Skip to comments.U.S. official warns of 'catastrophic' weapons use
Posted on 12/10/2005 10:19:19 PM PST by rhainw
A senior State Department official is warning that terrorists are continuing to seek nuclear, chemical and biological weapons for use in future attacks. "If terrorists acquire these weapons, they are likely to employ them, with potentially catastrophic effects," said Robert Joseph, undersecretary of state for arms control and the senior Bush administration arms proliferation policy-maker. Mr. Joseph also said the U.S. government will not back off from sanctions imposed on an Asian bank that the Treasury Department said was part of the North Korean government's illegal counterfeiting and money-laundering program. On terrorism, Mr. Joseph said a well-organized terrorist group with technical expertise could fashion a crude nuclear device once it obtains the fissile material for the bomb's fuel. Biological weapons also would be used in an attack by terrorists because of the availability of dual-use equipment and access to pathogens, some of which occur naturally, he said. "The bioterror challenge presents a low-cost means of a potentially high-impact attack," Mr. Joseph said in a speech Friday at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. A copy of his remarks was obtained by The Washington Times. "We cannot rest as long as enough material for even one nuclear weapon remains unsecured," he said. U.S. intelligence officials have said al Qaeda was working on developing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Documents obtained from al Qaeda facilities there showed that the group had conducted research and some experiments. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden also has said that obtaining nuclear arms is a religious duty for his extremist followers. On North Korea, Mr. Joseph said the administration will not back off the sanctions imposed in September on Macao-based Banco Delta Asia. /
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Rise early and smite the terrorists first!
but but but didnt Clinton say that there are no such thing as TERRORISM and it strictly a Law Enforcement issue that the FBI can handle alone?
Terror threat to 'crowded areas' (Nationwide Warning in UK)
SCOTLAND YARD has issued a nationwide alert that Islamist terrorist cells may be plotting a Christmas bombing campaign. The warning was distributed to police chiefs nine days ago by the Yards anti-terrorist branch. It follows a series of operations by police and MI5 aimed at disrupting possible attacks by terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda.
I thought it was Kerry that said it was a police issue, that giving them a fine and stern warning was sufficient.
Maybe making a new law which is spelt out more clearly will help. After all, we know how effective laws are, and how terrified criminals are of breaking them.
Perhaps Scotland yard found this out at the pro-jihad meeting they held a few weeks ago under disguise of a "peace conference":
Just before going back to the USA after five months in the UK I attended the Global Peace and Unity Conference at Londons Excel Centre presented by the new Islam Channel and sponsored by Emirates Airlines, Western Union (hmm??) and the Metropolitan Police.
It was advertised as a diverse event to which non-Muslims were invited and the impression one got from the website was of a celebration of Middle Eastern culture, food, music and childrens activities in a London milieu.
To my utter horror -- and I should have written this report two days ago but my physical and emotional shock have rendered me nearly inert -- it was a seven-hour call to Jihad by a succession of ranting and shouting rabble-rousers.
The eminent barrister Michael Mansfield QC, wearing black and white keffiyah scarf, shouted into the mike about the heinous crimes of the Western coalition countries. The crowd chanted and thundered its appreciation.
The terrifying demagogue George Galloway ascended the podium and exhorted the crowd to stand up for the redemption of the oppressed Muslim world or else the nation had better get ready for rioting in every street in Britain..
The slaughter in Palestine and Iraq being only part of the equation, Chechnya, Bosnia and Kashmir were also mentioned all day by every speaker including a crazed, chador-clad Yvonne Ridley, who at any moment I expected to self-immolate, such was her fury at the Zionists, the Americans and her fellow Britons. To my utter disbelief, she condemned the British police force as some form of fascist brigade in jackboot Britain.
To all of these exhortations came cries of Alllahu Akhbar from the enormous, simmering crowd of what looked to me like the angriest gathering of young men and women with whom I have ever had the misfortune to be seated in my lifetime.
It must be noted for non-British and non-Commonwealth readers that legendary cricketer Imran Khans arrival from Pakistan to give a speech would be the equivalent of a sporting megastar doing similar in an American arena. The crowd of some 20,000 adoring, mostly young British Muslims went mad with joy when he ascended the stage and took to the dais. What followed was a stream of invective about his own leader, Parvez Musharraf, Egypts leader Hosni Mubarak, and of course the axis of evil Bush, Blair and allies. (It must be noted here that in May, when the controversy arose about American soldiers allegedly flushing a Koran down a lavatory, Khans power over world Islam was such that he gave one short speech and riots ensued across the globe, including the horrifying flag-burnings in Londons Grosvenor Square. )
Khan actually said we should feel the degradation of modern Muslims in the context of Hitler and the Germans after Versailles. He used this example to accentuate the reason for Muslim rage -- there was poor Germany belittled and humiliated, like the Muslim world today. He recounted being confronted by a fellow Pakistani after 9/11 who asked, Do you not feel ashamed? and he told the adoring crowd he did not see what there was to be ashamed of, and anyway, 9/11 was an excuse for the criminal Washington neocons to start a New Crusade against Islam.
