Michael Webster: Syndicated Investigative Reporter. Oct 8, 2009 at 7:00 PM PDT A Lake Elsinore man who lost his hand in an improvised explosion device (IED) is being held in custody today after he went to a hospital emergency room with his hand blown off. His brother and mother have been arrested on suspicion of making explosives and child endangerment, a Riverside county sheriff’s sergeant said.
The allegations stem from explosives found at the family’s home, where the mother ran a licensed daycare facility, said sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez.
Benjamin Kuzelka, 23, walked into a hospital and told emergency personnel that he had shot his own hand, said sheriff’s Sgt. Gutierrez.
An examination of the wound determined it was not consistent with a gunshot, and Kuzelka later told deputies that he had been injured by explosives, Gutierrez said.
Sheriff’s deputies, along with agents from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, went to his home at 30524 Audelo Street and found bomb-making materials and marijuana plants, the sergeant said.
Kuzelka was in serious condition and will be arrested when he recuperates.
His brother, Grey Timothy Kuzelka, 21, was arrested and booked into the county jail. He had been free on bail since Sunday, following an arrest on suspicion of drug possession, sales and transport.
Their mother, Rebecca Kuzelka, 55, was also being held.
The possibility that the family is associated with hate groups or other radical home grown or international terrorist with intentions of bombing southern California targets is being investigated by local, county and federal authorities according to an investigator.
Law enforcement in surrounding counties including Orange and L.A.Counties are investigating to see if there is any connection between the Kuzelka family and any recent bomb threats.
LAX has long been believed by terrorist experts to be a high grade target for terrorist.
In a wide-ranging Rand report it considered the potential casualties from car bombs, mortars, snipers and surface-to-air missile attacks the most likely scenario and is the first public blueprint of the airport’s greatest vulnerabilities.
LAX, the world’s fifth-busiest airport, is considered the state’s top terrorist target. An Al Qaeda plot to explode several luggage bombs in terminals was foiled in December 1999. According to former president George Bush a Los Angeles skyscraper was a terrorist target.
Bush indicated that in Feb 2006 – Al Qaeda terrorists were planning to fly a plane into the tallest building on the West Coast not long after they’d launched the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York City and Washington.
The terrorists’ target was a notable Los Angeles office building, he said during a speech given at the National Guard Association of the United States’ headquarters.
The 73-story Los Angeles office building, the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, was called the Library Tower at the time of the terrorist plot. It was later renamed US Bank Tower.
Bush said the scheme involved terrorists using shoe bombs to hijack an aircraft that would then be flown into the skyscraper. The plot was thwarted in early 2002, Bush said, when a Southeast Asian nation arrested a key al Qaeda operative who was in on the plan.
“Subsequent debriefings and other intelligence operations made clear the intended target and how al Qaeda hoped to execute it,” Bush said. “This critical intelligence helped other allies capture the ringleaders and other known operatives who had been recruited for this plot.” Bush said the ringleader of the West Coast plot was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was al-Qaeda’s military chief at the time. Mohammed was later captured in Pakistan in March 2003, Bush said.
Mohammed had planned to employ members of JI, an al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group located in Southeast Asia, for the Los Angeles operation, Bush said. The al Qaeda chief wanted young South Asian men rather than Arabs to conduct the operation, he said, so as not to arouse as much suspicion.
Bush said the leader of JI was a terrorist called Hambali who’d recruited key operatives for the plot who’d been trained in terrorist camps in Afghanistan. The recruits met with Osama bin Laden to get their marching orders, he said, and then began preparations for the ill-fated West Coast attack.
The Public Policy Institute of California take a broad look at port security and reported that California is home to three of the four busiest container ports in the nation. The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex is the largest port in the country by value and the fifth-largest container port in the world. So no state has a greater interest in issues of security at ports, which are potentially vulnerable to terrorist attack. The issue also has a far broader impact than merely port communities, since ports can be entry points for weapons of mass destruction that might be used to attack other communities. In addition there are thousands of non-Islamic churches and houses of warship including some 150 synagogues in the Greater Los Angeles area that are venerable.There are many nearby water treatment plants in Southern California that are also susceptible to terrorist attack because many use deadly chlorine gas and transports it by unprotected rail cars, according to a news report.
