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Marines hold nuclear site
Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2003 | Carl Prine

Posted on 04/09/2003 10:29:29 AM PDT by Ditto

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:02:56 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

SOUTH OF BAGHDAD In a valley sculpted by man, between the palms and roses, lies a vast marble and steel city known as Al-Tuwaitha.

In the suburbs about 18 miles south of the capital's suburbs, this city comprises nearly 100 buildings workshops, laboratories, cooling towers, nuclear reactors, libraries and barracks that belong to the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: altuwaitha; atomic; blix; cia; fedayeen; frenchnuclear; hamza; iaea; iraq; iraqinuclear; marines; nuclear; nuclearweapons; nuke; plutonium; radiation; seegar; semperfi; tierney; tuwaitha; un; unarmsinspections; unarmsinspectors; underground; unfailure; unitednations; unlegsinspectors; usmc; war; warlist; wmd
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Paging Michael Moore --- please pick up the glowing red phone.
1 posted on 04/09/2003 10:29:29 AM PDT by Ditto
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2 posted on 04/09/2003 10:32:45 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Ditto
hello Hans, you missed this, hanssss, hansssssssss, where are you hans?
3 posted on 04/09/2003 10:34:01 AM PDT by 2timothy3.16
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To: 2timothy3.16
Actually this is Mohammed "Moron" ElBardei's fools that missed this!
4 posted on 04/09/2003 10:35:39 AM PDT by Steven W.
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To: Ditto
First, I hope the Marines were issued the M99A2 Lead-Lined jockstrap before entering this place. Sheesh!

Second, tell me again why Iraq, with #2 oil reserves on the planet, needs a nuclear reactor?
5 posted on 04/09/2003 10:36:13 AM PDT by Gefreiter
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To: Ditto
The name we are all looking for is Mohamed ElBaradei.

Nuclear chief: No 'smoking gun' in Iraq

6 posted on 04/09/2003 10:36:51 AM PDT by denydenydeny
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To: Ditto
I nominate the French to store all Iraqi nuclear waste.
7 posted on 04/09/2003 10:37:52 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay
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To: Ditto
If this true, we should round up all of those who have backed the regime of Soddomite from DC (Rats in Congress to the West Coast, Michael Moore and the violent protestors).

Then, we can send them to this hell on earth to decontaminate the area. Scott Ritter, Michael Moore, the Follywood maggots, the Da$$hole and Kerry should be the first on this one way trip!
8 posted on 04/09/2003 10:38:12 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Ditto
BIG BUMP!

Why isn't anyone else reporting this?
9 posted on 04/09/2003 10:39:52 AM PDT by SirAllen
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To: Ditto
I hope those guys are properly protected. That sounds like very nasty levels of radiation in there.

The question will be, "How close was Saddam to a nuke?" If the answer is, "A few months," then we should go slap Chirac and the "more inspections" loonies silly.

10 posted on 04/09/2003 10:42:39 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: denydenydeny
"On a mantle, folded under documents, a Christmas card never sent. On the front is a dove, its wings the ellipses of the atom, tinged in orange, yellow and green. Under it, a tiger, facing backward, its body a swirl of Arabic letters. Inside the card: "Rights of Third World Peoples To Alternate Energy Sources For the Future Development of Their Environment and Culture."

The next page: "Let Us Hope This New Year Will Be a Year of Peace and Justice and With All Good Wishes for Christmas and the New Year." Signed, Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission. Baghdad.
"

Can someone explain all the references to Christmas. These people don't celebrate Christmas. Thoughts?
11 posted on 04/09/2003 10:44:17 AM PDT by KansasConservative1
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To: BartMan1
ping
12 posted on 04/09/2003 10:45:02 AM PDT by IncPen (Fun? "F the UN")
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To: Poohbah
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13 posted on 04/09/2003 10:45:39 AM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine (They built the cardboard Baghdad in the desert to fool the Coalition, and then moved into it)
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To: Ditto
bump for after shower reading...
14 posted on 04/09/2003 10:47:25 AM PDT by scoopscandal
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
My word........!
15 posted on 04/09/2003 10:48:09 AM PDT by CheneyChick (Lock & Load)
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To: KansasConservative1
Eh, Christmas as a secular holiday has become pretty omnipresent all over the world. The Japanese are huge on Christmas.
16 posted on 04/09/2003 10:49:31 AM PDT by John H K
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Sounds like this site glows in the dark...
17 posted on 04/09/2003 10:49:33 AM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Ditto
They may have purposely let a reactor failure, making the site difficult to impossible to inspect.

