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2006-04-03 22:03:08

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE (Reuters) - An Ethiopian prisoner is scheduled to appear before a U.S. military tribunal at the Guantanamo naval base this week on charges that include conspiring with U.S. citizen Jose Padilla to build a radioactive "dirty bomb." U.S. officials said when Padilla was arrested in May 2002 that he plotted with al Qaeda to set off a radioactive explosives in the United States. Padilla was never charged in connection with such a plot, but...

2006-03-28 14:15:00

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has not adequately protected itself against the nightmare scenario of a nuclear attack by terrorists, the head of the panel that investigated the September 11, 2001, attacks said on Tuesday. Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean told a Senate panel that neither the Bush administration nor Congress has done all it can to protect American lives and the U.S. economy: "The size of the problem still totally dwarfs the policy response." Another...

2006-03-28 05:23:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years after the September 11 attacks, investigators were able to easily enter the United States with enough radioactive material to make two so-called dirty bombs, according to a report on a government undercover investigation obtained on Monday. Two teams made simultaneous entries at the U.S.-Mexican border and the border with Canada carrying radioactive material in their vehicles in December 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in the...

2006-03-28 00:35:00

WASHINGTON -- Four years after the September 11 attacks, investigators were able to easily enter the United States with enough radioactive material to make two so-called dirty bombs, according to a report on a government undercover investigation obtained on Monday. Two teams made simultaneous entries at the U.S.-Mexican border and the border with Canada carrying radioactive material in their vehicles in December 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in the report on its...

2006-02-17 13:39:27

MIAMI (Reuters) - Terror suspect Jose Padilla, who spent years in a military brig as an enemy combatant before the government reversed course and charged him with conspiracy to murder and aiding terrorists abroad, was denied bail on Friday at a federal court hearing. U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Cooke declined to set bail for Padilla because of concerns he might flee and because of fears he posed a danger to the community, her office said. Padilla, a former Chicago gang member...

2006-02-02 02:12:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has formed a team to analyze fallout from nuclear attacks on American soil in a bid to identify the potential attackers, the New York Times reported on its Web site on Thursday. The report cites Michael K. Evenson, associate director for operations at the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which directs the team, as saying the program began operations last year. The objective of the program is to quickly determine who exploded the device,...

2006-02-02 02:11:06

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has formed a team to analyze fallout from nuclear attacks on American soil in a bid to identify the potential attackers, the New York Times reported on its Web site on Thursday. The report cites Michael K. Evenson, associate director for operations at the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which directs the team, as saying the program began operations last year. The objective of the program is to quickly determine who exploded the device,...

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2006-02-02 03:55:00

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has formed a team to analyze fallout from nuclear attacks on American soil in a bid to identify the potential attackers, the New York Times reported on its Web site on Thursday. The report cites Michael K. Evenson, associate director for operations at the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which directs the team, as saying the program began operations last year. The objective of the program is to quickly determine who exploded the device, in part to clarify...

2006-01-12 15:07:05

By Michael Christie MIAMI (Reuters) - Jose Padilla, held for 3 1/2 years in a U.S. military brig without charges as an "enemy combatant," pleaded not guilty to terrorism accusations in a criminal court on Thursday on his first public opportunity to affirm his innocence. Padilla, 35, a convert to Islam who has been linked to an Osama bin Laden training camp, was denied bond by a U.S. magistrate on the grounds that he was a risk to flee and a danger to the community. Defense attorney...

2006-01-06 19:02:28

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. judge postponed a plea and bail hearing on Friday for American terrorism suspect Jose Padilla, who made his second appearance in a federal court after being held for 3-1/2 years in a military brig without charges. Called an "enemy combatant" by the Bush administration and alleged to have plotted a radioactive "dirty bomb" attack on his homeland, Padilla was denied access to the U.S. justice system in a case that led rights activists and some...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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