(VIDEO) Al Qaeda Suspect Sharif Mobley Worked at U.S. Nuclear Plants!!! US Begging for Attack…

Al Qaeda Suspect Worked at U.S. Nuclear Plants

Fox News
Friday, March 12, 2010

An American charged in Yemen with being a member of Al Qaeda had worked at nuclear power plants in the U.S., a spokesman for a group of plants in New Jersey said Thursday. But a state official said the man did not breach security there.

Sharif Mobley, a 26-year-old natural-born U.S. citizen, was arrested in Yemen earlier this month and is accused of killing a guard in an attempt to break out of a hospital.

The FBI, the State Department and other authorities said they were trying to gather information about Mobley. But the allegations appeared to illustrate a phenomenon U.S. intelligence officials have warned about: American Muslims becoming radicalized and joining terrorist movements overseas.

Mobley was identified by Yemeni officials as a Somali-American. Mobley moved to Yemen about two years ago, supposedly to learn Arabic and study Islam, a former neighbor said.

Before that, Mobley worked for several contractors at three nuclear power plants in New Jersey from 2002 to 2008, PSE&G Nuclear spokesman Joe Delmar said. Mobley carried supplies and did maintenance work at the plants on Artificial Island in Lower Alloways Creek, and worked at other plants in the region as well.

He satisfied federal background checks as recently as 2008, Delmar said, adding that the plant is cooperating with authorities.

Mike Drewniak, a spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said that his office had been told that Mobley was always supervised, caused no problems and was not believed to have breached security at the plants.

It’s unclear whether Mobley worked at any of the region’s other power plants. Joe Szafran, a spokesman for Exelon Corp., which owns nuclear plants at three facilities in eastern Pennsylvania, referred questions to the FBI.

While some acquaintances were startled by the news out of the Middle East on Thursday, a former classmate said that Mobley had strong religious views in high school, often trying to convert friends to Islam, and became increasingly radical, especially after they graduated in 2002.

Roman Castro, 25, who did a tour with the Army in Iraq, said the last time he saw Mobley, about four years ago, Mobley yelled, “Get the hell away from me, you Muslim killer!”

Classmates who graduated with Mobley from Buena Regional High School in 2002 expressed shock at both his suspected Al Qaeda ties and his deadly escape attempt in Yemen.

Dawn Bass said she was “shocked” to learn of the allegations, adding that Mobley had been known as a friendly “sweetheart” in high school.

“He was always showing off in the back of the classroom doing his karate moves and stuff,” Bass told FoxNews.com. “But he was just a regular kid, he was always talking to everybody — he was not shy.”

Mobley’s mother, meanwhile, told WMGM-TV the accusations are false but did say that when she last spoke to her son in late January he was in Yemen. She said the FBI had visited her for questioning but insisted her son has never been in trouble and is a good Muslim.

Mobley’s father, Charles, said the family was waiting for further information.

“We don’t know nothing, we’re trying to hear something,” Charles Mobley told WMGM-TV.

An FBI spokesman did not immediately return a call, but a law enforcement official told The Associated Press that authorities don’t believe Mobley’s job at the nuclear plant was related to his activities in Yemen. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.

Also, Mohammed Albasha, spokesman for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, said there was no immediate connection between Mobley’s activities or capture in Yemen and his work at the plants.

Mobley was arrested in Yemen in a roundup of suspected Al Qaeda members this month and was being treated at a hospital in San’a when he got into a shootout with guards during an escape attempt, killing one and wounding another, said Mohammed Albasha, spokesman for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington.

U.S. officials worry that Yemen is becoming the next significant terrorist staging ground because of signs that lower-level Al Qaeda operatives have been moving into the country from the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.

The Al Qaeda branch in Yemen was linked to the failed Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner. Also, Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood last year, had exchanged e-mails with an extremist cleric in Yemen.

In response to the threat, the Pentagon has proposed spending $150 million to help Yemen battle insurgents within its borders.

Somali-Americans have become a particular concern to American security officials. Young Somali-American men have been traveling from the U.S. to fight jihad in Somalia, raising fears they are receiving terror training and returning to the U.S. ready to launch attacks.

Americans are valuable to terrorist groups, in part because they can travel easily, without arousing much suspicion.

“The U.S. passport is the gold standard,” said Fred Burton, a former U.S. counterintelligence agent who is now a vice president at STRATFOR, a global intelligence company in Austin, Texas.

Mobley was among 11 Al Qaeda suspects detained this month in a security sweep in San’a, the capital, officials said. He was taken to the hospital over the weekend after he complained of feeling ill. He snatched a gun from a security guard and shot him, then got into a shootout that ended with anti-police terrorism capturing him, authorities said.

In Yemen, killing a guard during an escape attempt could result in execution by a firing squad.

Mobley graduated from high school in 2002 in the rural southern New Jersey town of Buena, and afterward lived in Philadelphia and Newark, Del. Castro said that in the past few years, Mobley organized religious pilgrimages to the Middle East for other Muslims.

Mobley’s mother, Cynthia Mobley, told WMGM-TV in Atlantic City, N.J., that her son is “an excellent person who’s never been in trouble” and “a good Muslim.”

