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Marines find underground nuke complex
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | April 9, 2003

Posted on 04/09/2003 4:23:57 PM PDT by DannyTN

OPERATION: IRAQI FREEDOM Marines find underground nuke complex Captain guarding facility: 'How did the world miss all of this?'

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: April 9, 2003 7:00 p.m. Eastern

© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

U.S. Marines have located an underground nuclear complex near Baghdad that apparently went unnoticed by U.N. weapons inspectors.

Hidden beneath the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission's Al-Tuwaitha facility, 18 miles south of the capital, is a vast array of warehouses and bombproof offices that could contain the "smoking gun" sought by intelligence agencies, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"I've never seen anything like it, ever," said Marine Capt. John Seegar. "How did the world miss all of this? Why couldn't they see what was happening here?"

Marine nuclear and intelligence experts say that at least 14 buildings at Al-Tuwaitha indicate high levels of radiation and some show lethal amounts of nuclear residue, according to the Pittsburgh daily. The site was examined numerous times by U.N. weapons inspectors, who found no evidence of weapons of mass destruction.

"They went through that site multiple times, but did they go underground? I never heard anything about that," said physicist David Albright, a former International Atomic Energy Agency inspector in Iraq from 1992 to 1997.

In a 1999 report, Albright said, "Iraq developed procedures to limit access to these buildings by IAEA inspectors who had a right to inspect the fuel fabrication facility."

"On days when the inspectors were scheduled to visit, only the fuel fabrication rooms were open to them," he said in the report, written with Khidhir Hamza, an Iraqi nuclear engineer who defected in 1994. "Usually, employees were told to take their rooms so that the inspectors did not see an unusually large number of people."

Chief Warrant Officer Darrin Flick, the battalion's nuclear, biological and chemical warfare specialist, said radiation levels were particularly high at a place near the complex where local residents say the "missile water" is stored in mammoth caverns.

"It's amazing," Flick said. "I went to the off-site storage buildings, and the rad detector went off the charts. Then I opened the steel door, and there were all these drums, many, many drums, of highly radioactive material."

Iraq began to develop its nuclear program at Al-Tuwaitha in the 1970s, according to the Institute for Science and International Security. Israel destroyed a French-built reactor there in 1981 and a reactor built by the Russians was destroyed during the 1991 Gulf War.

Hamza testified before Congress last August that if left unchecked, Iraq could have had nuclear weapons by 2005.

Noting that the ground in the area is muddy and composed of clay, Hamza was surprised to learn of the Marines' discovery, the Tribune-Review said. He wondered if the Iraqis went to the colossal expense of pumping enough water to build the subterranean complex because no reasonable inspector would think anything might be built underground there.

"Nobody would expect it," Hamza said. "Nobody would think twice about going back there."

Michael Levi of the Federation of American Scientists said the Iraqis continued rebuilding the Al-Tuwaitha facility after weapons inspections ended in 1998.

"I do not believe the latest round of inspections included anything underground, so anything you find underground would be very suspicious," said Levi. "It sounds absolutely amazing."

The Pittsburgh paper said nuclear scientists, engineers and technicians, housed in a plush neighborhood near the campus, have fled, along with Baathist party loyalists.

"It's going to take some very smart people a very long time to sift through everything here," said Flick. "All this machinery. All this technology. They could do a lot of very bad things with all of this."

Marine Capt. Seegar said his unit will continue to hold the nuclear site until international authorities can take over. Last night, they monitored gun and artillery battles by U.S. Marines against Iraqi Republican Guards and Fedayeen terrorists.

The offices underground are replete with videos and pictures that indicate the complex was built largely over the last four years, the Tribune-Review said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: altuwaitha; embeddedreport; fallofbaghdad; iaea; iaec; iraq; iraqifreedom; nuclear; un; war; warlist; wmd
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1 posted on 04/09/2003 4:23:57 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN
Paging...Hans Blix...Scott Ritter
2 posted on 04/09/2003 4:26:15 PM PDT by Slyfox
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3 posted on 04/09/2003 4:26:44 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: DannyTN
Hans Blix call your office.
4 posted on 04/09/2003 4:26:54 PM PDT by glockmeister40
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To: DannyTN
Tom Daschle is said to be deeply, deeply, saddened and disappointed with this discovery.
5 posted on 04/09/2003 4:28:10 PM PDT by Principled
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To: DannyTN
If true, then it will be difficult to confuse these materials with pesticide.
6 posted on 04/09/2003 4:28:33 PM PDT by Batrachian
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To: All
This is WND....highly suspect story.
7 posted on 04/09/2003 4:28:35 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (God Reigns!)
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To: DannyTN
Thanks for the post.

Another related article.