Lucy - someone has a lotta 'splainin' to do!
18 posted on 04/09/2003 10:50:11 AM PDT by kidd
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To: John H K
The Japanese are huge on Christmas.

I thought they were hugh on Christmas, and VEY SERIES!!!!!! about it.

19 posted on 04/09/2003 10:50:18 AM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: KansasConservative1
a thank you card for chiraq
20 posted on 04/09/2003 10:50:23 AM PDT by ffusco ("Essiri sempri la santu fora la chiesa.")
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To: Ditto
So far, Marine nuclear and intelligence experts have discovered 14 buildings that betray high levels of radiation. Some of the readings show nuclear residue too deadly for human occupation.

Ignorance is Blix.

21 posted on 04/09/2003 10:51:15 AM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: Ditto
Woa... nice catch there guys.

Paging Hans Blix, paging Hans Blix.. the U.S. Marines want to show you something. Bring your glasses... oh, and a great big crow for dinner.

22 posted on 04/09/2003 10:51:29 AM PDT by AFreeBird (God Bless, God Speed and safe return of our troops, and may God's love be with the fallen and family)
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To: SirAllen
It could be reported that every evil, twisted, murderous, torturing, mass destructing, germ weaponized, nerve gas spraying device is discovered in Iraq and liberals won't care.

None of those things can match the evil that is George Bush.

23 posted on 04/09/2003 10:52:16 AM PDT by blackdog (Peace, love, and understanding.....$10 bucks a hit in America.)
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To: Publius; Travis McGee
bumping FYI
24 posted on 04/09/2003 10:52:32 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (.45 .46, whatever it takes)
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To: Ditto
Bump!
25 posted on 04/09/2003 10:53:50 AM PDT by k2blader ("Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful." - C. S. Lewis)
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To: KansasConservative1
It was for all the French scientists that were working there.
26 posted on 04/09/2003 10:53:50 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (.45 .46, whatever it takes)
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To: Ditto
This isn't a smoking gun. It's a smoking howitzer.
27 posted on 04/09/2003 10:55:50 AM PDT by katana
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To: All
Said Mohammed El Baradei, "Look, we long have been aware of the high levels of radiation emanating from this site, but the Iraqi government assured us this is nothing more than the result of placing an aluminum foil packaged Hungry Man Salisbury Steak dinner into a microwave. The Iraqis showed us the charred remains of the dinner, so we are satisfied this issue is closed."
28 posted on 04/09/2003 10:56:26 AM PDT by WillVoteForFood
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To: big ern
This one needs to be BUMPED to high heaven!
29 posted on 04/09/2003 10:57:29 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Ditto
Holy crap!
30 posted on 04/09/2003 10:57:43 AM PDT by Hermann the Cherusker
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To: Ditto
Yahoo is preventing people from looking at a set of photos from February 2003.

U.N. weapons inspectors, left, and members of the Iraqi National Monitoring Directorate, investigate storage facilities at Al-Tuwaitha, the main site

(Associated Press photographs)

Use the link above or use Google to Web search on "Al-Tuwaitha 2003" and you will see a slew of UN inspector pics with captions like this. When you use Google, you have to look at the "cached" copy because they are supressing the copy normally accessible through the links. I put a direct link to the cached page above.

31 posted on 04/09/2003 10:57:57 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough (Five day forecast for Baghdad: 2 days)
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To: Ditto
SMOKING GUN!!!

