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DR Congo 'uranium ring smashed' [uranium smuggling from Africa!!]
BBC News ^ | 03/08/07 | BBC News Staff

Posted on 03/09/2007 12:29:49 PM PST by Enchante

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Oh, my, uranium smuggling ring from Africa!! My, my, I thought that Joe Wilson, the UN, and the IAEA said this sort of thing was impossible........ looks like another reason to think the infamous "16 words" in the SOTU address may have been perfectly reasonable (not forgetting that the Brits have reaffirmed them).
1 posted on 03/09/2007 12:29:52 PM PST by Enchante
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To: Fedora; Howlin; ravingnutter; piasa; Peach; Grampa Dave; pinz-n-needlez; canadianally; ScaniaBoy; ..


Uranium smuggling ring from Congo broken up!!

Joe Wilson's scam is falling apart at last. First, because he pretended that his bogus "mission to Niger" could say anything about uranium in all of "Africa" (which was the reference in President Bush's infamous "16 words"), and also because this episode in the DR of Congo indicates how worthless the kinds of official re-assurances are that Joe Wilson received..... oh, there couldn't be any smuggling, and there couldn't be an use of "closed" mines..... and there couldn't be any high officials involved in such smuggling etc. etc.

Morons of the left will try to say this is irrelevant because it is Congo and not Niger, or because the articles do not mention Iraq (YET), but merely the evidence that uranium smuggling could be occurring without the knowledge of the public or the MSM is enough to show how bogus every aspect of Traitor Joe's disinformation campaign has been.


2 posted on 03/09/2007 12:34:49 PM PST by Enchante (Chamberlain Democrats embraced by terrorists and America-haters worldwide!!)
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To: Enchante

My comments above were also in reference to these articles and the info about the arrest of the HEAD of Congo's atomic energy commission, the use of a "closed" mine etc.:




http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070307/ap_on_re_af/congo_uranium;_ylt=AgeXifI3Pe4HP.XGlF5pCRBvaA8F

KINSHASA, Congo - The head of Congo's atomic energy commission has been arrested on suspicion of illegally selling uranium found in the Central African mineral giant, officials said Wednesday.


Fortunat Lumu, the director of the country's only nuclear center, and one of his aides were arrested Tuesday "because they were accused of having illicitly sold a quantity of uranium," Attorney General Tshimanga Mukendi said.

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In August, Congo's government emphatically denied a report in The Sunday Times of London that a uranium shipment left its territory in 2005 bound for Iran, saying the dangerous element was tightly controlled by international agencies. Officials declined to say if there was any connection between the arrest and the alleged 2005 shipment.

The Sunday Times said the uranium was suspected of being extracted illegally from Congo's southeastern Shinkolobwe mine, which was closed in 1961.





SOTU 16 words proven true (again)

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2007/03/sotu_16_words_proven_true_agai.html


3 posted on 03/09/2007 12:39:54 PM PST by Enchante (Chamberlain Democrats embraced by terrorists and America-haters worldwide!!)
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To: Enchante; All

The 16 words that liberals called a LIE, and have based their entire antiwar policy on:

“The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa .” Pres George Bush, State of Union Address
Jan 28, 2003

From The American Thinker, 2005:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2005/10/covering_up_iraqs_quest_for_ur.html

The Congo Connection

The British intelligence report that GW cited in his State of the Union address didn't even concern Niger, but rather focused on the Congo. According to the U.K. Telegraph, the Congo was a far more promising source of uranium since the country had been in throes of a civil war, and since it also had a reasonable level of proven uranium reserves. The country's history of uranium production goes back to 1939, when a Congo mine supplied the material for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The Congo also has one of the few nuclear power reactors on the continent.

Ironically, the backing for the British intelligence report targeting the Congo is none other than our own ISG, which was largely composed of elements of the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). In his final report, Duelfer notes that the ISG had found a document that told of a post—Gulf War I contact between Baghdad and Africa concerning an offer of uranium; and the source of the uranium was not Niger, but — surprise — from the Congo.....


