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'Only A Matter Of Time Before Terrorists Use Weapons Of Mass Destruction'
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-17-2006 | Con Coughlin

Posted on 01/16/2006 6:08:33 PM PST by blam

'Only a matter of time before terrorists use weapons of mass destruction'

By Con Coughlin
(Filed: 17/01/2006)

Biological weapons pose a far more serious long-term terrorist threat to the West than nuclear weapons, according to Washington's leading counter-terrorism expert.

And Henry "Hank" Crumpton, the newly-appointed head of counter-terrorism at the US State Department, believes that it is simply a matter of time before international terrorist groups such as al-Qa'eda acquire weapons of mass destruction and use them in attacks.

Henry Crumpton refuses to rule out the military option to tame Iran's nuclear amitions

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Crumpton, who previously spent 20 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency, warned yesterday that the "war on terror" was likely to last for decades.

"This threat has changed the way we will fight wars in the future," he said.

"We are talking about micro targets such as al-Qa'eda which, when combined with WMD, have a macro impact. I rate the probability of terror groups using WMD [to attack Western targets] as very high. It is simply a question of time.

"And it is not just the nuclear threat that bothers me. I think, if anything, the biological threat is going to grow.

"As catastrophic as a nuclear attack would be, it would be self-contained. But if you look at a worst-case scenario for a biological attack, it would be difficult to determine whether or not it was a terrorist attack, and it would be far more difficult to contain."

After the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001, Mr Crumpton, who was then a senior CIA officer, played a leading role in the campaign to overthrow the Taliban and destroy al-Qa'eda's operational infrastructure in Afghanistan, which relied heavily on covert operations.

After the war, allied forces found that al-Qa'eda had been working on anthrax programmes that it intended to use on western targets.

"They had hired a very experienced biologist to work on this. They were very serious about it and there is no reason to believe they have given up on their interest."

The fear that terrorist groups might be able to acquire WMD from rogue states such as Iran or Syria explains Washington's determination to confront Iran over its nuclear programme.

"If we look at the threat posed by Iran, they have links with Hizbollah [the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim militia], which is a terrorist organisation with global reach, and they are actively pursuing WMD. And the leadership has made a conscious decision to defy international treaties. I am deeply troubled by this."

As for taking action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Mr Crumpton insisted that "every option is on the table" - including military action.

"I would not rule out anything because of the particularly grave threat that we are facing," he said.

In a distinguished career with the CIA, during which he won four of the agency's highest awards, Mr Crumpton was a key figure in its covert operations against al-Qa'eda pre-September 11.

Referred to simply as "Henry" in the 9/11 Commission Report, Mr Crumpton tried to persuade the CIA to do more in Afghanistan to hunt down Osama bin Laden before the attacks, but two key proposals to tackle al-Qa'eda were turned down.

After the September 11 attacks, in which he lost many close friends, he was initially overwhelmed by sorrow.

"But that sorrow was soon replaced by anger, anger that al-Qa'eda could do this to innocent people - and the anger lasted for more than a year."

Mr Crumpton stresses the coalition's achievements in disrupting bin Laden's network. In his view, al-Qa'eda's infrastructure has been so badly damaged that it is now struggling to control the groups that would like to support it.

"They can't communicate with their supporters unless the odd courier breaks through. They can't get access to money and things like that. We have made life very difficult for them."

But despite the initial success achieved during the Afghan war in 2001, he expressed disappointment with the support Washington had received from its European allies since hostilities ended. "The job was not finished and it is not finished now." Bin Laden, who escaped to Pakistan, was "in all probability" still alive, he said.

The regime of President Assad in Syria also seriously threatens western security, he says. "The regime continues to support terror organisations. And we know that the Baathist leadership fled to Damascus taking with them money and terrorist expertise, and we cannot rule out the fact that some of that expertise related to WMD."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaedanukes; before; bioweapons; destruction; jihadinamerica; mass; matter; only; terrorists; time; use; weapons; wmd

1 posted on 01/16/2006 6:08:38 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
And Henry "Hank" Crumpton, the newly-appointed head of counter-terrorism at the US State Department, believes that it is simply a matter of time before international terrorist groups such as al-Qa'eda acquire weapons of mass destruction and use them in attacks.

Talk about stating the obvious. I hope he didn't spend a lot of time studying the issue to come to that conclusion.

