Msnbc news reporting on two different men.
A quart-sized container of homemade explosives is cheap, deadly and difficult to detect — and that is exactly why the type of chemical bomb feared to be at the heart of a terrorism investigation worries law enforcement so much.
discovery Thursday of several vials of ricin
As little as 500 micrograms of ricin, an amount about the size of the head of a pin, can kill a human, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The only legal use for ricin is cancer research.
Now, according to law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation, authorities are concerned that [xxx] may have been trying to put together a plot to detonate similar devices in backpacks, possibly on crowded commuter trains in New York.
Authorities believe they recovered all the ricin in several vials found last week from the motel near the Las Vegas strip where [xxx] had stayed.
No results of the ongoing searches were announced at a press conference late Sunday morning, but FBI Special Agent Timothy Fuhrman said “There is no indication of any terrorist act or activity.”
Investigators said they found notes describing how to make bombs in the handwriting of an airport shuttle driver arrested as part of a terrorism investigation, and they also discovered his fingerprints on materials — batteries and a scale — that could be used to make explosives.
police said that firearms, an “anarchist-type textbook” and castor beans were found in the motel room. The book was tabbed at a spot containing information about ricin.
Why is one a terrorism suspect and not the other?