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US arrests man 'with uranium for Iran in shoes'
Yahoo! News ^ | 8/24/13 | AFP

Posted on 08/24/2013 10:14:21 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

A man was arrested in New York City's international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said.

Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to act as an intermediary to sell Iran 1,000 tons of purified uranium, in violation of US law.

The Sierra Leone-based Campbell had been under surveillance since May 2012, when he responded to an ad on the site Alibaba.com by someone looking to buy uranium 308, or yellow cake.

The buyer was actually an undercover US immigration officer.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alibaba; alibabadotcom; arrests; bandarabbas; campbell; florida; france; internet; iran; jfkairport; ny; paris; patrick; port; portofbandarabbas; purifieduranium; shoes; sierraleone; uranium; uranium308; usb; usbkey; yellowcake
talk about hot-footing it out of town.
1 posted on 08/24/2013 10:14:21 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Campbell was arrested in New York on his way to Florida, where he planned to show his “contact” some uranium samples.

The samples, wrapped in plastic bags, had been hidden in the soles of a pair of shoes in his luggage, the indictment said.


2 posted on 08/24/2013 10:15:34 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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a little yellow cake, a nice chianti.. hey.. look Maaa, no bunnions


3 posted on 08/24/2013 10:16:32 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: NormsRevenge

It could take quite a few plane trips to transport 1,000 tons that way.


4 posted on 08/24/2013 10:17:01 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: NormsRevenge

Get the lead of your shoes!


5 posted on 08/24/2013 10:26:01 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: NormsRevenge

Get the Lead out of your shoes!


6 posted on 08/24/2013 10:27:11 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: NormsRevenge

How do you hide 1000 tons of uranium in your shoe?


7 posted on 08/24/2013 10:30:24 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: NormsRevenge

Michelle Antoinette: “Let them eat yellow cake”


8 posted on 08/24/2013 10:31:05 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“It could take quite a few plane trips to transport 1,000 tons that way.”

Not to mention the number of shoes.


9 posted on 08/24/2013 10:36:06 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: AtlasStalled

It was a sample.


10 posted on 08/24/2013 10:51:46 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Fewer trips in the '70s than now! ;>o
11 posted on 08/24/2013 10:56:44 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“I make the best yellowcake in the southwest.
Keep walkin’ mister. Take your shoes, beat it!”
Amy Bouzaglo, Atomic Baking Company
Scottsdale, AZ


12 posted on 08/24/2013 11:20:34 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

proving disco shoes were nothing more than clown shoes spray-painted shiny metallic colors.


13 posted on 08/24/2013 11:30:03 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

LOL...with uranium heels, those would be 15 pound clod hoppers.


14 posted on 08/24/2013 11:48:12 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: NormsRevenge
You develope a method to arrest someone in this manner and then blab how you did it when it works.

I guess keeping quiet is not part of the operation.

15 posted on 08/24/2013 12:15:19 PM PDT by Phil
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Build him some STRONG leg muscles! The soles of his feet might become a tad sensitive, though.


16 posted on 08/24/2013 1:04:24 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

They need some of those hundred and thirty pound Mexicans with calves the size of cantaloupes. (HT Rep. Steve King)


17 posted on 08/24/2013 1:13:27 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: NormsRevenge

I don’t know how much Uranium he had in his shoes but, the nominal spherical critical mass for an untampered 235U nuclear weapon is 56 kilograms (120 lb),[3] a sphere 17.32 cm (6.8”) in diameter . You might be able to hide a volume that size in your shoes, but you would have a hard time walking with-it. It would be like walking with a sixty pound weight on each foot.


18 posted on 08/24/2013 1:47:31 PM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m trying to figger out what law was broken ? If the yellow cake was in Sierra Leone and the customer was Iran the US gov’t might not like the sale but couldn’t possibly make it illegal. An international embargo isn’t enough to get one in a US jail. Yellow cake is essentially yellow dirt and is less radioactive than a good watch. I can see the guy hiding his sample so some airport jerkopf doesn’t think his baggy is full of dirty coke but I don’t , so far, see this guy getting busted for anymore than general stupidity.


