In a document, released by the Dept. of Justice, Jose Padilla aka the "The Dirty Bomber" was planning to blow up residential apartment buildings in
addition to setting off a dirty bomb. The document says that Padilla and an accomplice were planning rent multiple apartments in gas supplied
buildings and set timers to detonate bombs. They also had their eyes set on hotels. The cities of interest were in New York, Florida and Washington
D.C.. However Padilla said he was not able to follow thru because renting multiple apartments with the same identity would raise suspicions. Jose
Padilla is currently be held in U.S. custody.
"They would rent two apartments in each building, seal all the openings, turn on the gas, and set timers to detonate the buildings simultaneously at
a later time," the papers alleged.
The documents said al-Qaida officials were skeptical of Padilla's ability to set off a dirty bomb but were very interested in the apartment
Padilla was to conduct an Internet search on buildings that had natural gas heating, open a bank account and obtain documents needed to rent an
apartment. The plot called for blowing up 20 buildings simultaneously, but Padilla said he could not rent multiple apartments under one identity
without drawing attention.
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I can not think of any reason that renting multiple apartments would “arouse suspicion,” at least as long as he had sufficient cash in his bank
account to avoid credit check problems. An even easier approach would have been to set up a bogus company and rent the apartments under the guise of
Reid and Padilla were the dumb ones, I can only hope rest of Al-Qaeda is as duh as those guys were, but sadly I fear quite a few of them do have some
brains, I just hope they never fulfill any their plans.
i read this article before leaving for work today, then upon arriving at work i find out large portion of downtown detroit was being evacuated
because of gas leaks. i guess nothing happened though, since i haven't heard more about it today.
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