(CNN) — A U.S. senator is calling for a federal probe into the system of background checks for employees at nuclear plants after learning that a suspected al Qaeda member from New Jersey worked at five such sites.
“We simply cannot tolerate at any time having someone with terrorist ties working at a nuclear plant, period,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said in a written statement Saturday.
“It seems like common sense but clearly we need to tighten up the system.”
In the days to come, we can expect calls for disclosure of the use of prior US intelligence regarding Mobley, such as whether Mobley was on the “no fly” list or whether he was free to return to the United States prior to the public disclosure of his arrest. Another issue is the interrogation of Mobley, which obviously is of supreme importance right now, to determine if any plot against a US nuclear facility may be planned by Al-Queda and its extremist cleric leader in Yemen, al-Awlaki. Similar to the failed Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, it was disclosed today that Sharif Mobley had ties to al-Awlaki while in Yemen. This case may draw parallels to the case of the Christmas Day bomber, who was also known to federal authorities yet allowed to board the transatlantic flight bound for Detroit that he unsuccessfully tried to bring down.
A New Jersey nuclear plant laborer arrested in Yemen with 10 other suspected al Qaeda members was in contact with the same radical Yemeni-American cleric tied to Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, federal law enforcement officials told ABC News.
The New Jersey man, Sharif Mobley, was detained by Yemeni security forces earlier this month and taken to a hospital for medical treatment. He allegedly tried to escape from the hospital over the past weekend by grabbing a security guard’s gun and engaging in a gunfight that killed one of the guards.
U.S. law enforcement officials said they have been aware of Mobley for some time, and the FBI’s Baltimore field office currently is investigating him.
So far, the establishment media appears to be doing everything it can to downplay or otherwise dilute the importance of the Sharif Mobley story, as it very well could be that Yemeni authorities’ arrest of Mobley a few weeks ago (or months ago?) may have been yet another lucky break, similar to the Christmas Day al-Queda plot, for America in the War on Terror, disrupting a possible al-Queda plot against US nuclear facilities. The American media needs to do its job, and press the Obama Administration to explain exactly what its counterterrorism units were doing to track Mobley and ensure he could not return to the United States as a part of any possible al-Queda plot regarding nuclear facilities. For starters, was Mobley on a no-fly list, or was he in bureaucratic limbo and not on that list, like attempted Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. ABC managed to obtain this quote from Yemeni authorities, but so far no on-the-record statements of any kind from the US government:
Mohammed Albasha, a spokesman for the Yemeni embassy in Washington, told ABC News that details of Mobley’s case “will be clearer in a couple of days.”
Asked about Mobley’s apparent connections with the cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, Albasha said he was not surprised because radicals and extremists in Yemen seek Awlaki out.
“He is a fixture in jihad 101,” Albasha said of Awlaki.
The now-admitted Mobley link to Al-Awlaki, who is “a fixture in jihad 101”, is a giant red flag and should spur some intensive investigation by the US counterterrorism authorities and focus by the establishment media as to who knew what and when and further questioning of the US counterterrorism authorities as to what precautions are being taken now to ensure any Al-Queda plot on any of the six US nuclear facilities in which Mobley worked from 2002-2008 is quickly crushed by US and Yemeni authorities. Of course, the interrogation of Mobley could be a critical source of intelligence on any such plot or other activities planned by Al-Awlaki, and we can only hope that the Obama Administration’s HIG unit, or High Value Interrogations Group, has been activated and is handling the Mobley interrogation. As for now, the American establishment media is in dereliction of its duty to investigate and report on this issue and most others surrounding the Mobley case.
WASHINGTON — The arrest in Yemen of a New Jersey man accused of joining Al Qaeda is the latest in an alarming string of cases involving radicalized American Muslims, a trend some experts link to the duration of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
About a half hour ago the AP released details on how Mobley tricked his Yemeni guard into unshackling Mobley for prayers, allowing Mobley to use his apparent high level of terrorist training to quickly murder that Yemeni guard and seriously wound another before being taken back into Yemeni custody:
New details about the episode obtained by The Associated Press indicate Mobley had a level of training and cunning characteristic of the al-Qaida terror network.
Two senior Yemeni officials involved in Mobley’s case said he was being treated for complications from a metal rod implanted in his leg some time in the past. The prison doctor had asked to transfer him to the hospital where he stayed for a week.
The officials agreed to discuss details of Mobley’s attempted escape on condition of anonymity because the investigation has not finished.
At the hospital, Mobley befriended his guards and asked them to teach him Arabic. He performed prayers, read the Quran with them.
On the day of the incident, the officials said, Mobley asked his guard to unshackle him from his hospital bed at prayer time. The guard did, but went into a washroom ahead of Mobley to perform ritual ablutions required before the five daily prayers in Islam, leaving his gun lying unattended.
Mobley snatched the gun and shot the guard twice — first in the head and the second in the chest — as he walked out of the washroom.
When a second guard outside heard the shots, he rushed in. Mobley shot him in the kidney and abdomen, leaving him in serious condition.
Mobley was then chased around the hospital until he surrendered.
One of the senior officials said Mobley’s targeting indicates he is highly trained in the use of firearms.
As the health care debate nears its crescendo in Washington DC over the next week, it appears the establishment media would rather this Mobley story not be properly covered, and certainly the Obama Administration wants no part of a potential replay of the detailed digging done by the media in the aftermath of the prior lucky break America received when Al-Queda terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab failed in his mission to kill hundreds of Americans over Detroit on Christmas Day.
UPDATE: Hotair points out an interesting quote from Obama today in light of the news of the Obama’s appointment of the brother of “undecided” House Dem Jim Matheson (D-UT) to an appellate seat: “I will do everything in my powerto make the case for reform.” Apparently Obama may be including the sale of federal appellate seats as part of doing “everything” in his “power to make the case for reform.”
UPDATE #2: Ed at Hotair points out that during the health care summit, Obama used more time than anyone else and ran over hsi claimed amount every time he spoke yet continuously scolded the GOP to be “brief”. Yet another example of Obama’s “do as I say and not as I do” mindset, similar to the CSPAN transparency claim outlined above.