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WMDs Found in Iraq
Human Events ^ | Nov. 9, 2005 | Human Events

Posted on 11/12/2005 12:25:09 AM PST by FairOpinion

Contrary to ongoing reports by mainstream media outlets, WMDs have been found in Iraq, so reports New York Times best-selling author Richard Miniter in his new book, Disinformation.

Consider these shocking facts:

• Found: 1.77 metric tons of enriched uranium

• Found: 1,500 gallons of chemical weapons

• Found: Roadside bomb loaded with sarin gas

• Found: 1,000 radioactive materials--ideal for radioactive dirty bombs

• Found: 17 chemical warheads--some containing cyclosarin, a nerve agent five times more powerful than sarin

This is only a partial list of the deadly weapons Miniter reveals in his new book, Disinformation. Miniter systematically dissects the "No-WMD Myth" (how it started, and why it continues), as well as 21 other War-on-Terror myths perpetuated by the media.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: gwot; iraq; iraqiwmd; iraqwmd; miniter; saddam; saddamhussein; saddamswmds; terrorism; wmd; wmdmyth; wot
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To: FairOpinion
This is from the IAEA's own web page:
I - Components of Iraq's nuclear weapon programme
Acquisition of weapons usable material

Indigenous production and overt procurement of uranium compounds

Imported 4,006 kg of natural uranium and 6,005 kg of depleted uranium (DU) from Italy in 1979
Imported 1,767 kg low enriched uranium (LEU) from Italy in 1982
Imported almost 50 kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Russia and France
Procured 429 drums containing 138,098 kg yellowcake from Portugal in 1980
Procured 487 drums containing 148,348 kg yellowcake from Portugal in 1982
Procured 432 drums containing 137,435 kg of yellowcake from Niger in 1981
Procured 426 drums containing 139,409 kg of yellowcake from Niger in 1982
Imported 24,260 kg of uranium dioxide from Brazil between 1981-82
Produced 109 tonnes of uranium in 168 tonnes of yellowcake at Al Qaim uranium recovery plant, which was constructed between 1982-84
Produced 420 drums containing 99,457 kg uranium dioxide at Al Jesira uranium conversion facility

Produced UF6 at Rashdiya Engineering and Design Centre
Processed uranium dioxide to produce UF4, uranium metal and UF6 at Tuwaitha Chemical Laboratories
Processed UO2  and yellowcake to produce UO2, U3O8, UO3, UO4, UF4, and uranium metal at Tuwaitha Experimental Research Laboratory for Fuel Fabrication
Processed UO2 to produce UCl4 at Tuwaitha Chemical Engineering Research laboratories

Development of indigenous uranium enrichment capabilities

Electro-magnetic isotope separation (EMIS)

Designed and constructed electromagnets and different magnet separators systems between 1982-87 in Tuwaitha
Designed and constructed one R50 and three R100 separator systems starting from 1985 and operated them until 1991 in Tuwaitha
Designed and constructed R120 and R60 separator systems in Tarmiya
Produced 640 grams of enriched uranium with an average enrichment of 7.2%

Gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment

Initiated in 1982
Constructed related facilities at Tuwaitha and Rashdiya
Manufactured a barrier tube suitable for operation in UF6 in 1988

Gas centrifuge enrichment

Initiated in 1987
Built first oil centrifuge in 1987 and conducted laboratory trials; later shifted to magnetic bearing centrifuge
Developed a series of sub-critical centrifuge designs in 1989
Designed and assembled and tested magnetic centrifuges using a carbon composite rotor in 1990
Construction work for the mass production of centrifuges and a pilot-scale cascade hall at Al Furat began in 1989

R&D on chemical uranium enrichment also took place
In 1981, laser isotopic separation work began and studied both atomic (AVLIS) and molecular (MLIS) technologies

Intended diversion of research reactor fuel

Planned to divert highly enriched uranium, that was subjected to Agency safeguards, at Tuwaitha under a “crash programme” to use the material in the production of a nuclear weapon
Installed a chemical processing plant at Tuwaitha in about three months in 1990 to extract HEU from research reactor fuel
Had capability to commence the conversion of HEU from UNH to metal in 1991

Production and separation of plutonium

Reactor design did not go beyond theoretical studies
Used IRT-5000 to irradiate three indigenously fabricated natural uranium fuel elements
Separated five grams of plutonium at laboratory-scale process line in Tuwaitha

Weaponisation
Facilities

Tuwaitha had facilities and infrastructure for all Group Four activities except for the fabrication, handling, and testing of high explosives
Experimented with high explosives to produce implosive shock waves
Developed a 32-point electronic firing system using detonators and lenses developed at Al Qa Qa
Tested firing system
Tested flash X-ray systems, gas gun systems, fiber optics with fast response electronic equipment, high speed electronic streak cameras towards nuclear weapons
Produced and recovered polonium by irradiating bismuth