Or maybe I should say -
GLOWING GUN!!
32 posted on 04/09/2003 10:58:43 AM PDT by ushr435
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To: Ditto
Just as the name Shemp can be used as a term of disappointment, as in "I got Shemped!". I think the name Blix could be used as a synonym for incompetence.
33 posted on 04/09/2003 11:00:53 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: Ditto
Is this the complex that the former weapons inspector was describing on the Coast to Coast show about three or four weeks ago? Bill Tierney, right?
34 posted on 04/09/2003 11:01:42 AM PDT by doug from upland (Send Al Sharpton 5 bucks so he can wreak havoc in his party)
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To: Ditto
bump
35 posted on 04/09/2003 11:02:29 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (We are crushing our enemies, seeing him driven before us and hearing the lamentations of the liberal)
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To: Ditto
BILL TIERNEY TALKED ABOUT THIS ON HANNITY'S RADIO SHOW
36 posted on 04/09/2003 11:03:10 AM PDT by doug from upland (Send Al Sharpton 5 bucks so he can wreak havoc in his party)
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To: Ditto
So the Marine's discovery makes the former atomic inspector wonder if the Iraqis went to the colossal expense of pumping enough water to build the underground city because no reasonable inspector would think anything might be built underground there.

The one thing the Iraqis are known to be good at is graduating a lot of good civil engineers and building stuff(of course, much of that wasted building palaces and such.) Not implausible they pulled it off themselves.

37 posted on 04/09/2003 11:04:25 AM PDT by John H K
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To: KansasConservative1
Iraq has a sizable Christian population.
38 posted on 04/09/2003 11:08:37 AM PDT by Kadric
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To: Ditto
Let's say it loud... all together:

THE U.N. IS A JOKE.

39 posted on 04/09/2003 11:10:01 AM PDT by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Ditto
I believe we'll see a lot of news about this type of stuff now that the regime has fallen. Pray for the Marines exposed to this stuff!!
40 posted on 04/09/2003 11:18:14 AM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (This tagline has no nutritional value.)
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To: doug from upland
I believe you're right Doug and was just the same recollection I had and mentioned to some folks but couldn't recall his name.
41 posted on 04/09/2003 11:19:34 AM PDT by Steven W.
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Why wouldnt this be on the national wires yet? Nothing on an AP search, or Drudge, etc.. This is huge!
42 posted on 04/09/2003 11:28:15 AM PDT by Tatze (Give Pizza Chants!)
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To: Tatze
The press has done and will continue to do all they can to hide the truth as they always have.
43 posted on 04/09/2003 11:32:29 AM PDT by Steven W.
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To: Tatze
Why wouldnt this be on the national wires yet? Nothing on an AP search, or Drudge, etc...

Got me. Every drum of pesticide makes national news. It could be they haven't spotted this story yet. The writer, Carl Prine, is with the Trib, not a news service. He is embedded with the Marines. Maybe the mainstream doesn't want to pick up a story from the Trib --- ground zero of the VRWC. ;~))

44 posted on 04/09/2003 11:34:56 AM PDT by Ditto (You are free to form your own opinions, but not your own facts.)
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To: All
BUMPBUMPBUMPBUMP
45 posted on 04/09/2003 11:52:25 AM PDT by TigersEye (The Democrats are soooo 9/10)
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To: EternalVigilance
Let's everyone email this to our TV, Radio and Newspapers. I already contacted Foxnews.com.. The more the merrier. Let them scoop the others!
46 posted on 04/09/2003 11:55:07 AM PDT by dvan
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To: Poohbah
BINGO!
47 posted on 04/09/2003 12:00:52 PM PDT by hchutch ("But tonight we get EVEN!" - Ice-T)
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To: Tatze
Probably the same reason that the "children's" prison in N. Iraq has not appeared. It would not suit the needs of the anti-Americans.
48 posted on 04/09/2003 12:00:57 PM PDT by whadizit
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To: Ditto
Never forget that "laser isotope seperation" is a technique using a laser to purify elements including nuclear ones. Iraq was being allowed to develop this right under everyone's (including Blix) nose.
49 posted on 04/09/2003 12:11:17 PM PDT by techcor
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To: blackdog
Bump for later
50 posted on 04/09/2003 12:19:05 PM PDT by zeugma (If you use microsoft products, you are feeding the beast.)
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