As his father, Charles Mobley, pulled out of the family’s driveway on the way to see a lawyer Thursday, he said: “I can tell you this: He’s no terrorist.”

Abdel-Hadi Shehata, imam of the Islamic Society of Delaware, said Mobley used to live one floor below him in an aging apartment complex in Newark and occasionally visited the society’s Newark mosque to pray. Shehata said Mobley, who had a wife and young daughter, moved to Yemen about two years ago.

“I think to learn Arabic or something like that … and to learn more about the religion Islam,” he said.

Shehata said Mobley never discussed politics or his religious views with him, but sometimes would ask his advice about how to pray and how to cleanse himself.

Marisa Porges, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, said many Arabic language scholars travel to Yemen to study the language because the dialect there is so useful. She said there is a risk that even those who travel there to study can become radicalized.

“It’s often the case that their being there makes an individual more vulnerable to radicalization,” she said.

Umar Hassan-El, assistant imam at the Islamic Society of Delaware’s mosque in Wilmington, Del., said he roomed with Mobley during a 2004 pilgrimage to Mecca.

The worst Mobley did, Hassan-El said, was forget to pick up his clothes or interrupt discussions among older Muslims.

“He gave no indication that he would join a group that he’s alleged to be a part of right now,” said Hassan-El. “I never heard that boy ever talk about shooting anybody, killing anybody.”

As a teenager, Mobley studied martial arts at Yi’s Karate Institute in Sewell, N.J., earning his black belt after three years, according to the master of the dojo, Chom Sam Kim.

“He was very athletic, and had a good respect and attitude,” Kim said. Kim said he was surprised to hear the allegations against Mobley: “I never saw anything abnormal about him during the time he was here.”

FoxNews.com’s Joshua Rhett Miller and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Al Qaeda Suspect Worked at U.S. Nuclear Plants

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the article. Unfortunately, nowhere in the article does it mention this fact: Since our “war on terror” began under President Bush in 2001, there has been a world-wide INCREASE in terrorism. We look at terrorism as a “cause” rather than en “effect”. As long as there are serious imbalances of resources in the world, as long as those who HAVE the power will use it against those who have NO power, (and this includes stealing resources by economic, political and military force), as long as there are the serious injustices we see all around the world (that is when we care enough to look), we will see terrorism. It also doesn’t help that articles–such as the present one, failed to mention that an American airstrike in Yemen in December, 2009 killed 120 Yemen citizens–mostly women and children. Do you think any of the family members of the innocent 687 Pakistanis killed by Drone attacks last year, tried to label their deaths as terrorism or just “unjust deaths”? I doubt the word or phrasing matters. If we kill innocents, we call it “collateral damage.” If a Muslim kills someone, we call it terrorism. We should just call it unfair use of force and unashamedly condemn both kinds of killing.
    Was it by “terrorism” that over 1,000,000 Iraqis to have lost their lives in the previous 6 years? Was it terrorism for over 300,000 Afghans to have lost their lives in the previous 7 years? How come when our forces “kill innocents”, it’s “insurgents”or “terrorists” we’re killing, but when they kill us, their actions are called terrorism?
    I think we need to be careful how we use words and be more honest in the words we’re using. Americans have killed over a million Muslims around the world. Truth be told, this has barely been mentioned by anyone in the mainstream media. It’s as if a Muslim life is not worth much. The fact that we pay the families of a dead Iraqi $500 proves my point exactly. This $500 can be compared to the over $2 million each, that the families of those killed in the 9/11/01 events in New York City received. (But then again, it also came with the caveat that recipients could NOT engage in future lawsuits.)
    Of course–to be perfectly clear–I am opposed to all forms of terrorism. This would include bombs in a backpack or bombs dropped by airplanes or pilot-less drones. While we’re at it, we might as well call “natural disasters” caused by HAARP “terrorism” as the result is innocent deaths, but that’s another story.

    So the “War on Terrorism” makes no sense. If terrorism is a symptom of injustices around the world, then, the war on terrorism is a war on a symptom. Much like current medicine mostly treats symptoms of disease instead of treating causes, the war on terror treats symptoms. If you’ve read “The Shock Doctrine, the Rise of Disaster Capitalism”, by Naomi Klein, then you would know that corporations use natural disasters, economic disasters and war to further their bottom line. Such a race to the bottom creates enormous injustices in the world. While one can never condone terrorism, it would behoove the average American if they would learn more of the reasons for terrorism before using bumper sticker slogans to explain it away.

    The Somalian pirates ought to be punished, by when we learn that their fisheries have been decimated by European corporations who do NOT remunerate the Somalies in any way, we can have a greater appreciation as to why they attack vessels in their territorial waters. How would YOU like it if a foreign country or countries went into YOUR waters and cut your fish population down by fifty percent? I think you’d be mad. But what if your complaints to the United Nations or some other international body went ignored.

    My point precisely. Let’s keep up our condemnation of terrorism, but let’s not be so stupid to ignore—continuously—its causes. We could start fighting terrorism by a more judicious allocation of our resources to other countries and stop rewarding countries that kill innocent civilians through their actions. Of course, that would mean punishing ourselves for our wars of aggression!

    Tom, Nutritionist, Spring Valley, NY


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