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UN INspectors Found Nothing At Al-Qaqaa ON March 8, 2003

Posted on 10/26/2004 12:31:01 PM PDT by Prince Charles

Copyright 2003 Valley Daily Bulletin
  Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA)
April 4, 2003 Friday
LENGTH: 813 words

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Troops encounter unknown chemical items

As the military advances closer to Baghdad, signs of Iraqichemical preparedness are multiplying, although there is still no conclusive evidence Saddam Hussein's regime possesses weapons of mass destruction.

On Friday, troops at a training facility in the westernIraqi desert came across a bottle labeled "tabun" a nerve gas and chemical weapon Iraq is banned from possessing.

Closer to Baghdad, troops at Iraq's largest militaryindustrial complex found nerve agent antidotes, documents describing chemical warfare and a white powder that appeared to be used for explosives.

U.N. weapons inspectors went repeatedly to the vast al QaQaa complex most recently on March 8 but found nothing during spot visits to some of the 1,100 buildings at the site 25 miles south of Baghdad.

Col. John Peabody, engineer brigade commander of the 3rdInfantry Division, said troops found thousands of 2-by-5-inch boxes, each containing three vials of white powder, together with documents written in Arabic that dealt with how to engage in chemical warfare.

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KEYWORDS: alqaqaa; dirtytricks; iaea; iaeagate; iraq; kerrylies; mediabias; napalminthemorning; nytrogate; qaqaagate; rats; un; wot
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1 posted on 10/26/2004 12:31:04 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: Prince Charles; All

This needs to be sent out asap..


2 posted on 10/26/2004 12:31:49 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: Prince Charles

Whoa. Nice find.


3 posted on 10/26/2004 12:32:24 PM PDT by The G Man (George W. Bush: "Got wood?")
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To: Prince Charles

WOW! That means the the place was EMPTY BEFORE THE WAR EVEN STARTED!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS HUGE!!!!!!!NYT IS A WHORE FOR KERRY!!!!!!


4 posted on 10/26/2004 12:32:44 PM PDT by Red Badger (Ask not for whom the Freeper freeps, they freep for thee........)
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To: stockpirate

"Ammogate" ping


5 posted on 10/26/2004 12:32:53 PM PDT by The G Man (George W. Bush: "Got wood?")
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To: Prince Charles

Now now. We all know they moved 380 tons of ammo back into the facility after the UN left.

Then it was stolen by a carvan of Bedouin.


6 posted on 10/26/2004 12:32:57 PM PDT by Rutles4Ever ("...upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.")
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To: Prince Charles; Mo1

Mohamed El Baradei's report to the UN security council

Friday February 14, 2003




We have also continued to investigate the relocation and consumption of the high explosive HMX. As I reported earlier, Iraq has declared that 32 tonnes of the HMX previously under IAEA seal had been transferred for use in the production of industrial explosives, primarily to cement plants as a booster for explosives used in quarrying.

Iraq has provided us with additional information, including documentation on the movement and use of this material, and inspections have been conducted at locations where the material is said to have been used. However, given the nature of the use of high explosives, it may well be that the IAEA will be unable to reach a final conclusion on the end use of this material. While we have no indication that this material was used for any application other than that declared by Iraq, we have no technical method of verifying, quantitatively, the declared use of the material in explosions. We will continue to follow this issue through a review of civilian mining practices in Iraq and through interviews of key Iraqi personnel involved in former relevant research and development activities.



http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,895890,00.html


7 posted on 10/26/2004 12:34:31 PM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: Prince Charles
Hello,

Wow! This needs to be sent to the RNC, ASAP. Is it possible to determine if this info was truly "reported" by the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, or if they picked up a feed from another source?

Glad to be here, MOgirl
8 posted on 10/26/2004 12:35:32 PM PDT by MOgirl (In memory of Walton Wayne Callahan, I love you forever.)
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To: KevinDavis

kerry and cbs and nyt will be covered in QA-QAA!!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 10/26/2004 12:35:50 PM PDT by Red Badger (Ask not for whom the Freeper freeps, they freep for thee........)
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To: Prince Charles

Nice. Broadcast it to the blogosphere and Drudge. You can still make "Best of the Web."


