blasted the FBI on Tuesday for keeping the Chicago Police Department in the dark about a former Chicago gang member-turned-al-Qaida-operative who was arrested at O'Hare Airport last month for allegedly plotting to attack the United States with a radioactive "dirty" bomb. Daley said he can't understand why Chicago police were asked to assist in the May 8 arrest of Jose Padilla but never told what the arrest was about. "You criticize the Chicago Police Department. You should criticize the CIA and the FBI. They're not sacred cows. For them to never inform the Chicago Police--don't you trust anybody...
  • 'Cynical' questions irk White House

    06/13/2002 12:18:35 AM PDT · by kattracks · 20 replies · 181+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/13/02 | Dave Boyer and Bill Gertz
    <p>The White House yesterday angrily denied suggestions that the administration revealed the capture of a "dirty bomb" suspect to deflect criticism of federal law enforcement.</p> <p>"These very few people who want to make such outlandish political accusations represent the most cynical among the most partisan, and they're not to be taken seriously," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.</p>
  • Conspiracy Buffs See Similarities Between Jose Padilla, John Doe 2

    06/17/2002 4:44:52 AM PDT · by spycatcher · 36 replies · 2,450+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 17, 2002 | JAY KRALL and JONATHAN EIG
    <p>Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy, Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln, and Terry Lynn Nichols had a wife named Padilla.</p> <p>The latter bit of news has put conspiracy theorists on heightened alert.</p> <p>For years, a small, devoted group has been trying to prove that the nation's second-deadliest terrorist attack -- on the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City -- was carried out not just by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols but also by a vast network of Muslim extremists.</p>
  • Breaking: John Ashcroft says U.S. disrupted plans to attack U.S. with "dirty" radiation bomb.

    06/10/2002 7:30:38 AM PDT · by Dales · 903 replies · 806+ views
    Breaking now. Details shortly