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José Padilla  
DEFINITION
  • An American-born convert to Islam, José Padilla became known in the U.S. media as the “Dirty Bomber.” He was accused by the U.S. government in 2002 of being tasked by al Qaeda's leadership to detonate nuclear materials inside the United States. Subsequent investigations revealed that Padilla had indeed consorted with al Qaeda's mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and discussed attacking the United States, but his plan involved blowing up apartment buildings using natural gas. [Source: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism; Padilla, José (1970–)]
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https://concepts.sagepub.com/social-science/concept/José_Padilla
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