FBI’s Mueller: Bin Laden Wants to Strike U.S. Cities With Nuclear Weapons
Not that this is news.
By Ronald Kessler for Newsmax, with thanks to GS:
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., FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III tells NewsMax.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.
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