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An American Hiroshima?
Frontpagemagazine ^ | 8-2-05 | Jamie Glazov/Joseph Farah

Posted on 08/02/2005 5:16:46 AM PDT by SJackson

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Joseph Farah, the founder, editor and chief executive officer of WND and a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host. He is also the publisher of Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, a premium, online, subscription intelligence news service.

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FP: Joseph Farah, welcome to Frontpage Interview. It is a pleasure to have you here.

Farah: Thank you, Jamie.  


FP: In one of your recent G-2 bulletins, you discuss the evidence suggesting that Osama is planning what he calls an "American Hiroshima" and that he already has the means to do it. Al Qaeda has apparently already smuggled nuclear weapons into the U.S. This is simply terrifying. Can you tell us a bit about this?


Farah:  Several reporters and top intelligence analysts -- people including me, Yossef Bodansky, the former terrorism guru to the U.S. Congress, Paul Williams, author of the upcoming book, "The Al Qaeda Connection," and others -- have been working quietly and independently for years on this issue of al-Qaida's acquisition and plans for nuclear weapons. What's happening is that this independent work has led to surprisingly similar conclusions -- that al-Qaida has nuclear weapons, probably many of them, and that some of them, according to a variety of sources, have already been smuggled into this country using our porous borders and with the help of criminal enterprises like the MS-13 gang.


There is no question, based on captured documents and captured al-Qaida leaders that Osama bin Laden has been planning his "American Hiroshima" for many years -- long before Sept. 11, 2001. When you hear U.S. officials -- from President Bush, to Vice President Dick Cheney, to the head of the FBI and Homeland Security all telling us about the "inevitability" of a terrorist attack on the U.S. with weapons of mass destruction, this is what they are talking about. They haven't come right out and made the announcements about what they know is the threat because they have determined it might create a panic. We're not reporting anything the White House doesn't know. We're not reporting anything the CIA doesn't know. We're not reporting anything the FBI doesn't know. We're just reporting what the American people don't know. And since the government is doing next to nothing to protect the American people, it seems appropriate to let them in on the dirty little secret.


There is a major threat to the U.S. civilian population from al-Qaida's existing nuclear arsenal -- and, based on the evidence, I believe some of that arsenal has already been delivered to this country.


FP: What are Al Qaeda's prime targets? Why? 


 Farah:  Again, according to captured documents and captured al-Qaida leaders -- and some defectors -- the plans are to detonate multiple nuclear weapons in major U.S. cities -- either all at once or over a period of days. You can guess most of the prime targets -- New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. The only surprise, according to my sources, is that al-Qaida's list is not based on the cities with the most population. The list is based on where most American Jews live. So you see some cities like Miami and Las Vegas and San Francisco on the list. Dates are very important to al-Qaida, as we have come to know, and one of the dates mentioned in connection with this "American Hiroshima" plan is Aug. 6, the anniversary of the U.S. nuclear attack on Hiroshima in 1945. No year has been set, but it is worth noting that this Aug. 6th is the 60th anniversary of that attack.


FP: If Al Qaeda really perpetrated this horror, what would be the result?


Farah:  Thre's an old joke that goes: "One nuclear bomb can ruin your whole day." Even one nuclear detonation in a major U.S. city, of course, would mean not only the deaths of potentially millions, but it would wreak havoc on the U.S. economy -- which is a always a goal with bin Laden.  He doesn't want to just kill Americans. He wants to defeat the USA. He wants to bring us to our knees. And he wants to give all the glory to Allah. 


FP: Could you expand a bit on the sources for this information? How do we know they are reliable? 


Farah:  Personally, I have been working on this project for nearly four years. This story has not come together all at once. It has come together piecemeal over that period of time. I have had what I consider to be credible sourcing on 95 percent of this for quite awhile. I withheld it from publication because I couldn't even believe it myself. I didn't and don't want it to be true. I have no desire to be right about this. I want very badly to be wrong. This is not a story that can advance my reputation, credibility, career or business interests. If I'm wrong, which I hope I am, people may some day laugh at me. I will gratefully accept that. If I'm right, nobody is going to be saying, "Gee, that Farah told it like it was." They will be focused on the national disaster that has struck us -- just as I will be. About 90 percent of the information I have gathered on this plan is from publicly sourced documents available to you and anyone else who wants to spend the time looking for them. It's only the analysis and interpretation that requires skilled -- and sometimes unnamed -- intelligence sources.  


