According to the publication the Daily Beast, in the winter of 2003, the NSA had been considered a likely scenario in which “al-Qaeda” (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization will detonate a nuclear device in Washington or even in the headquarters of the Agency with the aim of paralyzing US intelligence. The sources said that a group of employees have worked hard to figure out where it might be a bomb. Other employees found out whether it was possible to trust the threats of terrorists.
The NSA was so confident in her position that the experts of the Ministry of energy traveled to the largest cities in the U.S. with the equipment, which was to detect radioactive radiation.
“I did that year was unable to go to your family for Christmas,” said the intelligence officer, who monitored the messages from groups seeking nuclear weapons.
Indicates that the NSA asked for help including colleagues from the UK with a request to take over the management of intelligence activities in the event of a disaster in the United States.
Earlier, ex-head of NSA Michael Hayden, mentioned in his memoir about his attempts to find nuclear weapons hidden, “al-Qaeda”, but in an interview with the Daily Beast he said he did not remember anything like it.
The publication indicates that after the terrorist attacks of September 11, when al-Qaida attacked new York and Washington, American politicians and military did not rule out a variety of scenarios, including with the use of U.S. weapons of mass destruction.