Skip to comments.2002 Document: Request For 500 KG Of SODIUM CYANIDE A Precursor For A Chemical Weapon (Translation)
Posted on 05/23/2006 7:13:05 PM PDT by jveritas
On page 40 of document ISGQ-2003-00000847 there is an October 2002 document where there is a request submitted by Zoo Al Fikar Military factory to the Iraqi Directorate of Planning and Follow up for 500 Kilograms of SODIUM CYANIDE (NaCN), 15 tones of HYDROCHLORIC ACID ( HCL), and 30 tones of SULFURIC ACID (H2SO4). Sodium Cyanide is an important precursor to produce a Chemical Weapon called HYDROGEN CYANIDE (HCN) also known as ZYCLON B and the use of Sodium Cyanide with Hydrochloric acid or Sulfuric Acid will produce this Chemical Weapon. Although Sodium Cyanide can be used for other military and civilian applications its combination with Hydrochloric Acid or Sulfuric Acid will produce Chemical Weapons and knowing Saddam Regime obsession of acquiring Chemical Weapons and other WMD, this document has a lot of importance.
Beginning of partial Translation of Page 40 of document ISGQ-2003-00000847.
Zoo AL Fikar Factory
To: The Directorate of Planning and Followup
Your memo number 384 on 3/10/2002 we submit to you below our need of Chemical Materials to the year 2003 to take what is necessary with regards.
1. Name of material: Nitric Acid. Unit: Liter. Quantity: 600. Origin: Iraqi.
2. Name of material: Third Oxide of Chrome. Unit: KG. Quantity: 500. Origin: English/Chinese.
3. Name of material: Dye . Unit: KG. Quantity: 25. Origin: Western.
4. Name of material: HCL. Unit: Ton. Quantity: 15. Origin: Iraqi.
5. Name of material: Hylite Zinc. Unit: KG. Quantity: 500. Origin: Western.
6. Name of material: SODIUM CYANIDE. Unit: KG. Quantity: 500. Origin: Western.
17. Name of material: SULFURIC ACID. Unit: Ton. Quantity: 30. Origin: Iraqi.
End of Partial Translation of page 40.
This paragraph from MSDS website regarding the danger of Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) and how it can be obtained by mixing Sodium Cyanide (NaCN) and Sulfuric Acid (H2SO4).
Exposure to 300 ppm hydrogen cyanide by inhalation can be fatal within minutes and lower doses can endanger life. The high toxicity of HCN was once exploited for the execution of prisoners in several US states; the HCN was generated as needed by dropping NaCN into a solution of sulfuric acid. http://www.ilpi.com/msdS/ref/cyanide.html
Let's see. Sodium Cyanide (NaCN) and dilute Sulfuric acid (H2SO4) is what you use in the gas chamber. Mix well and you get hydrogen cyanide.
Third oxide of chrome, I think is Cr2O3, but I don't know what you could use it for. I'll have to check...
Dye could be anything.
Hylite Zinc. Don't know what this is either. Translation prob.? I'll try google and see what happens.
Do you have any mortal enemies and/or are you or have you ever been a swarthy mid-easterner?
Great work, You are the best
Don't know if this is helpful or not. I've been searching for a list of banned items and it includes lots of stuff (including pencil erasers of all things), but this is a link to the UN resolution that describes the import/export mechanism in place for Iraq.
I suppose it's possible some of this stuff is dual use, but not when the military is requesting it!
HCN is evolved when metal cyanides such as NaCN or KCN are treated with acids. This is one method by which prisoners in US jails are executed - they are strapped into a chair in a sealed, airtight room, and concentrated acid is dropped onto a large amount of a metal cyanide salt.
KCN is "Potassium Cyanide". From the CDC FactSheet on Cyanide :
* Hydrogen cyanide, under the name Zyklon B, was used as a genocidal agent by the Germans in World War II.
* Reports have indicated that during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, hydrogen cyanide gas may have been used along with other chemical agents against the inhabitants of the Kurdish city of Halabja in northern Iraq.
If you come up with anything interesting, please ping me.
It was also used in the US in gas chambers I think.
The list sounds like the inventory for a well stocked industrial metal pickling/plating facility.
agreed. Most interesting one I've seen so far, but then I haven't tried to keep up with all of them. At some point hopefully someone will put together a definitive summary for lazy folks like me.
The trip was OK, but nothing better than this great USA where we live :)
Kournikova seems to attract a lot of activity as well.
Great work, as always!
Can you read? Do you understand English? I said exactly what I said. If you would like to make up things and put them between my lines, then by all means knock yourself out -- but don't apply for the position of world's smartest person.
The proportions and qty. here don't indicate this was for a chemical weapon. What does this factory do and what other chem items were requisiitoned? I see plating here. Low tech, but nevertheless.
Take it easy fellow freeper and do not get angry. I am not saying that I am the smartest person and I am far from it. I just asked you a question, and I may have misunderstood what you said. Relax!
Is the quantity too little or is it a lot?