IMNSHO, this is huge news. Is it being reported on TV?

8 posted on 04/09/2003 4:28:43 PM PDT by k2blader ("Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful." - C. S. Lewis)
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To: DannyTN
I won't believe it til I hear it from DEBKA.
9 posted on 04/09/2003 4:28:59 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: DannyTN
I'm saddened. Well, Tom Daschle is at least.

V


10 posted on 04/09/2003 4:29:02 PM PDT by Beck_isright (Oh the quagmire of it all....)
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To: RaceBannon; Dutchy; Howlin; JohnHuang2; nutmeg; Dog; sinkspur; JulieRNR21
Ping
11 posted on 04/09/2003 4:29:08 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: Principled
Damn, you beat me to that comment....

V


12 posted on 04/09/2003 4:29:24 PM PDT by Beck_isright (Oh the quagmire of it all....)
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To: DannyTN
Earlier version from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review over here

Note to mods; as the previous thread is in Extended, if you're going to shut this down, please lock it instead of pulling it.

13 posted on 04/09/2003 4:29:45 PM PDT by steveegg (Quagmire? What quagmire?)
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To: DannyTN
U.S. Marines have located an underground nuclear complex near Baghdad that apparently went unnoticed by U.N. weapons inspectors.

NO!!! Hans Blix was so careful and Scott Ritter was so certain....idiots.

14 posted on 04/09/2003 4:30:07 PM PDT by xJones
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To: Dark Wing
If it's not a Debka reprint ...
15 posted on 04/09/2003 4:30:28 PM PDT by Thud
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To: DannyTN
Well if this isn't the smoking gun I don't know what is...
16 posted on 04/09/2003 4:30:45 PM PDT by kellynla ( "C" 1/5 1st Mar Div '69 & '70 An Hoa, Viet Nam Semper Fi)
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To: DannyTN
There was a guy on Fox.....named Bill Teirney who told them of this site before the war started..
17 posted on 04/09/2003 4:30:51 PM PDT by Dog
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To: rwfromkansas
Check out this link.
18 posted on 04/09/2003 4:31:12 PM PDT by k2blader ("Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful." - C. S. Lewis)
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To: DannyTN
We informed those U.N. IDIOTS! about this complex, I am quite sure.

They did not want to see.

19 posted on 04/09/2003 4:32:16 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Negotiate!! .............(((Blam!.)))........... "Now who else wants to negotiate?")
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To: Dog
Wow. I've heard dozens of people saying things like "we know they don't have nukes". Now what?
20 posted on 04/09/2003 4:32:28 PM PDT by unsycophant
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To: DannyTN
I knew inspections would finally work!

We just needed the right inspectors.

21 posted on 04/09/2003 4:32:29 PM PDT by Monti Cello
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To: unsycophant
This guy was on Hannity's YV show...
22 posted on 04/09/2003 4:34:02 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Beck_isright
It's like the French surrender thing. He who is first gets several cool points.
23 posted on 04/09/2003 4:34:05 PM PDT by Principled
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To: All
Why isn't this on any news channel?
24 posted on 04/09/2003 4:34:15 PM PDT by Poser
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To: Principled
LOL, true, true. If this pans out, this will shock the world. And really put the demorats and radical left on their heels.

V


25 posted on 04/09/2003 4:34:55 PM PDT by Beck_isright (Oh the quagmire of it all....)
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To: Beck_isright
I keep thinking of the guy on FNC who said he KNEW they had these weps.
26 posted on 04/09/2003 4:35:55 PM PDT by Principled
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To: DannyTN
The offices underground are replete with videos and pictures that indicate the complex was built largely over the last four years, the Tribune-Review said.

Hmm...those last 4 years were when no inspectors were in Iraq. 1998-2002.

27 posted on 04/09/2003 4:36:35 PM PDT by yonif
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To: DannyTN
bump for later
28 posted on 04/09/2003 4:38:29 PM PDT by knak (Leave the wankers outta the U.S.)
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To: Principled
I'm trying to remember who that was too. He really hit a grand slam on this one. Wasn't he on Hannity? If so, I definitely want him brought back on for an encore.

V


29 posted on 04/09/2003 4:38:33 PM PDT by Beck_isright (Oh the quagmire of it all....)
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To: Principled
What was his name.....Bill something...
30 posted on 04/09/2003 4:39:30 PM PDT by Dog
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To: DannyTN
This just goes to show US Marine Corps inspectors are much more thorough than UN inspectors!
31 posted on 04/09/2003 4:40:58 PM PDT by Gritty
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To: DannyTN
I wonder what these guys will say?