FP: Tell us a bit about Al Qaeda’s cooperation with the Russians on this matter.


Farah: I don't know of any official cooperation with the Russian government. But al-Qaida has purchased the services of former KGB officers and former Spetznaz special forces troops with knowledge of maintaining and detonating the nuclear weapons it has obtained from the former Soviet Union. In addition, Russia is playing a very dangerous game in continuing to conceal the whereabouts of nuclear weapons planted on U.S. soil during the Cold War. Al-Qaida is furiously looking for these weapons with the help of those Russian agents it has procured for a price. If Russia wanted to save the world from this potential holocaust, it could contribute by telling the U.S. government where the nukes are buried -- before al-Qaida finds them. There is a very strong likelihood that if a nuclear weapon is detonated in the U.S., it will be a Russian nuclear weapon.  


FP: Russia had already smuggled nuclear weapons into this country? How come they didn’t set them off? Because of mutually assured destruction? Because communism crumbled in Russia and the Cold War came to an end? How come the Russians haven’t disclosed their location? Because they still see us as potential enemies and are saving the nukes for a rainy day?


Farah: I believe the simple doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction did keep an uneasy peace between the USA and Soviet Union for a generation.  But today Russia needs to tell the U.S. where those nukes are buried. It is an ongoing act of war to conceal these weapons of mass destruction in our country. Too many defectors have confirmed their presence on our soil. We need explanations from the Russians. To date they have even tried to deny they ever made suitcase nukes.  President Bush needs to use his relationship with Vladimir Putin to get to the truth before it is too late. How would we respond as a nation to a nuclear terrorist attack in our country knowing the weapons used against us originated in Russia? Would Russia not be accountable in any way?


At least one high-ranking Russian KGB agent said indeed that some in his country still believe war between our countries is "inevitable" so the weapons must remain concealed. That is, to say the least, unacceptable.


FP: How did we get here? Could this have been prevented?


Farah: Since the reports indicate the nuclear devices came across the Mexican border -- along with thousands of sleeper al-Qaida agents -- it seems apparent to me that we have left our back door wide open. We have used our military to project force around the world, but we have not secured the perimeter. If there is a major terrorist act in this country again -- something equivalent to 9-11 or worse, President Bush will have no one to blame but himself. No longer will we be able to look back at the failings of the Clinton administration over eight years -- and there were many -- that led to Sept. 11. Bush has been in power now for five years. It was his decision not to secure the borders. 


FP: Why wouldn’t the Bush administration secure our borders? What are the advantages of leaving them unsecured? Is it too politically incorrect to secure them?


Farah: I've asked this question myself over and over. It is the most frequently asked question I hear from my radio audience and from the thousands of emails I receive from readers. President Bush candidly said it was a matter of cheap labor a few months ago. I believe that is dead wrong. I don't believe there is anything cheap about this labor. It is bankrupting our health-care system. It is taking jobs away from law-abiding American citizens. It is raising crime rates and it is threatening our national security.


No, I believe there is another more sinister reason. There is a master plan for global governance being plotted in meetings of groups like the Council on Foreign Relations. You can read its reports. And, I believe this open-borders policy is a direct result of those plans, which have been secretly adopted by our highest leaders, including President Bush.  


FP: This scenario and information is all truly horrifying. Is there anything you can tell us that would give us grounds for optimism? Is there any hope? What can be done to prevent an American Hiroshima from transpiring, for by the evidence you present, it seems inevitable.


Farah: Pray very hard.   