10 posted on 10/26/2004 12:35:53 PM PDT by Callahan
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To: Prince Charles
I really miss Lexis-Nexis. Great find, but the story was out of the box yesterday, and the NYT is still reporting on Monday morning's news. Gotta love the MSM.
11 posted on 10/26/2004 12:36:22 PM PDT by kingu (Which would you bet on? Iraq and Afghanistan? Or Haiti and Kosovo?)
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To: Howlin

We were right .. they DID KNOW they weren't there


12 posted on 10/26/2004 12:36:29 PM PDT by Mo1 (This Sept 10th attitude is no way to protect our country)
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To: Prince Charles

Why would America leave the security of it's country up to the United Nations?
All members in Congress and the Senate are killing Americans by supporting the United Nations.

TREASON


13 posted on 10/26/2004 12:36:34 PM PDT by watchout
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To: Prince Charles
Hmm... I guess the New York Slimes doesn't have access to Lexis-Nexis... </sarcasm>

This just proves how little investigative journalism took place to "break" this story a week before the election. Prince Charles, how long did it take you to dig up this gem?

14 posted on 10/26/2004 12:36:49 PM PDT by reegs
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To: Prince Charles
I found this gem with a Lexis-Nexis search.

I'm guessing that the NYTimes has Lexis-Nexis capability and overlapping layers of accountability.

Oh well. Chalk up another one for the pajamahadeen.

15 posted on 10/26/2004 12:37:31 PM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Prince Charles
I found this gem with a Lexis-Nexis search.

You're a real prince. :oD

16 posted on 10/26/2004 12:37:38 PM PDT by alnick (Vote for Dubya like your life depends on it.)
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To: Prince Charles

17 posted on 10/26/2004 12:37:54 PM PDT by MattGarrett
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To: Prince Charles



Turn out the lights....

The PARTY'S OVER!!!!


18 posted on 10/26/2004 12:38:06 PM PDT by Josh in PA
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To: Red Badger; txrangerette
WOW! That means the the place was EMPTY BEFORE THE WAR EVEN STARTED!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS HUGE!!!!!!!NYT IS A WHORE FOR KERRY!!!!!!

Don't forget to add the UN to that list

19 posted on 10/26/2004 12:38:10 PM PDT by Mo1 (This Sept 10th attitude is no way to protect our country)
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To: Prince Charles

Fox News still has it on their website also:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,83252,00.html

Sad nothing came of any of these stories when it HAPPENED.


20 posted on 10/26/2004 12:38:32 PM PDT by cgk (Hitchens: USA worth fighting for, needs to be defended unapologetically against the forces of jihad)
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To: Prince Charles
Finding "nothing" would seem to indicate that they didn't find what they were looking for, i.e. WMD.

Multiple other reports state that the seals on the bunkers containing the high explosives were still in place at the time of this inspection. In other words, this article doesn't establish that the explosives weren't there in March 2003, and various others say they were.

21 posted on 10/26/2004 12:38:50 PM PDT by lugsoul (Until at last I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin on the mountainside.)
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To: Prince Charles

Send this to Hannity.


22 posted on 10/26/2004 12:38:53 PM PDT by Tuxedo (Real friends don't let friends vote Democrat.)
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To: Howlin

Fox just reported a Reuters reporter was embedded with the 101st also.


23 posted on 10/26/2004 12:39:23 PM PDT by hobson
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To: MOgirl

Don't know, I got it by searching the Nexis database. Their web site is here:

http://www.dailybulletin.com/

It appears they have a fee-based archive search.


24 posted on 10/26/2004 12:40:01 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: Prince Charles


SEND IT TO DRUDGE.. SEND IT TO SEAN.. SEND IT TO THE RNC.. SEND IT TO FOX..

Send this to everybody people.


25 posted on 10/26/2004 12:40:18 PM PDT by Josh in PA
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To: Prince Charles
Not to rain on the parade here but, it appears that the statement "but found nothing" is contextually referring to weapons of mass destruction.
26 posted on 10/26/2004 12:40:41 PM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: Prince Charles

EXCELLENT research- just emailed this link to the RNC, GOP etc...


