Skip to comments.CHINA PROVIDES TERRORISM'S NEW WEAPON - (better pay attention to this development!!)
Posted on 07/15/2005 2:47:40 PM PDT by CHARLITE
The world's Terror Network has been given a new weapon. It can overcome the most stringent of airport and airline security checks. Far more lethal than Semtex, it can be smuggled with virtual impunity from one country to another, one terrorist cell to another.
For the 80 terror groups listed on the computers of the CIA, MI5, MI6 and Germany's BND, the weapon once more tips the scales in their favour. It is a new type of plastic explosive that was used by the two young British radical Muslims in last week's suicide bomb attack on the club in Tel Aviv. Three were killed and 50 injured. One of the suicide bombers escaped, leaving behind some explosive. After a week of intensive investigation by chemists at Israel's ultra-secret research centre in the Tel Aviv suburb of Nes Ziona, its lethal qualities and country of background have been discovered. It was at the centre, in one of the most guarded places on earth, the explosive was analysed behind two-feet thick dun-coloured concrete walls and bombproof sliding doors. The conclusion of the scientists sent a collective shock wave through the intelligence community.
The Israeli experts concluded that the explosives were manufactured in the laboratories of ZDF, one of China's leading military defence contractors. The first hint that China was working on a new type of explosive had come in March, 2001, when a top-ranking Chinese defector, Senior Colonel Xu Junping in the China's People Liberation Army and one of the nation's leading military strategists, had defected to the United States and was personally debriefed by CIA director George Tenet. So important was the debriefing that President Bush had authorised his closest aide, Condoleeza Rice, to sit in.
Over several days Xu detailed the work that was being done to create the explosives in the ZDF laboratories situated some 60km to the west of Beijing. He also detailed how China had secretly been helping rogue states like Iraq, Iran and North Korea. But, most critical of all, he outlined China's contacts with terror groups - through its powerful intelligence services: Military Intelligence Department (MID) and its Science and Technology Department (STD).
Employing some 5,000 field agents and defences analysts, both agencies operate globally. They are supported by satellite surveillance and state-of-the-art equipment. Xu told the CIA that part of the work of the two services was to maintain contact with not only terror groups in the Middle East, but also those in the Philippines, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. But what astonished the CIA was Xu's revelations of Chinese intelligence contacts in Colombia with FARC, in Spain with ETA, in Peru with Shining Path.
In the past year, MI5 have also picked up hints that Chinese agents have had contacts with extreme Islamic groups in London and the East Midlands. M J Gohel, a terrorism and security expert with the prestigious Asia-Pacific Foundation in London, said there was an "urgent need to grasp the reality of the situation".
Now, two years after Xu's revelation, intelligence services are bracing themselves to confront this latest weapon of choice for terrorists. The Chinese explosive is so sophisticated it even escaped detection by Israel's ultra-vigilant border controls. Mossad has now established that the two British suicide bombers smuggled in their explosive from Jordan. It had arrived there from Pakistan - whose intelligence service has had long and close links to China's.
CIA agents have established that, in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, it was from Pakistan that Osama bin Laden made three separate visits to Beijing. Each time he was accompanied by China's Ambassador to that country and the head of Pakistan's powerful and many-tentacled intelligence service, PIS. Bin Laden made those visits to Beijing prior to the 9/11 attacks. He had gone to organise a defence contract for the Taliban worth $1 billion.
"We now believe that during those visits he was appraised of the progress with the new explosives", said a senior Mossad source in Tel Aviv. He agreed there "is a very strong possibility" that al Quaeda had been provided with a quantity of the explosive - a tiny portion of which had been given to the two British suicide bombers. "Following the attack in Tel Aviv, airports and airlines around the world are urgently looking at security again. This takes terrorism into a new dimension", an MI5 source said in London. Already Israeli military censors have placed a news blackout on all local media reporting any details about the new explosive. But speaking under a guarantee of anonymity, one source did say that the "explosive is far lighter and easier to conceal than previous kinds. It makes Semtex look outdated. This has tipped the scale back in favour of the terrorist".
Gordon Thomas is the author of Mossad: La Historia Secreta (Ediciones-B).
Doing China's dirty work for it....
I've been saying for quite a while that China is an obvious sponsor of terrorism... this doesn't surprise me in the least, not after all the dead jihadis we've found with Chinese-made AK-47s.
I think it would be justifiable to declare war against the PRC. Will it happen? Probably not. But it would be RIGHT!
I thought they had determined that the terrorists had used TATP?
I recommend checking this out. Also, if you or anyone knows how to get a hold of Bodansky, I think he'd appreciate this.
Chinese AKs are worldwide, and virtually ubiquitous. Their presence hardly qualifies as support or endorsement.
CCP - ISI - Brit jihadi conspiracy?
Don't let the facts get in the way! ;-)
Large quantities of new weapons should at least raise suspicions.
If this is true, that the CIA was astonished by this, then we are doomed, completely and utterly.
Suicide bomb on a club in Tel Aviv? There wasn't one..there was an attack outside a mall in Netanya...when is this article from? Something's wrong...
That is so for the London terrorists. This is about the bombing in Tel Aviv.
Where's everybody been?
That is scary.
I believe they are referring to the Tel Aviv bombing and I had not heard any determination about the explosive used there, although there could have been and I missed hearing about it.
