Sunday, March 15, 2009

The U.S. Nazi dirty bomb plot

Remember how the press was all over the story of the 29-year-old millionaire white supremacist and fan of Adolf Hitler in Maine who was building a dirty bomb that he planned to set off at Obama's inauguration, but it didn't happen because his wife shot and killed him?

Me neither, but James G. Cummings of Belfast, Maine, had (quoting Wikileaks) "four lots of one gallon containers of bomb-grade hydrogen peroxide, uranium, thorium (also radioactive), lithium metal, thermite, aluminum powder, beryllium (radiation booster), boron, black iron oxide and magnesium ribbon" which he somehow planned to set off at the inauguration. Personally, I don't think that volume of material could have been easily smuggled in anywhere near the inauguration activities without raising suspicion.

Why no press coverage of this story, apart from the Bangor Daily News?

Wikileaks has a summary; Wonkette has summarized that; the Washington D.C. Regional Threat and Analysis Center report (PDF) is here.

3 comments:

Reed said...

DHS/USSS had closed I-25 that passes by the stadium where Obama's inauguration took place, presumably to guard against this sort of threat.

Jim Lippard said...

You're thinking of the nomination acceptance in Denver, not the inauguration in D.C., which had vehicle traffic sealed off for blocks.

Reed said...

Thanks for correcting my error.

So many ceremonies, I can hardly keep track of them.