Friday, July 22, 2011

Department of Homeland Security terror report warns of 'significant insider threat' to U.S. Nuclear facilities - 21st July 2011

Utilities threat: The Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station (L, dome) and cooling tower (R) seen in the distance in Lower Alloways Township, New Jersey.

The Department of Homeland Security has warned that sabotage by an insider at a major U.S. utility facility could provide al Qaeda with an opportunity for a 9/11 anniversary attack, according to a new report.

Materials collected after Osama bin Laden was killed in a Navy SEAL operation in May suggest Al Qaeda was to 'repeat the carnage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on or around its ten year anniversary.'

Operatives have looked at major utility facilities to carry out such a threat, a new report suggests.

Intelligence states that 'violent extremists have, in fact, obtained insider positions' at chemical and oil refineries and have 'attempted to solicit utility-sector employees.'

Former Homeland Security chief of staff Chad Sweet told ABC News that a utility attack is the 'only way you can actually kill the large-scale number of Americans' as the former Al Qaeda leader was planning.

The largest nuclear generation facility in the U.S. is Palo Verde - about 40 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona. Read More