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Padilla and Al Qaeda in High-Rise Explosion Plot
June 01, 2004
The Smoking Gun has the de-classified federal report on enemy combatant Jose Padilla, based on interrogations of what SG calls the "American Terrorist" and other Al Qaeda operatives.
Seems Padilla was plotting with Al Qaeda to blow up NYC apartment buildings by renting two adjacent apartments, sealing all the cracks, and filling them with piped-in natural gas. He was also, as previously reported, seeking to deploy uranium-coated explosives, or a "dirty bomb."
Padilla downplays the connection with al Qaeda, as noted in a footnote to the report.
Yeah, all those trips, meetings, training. Afghanistan, Pakistan. It was probably all about how to brew a good pot of mint tea.
The time has come to press charges, while keeping Padilla in custody.
Meanwhile, Padilla's legal challenge to the U.S.'s "enemy combatant" detention-without-charges policy is to be decided by the Supreme Court as soon as the end of June.
Nice for a dirtbag like him he can challenge the President's powers in our land's highest court; and then have thousands of journalists and the ACLU rooting for his acquital if he does face trial.
Posted by Matt Rosenberg at June 1, 2004 11:18 AM
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