27 posted on 10/26/2004 12:40:44 PM PDT by SE Mom (Republican for Red Sox!)
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To: Prince Charles

Just emailed NRO's corner.

http://www.nationalreview.com/thecorner/corner.asp


28 posted on 10/26/2004 12:41:04 PM PDT by swilhelm73 (Democrats and free speech are like oil and water)
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To: Red Badger

Bingo!!!!


29 posted on 10/26/2004 12:42:14 PM PDT by conservativepoet
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To: All

For those interested, here's the entire article; it includes summaries of other stories (which I redacted) in the excerpt for this post.

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Copyright 2003 Valley Daily Bulletin  
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA)
April 4, 2003 Friday
LENGTH: 813 words

HEADLINE: First American journalist killed 2-deck hed two lines

BODY:
KUWAIT CITY An American journalist was killed Thursday night when the Humvee he was traveling in rolled into a canal just south of the Baghdad airport.

The soldier driving the Humvee was also killed.

The journalist, Michael Kelly, 46, was the editor at largeof The Atlantic Monthly and a columnist for The Washington Post.

He was the first American journalist killed in the war.

Kelly had also worked at The New Republic and NationalJournal, and he covered the 1992 presidential campaign for The New York Times.

While Kelly was the first American journalist to die in theconflict, he is the fifth journalist to die since the war started 17 days ago. . Two others are missing.

Kelly, one of 600 reporters traveling with coalition forces,was with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division when the Humvee came under fire from Iraqi infantry armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, said Col. William F. Grimsley. The driver of the Humvee, who has not been identified, was trying to evade fire when the vehicle rolled into the canal, Grimsley said.

@hUB:

Soldier charged with murder in grenadeattack

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. A soldier suspected in agrenade attack at a U.S. camp in Kuwait that killed two officers has been charged with murder, the military announced Friday.

The charges against Sgt. Hasan K. Akbar, 32, were filed twodays after the March 23 incident at a 101st Airborne Division camp in Kuwait. They were disclosed in a statement from Fort Campbell, home of the 101st.

Akbar, who once lived in Moreno Valley, is the only personcharged in the attack at the command center of the 101st Division's 1st Brigade at Camp Pennsylvania. Fourteen soldiers were wounded. Days later, the 1st Brigade began moving into Iraq.

Akbar is being held at an undisclosed U.S. militaryfacility. Military lawyers assigned to represent Akbar had no comment, the military's statement said.

Dennis Olgin, a retired judge advocate general's corpsofficer, said the charges carry the death penalty.

@hUB:

Troops encounterunknown chemical items

As the military advances closer to Baghdad, signs of Iraqichemical preparedness are multiplying, although there is still no conclusive evidence Saddam Hussein's regime possesses weapons of mass destruction.

On Friday, troops at a training facility in the westernIraqi desert came across a bottle labeled "tabun" a nerve gas and chemical weapon Iraq is banned from possessing.

Closer to Baghdad, troops at Iraq's largest militaryindustrial complex found nerve agent antidotes, documents describing chemical warfare and a white powder that appeared to be used for explosives.

U.N. weapons inspectors went repeatedly to the vast al QaQaa complex most recently on March 8 but found nothing during spot visits to some of the 1,100 buildings at the site 25 miles south of Baghdad.

Col. John Peabody, engineer brigade commander of the 3rdInfantry Division, said troops found thousands of 2-by-5-inch boxes, each containing three vials of white powder, together with documents written in Arabic that dealt with how to engage in chemical warfare.

@hUB:

Iraqi TV report on suicideattack to U.S forces CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar Iraqi television on Friday broadcast statements by two Iraqi women it said blew themselves up in an attack on U.S. forces, apparently in a blast that killed three American soldiers in western Iraq.

U.S. military officials said Friday that one of the womenwas pregnant; they said it was impossible to know if she voluntarily took part in the attack.

The attack happened Thursday night about 10 miles southwestof the Haditha Dam when a car exploded at a U.S. checkpoint. The site is northwest of Baghdad and about 80 miles east of the Syrian border.

The Pentagon said the three soldiers killed were members ofthe 3rd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Fort Benning, Ga.