Research & Development

Created special unit at Al Qaqaa for the production of high explosive lenses, detonators and propellants for nuclear weapons
Compiled large stocks of imported HMX and RDX and own operating RDX production plant
Al Atheer designed to accommodate all technical activities related to nuclear weapon development, including experiments with high explosives for which an elaborate complex was designed and constructed
Iraq’s primary focus was a basic implosion fission design, fuelled by HEU
Using open-source literature and theoretical studies, ran various computer codes through Iraq’s mainframe computer to adapt the codes and develop the physical constants for a nuclear weapon development programme
Was aware of more advanced weapon design concepts
Invested significant efforts to understand the various options for neutron initiators
Tested high explosivelenses
Made significant progress in developing capabilities for the production, casting and machining of uranium metal
Casted a uranium sphere of about five centimeter diameter, several hemispheres of similar size and a small number of rods weighing 1.2 kg per piece, from which to machine “sub-calibre munitions”

Nuclear Delivery System

Considered two options:

Production of a derivative of the Al Hussein/Al Abbas missile, designed to deliver a one-tonne warhead to a maximum range of 650 km
Using an unmodified Al Hussein missile with a range of 300 km


21 posted on 11/12/2005 12:42:38 AM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: nopardons
I heard they also found some cheese cake.


22 posted on 11/12/2005 12:45:23 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: FairOpinion; All
-Weapons of Mass Destruction ( or Distorsion or Deception? You decide...)--

-IRAQ- some links to terror--

-The Uranium Files- Iraq, Mr. Bush... and more--


Kindly note- that top link leads you to reply #43 with some old, yet very "interesting," information from a source on the Left:

FAS (Fed Am Scientist) Report: Iraqi Precursor Chemicals Stored Separately for Weapon-side Mixing

23 posted on 11/12/2005 12:45:37 AM PST by backhoe (The 1990's? The Decade of Fraud(s)...)
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To: MJY1288

I don't know, but when played backwards you did hear Yoko Ono singing.


24 posted on 11/12/2005 12:47:30 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: backhoe

Thanks for all the great links.

I knew all that should be somewhere. :)


25 posted on 11/12/2005 12:48:17 AM PST by FairOpinion (CA Props: We may have lost the battle, but the war is not over. Support reform in CA.)
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To: A CA Guy

early-morning bump...
alerting later readers to puruse post 21...
and for guys to just try not to puruse post 22.


26 posted on 11/12/2005 12:53:42 AM PST by VOA
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To: A CA Guy

No wonder this was never found...these girls are waaaaaaaaay to old for Scotty Ritter's tastes.


27 posted on 11/12/2005 12:54:58 AM PST by nopardons
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To: backhoe

bttt


28 posted on 11/12/2005 12:55:36 AM PST by nopardons
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To: A CA Guy
think they also found a ton of Barry Manilow 8-track tapes

That are now being used to torture the detainees at Gitmo.

Tell us what we want to know or we'll play Copa Cabana again.... and again...and again....

29 posted on 11/12/2005 12:55:59 AM PST by uglybiker (nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh BAT MAN!!)
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To: nopardons
He's also more of a Burger King kind of guy.

-PJ

30 posted on 11/12/2005 12:56:20 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

True! LOL


31 posted on 11/12/2005 12:57:31 AM PST by nopardons
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To: nopardons
True, plus he wasn't looking for whoopees of mass corruption.
32 posted on 11/12/2005 12:59:49 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: FairOpinion
The response from ABC, NBC & CBS -


33 posted on 11/12/2005 12:59:59 AM PST by airborne (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't!)
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To: A CA Guy

This is getting too, too funny for words! LOL


34 posted on 11/12/2005 1:01:06 AM PST by nopardons
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To: Political Junkie Too

Transcript: President Clinton explains Iraq strike

Dec. 16, 1998

http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/1998/12/16/transcripts/clinton.html

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Text Of Clinton Statement On Iraq

Feb. 17, 1998

http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1998/02/17/transcripts/clinton.iraq/


"It admitted, among other things, an offensive biological warfare capability notably 5,000 gallons of botulinum, which causes botulism; 2,000 gallons of anthrax; 25 biological-filled Scud warheads; and 157 aerial bombs.

And I might say UNSCOM inspectors believe that Iraq has actually greatly understated its production. "

If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow by the knowledge that they can act with impunity, even in the face of a clear message from the United Nations Security Council and clear evidence of a weapons of mass destruction program.


35 posted on 11/12/2005 1:01:39 AM PST by FairOpinion (CA Props: We may have lost the battle, but the war is not over. Support reform in CA.)
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To: VOA
Oh yellowcake, not cheesecake. Never mind!
36 posted on 11/12/2005 1:02:45 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: zzzzzz ouch!
Blondie could use some Calamine Lotion.

37 posted on 11/12/2005 1:06:01 AM PST by I see my hands (Until this civil war heats up.. Have a nice day.)
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To: airborne

38 posted on 11/12/2005 1:06:47 AM PST by endthematrix (Those who despise freedom and progress have condemned themselves to isolation, decline, and collapse)
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To: endthematrix

LOL! Four more dumb monkeys!


39 posted on 11/12/2005 1:09:19 AM PST by airborne (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't!)
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To: FairOpinion

Claiming that there are no WMD connected with Iraq is a HUGE favor the MSM performed for the Democrats beginning with the 2002 elections. They trotted it out, more stridently, in 2004. It simply isn't true, and it didn't help the Dems in either campaign, but now the MSM can't backtrack, because they are fully invested in the lie. They are literally stuck on stupid.


40 posted on 11/12/2005 1:13:59 AM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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