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Al-Qaeda could spread avian flu, report warns
NATIONAL POST ^ | 10-25-05 | Stewart Bell

Posted on 11/01/2005 7:38:53 AM PST by markedmannerf

TORONTO - A newly disclosed Canadian intelligence study says al-Qaeda might try to spread the deadly avian flu virus as part of its campaign to sow terror in Western nations.

The report by the federal government's Integrated Threat Assessment Centre describes the avian flu as a "potential terrorist-induced" pandemic and specifically mentions Osama bin Laden.

"It is significant to note that Osama bin Laden views chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons as legitimate," says the report, titled "Pandemics: Avian Flu."

"In addition, Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda representatives have repeatedly named Canada as a target," it says under the heading "Biology and Terrorism."

A copy of the study was released to the National Post under the Access to Information Act.

Security officials have long feared that Islamic terrorists bent on disrupting Western economies and killing masses of civilians might resort to biological agents.

Terrorists have shown increasing interest in biological and chemical weapons since the Japanese religious sect Aum Shinri Kyo attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin in 1995.

Al-Qaeda experimented with such weapons at its camps in Afghanistan, but there have been few attempts so far to use them, partly because they are difficult to manufacture and disseminate.

But the Canadian report says last winter's outbreak of the H5N1 strain of avian flu in Asia "is of concern due to its high mortality rate in humans" and warns of "worldwide pandemic."

Aside from terrorists, the report warns of the possibility that smugglers could unwittingly bring the virus to Canada. It cites the example of a Thai man who tried to smuggle two infected birds into Belgium last October.

The crested hawk eagles were concealed in plastic tubes in his carry-on baggage. The veterinarian who handled the birds was hospitalized with symptoms of avian flu but survived.

(Excerpt) Read more at canada.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alaeda; alqaeda; bioterror; bioterrorism; biowarfare; bird; flu; globaljihad; terrorism


A reality?
1 posted on 11/01/2005 7:38:53 AM PST by markedmannerf
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To: markedmannerf

Well, if jihadis start dropping like flies because they mishandled their attempt at biowarfare, we'll know for sure.


2 posted on 11/01/2005 7:42:07 AM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the RINOs in terror before me.)
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To: markedmannerf

They could spread mental illness too..


3 posted on 11/01/2005 7:42:38 AM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
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To: yldstrk

Time for the "Good Peoples of the World" to confront and defeat those who do not fit that description.


4 posted on 11/01/2005 7:44:20 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: markedmannerf

There's an awful lot of near-panic, over a virus that reportedly has yet to be transmitted human-to-human. Something doesn't sound right, here. Now, they're floating a trial balloon with a terrorist angle. I'm beginning to be concerned that public opinion is being softened for a man-made pandemic.


5 posted on 11/01/2005 7:45:32 AM PST by RegulatorCountry (Esse Quam Videre)
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To: WestCoastGal; KylaStarr; Cindy; appalachian_dweller; nw_arizona_granny

More on Jihad Flu.


6 posted on 11/01/2005 7:45:53 AM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: markedmannerf
I wouldn't put it past them. Anything is possible when one is insane with hate.

Gen 16:12 And he will be a wild man; his hand [will be] against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

7 posted on 11/01/2005 7:46:34 AM PST by OB1kNOb (Teddy Kennedy was called"mushroom boy" as a teenager because at the parties he was such a fun-gi.)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
They would be bound to be infected anyway. bin Laden is so right when says the West is concerned about life and Moslem's are concerned about death. The whole population of the world could be killed, some where a Muslim would stir to conciseness and gasp "We won." and die.
8 posted on 11/01/2005 7:47:33 AM PST by oyez
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To: markedmannerf
al-Qaeda might try to spread the deadly avian flu virus as part of its campaign to sow terror in Western nations.

Very scary, if you are a bird.

9 posted on 11/01/2005 7:47:34 AM PST by Jim Noble (In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: markedmannerf
TORONTO - A newly disclosed Canadian intelligence study says al-Qaeda might try to spread the deadly avian flu virus as part of its campaign to sow terror in Western nations.

The sky is falling and I want my mommy.... Yawn...

10 posted on 11/01/2005 7:49:40 AM PST by killjoy (Real Men Love Bush)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
Al-Qaeda could spread avian flu, report warns.

They are just figuring this out?

11 posted on 11/01/2005 7:49:49 AM PST by Black Tooth (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: yldstrk
They could spread mental illness too..

They already have.


12 posted on 11/01/2005 7:56:06 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: markedmannerf

Norm Mineta would never allow us to profile young Arab men carrying dead geese onto an airplane. We're doomed.


13 posted on 11/01/2005 8:04:52 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: reagan_fanatic

You are so right.


14 posted on 11/01/2005 8:05:35 AM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
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To: markedmannerf

Good thing inhaled drugs like cocaine is made by criminals and terrorists, and not by Pfizer and Merck, thanks to the War On (some) Drugs. So that means there's no chance things like Avian Flu can be spiked into the product.


15 posted on 11/01/2005 8:15:14 AM PST by coloradan (Hence, etc.)
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To: markedmannerf

this may well explain the significant attention to this from the administration.


16 posted on 11/01/2005 8:22:52 AM PST by oceanview
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Thanks for the ping.

There are so many birds smuggled into this country it's a pandemic waiting to happen. And if the bad guys get hold of it, then it's on, we're in big trouble.


17 posted on 11/01/2005 4:41:12 PM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: WestCoastGal

As I posted on another thread earlier today, I was outside raking up pine needles when I saw, and heard, a gaggle of Canadian geese flying over. I very nearly threw my hands over my head to run screaming into the house for any imaginary protection.

I didn't do it, but was laughing at myself for my reaction and thoughts about it.

I fear that in the not too distant future, it will not be a laughing matter.


18 posted on 11/01/2005 5:08:23 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: FrPR

apperciate the ping


20 posted on 11/02/2005 2:16:17 PM PST by markedmannerf (I BELIEVE IN CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: oyez
They would be bound to be infected anyway. bin Laden is so right when says the West is concerned about life and Moslem's are concerned about death. The whole population of the world could be killed, some where a Muslim would stir to conciseness and gasp "We won." and die.

Feels like a one act play to me...

21 posted on 11/02/2005 2:20:28 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: FrPR

You realize you're going to set off a Canada Goose cull with this. It'll be Grovers Mills, NJ all over again.


22 posted on 11/02/2005 2:26:42 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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