Friday, January 06, 2006

Padilla not to be charged in connection with dirty bomb

It looks like there never was a dirty bomb.


January 5, 2006

Jose Padilla, the man referred to as the "dirty bomb suspect" has been transferred from military to civilian custody in Miami.

Padilla, the alleged al Qaida (al-CIAda) supporter, will face charges that he was part of a U.S. cell that recruited fighters for al Qaida.
Padilla will not now be charged with anything to do with dirty bombs.

Padilla, a former Chicago gang member, has been held by the Bush administration without criminal charges since his arrest in late 2001 on suspicion of a plot to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" inside the United States.

According to a Justice Department document, top al-Qaida officials "wanted Padilla to hit targets in New York City, although Florida and Washington, D.C. were discussed as well."

The charges brought in an indictment in November do not involve those allegations.


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