To illustrate the level of extremism to which this event had degenerated, one of the organisers actually took the mike and said the event team wished to distance themselves from Khans 9/11 views.
Various artists whom I had thought would offer a variety of musical numbers gave loud, piercing renditions of what seemed the same chant about Allah. OK, that is fine, but where are the Muslim Placido Domingos, Joan Sutherlands, Isaac Sterns and George Balanchines? Why were there no Muslim educators present at this cultural festival asking this vast multitude of young people to sign up for music, theatre and art programmes?
An elderly sheikh in Pakistan, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, was beamed in live to tell this excited crowd that he could hardly bring himself to articulate the word Israel as this is not a country that even exists. (How would British Muslims like it if a rabbi got up and said partition had produced a country called Pakistan, a word he could barely utter because it is not a real country?)
The sheikh's English was barely comprehensible but he appeared to imply that Jews from eighty nations were brought to Palestine to drive the Arabs away and to commit murder, torture, imprisonment and theft of land and homes over fifty-odd years. The young and impressionable crowd seemed ready for a collective Jihad at this point.
What was interesting was the repeated theme by a string of sheikhs from across the globe that the leaders of Arab nations were a weak, spineless bunch of puppets of the Americans who did not have the guts to stand up to Israel and the United States. This theme caused tremendous excitement in the crowd, as if a global Intifadah might just start in this London arena.
After the event I went to get some fresh air upstairs and as I looked out at a quaint old mill on the Quay a young English Muslim in a long robe and head covering asked me about this place where we stood, Canary Wharf. I told him it had been decimated and nearly obliterated by the Luftwaffe in the Blitz and that the conflagration could be seen as far away as Hertfordshire. I pointed out the lone mill and said it had miraculously survived the relentless wartime bombing raids. He looked at me and said, Who did you say did the bombing? I replied, The Luftwaffe. He said Who are they? I said, The Germans. He said Really? Well, Ive learned something today.
Like the Muslim cab driver who last week asked me what St Pauls Cathedral was, this young Englishman had no sense of British history or identity.
Shame on the Muslim Community of Great Britain for organising an event that can serve only to further agitate an already-radicalised segment of the British population.
The anger, aggression and totally obsessive nature of the day left me feeling shocked and personally assaulted. How far would a white Christian group get holding such a rally? Cries of racial incitement would ring far and wide and the police would be summoned.
When the Muslim community of Great Britain, with its multitude of organisations, mosques and even its own Parliament, can organise an enlightened and civilised event that makes Jews, Christians , Hindus and all nationalities -- including Israelis and Americans -- feel welcome, then Britain will have achieved a true multiculturalism.
Until then, I am not ashamed to say I am scared out of my wits and would suggest said Americans, Jews, Israelis and Hindus get out of here as soon as possible. British Christians? They have expended boundless energies on condemnations of Israel and the USA but the anger I saw on Sunday will also decimate them.
In this same week, Polly Toynbee has written a scathing piece about the repulsive nature of Christian imagery in 'The Chronicles of Narnia.' She condemns religion in general but has particularly venomous feelings about traditional Christianity. Dare I say it was this faith that sustained Britain in its Churchillian 'darkest hours?' Wake up, dear, tolerant Britons, and stop expending energy on hatred of America, Zionists and your own Church and recognise the destructive turmoil within your shores before it is too late.
I guess this "peace conference" inspired a few "dedicated to the religion of peace" Muslims.
allah snak bar
I have a solution to this business but posting it is not permitted.
Okay, here's the plan. Elect Hill and the dems, and everything bad will go away forever and ever. Expect to hear this message for the next three years.
McCain's remedy - DO NOT TORTURE THESE TERRORISTS.
I was left shaking and nauseated, reading about this pro-jihad event. The idea of actually having attended it...makes my skin crawl. I'd leave Britain. The fifth column is right there, smack dab in the middle of the country. They're all over Europe, like rats. And if someone thinks he can find any 'moderate' Muslims, good luck. Anyone truly moderate is too scared to open his mouth.
Well, they got one thing right. Muslims are quickly becoming every bit as dangerous, and then some, that Germany did after Versailles, while it was rebuilding its military. And the rest of the world is taking every bit as great a risk in ignoring that fact.
Meanwhile, in other news today, illegal aliens continue to stream across the southern border with Mexico unchecked........
I'm afraid half of America has already fallen asleep. 9/11 was a TV show to them The Islamist are VERY patient and they dont view time as we do . They will wait ..then ..............
Not on the MSM...
More likely eternal irrelevance there...
so "islamic peace conference" means "jihad rally" in Britain, too, eh?