"A pregnant female stepped out of the vehicle and beganscreaming in fear," a U.S. Central Command statement said. "At this point the civilian vehicle exploded, killing three coalition force members who were approaching the vehicle and wounding two others." The statement said the woman and the driver also were killed.

@hUB:

Bush, Blair to meet inNorthern Ireland

WASHINGTON President Bush and wartime ally TonyBlair will meet next week in Northern Ireland to review final-stage battle plans as well as Bush's hotly debated blueprint for postwar reconstruction.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern will join the leaders inBelfast for meetings Tuesday that also will address efforts to bring peace to Northern Ireland and the Middle East.

Iraq will dominate their session. The leaders will get jointupdates on battle plans and achievements, and will discuss thorny issues such as the pace of deliveries of humanitarian aid to Iraqi civilians and plans for the country's postwar reconstruction.

LOAD-DATE: October 29, 2003


30 posted on 10/26/2004 12:42:26 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: Prince Charles
Hold on.

U.N. weapons inspectors went repeatedly to the vast al QaQaa complex most recently on March 8 but found nothing during spot visits to some of the 1,100 buildings at the site 25 miles south of Baghdad.

From the context, it appears this is referencing just chem weapons and WMDs.

Was the HMD stuff not there or was it? Did it not even merit a mention? Seems no media people gave a crap about this stuff til they decided it could get Kerry elected.

31 posted on 10/26/2004 12:42:36 PM PDT by Callahan
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To: michigander

well, 380 tons can do quite a bit of mass destructioning


32 posted on 10/26/2004 12:43:31 PM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: Red Badger
WOW! That means the the place was EMPTY BEFORE THE WAR EVEN STARTED!!!

Along with how many other sites at which Saddam stored weapons -- perhaps even weapons of mass destruction?

Our intelligence wasn't flawed. Kerry and his ilk worked very hard to give saddam plenty of time to empty his warehouses before we invaded.

33 posted on 10/26/2004 12:43:39 PM PDT by alnick (Vote for Dubya like your life depends on it.)
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To: Mo1

You're right. THE NYT TIMES IS A WHORE FOR THE UN!!!!!!!!


34 posted on 10/26/2004 12:43:43 PM PDT by Red Badger (Ask not for whom the Freeper freeps, they freep for thee........)
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To: SE Mom

Let's hear it for Lexus-Nexus!!! Woo! HOO! I am laughing my head off!!!

LET FREEDOM RING!!!

JENNY HATCH
www.NaturalFamilyCo.com


35 posted on 10/26/2004 12:44:03 PM PDT by Jenny Hatch (Jenny Hatch WWW.NaturalFamilyCo.com)
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To: Prince Charles
Here's another copy of the article.

U.S. troops find signs of chemical readiness

36 posted on 10/26/2004 12:46:46 PM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: Callahan

Well, to me, the article implies that the inspectors were looking for chemicals that could be used for explosives, ergo you would think that they would have noted the stockpiles which sKerry says were there.


37 posted on 10/26/2004 12:47:09 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: Prince Charles

Got through to the Slimes. Asked the following question verbatim: “Are you going to retract the bogus missing ammunition story?” They read a statement saying they’re standing by their story because the letter says what it says, and it doesn’t matter if the substance of the story is true. I stated repeatedly that the substance wasn’t true, and she just kept reading until the end of the statement then hung up.


38 posted on 10/26/2004 12:47:20 PM PDT by Ironclad (O Tempora! O Mores!)
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To: Prince Charles; Admin Moderator
Posted yesterday.

Allies Find Signs of Iraq's Chemical Preparedness [but UN found "NOTHING" at Al Qa Qaa in April 2003

39 posted on 10/26/2004 12:47:58 PM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: KevinDavis

Ping


40 posted on 10/26/2004 12:48:20 PM PDT by beejplaysbass ("You can fight without every winning, but never really win without a fight.")
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To: Red Badger

No it doesn't mean that at all. The UN had tagged and sealed the Cemtex explosives in January. When they returned they were looking for WMD not Cemtex which they had already found and sealed. The white powder story is from FOX 18 months ago and nothing ever came of it.I'd think if the white powder was WMD we might have heard about it before this.


