Al Qaeda Stockpiling Toxin; Warren Weinstein Kidnapped in Pakistan; Health Care Bill Hiccup


The New York Times says Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen is stockpiling castor beans in an attempt to manufacture ricin, a harmful toxin, to use in America. According to the report, the terrorist cell wants to “secretly concoct batches of the poison, pack them around small explosives, and then try to explode them in contained spaces, like a shopping mall, an airport or a subway station.” Sources say that Al Qaeda’s attempts have been partially foiled by Yemen’s hot climate, not ideal for processing ricin. [NYT]

Warren Weinstein, a “world-reknowned development expert,” was kidnapped from his home in Lahore, Pakistan. CNN reports that gunmen overpowered the American citizen’s guards and tied them up during the raid. Weinstein works for JE Austin Associates Inc. and is a Fulbright Scholar with a doctorate in international law and economics.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta determined that the mandate in the Health Care bill passed last year is unconstitutional. This will probably result in the law being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. [WSJ]

Tiger Woods missed the cut yesterday at the PGA Championship after shooting ten over par during his two rounds at the Atlanta Athletic Club. [ESPN]

Relatively clear day forecasted, with highs in the mid eighties. [TWC]