The Terror Countdown

A capture on the U.S.-Canadian border heightens fears of a millennial attack against Americans

There was something about the last man off the 6 p.m. ferry from Victoria, B.C., to Port Angeles, Wash., that didn't seem right to U.S. Customs inspector Diana Dean last Tuesday. She threw a couple of routine questions at him, and he choked, claiming to be a French Canadian named Benni Noris. When officials opened the trunk of his rented Chrysler, they found what looked like the contents of a bombmaker's shopping cart: 118 lbs. of urea; two 22-oz., three-quarters-full jars of nitroglycerine; 14 lbs. of sulfate; and four timing devices consisting of Casio watches, nine-volt batteries and circuit boards. The...

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