2 posted on 01/16/2006 6:11:18 PM PST by Peach
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To: Peach

We hear this so much I just tend to let it in one ear and out the other.


3 posted on 01/16/2006 6:13:00 PM PST by Perdogg ("Facts are stupid things." - President Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Peach

This should be read aloud to Algore.


4 posted on 01/16/2006 6:13:24 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: blam

BTTT


5 posted on 01/16/2006 6:14:12 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: blam
But but but, there are no WMDs.
6 posted on 01/16/2006 6:16:37 PM PST by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: blam
My impression: Longtime State Dept. hands are having a conniption that this guy is at State.
7 posted on 01/16/2006 6:16:45 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Perdogg
Yeah........kinda like that profit of doom Rescorla who predicited 911.......it is all just BS designed to keep the masses in a constant state of panic.

< /sarcasm >

8 posted on 01/16/2006 6:21:14 PM PST by PISANO (We will not tire......We will not falter.......We will NOT FAIL!!! .........GW Bush [Oct 2001])
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To: blam

Whatever it be, its BUSH's FAULT!!!!!

/sarc off

I trust the professional diplomat class is doing its job passing around the notion that a WMD attack on a US city will freakin' finish islamocancer as know it, forever....


9 posted on 01/16/2006 6:22:04 PM PST by voletti (Awareness and Equanimity.)
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To: blam
This HAS to be repeated and repeated over and over to the American people! When was the last time you seen footage of the Twin Towers falling? The American people have forgotten already! How else can the Dimocraps scream for the impeachment of the President over N.S.A. eavesdropping KNOWN terrorist phone calls.

If I had MY way every newscast would start with those towers falling down!
10 posted on 01/16/2006 6:22:46 PM PST by southernerwithanattitude (new and improved redneck)
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To: PISANO
I think you misunderstood me. I think it will happen, but people keep saying an attack is going to happen soon and it never does. Like the guy who said that Al Qaeda had nukes for Ramadan.
11 posted on 01/16/2006 6:24:24 PM PST by Perdogg ("Facts are stupid things." - President Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: blam
The most likely WMD used though: a canister or bomb filled with nerve gas.

Why? Because it's the easiest to make and also has the longest shelf life (people forget that biological agents have limited shelf life, even powdered anthrax). If the Aum Shinrikyo could make Sarin from homemade stills, I'm sure al-Qaeda probably has the knowledge and access to materials to make Tabun, the easiest to make nerve gas. One whiff of Tabun and you'll be dead in 10-12 minutes in a pretty excruciating manner.

12 posted on 01/16/2006 6:25:03 PM PST by RayChuang88
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To: Peach

Mr(z). Peach,
I'm with you, pal.. it doesn't take much to figure out what they are up to and what they will do if they do get the bomb. The appeasers will lead us to destruction.


13 posted on 01/16/2006 6:26:11 PM PST by BigFinn
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To: blam

I'm sure the Jews would be OK with the idea of having the temple on the mount as our third target in the case of a WMD hit on the US.


14 posted on 01/16/2006 6:29:33 PM PST by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: blam
Image hosted by Photobucket.complease, my bookie coulda told me that and the odds tooo...!!!
15 posted on 01/16/2006 6:42:18 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: blam

I think a "dirty bomb"..conventional explosives laced with radioactive material to be the most likely next weapon. There was a British made for TV movie about such an attack on London that aired on HBO..very chilling.


16 posted on 01/16/2006 6:43:17 PM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: The Great RJ
A radiological bomb (a "dirty bomb" is actually a nuclear weapon that creates a large amount of radioactive fallout) might scare the crap out of everyone but it really isn't that effective in killing large numbers of people. The conventional explosives will do more damage than the radioactive materials will do as they can be cleaned up.

The best WMD for the terrorists to use is a chemical weapon. Easy to make, easy to transport, and used correctly will cause mass casualties.

17 posted on 01/16/2006 6:45:50 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Those Who Want to Impeach President Bush Are the Party of Treason.)
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To: The Great RJ

Very chilling indeed. And it may not be the deadliest weapon, but will really make a long-term mess of any place and cause an economic disastor.


18 posted on 01/16/2006 6:50:49 PM PST by geopyg (Ever Vigilant, Never Fearful)
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To: blam

All of Al-Qaeda's attacks are predicated on the idea that the west would rather let Al-Qaeda continue their operations than have mass civilian casualties in the Arab world.