FP: I hear you Mr. Farah. I would never dismiss prayer – for gizzillions of reasons. But apart from prayer, my friend, what can we do? This seems so hopeless because I want to suggest that we announce that mutually assured destruction will come into effect immediately if we are hit, but then. . . .who the hell do we target in a revenge attack? We can’t blow up a city of the enemy because there is no city of the enemy and as a civilized democracy we simply can’t do anything of this nature. Or can we? Must we make some kind of barbarian threats that might deter these terrorists? I can’t see how because, unlike the communists, they aren’t even interested in self-preservation anyway. They want to die. This is truly depressing. Do you have any suggestions besides the counsel to pray?


Farah: Raising awareness of the problem certainly gives the American people the option of making their own contigency plans. I know people like Buffett are. I know the federal government is. Why shouldn't the American people be made starkly aware of the impending threat? 


FP: As you are aware, Dr. Jack Wheeler has argued that this whole thing – the Al Qaeda plan “American Hiroshima”etc. – is a hoax. He says it is total nonsense that Soviet suitcase nukes are here in the U.S., that there were no cell phones in 1988 (to trigger them), etc. I must admit his argument that Osama would never use a nuclear bomb even if he had one because we have thousands to strike back is not quite convincing. We have no one to strike back in this terror war (in terms of a country) and Osama and his ilk aren’t particularly afraid of death. Aside from this, can you deal a bit with his dismissing of the claims?


Farah: I love Jack, but the cell phone is 30 years old. I had a cell phone in 1988. Jack's memory is a little faulty here. All one really needs to do is listen to people like President Bush, Dick Cheney, Warren Buffett and others who say not only is it possible, it is "inevitable" that nuclear terrorism will happen. 


FP: Well, before we go, let me try this one more time and in a different way: suppose we all become starkly aware of the impending threat. Besides praying, is there anything we can actually do about it? Please give us some hope.


Farah: I don't use the term "inevitable." As a Christian, I don't like that term. But that's what Bush, Cheney, Ridge and many other public officials have said. I would like us, as a nation, as a people, to try to prevent it. Maybe it's that feeling of inevitability that has our public officials paralyzed. At the very least, we can minimize the impact of a future attack by denying the terrorists easy continued entry into this country by closing the borders. We should demand of our Russian friends that they come clean -- privately would be OK -- about the buried nukes in the U.S. We should get serious about the threat from within this country posed by terrorists operating within the confines of mosques and charities. We should stop discriminating against Arab Jews at the FBI, in military intelligence and in law enforcement in this country. They are fluent in the language and culture of our enemies and that would be of immense help to our national security. We must get on a war footing and enlist the help of the American people in combating this enemy. There are many things we can do -- even though the hour is late.


FP:  Can you tell us a bit about the discrimination against Arab Jews at the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in this country? Why would this be happening? It makes absolutely no sense. Why do we like hiring enemies instead of friends?


Farah: We have many documented reports of Arab-American FBI translators who speak approvingly of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida being retained and relied on for sensitive intelligence-collecting positions. At the same time we have documented reports of Arab Jews -- people who fled for their lives from Iraq, Syria and other Arab countries being systematically denied those same translating positions. Why? Apparently because they might have loyalty to Israel! It is blatant anti-Semitism being demonstrated by the U.S. government. Not only is it a self-destructive and counter-intuitive operation, it is blatantly illegal. But it continues still.


Just think how many Arab Jews there are in this country who know the language and know the culture. Why aren't we tapping that resource? Some 750,000 Jews were expelled from the Arab countries in the last 50 years. Not all of them went to Israel. Many of them live right here in the U.S.


FP: Mr. Farah, it was a pleasure to have you here with us today. Thank you for coming to share this vital and traumatizing information. We won’t blame the messenger. Take care my friend.

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaedanukes; americanhiroshima; binladen; bodansky; bordersecurity; illegalaliens; invasionusa; jihad; jihadinamerica; jihadists; josephfarah; kgb; kookswithnukes; loosenukes; marasalvatrucha; ms13; nukes; openborders; russiannukes; sleepercells; spetznaz; suitcasenukes; waronterror; wmd; wot; wwiv
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To: SJackson
No one in the Department of Energy takes these threats seriously. The amount of maintenance it takes to keep these bombs in working order is sunstantial. It also very unlikely that they could maintain these weapons without being discovered.