32 posted on 04/09/2003 4:41:45 PM PDT by bluecollarman
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To: Principled
I would imagine that all the Wankocrats are deeply saddened.
33 posted on 04/09/2003 4:41:54 PM PDT by Pushi
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To: DannyTN
The Pittsburgh paper said nuclear scientists, engineers and technicians, housed in a plush neighborhood near the campus, have fled, along with Baathist party loyalists.

This is the real eye opener that this article exposes.

We should have either executed or at the very least interned these scientists.

Now they are among the general population with their knowledge intact.

34 posted on 04/09/2003 4:42:30 PM PDT by Amerigomag
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To: DannyTN
As documented in Hamza's book, Saddam's Bombmaker, published in 2000.
35 posted on 04/09/2003 4:43:33 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: DannyTN
More info from embedded reporter

< excerpt >

VOA TV's Deborah Block, traveling with a Marine unit in Iraq, tells VOA's Jim Bertel, about abandoned Iraqi military posts Wednesday as Baghdad falls to U.S. forces.

...I also spent a couple of days with the artillery unit that I'm with at a military training and communications compound the Marines had taken over.

...Somebody told me, Jim, that they went to a nearby, what they called, ultramodern facility that was obviously being used for nuclear research. They saw laboratories and signs that indicated certain places may be radioactive.

36 posted on 04/09/2003 4:44:35 PM PDT by Jen (The FReeper Foxhole - Can you dig it?)
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To: AntiJen
I can't figure out why HUGH HEWITT never covered this today.
37 posted on 04/09/2003 4:45:30 PM PDT by Steven W.
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To: Steven W.
(he just did!)
38 posted on 04/09/2003 4:46:29 PM PDT by Steven W.
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To: DannyTN


39 posted on 04/09/2003 4:46:52 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: rwfromkansas
This is WND....highly suspect story.

WND and NewsMax both often just repackage existing stories. Hoping this one's real.

MM

40 posted on 04/09/2003 4:47:17 PM PDT by MississippiMan
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To: DannyTN; Big Steve; deport; blackie; Maeve; PhiKapMom
Bumping for a later read.Thanks! Hugh Hewitt just read some of this on his show just now!
41 posted on 04/09/2003 4:50:13 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Bush,Cheney,Rumsfeld,Rice 2004)
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To: Rocko
Well, Saddam did keep referring to his "nuclear mujadeen" in the Iraqi state press. So this really shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone.

In fact, given Saddam's press comments, the UN's stance that the insepctions were working was completely outrageous.
42 posted on 04/09/2003 4:50:26 PM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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To: DannyTN; WarSlut
"... Marine Capt. John Seegar. "How did the world miss all of this? Why couldn't they see what was happening here?"

Marine nuclear and intelligence experts say that at least 14 buildings at Al-Tuwaitha indicate high levels of radiation and some show lethal amounts of nuclear residue, according to the Pittsburgh daily. The site was examined numerous times by U.N. weapons inspectors, who found no evidence of weapons of mass destruction

There's your answer Capt. Seegar, writen there in red.

43 posted on 04/09/2003 4:52:45 PM PDT by cgk (the Mrs. half)
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To: RonDog
Voice of Reason ping. What a day.
44 posted on 04/09/2003 4:53:33 PM PDT by IslandJeff
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To: Dog
When Bill Tierney reported this site to ElBaradai, he also told him where to go and discover the high rad levels from an underground atomic device that was tested. The blixite fumbler refused to visit either site for confirmation.
45 posted on 04/09/2003 4:53:54 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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46 posted on 04/09/2003 4:54:57 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: cgk
"I'm not going to describe what I saw there because what I saw was so horrible that it can be used by those who would want to promote war with Iraq, and right now I'm waging peace. -Scott Ritter"

"Waging peace" when there is no peace only oppression and terror is a cruel horrible thing to do.

47 posted on 04/09/2003 4:59:19 PM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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To: Principled
Dasshole was said to have called the BEAST of NY and commented on how DEEPLY, DEEPLY, DEEPLY saddened he was!!
48 posted on 04/09/2003 5:00:06 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: DannyTN
U.S. Marines have located an underground nuclear complex near Baghdad that apparently went unnoticed by U.N. weapons inspectors

No way! It's a set-up! The Marines flew it in for show! < /sarcasm>

49 posted on 04/09/2003 5:01:51 PM PDT by hattend (Hang Hans Blix as a co-conspirator to Saddam Hussein)
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To: DannyTN
Blix and the other guy were paid buy Saddam not to "look" very hard. The UN inspections were never intended to work only to make the Lib's feel good that something was being done. Wish Blix was as stupid as Ritter and his payoff would be exposed!

Oh, SCREW THE UN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

50 posted on 04/09/2003 5:02:03 PM PDT by jedi150
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