If we had modern weapons and a medieval mindset, the war in Iraq would have been over in a week. Terrorist attack in Fallujah? Goodbye, Fallujah.

The reality is that western ethics will change if we have a WMD attack on any western nation. The medieval mindset will return. We may end up destroying large sections of Muslim countries just on rumors that terrorist operations were being planned. And most westerners won't care.

I'm not delighting in the possibility of the deaths of millions of innocent Muslims. But the reality is the west will do what it must to survive.


19 posted on 01/16/2006 7:08:09 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Perdogg
I think it will happen, but people keep saying an attack is going to happen soon and it never does.

It hasn't yet. Give it time. It's time to be thinking about what we will do when it happens.

20 posted on 01/16/2006 7:32:11 PM PST by Sender (I like cheese.)
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To: blam
ping for later read

FRegards,
Z

21 posted on 01/16/2006 7:39:26 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Our man in washington
"The reality is that western ethics will change if we have a WMD attack on any western nation. The medieval mindset will return. We may end up destroying large sections of Muslim countries just on rumors that terrorist operations were being planned. And most westerners won't care."

I think you may be right. However, 911 did it for me.

22 posted on 01/16/2006 7:42:23 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
Well riddle me this Batman, wheredya think the West Nile Virus came from?
African swallows carrying mosquitoes in a coconut?

Kill A Commie For Mommie
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23 posted on 01/16/2006 7:51:32 PM PST by rawcatslyentist ("If you're talking to AQ, we want to know why!" Yogi Berra couldn't have said it any plainer!)
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To: Our man in washington

But the reality is the west will do what it must to survive.

Are you sure about that? I'm not. The twin evils of Political Correctness and Socialsm appears to have sapped much of the will to survive from Western civilization. Civilizations that want to survive have kids--the Europeans sure don't and Americans just barely do. I think even after a WMD attack, you will still have many Americans wanting to talk rather than act.


24 posted on 01/16/2006 8:03:19 PM PST by rbg81
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To: southernerwithanattitude
"If I had MY way every newscast would start with those towers falling down!"

If the MSM had America's interest at heart, they would do this....instead they work to get another Democrat in the White House....which will certainly be our death nell.

25 posted on 01/16/2006 8:10:38 PM PST by TheLion
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To: Our man in washington
I'm not delighting in the possibility of the deaths of millions of innocent Muslims.

Don't worry, that will never happen. Because there are not millions of innocent muslims. Most of them are in on this war.

But the reality is the west will do what it must to survive.

Don't count on that either. As long as there's a democrat in congress, or so much as a democrat serving as a local dog catcher, they will see to it that any appropriate response is sabotaged.

26 posted on 01/16/2006 8:21:42 PM PST by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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To: rbg81

I'll have to think about your post. I remain optimistic, but for reasons that I can't articulate well at this late hour. My guess is that when faced with a WMD attack, many Americans will seek out religion. Traditional Christian and Jewish faiths will grow strong and supply the manpower and intellectual fortitude to defeat the Muslims. Alternative religions will grow stronger as well, but they will not have the force of a mass movement.

My argument is not very convincing, as I gave no supporting evidence. I'll think about it and write something more robust later.


27 posted on 01/16/2006 8:26:54 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: rbg81; Our man in washington
Are you sure about that? I'm not. The twin evils of Political Correctness and Socialsm appears to have sapped much of the will to survive from Western civilization. Civilizations that want to survive have kids--the Europeans sure don't and Americans just barely do. I think even after a WMD attack, you will still have many Americans wanting to talk rather than act.

The seditious MSM has effectively buried 9/11, but the mother bears of America, both conservative AND liberal, have a bookmark in their minds about it.

I'll guarantee that a WMD attack will bring a "kill 'em all and let God sort them out" response from said mother bears, the brain-dead Mother Sheehan not withstanding.

I've said this to more than a few people - the youth of America "gets it" more than many of their elders do. Many volunteered after 9/11 to set things right. I reflect on this fact occasionally, and am still astonished, for I don't expect much out of our nation's youth.

28 posted on 01/16/2006 8:46:12 PM PST by an amused spectator (Bush Runner! The Donkey is after you! Bush Runner! When he catches you, you're through!)
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To: blam

They've already used WMD's in the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.

Enough Cyanide to kill 40,000 people was part of the truck bomb placed in the basement, luckily all but traces were destroyed by the blast.