The study by a progressive think tank identified 37 plants that use chlorine gas transported by rail, leaving them vulnerable to attack and jeopardizing millions of residents nearby.
The report noted that at least 25 plants nationwide have converted to safer purification methods in the past six years.
“It’s an entirely preventable hazard,” study author Paul Orum said.
? Cruise Ships
? Oil and Gas Pipelines
? Other Financial Institutions
? Oil Tank Farms
? Gas Stations
? Oil Companies (UNOCAL Oil and other companies Bush owns or has stocks in)
? Car Companies (Ford, General Motors, Chrysler)
? Oil tankers
? California farms feeding much of the nation
? Important bridges
? L.A. Harbor
? Post Offices
? Power grids (a Pinch or EMP bomb)
? Power Lines
? Coal Power Plants
? Nuclear Power Plants
? Chemical companies
? Propane tanks
? Entertainment Centers
? Sporting Events
? Ground transportation (Buses)
? ? Ecological Targets:
? California bread basket Central Valley
? National and State Parks
? Garbage Dumps Notes: Ecological targets are extremely soft targets. There is no one guarding them and a pyroterrorist or someone with a trigger-happy finger could cause true ecological (and economic) disaster.
Terrorist setting Forest fires and grass fires that get out of control can destroy millions or billions worth of California produce, homes, even neighborhoods if they spread to nearby towns or cities. Pyroterrorism is perhaps the greatest threat America has ever faced. A pyroterrorist has the potential to burn down an entire State simply by randomly starting forest/grass fires around the State. Pyroterrorists are also extremely hard to catch. There is not much evidence left behind of who started the fire. One arsonist a start dozens of fires per day.
It took someone astute to think of the idea of using airplanes as weapons (actually no, they just needed to watch the movie Con Air in which Nicholas Cage crashes a plane on the Las Vegas Strip…). Several authorities believe that terrorist are responsible for the up tick in fires in California and the remainder think it is only a matter of time before a terrorist starts using fire as a terrorist weapon. Razing (burning down) another country was a popular past-time during Roman times. The Romans razed many countries that they sought dominance over.
And so historically, pyroterrorism is highly effective way of waging war. Educational Targets:
? Private Schools
? Summer camps for the rich
? School buses
Notes: Schools offer the distinct possibility of attacking the rich. A private school for boys for example, the sons of wall street, bankers and oil tycoons/etc. Attacking such a place SWAT style with a team of terrorist commandos well armed, killing as many as they can, and then setting the place on fire with catch the attention of America.
That’s really what terrorism is about. Getting attention and getting headlines. That means that anything that is a potential disaster and anything that is a potential massacre is a terrorist target. A shopping mall is a terrorist target. It doesn’t even have to be a big one. A smaller shopping mall would actually be easier to have a massacre. A large shopping mall would only be a panic and a small massacre. Economic value and the number of dead rich people also makes a big difference. Sniper 12 people outside a regular school and the police will think its a teenager taking revenge on bullies. Sniper 8 people outside a private school and it will make international headlines.
A private school with ONLY rich white people would be a prime target.Military Targets:
? National Guard
? U.S. Military installations and navy and merchant ships. Notes: Even though Military targets are extremely hard recent terrorist have planned and targeted them. Blow up a fort or recruiting station you will get the whole world’s attention. On the terror list below There are many targets but there are many more think about how many golf courses, how many military bases, how many oil companies, how many universities, etc that California has… you begin to realize just how VULNERABLE the So Cal is. Almost everything is a potential terrorist target.
Sadly, the no longer called War on Terrorism is a war that cannot be won. For every terrorist we kill, we kill 20+ innocent civilians in “collateral damage”. Those civilians have friends and family who then have the potential to become terrorists themselves.
You can’t fight fire with fire. It doesn’t work that way. Going around trying to kill terrorists only makes more terrorists. Many military people actually oppose Bush’s style of war because they know historically it only makes the matter worse.
General Clark and others oppose the George Bush style war as a failed war on terrorism. So far it has been a war on oil producing countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Totally besides the point most of the Sept 11th terrorists came from Saudi Arabia (and Osama bin Laden is a member in the Saudi Arabian royal family our closest Middle East ally. Sources:
List and some text compiled by Suzanne MacNevin, Editor of the Lilith eZine
Riverside Sheriff’s Office