4 posted on 03/09/2007 12:44:10 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: silverleaf

Just parking some more links on this thread for background info:


A nuclear black market?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/file_on_4/6401491.stm


....and some other interesting background info:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3566701.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3887373.stm


5 posted on 03/09/2007 12:47:53 PM PST by Enchante (Chamberlain Democrats embraced by terrorists and America-haters worldwide!!)
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To: Enchante
The Africanists at the State Department (typified by Joe Wilson, a man with important understandings of trivial places and things) - and some Bush haters buried in CIA working groups (typified by washed-up bed hopping Valerie Plame) ) were adamant that this could never happen
because "the French control the uranium mines in Africa'

Oh my, were they pi$$ed because the Bush policy team set aside their "analysis"

Now what? (sound of crickets chirping)
6 posted on 03/09/2007 12:52:59 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: silverleaf


I guess Joe Wilson and his cult followers really didn't know much about uranium or Africa..... (or in Wilson's case maybe he always did understand and truly is a conscious traitor in every way):


http://www.americanthinker.com/2006/10/deconstructing_the_niger_affai.html


But what did British intelligence say about uranium and Africa?

According to the U.K. Telegraph, the British determined that the Congo was a far more promising source of illicit uranium than Niger, since the country was in a state of civil war, security was lax to non—existent, and cash—hungry warlords needed to buy weapons and gear by selling a readily available and valuable commodity. To this day, the British intelligence report has never been refuted and the agencies stand by their original assessment. This underscores the bogus nature of Wilson's trip with its singular focus on Niger.


7 posted on 03/09/2007 12:55:40 PM PST by Enchante (Chamberlain Democrats embraced by terrorists and America-haters worldwide!!)
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To: silverleaf


Lots of interesting info here, too (remember our favorite traitor Mary McCarthy, who still has never been publicly called to account -- maybe she should be called before that congressional committee alongside Valerie Pflame next week):


"The Yellowcake Connection"

http://www.americanthinker.com/2006/04/the_yellowcake_connection.html


8 posted on 03/09/2007 12:58:56 PM PST by Enchante (Chamberlain Democrats embraced by terrorists and America-haters worldwide!!)
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To: Enchante

Thanks for this posting!! Maybe one of these criminals will point to Joe Wilson!!


9 posted on 03/09/2007 1:05:40 PM PST by Suzy Quzy
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To: Fedora; ravingnutter

Finding some items that could benefit from your great research, analysis, and compilation skills if you have time:


article from 2002 that mentioned Brit intel re CONGO and not Niger as a focus of Iraqi efforts:


Saddam's agents scour Africa for nuclear bomb uranium

"One country the Iraqis are known to have targeted is the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo, though no uranium has been extracted there for several years. The mine that produced the uranium used in the American bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 is in an area presently controlled by Zimbabwean troops. The dossier draws on top secret intelligence, and refers only generally to “Africa” as a potential source of uranium, possibly because of the fear that too detailed an insight might expose the sources."

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/756580/posts





also some good background info on Joe Wilson's fraud here:


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1509628/posts


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1616158/posts


10 posted on 03/09/2007 1:08:49 PM PST by Enchante (Chamberlain Democrats embraced by terrorists and America-haters worldwide!!)
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To: Enchante
I don't think Joe can claim ignorance,

He was US ambassador to Gabon and would be quite familiar with economic activities and resources of all central Africa. Not to mention he would know the French community and the European managed and African govt managed mining community (Central Africa really is a small place, same faces at every dinner party)

The uranium mines in Gabon were reportedly just as tapped out as the ones on Congo were "supposed" to be - makes one wonder ....

