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May 18, 2007

FBI's Mueller: Bin Laden Wants to Strike U.S. Cities With Nuclear Weapons

Topics: Terrorism

FBI Director Robert Mueller has told NewsMax that Osama bin Laden and his terrorist group desperately want to obtain nuclear devices and explode them in American cities, especially New York and Washington, D.C.

In an exclusive interview, Mueller also acknowledged that bin Laden is still active, though isolated. The director revealed that the Bureau believes the terrorist leader continues to communicate with al-Qaida cells, some of which remain in the U.S.

Mueller declined to say how often bin Laden communicates or to elaborate on the substance of his communications.

Other intelligence sources tell NewsMax that U.S. security efforts have forced bin Laden to return to "horse-and-buggy days" -- avoiding electronic communications in favor of using trusted couriers.

But Mueller says though hemmed in, al-Qaida's paramount goal is clear: to detonate a nuclear device that would kill hundreds of thousands of Americans.

In contrast to homegrown terrorists, al-Qaida is far more likely to be able to pull off such an attack.

Mueller admits the nuclear threat is so real he sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night worrying about that possibility.

"I think it would be very difficult to wipe out the United States, but you'd have hundreds of thousands of casualties from a nuclear device, depending on the size of that nuclear device," Mueller tells NewsMax.

Hearing from FBI Director Mueller that bin-Laden wants to use nuclear weapons to attack American cities may be new news, but bin-Laden's plans aren't. Back in 2005, WorldNetDaily reported that according to captured leaders and documents Al-Qaida's prime targets for launching nuclear terrorist attacks are the nine U.S. cities with the highest Jewish populations.
The series of attacks is designed to kill 4 million, destroy the economy and fundamentally alter the course of history.

At least two fully assembled and operational nuclear weapons are believed to be hidden in the United States already, according to G2 Bulletin intelligence sources and an upcoming book, "The al-Qaida Connection: International Terrorism, Organized Crime and the Coming Apocalypse," by former FBI consultant Paul L. Williams.

The cities chosen as optimal targets are New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Boston and Washington, D.C. New York and Washington top the preferred target list for al-Qaida leadership.

... Bin Laden's goal, according to G2 Bulletin sources, is to launch one initial attack, followed by a second on another city to simulate the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The optimal dates for the attacks are Aug. 6, the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, Sept. 11 and May 14, the anniversary of the re-creation of the state of Israel in 1948. No specific year has been suggested

A U.S. Federal Grand Jury in New York issued an indictment against Usama Bin Laden on Nov. 5, 1998, alleging that Bin Laden and others engaged in a long-term conspiracy to attack U.S. facilities overseas and to kill American citizens. Two of the countries that was included as being involved with Bin Laden was Iran and Iraq:
The indictment noted that Al Qaeda, Bin Laden's international terrorist group, forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in Sudan and with the government of Iran and with its associated group Hezballah to "work together against their perceived common enemies in
the West, particularly the United States."

Additionally, the indictment states that Al Qaeda reached an agreement with Iraq not to work against the regime of Saddam Hussein and that they would work cooperatively with Iraq, particularly in weapons development.

According to the indictment, Bin Laden's group also tried to recruit Americans to travel through the United States and the West to deliver messages and to conduct financial transactions to aid their terrorist activities. The indictment also states that Al Qaeda used humanitarian work as a conduit for transmitting funds to affiliate terrorist groups.

The indictment also claims that Bin Laden's supporters purchased land for terrorist training camps; bought warehouses where explosives were stored; transferred bank accounts using various aliases; purchased sophisticated telecommunications equipment; and transferred money and weapons to Al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist organizations.

... The Grand Jury document, which usually does not provide a great amount of details in advance of a prosecution, also stated that Bin Laden and "others" tried to develop chemical weapons and attempted to obtain nuclear weapons components in 1993.

From these above reports, and others, we have compelling reasons for not allowing Iran to have a nuclear bomb. More recently, the famous reinsurance house Lloyds in the City of London was the venue for an important live terrorism debate conducted to assess risk to global business from Terrorism.
... The debate attracted some of the key figures in the field of terrorism, particularly in relation to the United Kingdom and we were treated to a rare insight into policy and strategy of the British political and security establishment at the highest levels in relation to terrorism....

A brief description of the latest developments which have taken place in the evolution of Islamic terrorism were highlighted and that Al Qaeda is not an organisation, but a movement, an ideology, which has increasing support among young muslims.

It was highlighted that Iran had detained several key Al Qaeda activists including a son and two wives of Osama Bin laden. This position of Iran may change if the West's relationship with Iran deteriorates.

It was stated that the epicentre of Islamic terrorism has moved 1500 miles closer to the West from Afghanistan to Iraq and that if the allies withdraw from Iraq, they will have to return in 2-3 years time, because Iraq would be used as a launching pad for various global Jihadist groups to attack the West.

This was a point unanimously mentioned by all the speakers mentioned above. The participants were reminded that after the Russians withdrew from Afghanistan, the country became the home for numerous terrorist groups who were targeting the West.

... It was highlighted that Iran had detained several key Al Qaeda activists including a son and two wives of Osama Bin laden. This position of Iran may change if the West's relationship with Iran deteriorates.

And there should be no doubt that the West's relationship with Iran will continue to deteriorate as it moves closer to completing its development of a nuclear bomb and missiles to deliver it.

Posted by Richard at May 18, 2007 1:00 PM

The most under reported story of the 21st century:

Al Qaeda has Nuclear Weapons

Posted by: Patrick at May 18, 2007 5:40 PM

Scary info at the link, Patrick.

Posted by: Richard at May 18, 2007 11:44 PM

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