Analyst: Al Qaeda could strike nuclear plants

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 12, 2011—A May 5  "intelligence brief" prepared by a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official at the Pacific Regional Information Clearinghouse (PacClear) in Hawaii, warned Al Qaeda might try to cause the meltdown of certain vulnerable nuclear power plants in the US and Europe by replicating the failure of the electric supply that pumped cooling water to the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The plant’s primary and backup power supplies were knocked out by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March, resulting in partial meltdowns of the plant’s reactors.

According to Anthony Kimery, Homeland Security Today’s Senior Report/Online Editor, “The new intelligence brief, Recreating Fukushima: A Possible Response to the Killing of [O]sama Bin Laden – The Nuclear Option, pointed out that ‘the disaster in Fukushima may have provided the knowledge Al Qaeda needs to carry out such an operation’ in lieu of possessing ‘a prepositioned weapon.’”

The Kimery Report “Al Qaeda Could Try to Replicate Fukushima-type Meltdowns” is co-written by Kimery and William Scott Malone, a multiple Emmy and Peabody award-winning investigative journalist who has previously written for Homeland Security Today.

To view Homeland Security Today’s “Kimery Report: Al Qaeda Could Try to Replicate Fukushima-type Meltdowns,” click here.

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