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“Violent extremists have, in fact, obtained insider positions” in nuclear industry

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 21, 2011 08:44 AM

Our latest Homeland Insecurity item of the day comes from a new DHS report warning of the threat of jihadi infiltration of nuclear, utility, and other infrastructure facilities.

It’s one of those routine “Hey, there’s no specific threat we can speak of publicly, but we want you to know we’re worrying about it” releases.

Via ABC News:

Sabotage by an insider at a major utility facility, including a chemical or oil refinery, could provide al Qaeda with its best opportunity for the kind of massive Sept. 11 anniversary attack Osama bin Laden was planning, according to U.S. officials.

A new intelligence report from the Department of Homeland Security issued Tuesday, titled Insider Threat to Utilities, warns “violent extremists have, in fact, obtained insider positions,” and that “outsiders have attempted to solicit utility-sector employees” for damaging physical and cyber attacks.

“Based on the reliable reporting of previous incidents, we have high confidence in our judgment that insiders and their actions pose a significant threat to the infrastructure and information systems of U.S. facilities,” the bulletin reads in part. “Past events and reporting also provide high confidence in our judgment that insider information on sites, infrastructure, networks, and personnel is valuable to our adversaries and may increase the impact of any attack on the utilities infrastructure.”

Last March, I noted the South Jersey Jihadist and al Qaeda-linked radical Sharif Mobley — who held positions at several nuclear power plants in Salem County, NJ.

I’ve also noted the open-borders idiocy at many of these facilities — see my post from six years ago — that allows countless illegal aliens to penetrate security. A similar story out of Arizona just last week underscored the continued laxity:

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he has arrested a man working at the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant for being in the country illegally.

32-year-old Cruz Loya Alvares was taken into custody Wednesday by sheriff’s deputies and interrogated. Alvares allegedly admitted to being in the U.S. illegally for the better part of the past 15 years.

Alvares was deported in 2000, but paid a human smuggler for re-entry into the U.S., Arpaio says. And last month, Mesa Police cited Alvares for driving on a suspended license.

According to MCSO, Alvares tried to gain access to the nuclear power plant on Monday but was denied because his Mexican driver’s license was expired.

He tried again on Tuesday, this time as a passenger in a contractor’s vehice. He presented an Arizona identification card and was allowed in.

When plant security examined his identification card some time later, they thought it might be fraudulent and called the Sherif’s Office.

According to APS, Alvares had been on site over the past two weeks doing remodeling work at an administrative building.

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