41 posted on 10/26/2004 12:48:24 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: Prince Charles; All

Media contact list in my user profile.


42 posted on 10/26/2004 12:48:35 PM PDT by Tempest (Click on my name for a long list of press contacts)
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To: OXENinFLA

Nice find... din't see it till now.


43 posted on 10/26/2004 12:49:14 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: hobson

Oh, that's comforting.


44 posted on 10/26/2004 12:49:24 PM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: Prince Charles

I did get the month wrong in my title, in my haste I put the month of the story not when they were there.


45 posted on 10/26/2004 12:50:58 PM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: Prince Charles
Someone better save the web ad that sKerry just put out.

Backdrop it against a voice over of this report. And, throw Kerry under the bus.

When he says, George Bush didn't do this or that, he is talking about our military. He acts as if George Bush is standing a post at the Al Qa Qaa weapons depot, but fell asleep on the job, and insurgents just walked off with 380 tons of weapons.

This is ridiculous. If the American people buy this garbage, we deserve a clown like John Kerry. The MSM deserves to rot.

46 posted on 10/26/2004 12:52:51 PM PDT by mattdono ("Crush the democrats, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the scumbags" -Big Arnie)
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To: Prince Charles

Charles, I just called the NYT foreign desk to tell them about this. Before I could speak, a woman read a statement to me which claimed the IAEA went in in March 03 and the stuff was still there.

I then read her your bolded paragraph, which states the opposite. She asked for the source, which I gave her.

They must know that we are not going to buy their lies.

Thanks for posting.


47 posted on 10/26/2004 12:53:01 PM PDT by alnick (Vote for Dubya like your life depends on it.)
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To: Prince Charles

Just called and sent this via email to the following addresses at the NYT:

executive-editor@nytimes.com

managing-editor@nytimes.com

public@nytimes.com












The NYT needs to apologize to America, and you need to run a retraction regarding the Iraqi explosives story you ran yesterday.

Once again Dan Rather and CBS News and the New York Times are attempting to manipulate a false story to effect our nation’s elections.

The Iraqi explosives story CBS and the New York Times ran yesterday is a fraud. These weapons were not there when US troops went to this site in 2003. The IAEA and its head, the anti-American Mohammed El Baradei, leaked a false letter on this issue to the media to embarrass the Bush administration.

I’m going to ask the FCC to investigate CBS and the NYT continued egregious actions.


48 posted on 10/26/2004 12:53:44 PM PDT by schaketo (Notorious for skinny dippin' in the same pond as snappin' turtles)
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To: OXENinFLA

BY nothing, they meant chemical weapons folks. The white powder is the high explosive that the NYT is so up in arms about. Go to Kerry spot and read this article and be informed.........the 'high explosive' the ny times is refering to is not 'plastic' explosive, or even something that you can easily blow up. It is a chemical which, when combined with other chemicals, can be made into things like c-4, etc. This article doesn't prove anything....................this is what the stuff is..............A key point is that this is not dense stuff, where you can get a lot of weight into a small vehicle. If this was really in its raw form, it is white powder, like cornstarch or a light powdered sugar (NOT granulated sugar). Blow on it and it flies in the breeze- the stories I've seen haven't said much about what form it was in, but you would want it to be relatively raw so you could form it into main charges for artillery, etc. They don't pour granules into shells, it is mixed with binders and melted sonit will take a shape. You can't be a nice terrorist, happen by, stick some in your pocket, and run away while the US Army isn't looking- it isn't "plastic" (like, say, comp C4, which is a plastic matrix impregnated with HE, thus has a lot of filler to make it shapeable). The kinds of trucks you would need to haul it are like grain hoppers, and lots of them. You can't stack it on pallets.


49 posted on 10/26/2004 12:54:40 PM PDT by milwguy
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To: alnick
As I read it, the article was concerning WMD. They, the IAEA, does not consider explosives to be WMD.

That is the problem with all of this.

50 posted on 10/26/2004 12:56:14 PM PDT by Cold Heat (http://ice.he.net/~freepnet/kerry/staticpages/index.php?page=20040531140357545)
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