While I agree that the borders should be closed for security reasons, many believe this entire "Sky is Falling" hypothesis is simply about pushing an agenda to close the borders. Creating boogey-man stories is an age-old trick to get create panic to get what you want.

The real fear of nuclear attack on U.S. soil is actually water-borne. A tanker on a ship or a trawler which has allowed the terrorists to maintain the device until detonation. Nuclear terrorism probably is inevitable, but not as descibed by Farah.

41 posted on 08/02/2005 6:50:35 AM PDT by NYCRebublican (No more Slimes)
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To: Obadiah

Even in death and murder, liberals will blame themselves.

42 posted on 08/02/2005 6:54:14 AM PDT by chris1 ("Make the other guy die for his country" - George S. Patton, Jr.)
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To: SJackson
Nukes require lots of maintenance on a regular basis. The tritium component has a half-life of 10-12 years. It decays into helium and damages the bomb components. Tritium can only be made in a reactor in a very controlled reaction.

Suitcase nukes are even more difficult to work on and require more maintenance. If AQ gets one of those 1980's suitcase nukes, it's very likely to just fizzle and make some Russians very rich.
43 posted on 08/02/2005 6:58:00 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: SJackson

Don't get too excited about this:

Behind The Lines - Dr. Jack Wheeler
Thursday, July 14, 2005
So many of you have asked me about an alleged Al Qaeda plan called “American Hiroshima” – the multiple detonation of nukes smuggled in to the US – that I must respond, even though some very good friends of mine for whom I have high regard have been taken in by the fellow who’s making the claim.

That would be Paul L. Williams, who has been peddling this stuff for a long time. The funniest example is Williams’ claim that “documents captured in Afghanistan show that Al Qaeda had plans to assemble nuclear weapons with fissile material purchased on the black market.” A nuclear scientist friend of mine with all the requisite Pentagon security clearances could not stop laughing when I discussed this with him.

“I’ve seen those documents,” he told me, “and believe it or not, they are copied from an article in a science humor magazine called The Journal of Irreproducible Results. It was entitled “How to Build an Atom Bomb,” and these Al Qaeda-Taliban idiots didn’t know it was a put-on. It’s full of physics jargon and seems impressive – but when the article instructs you to make the shock wave focusing lens out of Playdough, you’ve got to be a retard not to get the gag. Living in an Afghan cave can do that to you.”

The rest of this article can be seen at (Requires a subscription)

44 posted on 08/02/2005 7:09:45 AM PDT by rob777
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To: rob777

I hadn't read that before. Funny.

45 posted on 08/02/2005 7:20:06 AM PDT by mentor2k
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To: linkinpunk

Y2K was a boondoggle. I worked on Clinton's Y2K Program. Biggest waste of taxpayers money you ever saw.

46 posted on 08/02/2005 7:22:46 AM PDT by DarthVader (Islam is not something to be understood, it is something that must be utterly destroyed)
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To: mentor2k

I hadn't read that before. Funny.

It would be even funnier if so many did not take this whole thing so seriously.

47 posted on 08/02/2005 7:25:31 AM PDT by rob777
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To: NYCRebublican

yup , I agree with you , however,the likelihood of smallish dirtybombs is disturbing ,...the moonshiners learned how to retrofit heavyduty springs on vehicles so they'd appear normal,large SUVs[Chevy Suburban] don't get stopped all the time as they make their way into cities ,...BTW , I saw a beer truck,independant distributor's name scrawled on the cab door,flying down Broadway right past a NYPD precinct car,clearly WAY OVER the speed limit,not stopped

48 posted on 08/02/2005 7:29:51 AM PDT by Dad yer funny
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To: rob777
The rest of the article further debunks other claims related to this whole "American Hiroshima" theory.
49 posted on 08/02/2005 7:30:29 AM PDT by rob777
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To: SJackson

Can somebody please post the pic of the "Not this Sh@t again" guy?

