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Al Qaeda claims to have bought nuclear weapons
CTV.CA ^ | March 21, 2004 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/21/2004 1:26:21 PM PST by garjog

Osama bin Laden's terror network claims to have bought ready-made nuclear weapons on a Central Asian black market, the biographer of al Qaeda's No. 2 leader was quoted telling an Australian television station. In an interview scheduled to be televised Monday, Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir said Ayman al-Zawahri claimed "smart briefcase bombs" are available on the black market.

It was not clear when the interview between Mir and al-Zawahri took place. U.S. intelligence agencies have long believed al Qaeda attempted to acquire a nuclear device on the black market. SNIP

Al-Zawahri's boast would not in itself prove the al Qaeda has actually succeeded in acquiring nuclear weapons.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaedanukes; suitcasenukes; terrorism
I did a search (1:22 PM pacific) for this title and don't see it posted. One Comment: After one of our cities is nuked, it won't be appropriate to place blame since we will be recovering from a massive disaster. Guess we have to be pre-emptive and place blame now on those in power at home and world wide who refused to take the war on terror seriously -- as well as Spain, France, Dean, McDermott, all anti-Americans and appeasniks in general.
1 posted on 03/21/2004 1:26:21 PM PST by garjog
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To: garjog
I did a search (1:22 PM pacific) for this title and don't see it posted

It's kinda two posts below yours on the BN sidebar.

But, what the heck, the more the merrier. :)

2 posted on 03/21/2004 1:32:45 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: garjog
Sounds like bad news. Maybe the French were right after all. We should just give up and negotiate a peace treaty with Al Qaeda. Fighting them will just make them angrier.
3 posted on 03/21/2004 1:33:08 PM PST by DallasMike
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To: DallasMike
No worries. The dems have repeatedly told us that this war on terror is way overblown.
4 posted on 03/21/2004 1:41:05 PM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: garjog
'Can't help but think kahn had something to do with this. Thank you, Pakistan.
5 posted on 03/21/2004 1:42:56 PM PST by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: garjog
It's in Breaking News under the title "al-Qaida No. 2: We Have Briefcase Nukes"
6 posted on 03/21/2004 1:56:34 PM PST by angkor
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To: garjog
I think this is baloney. If AQ had a suitcase nuke, they'd have used it by now.
7 posted on 03/21/2004 1:57:59 PM PST by Poundstone
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To: Poundstone
I agree. However, I think we should be prepared for any eventuality. If it ever does happen (a successful terrorist nuke detonation), I think Muslims in this country would find themselves in a very precarious position.
8 posted on 03/21/2004 2:07:28 PM PST by attiladhun2
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To: Poundstone
They would h ave to use it within 90 days (or less) because the nuclear triggers (aka flux capacitor) will detioriate to the point where they MIGHT not work, and within 120 days, when they WILL NOT work.


9 posted on 03/21/2004 2:12:45 PM PST by PokeyJoe (FreeBSD; The devil made me do it.)
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To: attiladhun2
If it ever did happen, we would commit worldwide nuclear genocide against Muslims. It's more likely to happen in Moscow IMO than over here, in which case the Russians will do it and we will watch without objection.
10 posted on 03/21/2004 2:38:10 PM PST by thoughtomator (Voting Bush because there is no reasonable alternative)
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To: PokeyJoe
(aka flux capacitor)

Yer pullin' my leg, right?

Nik
11 posted on 03/21/2004 2:38:35 PM PST by Nik Naym
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To: garjog
Nothing to worry about. Kerry's vision of terrorism as a law enforcement function will keep us safe. Who knows, the demonRat is probably negotiating with Al Qaeda now securing promises that they will end the jihad if the US cedes to all their demands, like his new buddy in Spain did. Remember the demonRat motto: "Better red, than dead" or in this case "Better mooselimb, than deadlimb" The only way to defeat Al Qaeda is to systematically eradicate every single one of them on the planet, not matter where they are or how long it takes. Eventually, we will accomplish this.
12 posted on 03/21/2004 2:39:46 PM PST by Wolfhound777 (It's not our job to forgive them. Only God can do that. Our job is to arrange the meeting--N.S)
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To: Wolfhound777
I totally agree.
13 posted on 03/21/2004 2:46:49 PM PST by Daniel Ramsey
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To: PokeyJoe
> They would have to use it within 90 days (or less) ...

If they actually have one (doubtful), this is probable.
They have the further problem of delivery.

If they have a Bomb, they don't have a bomb. They might be
able to extract the fissionables for a dirty conventional
bomb.

They could also have a fake nuke, sold by crooked Russians
who wanted the money, but not the fallout, so to speak.

