Skip to comments.Pakistan nuclear arsenal safe: Top US spy chief
Posted on 02/03/2010 11:18:28 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Pakistan's military knows there were would "catastrophic consequences, primarily for Pakistan," if any of its nuclear bombs fell into the wrong hands, the top US intelligence official said Wednesday. Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair's comments came one day after he told the Senate Intelligence Committee that "vulnerabilities exist" in Pakistan's nuclear safeguards.
"The Pakistan army takes very seriously the security of its weapons, and they know the catastrophic consequences -- primarily for Pakistan -- if they were to get loose," Blair told the House Intelligence Committee.
"From what we see of the measures that they take, they are keeping them safe," Blair told lawmakers concerned about the stability of Pakistan and the fate of its atomic arsenal as it grapples with Islamist extremists.
On Tuesday, Blair told senators in an annual assessment of global threats to US interests, "We have confidence in Pakistan's ability to safeguard its nuclear weapons, though vulnerabilities exist."
He did not elaborate.
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Pakistan army more occupied with India than its ‘vulnerable’nukes: US
Last updated on: February 04, 2010 11:23 IST
The United States is worried over the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear assets and believes that they are ‘vulnerable’, as the army continues to consider India as a prime threat.
Addressing the Senate Intelligence Committee, US Defence Intelligence Agency Director Lt General Ronald Burgess said that while there is no immediate threat to Pakistan’s nuclear establishment from the extremists, particularly the Taliban and the Al Qaeda, they pose a serious threat to that country’s nuclear armaments.
“We have confidence in Pakistan’s ability to safeguard its nuclear weapons though vulnerabilities exist,” Burgess said.
Burgess pointed out that the ungoverned tribal areas along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border continued to remain ‘valuable sanctuaries’ to the Al Qaeda and banned extremist organisations.
He said the Pakistani army’s offensive in these regions has dismantled their network to an extent, but they remain ‘resilient.’
Burgess said despite the terrorist groups threatening the very existence of the Pakistan, the country’s armed forces are preoccupied with their old motive of countering India.
“Pakistan’s military has demonstrated increased counter-insurgency training and doctrinal adjustments but its priority remains India,” The Dawn quoted Burgess as saying.
“Islamabad’s conviction that militant groups are an important part of its strategic arsenal to counter India’s military and economic advantages will continue to limit Pakistan’s incentive to pursue an across-the-board effort against extremism,” he said, while tabling the US intelligence’ Annual Threat Assessment before the committee.
“Thus despite robust Pakistani military operations against extremists that directly challenge Pakistani government authority, Afghan Taliban, Al Qaeda, and Pakistani militant groups continue to use Pakistan as a safe-haven for organising, training, and planning attacks against the United States and our allies in Afghanistan, India, and Europe,” he added.
Meanwhile, US National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has said the Pakistani army is well aware of the “catastrophic consequences, primarily for Pakistan,” if any of the nuclear bombs falls into the wrong hands.
“The Pakistani army takes very seriously the security of its weapons, and they know the catastrophic consequences, primarily for Pakistan, if they were to get loose,” Blair told the House Intelligence Committee.
I feel so safe.
And Obama is at the “TOP” also and I definitely don’t trust anything he says either.
Dennis Blair is the guy who attempted to water ski behind his destroyer when he was in command of the USS Cochrane.
We spend BILLIONS on spys and satellites and what have you and they couldn’t fortell the desolution of the Soviet Union?
Do you believe anything the gang that couldn’t shoot straight tells ya?