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FBI Probes Alleged Gov. Bush Threat

Friday, 11 January 2002 12:00 AM

Law enforcement officials said the story about the alleged threat came from a confidential prison informant who said at least four men with Arab names were trying to contact someone to drive a truckload of explosives to Tallahassee on Friday to blow up the governor.

The governor was "safe and in good spirits," FDLE officials said. Bush returned to Tallahassee late Thursday from a fundraising trip in Pennsylvania.

The Herald reported that agents have been uncertain how much weight to give the informant; the informant has failed several lie-detector tests and may simply be trying to cut a deal with prosecutors in his own criminal case.

But the information, according to investigators, has also panned out at least once: On Thursday, his tip led investigators to a van in Broward County, Fla. that apparently contained traces of explosives. Agents arrested a man who may be the van's driver on immigration-related charges.

"Just when we're ready to discount the inmate, we get a nugget," one agent involved in the investigation told the newspaper. The alleged plot was supposed to take place Friday -- Jan. 11 -- on the four-month anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.

The governor's spokeswoman, Katie Baur, called the news "disconcerting."

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