According to his plea agreement, Fernandes possessed explosive parts and devices that weren’t registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The government alleged that Fernandes also transported explosive materials in Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, and detonated devices in the Arizona desert.
Bogden said FBI agents seized firearms, explosive devices and noxious substances including napalm, ammonium and sodium sulfate and sulfur at Fernandes’ home. Agents also confiscated two inert hand grenades, five rifles, four handguns, thousands of rounds of ammunition and instructive materials for making explosive devices, the prosecutor said.
Eller said only two guns belonged to Fernandes, and the napalm was used as a fire-starter during camping trips. She said other guns belonged to family members.
Federal officials and his lawyer said Fernandes described himself as commander of a Nevada militia that was an urban survivalist unit with six or seven members.
Eller described the group as a bunch of friends “playing Army” and posting “exaggerations and empty boasts” on the Internet.
The defense attorney earlier acknowledged that Fernandes was friends with Jake Benton Howell, a Utah college student who was arrested Dec. 21 with an unloaded assault rifle, ammunition, a 16-inch bayonet and three large survival-style knives in his car as he arrived at a Las Vegas high school that both he and Fernandes had attended.
A man who was killed when a homemade explosive blew up at his home was an eccentric who bicycled around his neighborhood dispensing anti-government conspiracy pamphlets, neighbors said Monday.
“He definitely seemed paranoid about things and people,” Donna Swift said. “It was getting more extreme.”
A bomb squad, the FBI and other investigators descended on a quiet street of neatly kept ranch-style homes in an upper middle-class Orange County neighborhood after 52-year-old Kevin Harris died in a Sunday night blast.
An ambulance had been called about 90 minutes earlier when neighbors saw the man lying on his front lawn, but he refused offers of help and went inside, neighbors said.
Police were called about 7:30 p.m. after neighbors heard the explosion, and the man was found dead at his home.
Harris was killed by a homemade explosive device, but it was not immediately clear whether the blast was accidental or suicide, police Lt. Bryan Glass said.
A small bomb found outside a Catholic church could be linked to the ongoing Union flag protests, a priest said.
Police are appealing for information following the discovery of the crude but viable device at St Mary’s on the Hill Church on Carnmoney Road in Newtownabbey on Saturday night.
Parish priest Fr John Forsythe said suspicious objects have been left outside a small number of churches and homes in recent weeks.
“It might have something to do with the flag protests,” he said.
“It’s most unusual because this area has seen tremendous growth and good community relations with police and people work well together.”
The priest said up to 20 people, including the curate, were forced to evacuate their homes at 10pm for more than four hours until a bomb disposal team made the device safe.
Tribal and official sources in Yemen say an explosion has killed more than 10 suspected al-Qaida militants, and at least six others died in two airstrikes by unmanned aircraft.
A bomb that ripped through a house owned by a known al-Qaida operative in southern Bayda province appeared to be an accidental explosion. Militants barred local residents Sunday from approaching the scene.
Meanwhile, separate strikes by suspected U.S. drone aircraft killed three people Saturday and another three on Sunday in two parts of central Maarib province.
One raid successfully targeted a car carrying suspected members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
For the meat and potatoes see this post from arms control wonk.
The dietary supplement is this. Multiply kg on hand (that isn’t converted to fuel plates which have to be reprocessed) by the square of the enrichment for “effective kilograms.” If this number is less than 28 there is not enough for a bomb.
Iran has refined 232.8 kg of uranium to the 20% level. They have converted 95.5 to fuel plates leaving 137.3 kg available. 20% squared is .04. That gives us 4.492 effective kg, or a bit less than 1/6 a significant mass (approximate amount required to go critical.)
Iran will not have the bomb (from its own production) in six months.
A bomb at a procession of Shia Muslims in Pakistan killed at least six and wounded another 90 on Sunday, taking the death toll from a week of Taliban blasts against the group to more than 30.