Oh well, this makes sense of why during all this brouhaha the North Koreans had troops guarding supposedly defunct Congolese uranium mines

Not to mention that Joe Wilson's first (French) wife Jacqueline was a "cultural attache" (which is cover for "French intelligence agent"). What is interesting to me is that the Congolese ever arrested anyone-

Surely the French had to be aware of this, even through their intelligence channels - and did nothing - or maybe were, as usual, on the take
11 posted on 03/09/2007 1:12:04 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: silverleaf
From his bio:

He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazzaville, Congo, 1986-88, prior to his assignment to Baghdad.

Wilson's Bio

12 posted on 03/09/2007 1:25:16 PM PST by ravingnutter
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To: Enchante
From an interview with Wilson:

I always knew that the “Africa” claim was based on Niger; after all the White House acknowledged the day after my article appeared that the sixteen words did not rise to the level of inclusion in the State of the Union address. The White House has never said otherwise since. All the talk about Somalia, Congo or elsewhere was clearly part of the effort to protect the coverup of the lies that underpinned the justification in the first place.

Source: Ugh...a leftie website.

But they do have some interesting comments about the Congo angle that they gleaned from the Senate Report.

13 posted on 03/09/2007 1:37:10 PM PST by ravingnutter
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"He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazzaville, Congo, 1986-88, prior to his assignment to Baghdad."

Good point!! There's no way he wasn't completely aware of just how fraudulent his whole disinformation campaign would be, creating a focus upon Niger (and even there his mission lent some credence to the reports that Iraq was seeking uranium) to the exclusion of the other countries of "Africa" that could possibly be a source of supply for Iraq (or Iran, etc.). Lyin' Joe's mission couldn't even begin to debunk a claim for Niger, never mind the DR of Congo!!
14 posted on 03/09/2007 1:40:19 PM PST by Enchante (Chamberlain Democrats embraced by terrorists and America-haters worldwide!!)
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To: Philistone

Ping to "Congo uranium ring smashed". Wasn't sure if you were on the ping list.


15 posted on 03/09/2007 1:47:17 PM PST by ravingnutter
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To: Enchante

Spot on!


16 posted on 03/09/2007 1:51:12 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Enchante
But the BBC's Kinshasa correspondent, Arnaud Zajtman, says that as of yet, no evidence has been made public to support the allegations made by the newspaper.

The BBC would still be skeptical if London had a 10-KT nuke detonated over it.

17 posted on 03/09/2007 1:52:08 PM PST by denydenydeny ("We have always been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France"--Wellington)
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To: Enchante
"Officially, no uranium at all should now be leaving the country. But the United Nations has reported that in the past six years more than 50 cases of smuggled uranium have been seized in Congo."

Usually what is caught/seized from any long-existing smuggling operation is only a very small fraction of what has gotten through, especially in a place as lawless and corrupt as the DR of Congo. If the UN reports seizure of "50 cases" (don't know what quantities those cases may contain) it is reasonable to suspect that hundreds or even thousands of such "cases" of uranium have gotten out of the country through the years.....
18 posted on 03/09/2007 1:57:48 PM PST by Enchante (Chamberlain Democrats embraced by terrorists and America-haters worldwide!!)
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To: Enchante

Very interesting! Thanks for the ping and excellent commentary.


19 posted on 03/09/2007 1:58:49 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons' pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Enchante

When rogue elements at the CIA (Valerie Plame, et al) joined forces with typical elements at the communist State Department (Joe Wilson, et al) to hatch a scheme to smear Bush and try to fix the '04 election, they HAD to realize that a story like this one would come out and expose them.

I am still trying to figure out why the New York Times even bothered to publish an op ed by a low level hack like Wilson in the first place. I mean, the clown's wife sends him to Niger where he schmoozes with a diplomat or two and then returns home to proclaim he "found no evidence" of an attempt by Saddam to purchase yellow cake uranium? Please... Who on earth could take that idiot seriously?

But then, the NY Times has gone pretty far down the toilet so I suppose their publication of that silly op ed should be no surprise to anyone. Whatever the socialist mice at the New York Times can do to aid their rat masters they are going to do, period.


20 posted on 03/09/2007 2:33:17 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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