Bush says nuclear plants were al-Qaida targets

1 February 2002

In his first State of the Union address, president Bush said diagrams of American nuclear power plants had been found in computers seized in Afghanistan.

"Our discoveries in Afghanistan confirmed our worst fears, and show us the true scope of the task ahead. We have seen the depth of our enemies' hatred in videos where they laugh about the loss of innocent life.

"And the depth of their hatred is equalled by the madness of the destruction they design. We have found diagrams of American nuclear power plants and public water facilities, detailed instructions for making chemical weapons, surveillance maps of American cities, and thorough descriptions of landmarks in America and throughout the world," he said.



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