But it's more likely the case that Al-Q has none of the
above. We've heard this threat before, in the context of
a claim that they'd only use it as a last resort in self-
defense (hah).

They've been doing a lot of sabre rattling lately, and it's
because, no thanks to Kerry, Al-Q is hurting and doesn't
know how to stop the pros bearing down on them (nor do they
understand why allah doesn't step in to save them).
14 posted on 03/21/2004 2:50:19 PM PST by Boundless
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To: garjog
There aint no such thing as a "suitcase Nuke Bomb" per se. Now a dirty bomb is another matter.

What I worry about more is these geeks getting to N Korea and grabbing one of their bombs hopping a plane in China with one aboard and flying it here expolding it over one of our cities.
15 posted on 03/21/2004 3:22:29 PM PST by crz
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To: garjog
If they had them, I have no doubt that they would have used them by now.
16 posted on 03/21/2004 4:04:19 PM PST by Ranger
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To: leadpenny
It's hard to conceive of this juxtposed against the terrorists who use donkeys to function as suicide bombers!
17 posted on 03/21/2004 4:07:35 PM PST by Meredith
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To: PokeyJoe
Please explain that. If true that means all the soviet stuff is just nuclear waste at this point.
18 posted on 03/21/2004 4:09:23 PM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: garjog
Al-Zawahri's bluffing. He knows darn well that under a John Kerry Law Enforcement Terrorism Policy, al Qaeda would get a ticket with a big fine if they used nuclear weapons on us.
19 posted on 03/21/2004 4:23:33 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: Boundless
They could also have a fake nuke, sold by crooked Russians who wanted the money, but not the fallout, so to speak.

Ditto that. Some slick Russian Mafia guys sold those ignorant donkey riders fake suitcase bombs. Probably lots of flashing leds... :)

20 posted on 03/21/2004 4:26:01 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: garjog
MEMO: To all Arab heads of State
Subject: Nuclear Weapons

Notice --
It has come to my attention that members of AQ - the lunatics your Wahhabi sect murder cult has spawned - are claiming possession of nuclear devices..

I would strongly advise that you take all steps necessary to secure such items and cease and desist from planning any such attack against America, her allies or their interests..

Failure to comply will result in the most unpleasant consequences for YOU...and your "treasured sites"...

You should know by now, that I don't make idle threats..


George
21 posted on 03/21/2004 4:30:03 PM PST by river rat (Militant Islam is a cult, flirting with extinction)
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To: Poundstone
Do we know when they said they bought them? Since a few of you are convinced they would have used them by now if they had them, I am curious about the time frame. Hope you are right, but who knows?
22 posted on 03/21/2004 4:32:46 PM PST by ladyinred (democrats have blood on their hands!)
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To: garjog
"After one of our cities is nuked, it won't be appropriate to place blame since we will be recovering from a massive disaster"

We may differ a bit here, I will have no problem mourning and recovering from disaster and screaming from the rooftops about where the correct blame should be pointed at the same time!! Directly on our 42nd president as well as some of these "massively patriotic" (sarcastic bullshit) liberal jack-offs who continue to fight to put our security in other countries hands!!
23 posted on 03/21/2004 4:37:07 PM PST by Hand em their arse
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To: Hand em their arse
One of the problems with "suitcase" tactical nukes is that they must be rigorously maintained. That's why I think Mr. Hairball is lying.

On the other hand, it's just as likely that Mr. Hairball got taken to the cleaners by the Russian Mafiya to the tune of thirty to sixty million dollars. In which case, it's vodka on the house!

Be Seeing You,

Chris

24 posted on 03/21/2004 4:41:07 PM PST by section9 (Major Motoko Kusanagi says, "John Kerry: all John F., no Kennedy..." Click on my pic!)
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To: longtermmemmory
tritium triggers have to be replaced. You have to have a source for tritium. If you don't have a source (or knowledge) on how to recharge tritium triggers (aka flux capacitors) - then, heave ho, it aint gonna blow.

As for the ole USSR stuff - they have tritium.

I think somebody said that the shelf-life is six years. I do believe, however, that reliability requires more aggressive maintenance schedule - if anybody wants to back me up.
25 posted on 03/21/2004 6:11:49 PM PST by PokeyJoe (FreeBSD; The devil made me do it.)
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To: garjog
Sen. Kerry says the threat of terrorism is exaggerated so that must mean that Al-Qaeda on has half as man nuclear weapons.
26 posted on 03/22/2004 7:19:04 PM PST by Mike Darancette (General - Alien Army of the Right (AAOTR))
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