Thanks in advance!

50 posted on 08/02/2005 7:31:36 AM PDT by NormB (Yes, but watch your cookies!!)
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To: RSmithOpt
" Will it be 100%, no, but it will sure as hell slow down the criminal activity element."

LMAO! Dream on. Anyone can, at anytime slip across the Canadian border, along either coast, and Mexico. Are you going to wall off the entire country? One big prison complex? Put a roof over it and call it an insane asylum.

One doesn't even have to crawl through mosquito infested bogs, and forrest choked thickets to cross the border. just wait for the border guards to go home at some locations, and drive over the rubber cones they put on the road.

The answer is as mentioned above, we must fight this war over there, but we have to have the will to do it, which as we can see just isn't there. Maybe it will be there after we take a few hits, and quit trying to fight a PC war.

51 posted on 08/02/2005 7:32:21 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: SJackson

Looks like Joseph Farah is looking to be the new Art Bell.

52 posted on 08/02/2005 8:02:35 AM PDT by Dean Baker (Two wrongs may not make a right, but three lefts do.)
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To: lugsoul

Oops. lol.

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To: Nathan Zachary
Well, from my training in strategic tactics, soldiers are trained in tactics to protect their flanks and to keep a good eye on your 6. Otherwise, you set yourself up for a sucker punch.

Either spend the money for physical border barriers and more patrol personnel, or just 'French yourself' to the enemy over the problem.

I see no problems with the US suspending all foreign aid until the barriers and personnel are in place and diverting that money to a more worthy cause.

54 posted on 08/02/2005 8:27:32 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: Maceman

Judging the response when Cong. Tancredo made his comments, I would say you are right. We don't have the will. We don't even have the will to spell out to them what the consequences of such an act would be. We didn't have the will to kick them out of our country after 9/11. And obviously, we don't have the will to rid our country of these vipers before they can act again.

55 posted on 08/02/2005 10:09:54 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: lugsoul

Perhaps there's a Julian/Gregorian Calendar misunderstanding.

56 posted on 08/02/2005 10:16:27 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: DB
I don't know. If literally LA or NY was gone in a flash with millions dead there would be no limit to our rage.

I agree, while we are as a nation generous, companionate, reasonable and generally wise, we are also quite capable of unleashing unspeakable horror when the situation calls for it.

What may seem unthinkable to us today may tomorrow seem like a measured and reasonable response to a crisis situation. This is not a country to back into a corner. Even I fear what a frightened and vengeful America could unleash.

57 posted on 08/02/2005 11:58:42 AM PDT by usurper (Correct spelling is overrated)
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To: Dean Baker

Not if, but when.

58 posted on 08/02/2005 12:02:33 PM PDT by TBall
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To: linkinpunk
No offense to Joseph Farah fans, but wasn't he one of the Y2K alarmists a few years ago?

Doesn't matter if he was. This is a different scenario that is confirmed by lots of other sources not connected to WND and Farrah, even by Putin himself in a veiled threat several years ago contained in a speech directed at the US, in which he said that some of the tactical nukes that disappeared from Russia's inventory after the fall of the USSR could end up in the "wrong hands".

Defected former soviet KGB and military people have confirmed this as well, such as Col. Lunev.

That Al Kayda has nukes is kind of old news actually.

59 posted on 08/02/2005 12:05:48 PM PDT by Mister_Diddy_Wa_Diddy
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To: TypeZoNegative
If they want to make an American Hiroshima, they better damn well be prepared for an "Islamic Atlantis". Nuke them until the Arabic tetonic plate sinks into the ocean.

It's been well known around DC and other circles that soon after 9-11, Bush sent a message to Osama that should another attack take place on his watch, that Mecca would be turned into a sheet of green glass.

Odds are that Osama is waiting for Bush to leave office.

60 posted on 08/02/2005 12:14:37 PM PDT by Mister_Diddy_Wa_Diddy
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