Most people don't know this but The Judge in the case revealed it during the sentencing phase of the trial.


29 posted on 01/16/2006 8:54:44 PM PST by usmcobra (Liberal=progressive...Conservative="Retro?" That's way cooler than being just a Neo-con!)
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To: southernerwithanattitude
This HAS to be repeated and repeated over and over to the American people! When was the last time you seen footage of the Twin Towers falling? >>>>>>>>>>>>

http://www.bookyards.com/videos/memorial/World%20trade%20centre/world_trade_center_brakedown.mpg

30 posted on 01/16/2006 8:59:52 PM PST by Dichroic
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To: an amused spectator

Time will tell. After a WMD attack occurs, you will have a repeat of 9/11, but on a much more intense scale. As before, the two groups will be:
1. The Kill 'Em All Group
2. The "Lets try to understand them" Group

The MSM will brand those in Group #1 racists and bigots, no matter what. The question is, will people's survival instinct be strong enough to overcome years of brainwashing? Based on my observation, the survival instinct isn't a sure bet. Many people would rather die than be labeled a bigot or insensitive.

I once heard a psychiatrist say the following: If you want to win people over to your side, you need to shock them. While they are initially angry at you (for offending them), they soon start to question why they were offended in the first place. As a result, they often end up discarding the "prejudice" (judgement) that caused them to feel angry or bad. He was using it to explain why Richard Hatch (a gay guy who liked to walk around nude) won the first "Survivor" competition. That explanation seemed counter-intuitive to me (I don't think that way), but it definitely explains a lot of what I see happening in the world.


31 posted on 01/16/2006 9:02:02 PM PST by rbg81
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To: Perdogg
It will happen in Europe first.

Likely France or Britain.

Then we will see if the european liberals will survive their decade long fascination with mimickry of Neville Chamberlain and his wacked out appeasement policy on fascism.Liberals will then be stoned in the streets.

32 posted on 01/16/2006 9:02:06 PM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal Flatulence Goes the Hope of the West)
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To: Perdogg
It will happen in Europe first.

Likely France or Britain.

Then we will see if the european liberals will survive their decade long fascination with mimickry of Neville Chamberlain and his wacked out appeasement policy on fascism.Liberals will then be stoned in the streets.

33 posted on 01/16/2006 9:02:49 PM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal Flatulence Goes the Hope of the West)
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To: Auntie Dem
"Don't count on that either. As long as there's a democrat in congress, or so much as a democrat serving as a local dog catcher, they will see to it that any appropriate response is sabotaged."

Baldwin County, Alabama voted 68% for Bush and at the same time voted every Democrat in the county out of office, even the dog catcher. Zero Democrats in County government. Baldwin County is on the east side of Mobile Bay.

34 posted on 01/16/2006 9:08:03 PM PST by blam
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To: Our man in washington
Bingo; we have a winner. The western mind set must be changed before we can expect to win any major conflict including the WOT. Absolute war is a terrible thing but it works every time it is tried. We won WWII in part because we where willing to bomb "innocents" in Berlin and Dresden. The gentlemen soldier, Robert E. Lee was out maneuvered and defeated by Grant because Grant promoted warmongers like Sherman who would just as soon kill southern civilians as Johnny rebs.
35 posted on 01/16/2006 9:26:54 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: blam
Baldwin County, Alabama voted 68% for Bush and at the same time voted every Democrat in the county out of office, even the dog catcher. Zero Democrats in County government.

Does Alec know about this? Someone should send this to him, and let him know that France is still open.

36 posted on 01/16/2006 9:30:48 PM PST by AFreeBird (your mileage may vary)
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To: blam
What I hope for is that the target of the next mass destruction attack is a Starbucks Cafe in Seattle or San Francisco. Then, finally, the liberals will be on board.
37 posted on 01/16/2006 9:35:44 PM PST by wgflyer (Liberalism is to society what HIV is to the immune system.)
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To: wgflyer
What I hope for is that the target of the next mass destruction attack is a Starbucks Cafe in Seattle or San Francisco. Then, finally, the liberals will be on board.

I think liberal hot spots are pretty safe for now, the libs are terrorists biggest allies in this country, and they both know it.

For the same reason sharks don't eat other sharks, Islamofascists won't attack liberal fascists: Professional Courtesy.

38 posted on 01/17/2006 9:28:27 PM PST by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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