The bomb detonated as hundreds of Shia worshippers paraded through the north western city of Dera Ismail Khan to commemorate the holiday of Ashura.
The bomb was made of 17lbs of explosive laced with steel balls and appeared to have been planted in a shop along the procession route, according to police.
The Pakistani Taliban frequently attack Shias, who they consider heretics. Shia Muslims use Ashura to mourn the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, and men often flagellate themselveswith chains and knives as an act of penance.
Large crowds drawn by the festival have become a prime target for Sunni extremists.
A similar bombing killed seven and injured 30 on Saturday, and last week a Taliban suicide bomber struck a procession in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, killing 17.
Jerusalem (CNN) — An Arab-Israeli has been arrested in connection with Wednesday’s bombing in Tel Aviv of a bus, in which 24 people were wounded, police said Thursday.
The suspect is from Taibeh in central Israel, said police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld. The bomb was detonated by cell phone, he said.
The arrest occurred Wednesday, and the attacker was carrying out orders from Hamas and Islamic Jihad from the village of Beit Lakia, in the area of Ramallah, he said.
The spokesman said the arrest occurred several hours after the attack in an operation carried out by the Israeli police, the IDF and intelligence.
A bomb exploded on a bus in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding 15 people in what Israeli officials said was a terrorist attack that could complicate efforts to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
Celebratory gunfire rang out across Gaza as the news spread and the territory’s Islamist rulers Hamas praised the bombing, but no one claimed immediate responsibility.
The blast shattered windows on the bus as it drove along a tree-lined street next to Israel’s huge defense ministry headquarters. Israel’s ambulance service said four people suffered moderate-to-severe injuries and 11 were lightly hurt.
Police said it was not a suicide attack and suggested that someone might have left the device on the number 142 bus.
The driver, who escaped largely unscathed, told reporters he had not seen anyone suspicious get on board.
“I felt the explosion … Smoke was everywhere, you couldn’t see a thing,” he said. The blue and white vehicle was not torn apart by the blast, indicating it was a relatively small device.
The plot had parallels with Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who set off a bomb in Oslo last year and then went on a gun rampage on a nearby island, killing a total of 77 people.
“The would-be bomber did not hide his fascination with Breivik. This should not be ignored,” Tusk told a news conference.
The prime minister said that investigators had found practical connections to Breivik too: the Norwegian bought bomb components in Poland, he said, and an analysis of his contacts helped lead Polish intelligence to the suspect.
Authorities in Norway said they had been in touch with their Polish counterparts but gave no details.
Briefing reporters in the Polish capital, prosecutors said the suspect had assembled a small arsenal of explosive material, guns and remote-controlled detonators and was trying to recruit others to help him.
A video recording taken from the suspect, who has not been publicly identified, showed what prosecutors said was a test explosion he conducted, sending up a huge cloud of dust and leaving a large crater in the ground.
“He claims that he was acting on nationalistic, anti-Semitic and xenophobic motives,” prosecutor Mariusz Krason said.
“He believed the situation in the country is going in the wrong direction, described the people ruling Poland as foreign and said they were not true Poles.”
“He carried out reconnaissance in the neighborhood of the Sejm (parliament). This building was to be the target of the attack,” Krason said.
Large amounts of chemicals commonly used to make bombs were found in the basement of a New Jersey doctor, along with assault rifles and a stun gun, prosecutors said today.
Dr. Roberto Rivera, 60, who according to some reports was active in the Occupy Wall Street movement last year, was arrested following a Friday night raid on his Ridgewood, N.J., home.
Ridgewood police first showed up at the home around 6:15 p.m. after getting a report of potential hazardous and explosive material, according to a press release from Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli.
Inside the home, police found a “large amount” of a chemical typically used in bomb-making, the release said. The name of the chemical was not released.
Armed with a search warrant, the FBI and the Bergen County Bomb Squad then visited Rivera’s home where they confiscated the bomb-making chemical and also found “several other precursor chemicals commonly used in the making of explosive devices,” Molinelli said.