Alleged al Qaeda Operative and the 'Dirty Bomb'

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Yesterday, America celebrated an intelligence success with news of the arrest of a former Chicago gang member accused of plotting with al Quada terrorists to detonate a radioactive bomb somewhere on US soil. Although 31-year old Alex Padilla, now known as Abdullah al Muhajir, did not have the resources to make a "dirty bomb," his arrest has created a media firestorm and changed politics in Washington. First, we get background on the suspect, his terrorist ties, and the continuing threat of low-level nuclear weapons, from a New York Times journalist, and terrorism and nuclear experts. Then we assess the response of the Bush administration with the Washington editor of The Nation and the president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
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Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence

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Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

The Nation

New York Times

US Justice Department

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

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