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  • SENATE POWDER TESTS POSITIVE FOR RICIN (Update -- 16 PEOPLE DECONTAMINATED)

    02/02/2004 10:18:25 PM PST · by varina davis · 93 replies · 426+ views
    AP Wire ^ | Feb. 3, 2004 | AP Wire
    Senate Powder Tests Positive for Ricin February 3, 2004 12:20 AM EST WASHINGTON - Preliminary tests of a white powder discovered in a Senate office building Monday were positive for the potentially deadly poison ricin, the U.S. Capitol Police chief said. Two out of three tests indicate ricin, Chief Terrance Gainer said at a late-evening news conference. The third test came out negative, and a fourth, more definitive test was under way, with results expected Tuesday. Sixteen people who were on the floor where the white powder was discovered on mail were being decontaminated and would be allowed to go...
  • Chemical terror plot foiled in London

    11/21/2003 10:51:54 PM PST · by Jackson Brown · 6 replies · 161+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 21, 2003
    Chemical terror plot foiled in London Fri November 21, 2003 11:43 PM ET LONDON (Reuters) - An attempt by a London-based terror group to buy half a tonne of toxic chemicals was foiled after the supplier became suspicious and alerted police, the Financial Times has reported.It said the group had attempted to buy 500 kgs (1,102 lb) of the toxin saponin from Amersham Biosciences late last year but the sale was refused after staff became concerned about the size of the order. A spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police told Reuters on Saturday that police were "not prepared to discuss the...
  • Man Wakes From Ricin Coma (Las Vegas ricin case)

    03/14/2008 2:56:45 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 66 replies · 2,384+ views
    Fox5News, Las Vegas ^ | March 14, 2008
    LAS VEGAS -- The central figure in a hotel ricin scare last month has emerged from a coma, FBI agents said Friday... ...While he has become cognizant, federal agents said, Von Bergendorff is still in critical condition. Police are questioning him at the hospital, trying to determine why he had so much of the poison.
  • The Al-Qa'ida Connection (UK Cop Killer)

    01/15/2003 4:31:16 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 319+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 1-16-2003 | Jason Bennetto/Ian Hebert
    The al-Qa'ida connectionPolice killer alleged to be 'key' terror suspect wanted over chemical attack plot By Jason Bennetto and Ian Herbert 16 January 2003 The terror suspect who stabbed to death a police officer in Manchester is alleged to be a "key" al-Qa'ida member who was wanted by MI5 for plotting chemical attacks in Britain. Yesterday the police set up an inquiry to examine a series of apparent security and intelligence blunders that led to the murder of Detective Constable Stephen Oake. DC Oake's widow, Lesley, spoke of her "total devastation" at the death of her husband. The couple had...
  • Al-Qaida Terror Plot Foiled, Say French Police

    01/11/2004 7:16:35 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 315+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-12-2004 | Jon Henley
    Al-Qaida terror plot foiled, say French police Jon Henley in Paris Monday January 12, 2004 The Guardian (UK) The French police are convinced that their country has escaped a planned chemical or biological attack by an Islamist cell linked to al-Qaida. An interior ministry official said evidence from Islamist militants arrested in the Lyon area last week made it "very plain" that an attack with the deadly botulism or ricin toxins was being actively prepared. The eight suspects arrested on Tuesday were mainly relatives of Menad Benchellali, the son of a radical imam in the Lyon suburb of Venisseux, who...
  • France expels controversial imam

    09/08/2006 12:38:53 AM PDT · by Republicain · 16 replies · 621+ views
    PARIS, Sept 7, 2006 (AFP) - A controversial imam with a conviction for supporting terrorism was deported by France to Algeria Thursday, the interior ministry said. Chelali Benchellali, 61, a former preacher at a mosque in the suburbs of Lyon, was put on board a flight to Algiers from Orly airport in Paris. Benchellali was given a six-month jail term in June for his role in an underground network that was found guilty of plotting to bomb targets in Paris. He was not imprisoned as he had already served the time in pre-trial detention. Two of Benchellali's sons, Menad and...
  • Islamic cell 'planned ricin attack in Britain'

    01/12/2004 5:14:16 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 10 replies · 246+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 01/13/04 | Henry Samuel
    An Islamic terrorist cell was poised to launch biological or chemical attacks in France and possibly Britain last year, say French police. They were ready to use the deadly toxins ricin and botulism. French magistrates were expected last night to launch an official investigation into six suspects, five of whom were arrested last week in the Lyon area. Information from the group confirmed that an attack was "on the verge of being launched" last year. Investigators are examining if there is a link between the findings and a small amount of ricin seized in Britain last January, he said. France's...
  • Suspected Islamic extremists confirm French fears on chemical plot: police

    01/12/2004 12:00:38 PM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 204+ views
    Agence France-Presse | 1/12/04
    Six suspected Islamic extremists including the imam of a Lyon area mosque were due to appear before anti-terrorist judges here amid allegations they knew about plans for a chemical attack in France in 2002. Chellali Benchellali, an imam in the Lyon suburb of Venissieux, his wife Hafsa, his son Hafed and two others were detained last week in a series of raids near the eastern city. The sixth suspect was detained southeast of Paris. They were taken into custody as part of a 2002 probe ordered by Paris anti-terrorist judges into a so-called "Chechen network" of Islamic radicals with links...
  • BEWARE THE LETHAL TOXIN RICIN, FINEST ARE WARNED

