Federal Bureau of Investigation
Director Robert Mueller said Thursday that there does not appear to be any
connection between about 20 men who might have fraudulently sought commercial
driver's licenses to transport hazardous materials and the 19 hijackers in
the terrorist attacks.
Mueller told news reporters
many people have been arrested on charges related to efforts to obtain the
licenses. But, he added, "It is our preliminary belief that those arrests
do not relate in any way, or the individuals arrested pursuant to that investigation
do not relate to the occurrences of Sept.11."
to investigate the possibility that the men, most of which are still in federal
custody, may have been involved in a separate terrorist plot, or simply participating
in a scheme to obtain the licenses without proper credentials to qualify for
higher-paid driving assignments, The New York Times reported.
One official who spoke
to the newspaper on the condition of anonymity said that investigators hadn't
yet ruled out some link to terrorism in connection with the licenses but that
the possibility seemed to be diminishing in the minds of investigators.