Thursday, April 21, 2005

WMDs everywhere

Iraq is chock-a-block full of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). So is New York. At least they are if you use the definition of WMD favored by the Department of Justice: WMDs include "any destructive device." This statutory definition emerged in the indictment of three British nationals for conspiring to use WMD announced last week in New York (via The Secrecy Project):
At a press briefing on the indictment, an alert reporter asked Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey exactly which "weapons of mass destruction" the individuals had conspired to use.

"Is there any implication in the use of that term that there was a biological or a chemical or a radiological element to the plan?" the reporter inquired.

"We have not alleged that," Mr. Comey replied.

But, he added, "a weapon of mass destruction in our world goes beyond that and includes improvised explosive devices."
18 U.S.C. 2332a was the cite to support this. I guess that's one way to show you were right after all.

[NB: post date corrected. Blogger keeps misbehaving on dates!]