ERWIN, Tenn. - No bond was set Monday for two Israeli men who were arrested after leading the Unicoi County sheriff on a high-speed chase in a rented moving truck.
Shmuel Dahan and Almaliach Naor were in court Monday, but a bond hearing was not held because they are waiting for help from the Israeli consulate, according to Unicoi's deputy court clerk, Sheri Lunceford.
The truck, rented from a Ryder office in Mars Hills, N.C., was being held in the county garage pending an FBI investigation, officials said.
Police said they are also being investigated by the FBI.
The sheriff said he saw the men throw something from the truck while they were being pursued. Officers scouring the area later found a vial containing an unknown substance along the roadway, he said.
Lawson said the vial contained a "fuel source," but he added that it hasn't been identified and authorities were treating it with caution.
Once the men were apprehended, officers also found a "Learn to Fly" brochure in the truck, leading Harris and others to express concern about security at the Nuclear Fuel Services plant in Erwin.
Dahan also gave authorities a fake Florida driver's license issued in Plantation, Fla., he said, while Naor produced a fake identification card.
Now, if you'll allow me to indulge in speculation, a fire broke out at Oak Ridge's K-25 plant that Saturday afternoon:
OAK RIDGE -- A chemical fire broke out Saturday at the East Tennessee Technology Park, forcing an evacuation of residents living within a half mile of the Department of Energy's former K-25 plant.
DOE spokesman Walter Perry said the fire occurred when liquid sodium reacted with water vapor in the air at a recycling operation.
DOE's emergency sirens sounded at about 1:10 p.m. to warn area residents of the situation.
A fire breaks out at K-25, then two Israeli's are caught later that afternoon with fake ID's and tossing a vial of "fuel source" out the window. Even if this was mere coincidence, I wonder if they will actually be investigated or just silently deported like every other Israeli spy that gets caught here. There have been other times since 9/11 that Israelis were caught in moving trucks under dubious circumstances. Add this to the list.
The enemy is in the gates. Be aware.
On September 10, 2001, the Army School of Advanced Military Studies issued a report written by elite US army officers, which was made public just prior to 9/11. The report gave the following description for the Mossad: "Wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target US forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act." [Washington Times, 9/10/01]
Israeli men arrested after high-speed chase in Unicoi County