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Philly CBS News is reporting that the Al-Qaeda
suspect from NJ worked at 6 nuke plants. Sharif Mobley is being
held in Yemen and accused of being an al Qaeda member. The FBI is
investigating the 26-year-old New Jersey man's case.
worked for contractors at plants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and
Maryland from 2002 to 2008, mostly hauling materials and setting up
scaffolding, plant officials said.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
spokesman Neil Sheehan said Friday that investigations are under way
into which areas Mobley entered. But he noted that areas
containing nuclear fuel are tightly controlled, and that a laborer
typically would not have access to security information or other
sensitive matters. The plants are also checking areas where Mobley
worked to ensure everything is in order, said NRC spokeswoman Diane
Mobley, a U.S. citizen of Somali descent, has not been
linked to any wrongdoing at any of the plants. And officials said
nothing he did when he worked there aroused any suspicion.
Officials said Mobley passed the necessary screenings, which include
criminal background checks, drug testing, psychological assessments and
Nevertheless, Edwin Lyman of the Union of
Concerned Scientists, an industry watchdog, said the case raises
questions about security at the nation's nuclear plants. "The real
question is: Was there information that the NRC or utilities could have
seen that would have led to his disqualification?" Lyman said.
Mobley, a Muslim who grew up in Buena, N.J., was among 11 al-Qaida
suspects rounded up earlier this month in Yemen. He was taken to a
hospital there over the weekend after he complained of feeling ill.
Yemeni officials said he snatched a gun and shot a security guard to
death in an attempt to escape from the hospital.
He has not been
accused by authorities in the U.S. or Yemen of attempting to make a bomb
or attack a nuclear plant.
His parents have said he is not a
terrorist, though former friend Roman Castro said Mobley was becoming
increasingly radical in his Muslim beliefs before he moved to Yemen
about two years ago.
A law enforcement official says Mobley
traveled to Yemen with the goal of joining a terrorist group. The
official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is
still going on. A second official, also speaking on condition of
anonymity, says the U.S. government was aware of Mobley's potential
extremist ties long before his arrest. The official did not say
how long the government had been paying attention to him.
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