Thursday, September 14, 2006

Dirty Bomb Alarmism? Maybe. Maybe Not.

While driving to Drinking Right (is that like being driven to drink?) I heard Savage pulling out his hair over some IslamoFascist terrorist named Shukrijumah, who supposedly is very interested in a nuke detonation here in the US.

That merits a little attention.

Now while Savage is a very good alternative to the Milwaukee Afternoon Gasbag (who has already declared Falk the winner in the AG race,) Savage's middle name is "Alarmist." So you take his show with a half-pound of salt.

But now the Blogosphere's beginning to fill up with that name: Shukrijumah.

From Hot Air:

[a reporter], Mir had given [an interview] in which he identified Al Qaeda’s nuclear ambitions and even the operative they’ve entrusted to mastermind the attack — Adnan al-Shukrijumah, who inspired a special national terror APB by the FBI back in 2002.

The Blotter has run not one but two stories about Shukrijumah in the past five days. The only “news” in both stories was that the FBI is looking for him but still hasn’t found him.

Why would they run two stories when there’s no actual news to report?

The Blotter has good sources inside the intelligence community and likes to be ahead of the curve with terrorism scoops. Last month, they ran a piece on alleged UK terror plot mastermind Matiur Rehman the day before arrests were made and the plot was publicly revealed. Clearly they’d been tipped to the impending raids and wanted to get in on the ground floor of the story. The fact that they’re putting Shukrijumah’s name out there when there is, to all appearances, no new information about him makes me think their sources are very concerned about him right now, and Brian Ross and co. either don’t know why or they do know and are sitting on sensitive details while the feds try to break up the plot.


Riehl World:

There's been a recent alert in Trinidad / Guyana for an al-Qaeda operative linked to a possible Dirty Bomb attack in the US to coincide with Ramadan, which I believe begins September 24th.

Yesterday, Trinidad law enforcement officials said they were aware that Shukrijumah was in Trinidad and confirmed they were contacted by the FBI for assistance in the matter.

However, they declined to go further into the matter "because of its nature".

ONE OF THE WORLD'S most wanted terrorists, Al Qaeda operative Adnan Gulshair Muhammad el Shukrijumah, may be hiding in Trinidad and Tobago or Guyana and has, in his possession, a T&T passport.

Shukrijumah, 31, is one of the most wanted terrorists by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which said he was "wanted in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States".

He has several "personal ties" to both Trinidad and Guyana, theFBI said, according to an Los Angeles Times Sunday. US law enforcement described the elusive terrorist as an "ultimate sleeper agent".

...According to Gertz in the Washington Times, he's been spotted in Canada allegedly in search of Dirty Bomb materials.

A key al Qaeda terrorism suspect was in Canada looking for nuclear material for a "dirty bomb," The Washington Times has learned.

Adnan El Shukrijumah is being sought by the FBI and CIA in connection with a plot to detonate a dirty bomb - a conventional explosive laced with radioactive material.

The Savage show was more pessimistic. He wasn't talking about "dirty bombs." He was talking about actual 10 kiloton nukes. There's a VERY big difference.

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