    01/15/2003 1:44:01 AM PST · by kattracks · 14 replies · 323+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/15/03 | LARRY CELONA
    <p>New York cops are on the lookout for the deadly toxin ricin.</p> <p>The NYPD has sent out a "terrorism awareness bulletin" warning law-enforcement officers that the lethal toxin can cause fever, stomachache, diarrhea and vomiting, The Post has learned.</p> <p>The move came as a British cop was stabbed to death and four others were injured yesterday in an anti-terror raid that authorities said was linked to the discovery last week of traces of ricin at an apartment in London.</p>
  • CHILLING RICIN TWIST

    01/20/2003 1:12:29 AM PST · by kattracks · 22 replies · 136+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/20/03 | NILES LATHEM
    <p>WASHINGTON - The terrorists arrested in Europe for planning to carry out attacks there with ricin are part of the vicious Algerian network behind the millennium bomb plots in the United States, sources say.</p> <p>U.S. officials are monitoring the recent arrests in Britain and France amid concern that the "Algerian wing" of Osama bin Laden's terror empire has been activated for assassinations and biological and chemical attacks in America and Europe.</p>
  • FBI seeks source of poison at U. of Texas dormitory

    02/25/2006 4:25:06 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 19 replies · 949+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 2-25-06 | Anon
    An FBI-led task force is trying find out how the deadly poison ricin wound up in a roll of coins used by a student in a University of Texas dormitory, officials said on Saturday. The chunky white powder was found on Thursday night when the student, doing her laundry in coin-operated washing machines, spilled the coins out of a paper tube onto her dorm room desk, said Theresa Spalding, medical director of health services at the university in Austin, Texas. The roll of coins was one of two given to the woman by her mother, Spalding said. Preliminary tests on...
  • Ricin terror gang 'planned to unleash terror on the Heathrow Express

    04/16/2005 11:18:51 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 14 replies · 3,985+ views
    Sunday Telegraph ^ | 17/04/2005 | David Bamber
    A poison attack planned by al-Qa'eda-trained operatives was aimed at the busy Heathrow Express rail link and would have been "our September 11", the Metropolitan Police has revealed. A plot to bring death and terror to the country was disclosed last week after Kamel Bourgass, 32, an Islamic extremist from Algeria, was convicted at the Old Bailey and jailed for 17 years. Senior Whitehall officials have told The Telegraph that Bourgass and some of his associates intended to target the busy rail link between central London and Heathrow Airport. The plan was to place ricin, a fast-acting and potentially lethal...
  • Terror on the Eurostar: Al Qaeda suspect arrested sneaking into Britain

    02/10/2003 8:50:15 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 16 replies · 384+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | 02/11/03 | MIKE SULLIVAN
    Going nowhere ... terror suspect was held on Eurostar EXCLUSIVE!AN al-Qa’ida terror suspect has been arrested trying to sneak into Britain on the Eurostar. Armed Special Branch cops nabbed the 25-year-old Algerian as he stepped off the train from Paris at London’s Waterloo Station. He is thought to have been intending to carry out a bombing in the UK. Last night, the man was being held at top security Paddington Green police station, West London, under the Terrorism Act 2000. He was seized last Thursday after a joint operation by British and French security services. Details of his arrest...
  • Hunting for bioterrorists

    04/24/2003 3:01:42 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 336+ views
    Jane's ^ | April 24 2003
    The recent discovery in London and Paris of small amounts of what is thought to be ricin, a lethal toxin that is one of the most deadly of natural poisons, appears to indicate that terrorists are actively preparing to cross a new threshold by using chemical and biological weapons. These developments have intensified the hunt for one of the key figures believed to be behind this threat, a Jordanian Bedouin known as Abu Masib Zarqawi (real name thought to be Ahmed Fadil Nazal al-Khalayleh). Zarqawi heads a small organisation called Al-Tawhid, which appears to have cells operating across Western Europe...
  • U.S., KURD REBELS SMASH TERRORISTS' 'POISON FACTORY'

    03/31/2003 1:07:26 AM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 175+ views
    New York Post ^ | 3/31/03 | DEBORAH ORIN
    <p>March 31, 2003 -- WASHINGTON- The U.S.-led coalition has destroyed "a massive terrorist facility" in northern Iraq that al Qaeda may have used to make the deadly ricin found in London, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Richard Myers revealed yesterday.</p> <p>He said some of the bodies found there are "most likely al Qaeda," which could offer a link between Iraq and Osama bin Laden's terror network.</p>
  • 3 U.S. soldiers dead in helicopter crash

    03/30/2003 4:16:10 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 1 replies · 138+ views
    HAARETZ ^ | 31 March, 2003
    3 U.S. soldiers dead in helicopter crash By Haaretz Service and News Agencies British soldiers searching Iraqis at gunpoint in southern Iraq on Sunday. (Photo: Reuters) Iraqis watching a British tank destroy the Ba'ath party HQ in a Basra suburb Sunday. (Photo: Reuters) A Marine UH-1 Huey helicopter crashed at a forward supply and refueling point in southern Iraq, killing three servicement aboard, the U.S. military said. The cause of the 1730 GMT crash was unclear, although Central Command spokeswoman Captain Dani Burrows said Iraqi fire was not involved. An additional soldier was wounded, said a spokesman in Kuwait. Only four...
  • U.S. troops search for chemical, biological weapons Iraqi camp source of ricin found in London

    03/31/2003 12:45:15 AM PST · by Kay Soze · 2 replies · 467+ views
    CNN ^ | 3-31-03 | CNN
    <p>NORTHERN IRAQ (CNN) --U.S. forces have begun combing a bombed site in northern Iraq in search of chemical and biological weapons after airstrikes hit the facility this weekend, the top U.S. general said Sunday.</p> <p>The complex is believed to be where the lethal poison ricin was produced for an alleged plot to attack London, England, that has since been foiled, said Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.</p>