Nah, the Chinese sell these things by the CONEX-load to any two-bit warlord with a little spare cash. Even new ones are ultra-common everywhere, including here in the states. Remember, even the semi-autos will still kill you, and most people aren't savvy enough to tell the difference between a full-auto and a semi-auto without close examination. When you start seeing more expensive stuff, like man-portable missiles, explosives, crew-served weapons etc, then I'll be worried.
I've been screaming about this since the impeachment.
The Chinese bought victory years ago.
Gore and the Clinton co-Presidents gave China missile and rocket technology for donations so the communist Chinese could bomb with accuracy every city in the USA.
Before they would get lucky if they could accidently reach Alaska.
The Clintons probably sold the Chinese the formula for this explosive.
Not trying to be too glib here, but I'm astonished that the CIA is astonished by the interaction between China and terror groups worldwide. The American people have been cheated.
Those in control should have figured this out long ago.
Geez. That is scary. As a matter of fact this thread is a little much for me this afternoon. I think it time for a very large glass of WINE
The dominant faction at the company are still largely made up of old timers from the Nixon - Ford - Carter era and their "offspring" from the Slick era. They really resent the climate of the 9/12 world. They are so 9/10!
There's no way to verify how much of this is true and to what extent this information is exagerrated. These commerical terror analysts spew out a lot of falsehoods that sell well to the public. To some extent, this could just be Gordon Thomas paying his bills.
...I think it would be justifiable to declare war against the PRC. Will it happen? Probably not. But it would be RIGHT!..
Well... If you look the situation from China's point of you.
It is developing and fast.
Only the US can stop its further development... And the time comes when almost 1.5 milliard people needs more oil... and a lot more !!!
China looks for assurances that the US wont monopolise the world markets, especially not the oil...
The nuclear technology is expensive and too complicated, and the US nuclear defense is pretty good.
But in any case if things do getting ugly there is always few kilo of this new high tech expolsive ready to some (or all of them) terrorist cells who wants to do harm to the US or its interests.
If the news hits the media that 50 kilo of this is in terrorosts hands that can have the same economical impact as one or more real bomb goning off.
So that's why I dont think it is a good idea to attack China.
Do you want to win the war on terror, or continue making excuses for "why they hate us?"
Profound words my FRiend.
If you would be most gracious in a FR manner and not take up too much bandwidth, could you explain your reasoning as to why we would all be doomed?
Baloney. Clinton put the Commerce Dept. in charge of licensing technology exports to China, which lead to the sale of all kinds of weapons technology to the Chicoms. Bush transferred authority for the review of export licenses back to the DOD so that sensitive weapons technology is no longer sold to China. You need to read up on the Chinagate scandal.
...and China blustering about using nukes to keep us from helping out Tiawan. Yes boys and girls, the 4th Generation Warfare is coming to a land near you.
Yet there are those corporate and government types that want to strengthen our ties with China. The only thing that is strengthening is China's military.
Not good for the home team.
Actually, I've been wondering where he went, and particularly where Dr. Khadir Hamza disappeared to. He was all over Fox, CNN, MSNBC and many talk shows (Larry Elder etc.) before we went into Iraq. Dr. Hamza was presented as an authority on exactly how severe the threat of Saddam's WMD and nuclear program was. He posited that Saddam would have operational nukes "within the next 5 years."
Once the war got underway, and the WMDs which we knew had been there, were gone, Dr. Hamza was also gone. Can anyone explain that? Where is this pre-war expert?
Char............and why was this post dumped down into Bloggers & Personal, when I posted it on News/Activism? Can anyone explain that to me? This article isn't a blog; nor is the author a "blogger." It is a serious, very important article, and should be seen by the widest number of readers here!
"I think it would be justifiable to declare war against the PRC. Will it happen? Probably not. But it would be RIGHT!"
Oh come on...you know we can't do that!! We have to get our cheap products for Wal Mart!!!
Welcome to Free Republic.
...or continue making excuses for "why they hate us?"...
If you do not understand the answer to this question you never win the war on terror.
I guess there is a point when it need a minute to stop and think about how many people are we willing to kill because they do not agree with the current single superpower configuration.
Ok, there are countries like Afganistan or Iraq who's leaders were out of line...
But keeping extending the nuber of our enemies instead of making smarter diplomacy looks counterproductive.
Most of the Eu lost as friends, Rusia ganging up with China on the US, Iran getting its nuclear power anyway, Korea ditto and south America looks less and less friendly too...
And we face this with our new allies like Albania and Uzbekistan...
Is it sure that the USA wants to be a leader ... for countries like these ?
is that ozone I smell?
Go back to DU.
No, I'm saying the Chinese are probably supplying the terrorists with the explosive to destabilize western nations. The terror guys will do the dirty work so the Chinese can continue on their path while we're busy fighting terror and not concentrating on what they are doing elsewhere and within their own military buildup.
Well, they were utterly taken aback when the wall came down and Gorbachev resigned too.
Never saw it coming, the vapant, danely curs.
Simply, if the CIA has not figured out within the last 20 or so years that China has been involved with terrorist organizations on a world wide basis, I honestly question what else they don't know, as by now, they are years behind. As for being doomed, get back to me in twenty years, and if I'm wrong, I'll barbeque and eat the crow myself.
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