19 posted on 08/24/2013 1:52:11 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: Phil
You develope a method to arrest someone in this manner and then blab how you did it when it works.

YOU MEAN PUT THE NATION'S SECURITY ABOVE THE NEED TO TAKE CREDIT? Silly boy ...

20 posted on 08/24/2013 2:41:43 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate." George F. Will)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, the good news is... this idjit won’t be reproducing. His sperm count is in the negative range.


21 posted on 08/24/2013 2:49:16 PM PDT by moovova
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To: NormsRevenge

Any of you old folks remember going to a shoe store back in the 50s and sticking your feet into an x-ray machine to check the fit? I spent a lot of time wiggling my toes to see the bones.

Our guy's had three viewing ports. One for mom, one for the kid, and one for the shoe salesman. I wonder what those cost back then.

I'm surprised we don't all have toe cancer. Or maybe the shoe got eventually got some kind if there wasn't enough shielding.

22 posted on 08/24/2013 5:15:46 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Or maybe the shoe GUY eventually got some kind of cancer if there wasn’t enough shielding.


23 posted on 08/24/2013 5:16:49 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Campbell was arrested in New York on his way to Florida, where he planned to show his “contact” some uranium samples.

Just a traveling salesman.

24 posted on 08/24/2013 5:17:50 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.ice.gov/news/releases/1308/130823miami.htm

News Releases
AUGUST 23, 2013MIAMI, FL

Sierra Leone man arrested for brokering Uranium deal for Iran
MIAMI – Federal agents arrested a Sierra Leone man Wednesday for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by attempting to broker the sale of yellowcake uranium to Iran. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police.

According to court documents, Patrick Campbell, 33, of Freetown, Sierra Leone, traveled to the United States Aug. 21. Campbell brought a sample of uranium with him, which he concealed in the soles of shoes packed in his luggage. Campbell transported the uranium under the premise that it was going to be provided to a representative for a group of individuals seeking to obtain uranium and supply it to Iran. He was arrested by HSI special agents at John F. Kennedy Airport upon his arrival in the United States.

If convicted, Campbell faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and up to a $1 million fine.

Campbell made his initial appearance in federal court Thursday.
HSI aims to prevent terrorist groups and hostile nations from illegally obtaining U.S. military products and sensitive technology, including weapons of mass destruction. The Counter-Proliferation Investigations Unit, part of the HSI National Security Investigations Division, oversees a broad range of investigations related to export law violations. It enforces U.S. export laws involving military items and controlled dual-use goods, as well as products going to sanctioned or embargoed countries. For more information, visit www.ICE.gov/HSI.


25 posted on 08/25/2013 1:34:22 AM PDT by Cindy
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A Look at Iran
http://www.truthusa.com/IRAN.html


26 posted on 08/25/2013 1:37:28 AM PDT by Cindy
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A bit off thread topic...

Speaking of Sierra Leone, here’s an interesting thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3025732/posts

“Nigeria discovers ‘Hezbollah terrorist cell’, weapons trove”
France24 ^ | 30/05/2013
Posted on May 31, 2013 2:58:00 AM PDT by csvset

SNIPPET from post no. 1: “”The cell exposed and arrested is part of a Shiite terror campaign against Western and Israeli targets around the world which has been taking place for a number of years,” the official said.

“The possibility that members of the cell acted under Hezbollah’s orders in other African states, such as Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Benin and Ghana is also being examined,” he added on condition of anonymity.”


27 posted on 08/25/2013 1:42:38 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Read the article. He was bringing samples. Still... how stupid do you gotta be to agree to meet an “Iranian” agent in Florida? Why not Rome or Cairo, or just about anyplace else close to Iran, and not under U.S. jurisdiction.


28 posted on 08/26/2013 10:58:59 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

“I’m surprised we don’t all have toe cancer.”

Have you been checked for “Toe-lio” recently?

Never mind.

ObamaCare doesn’t cover, therefore it can’t exist.


29 posted on 08/27/2013 7:50:46 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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