Al Qaeda may already have detailed information about security at American nuclear power plants. Sharib Mobley, an American citizen and New Jersey native, worked at six nuclear facilities in New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania between 2002 and 2008 before leaving the United States and moving to Yemen. He was arrested there in a round-up of Al Qaeda suspects. According to a report by the Inspector General of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Mobley had access to the interior of the plants and was able to move around the facilities unescorted. Individuals with his level of clearance are supposed to undergo rigorous background checks, but his vetting failed to reveal his affiliation with Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born radical cleric in Yemen, who has been linked to several terrorist plots and has called for attacks on the United States. Additionally, Mobley was known to have made comments to fellow workers that all non-Muslims were infidels. Much of the IG report, which was requested by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), has not been made public because it revealed “security vulnerabilities” at existing nuclear plants, according to the New York Times. Following his arrest, Mobley allegedly killed a guard and wounded another while trying to escape from the prison hospital.
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