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Posted: 9/26/2004 9:32:51 AM EDT
The gang was infiltrated first by News Of The World tabloid owned by FOX NEWS CHANNEL owner Rupert Murdoch, and they actually performed their civic duty- something that most of their peers would have never done.

4 Arrested in London Over Dirty Bomb Plot
From The Australian :

Police arrested four men in London under Britain’s anti-terrorist law, as a newspaper claimed it had infiltrated a gang trying to buy radioactive material for a “dirty bomb”.
The Metropolitan Police said the four men - arrested under the Terrorism Act 2001 - had been taken into custody at a central London police station for further questioning.

“Several addresses have been searched,” a police spokesman said. “Some searches continue.”

All four men - whose names were not released - were detained under section 41 of the Terrorism Act, which refers to “the (suspected) commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism”.

The News of the World said it had co-operated with police after it infiltrated a gang that claimed to be looking for radioactive material on behalf of a Saudi described as sympathetic to “the Muslim cause”.

The Saudi, whose name was not disclosed, was reportedly willing to pay £300,000 (756,000) in cash for a kilogram of “highly powerful radioactive material” from Russia known as Red Mercury.

The News of the World said the material was developed by Soviet scientists during the Cold War “for making briefcase nuclear bombs” that could kill everyone within a few city blocks.

“It is very, very radioactive,” a member of the gang was quoted as telling Mazher Mahmood, the News of the World’s star investigative reporter, who posed as a Muslim extremist.

“The guy (from Saudi Arabia) said it is used for making bombs. It’ll either be for use here in the United Kingdom or in the United States,” the gang member reportedly said.

The gang allegedly consisted of a banker originally from Goa, India, his “sidekick” from Mozambique, and a Somalian formerly resident in Saudi Arabia, while the Saudi was said to have successfully applied for a visa to enter Britain.

Police said three suspects were arrested at a hotel in the Brent Cross district of north London, while a fourth man was taken into custody at his north London home.

A note on ‘Red Mercury’ : there is a lot of information, and even more disinformation, about this on the web. “Them’s who knows don’t say, and them who says don’t know”.

Link Posted: 9/26/2004 9:35:30 AM EDT
One of the rare cases that a news organization actually did something worthy of praise! Congrats folks. And it makes me smile that it was an organization closely tied to Fox News.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 10:08:12 AM EDT
Link to News of the World article: www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/story_pages/news/news1.shtml
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