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Nuke component unearthed in Baghdad back yard
CNN ^ | 25 June 2003 | From David Ensor

Posted on 06/25/2003 2:20:52 PM PDT by July 4th

Edited on 04/29/2004 2:02:44 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON (CNN) --The CIA has in its hands the critical parts of a key piece of Iraqi nuclear technology -- parts needed to develop a bomb program -- that were dug up in a back yard in Baghdad, CNN has learned.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baghdadbob; banneditems; centrifuge; denial; husseinkamel; iraq; iraqaftermath; kamel; mahdiobeidi; mediabias; nucleartechnology; nuclearweapons; obeidi; qusay; qusayhussein; rosebush; scientist; wmd; wmdhunt
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1 posted on 06/25/2003 2:20:53 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: July 4th
Scientist is now in custody.
2 posted on 06/25/2003 2:22:26 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: July 4th
But U.S. says this is "not a smoking gun"...

Duh, it's a centrifuge, not a gun.

3 posted on 06/25/2003 2:22:33 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
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To: July 4th
CNN reported it is not a "smoking gun" in that it is not a nuclear weapon. But it sure is proof that Saddam had plans to keep his nuke program alive and able to be reactivated.

The report says it would have saved Iraq years and hundreds of millions of dollars with respect to resuming its nuke program.
4 posted on 06/25/2003 2:23:04 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: July 4th
Buried in his backyard? Blame Fido.
5 posted on 06/25/2003 2:23:31 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
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To: July 4th
How can we be sure that these aren't just cream separators from the "Baby Milk Factory."
6 posted on 06/25/2003 2:24:11 PM PDT by FreePaul
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To: July 4th
Not a smoking gun? Was he trying to grow enriched uranium in his garden?

Maybe this is not THE smoking gun, meaning we have a lot more lined up. I would love to see little Tommy deeply saddened by us finding many WMDs buried in Iraq.

7 posted on 06/25/2003 2:24:15 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Paranoia is when you realize that tin foil hats just focus the mind control beams.)
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To: July 4th
Those aren't centrifuges. They're bingo cages. There are no WMDs. It's all about oil.
8 posted on 06/25/2003 2:24:16 PM PDT by Redcloak (All work and no FReep makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no FReep make s Jack a dul boy. Allwork an)
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To: July 4th
B U M P!!!
9 posted on 06/25/2003 2:24:24 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: July 4th
Look out for mutant worms caused by the "residual radiation" - futher info from PETA & GreenPeace at any moment.
10 posted on 06/25/2003 2:24:25 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon liberty, it is essential to examine principles - -)
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To: July 4th
I wonder in what country the WMD were found.
11 posted on 06/25/2003 2:24:48 PM PDT by meadsjn
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To: July 4th
...but is it a glowing gun?
12 posted on 06/25/2003 2:24:59 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Redcloak
Almost forgot...

</sarcasm>

:)

13 posted on 06/25/2003 2:25:07 PM PDT by Redcloak (All work and no FReep makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no FReep make s Jack a dul boy. Allwork an)
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To: July 4th
Lab centrifuge? Gas centrifuge? What?
14 posted on 06/25/2003 2:25:14 PM PDT by stboz
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To: Maceman
Why have libs been allowed to define WMD down to being only about nukes anyway? We found chemical suits and antidotes and other things.
15 posted on 06/25/2003 2:25:38 PM PDT by RAT Patrol (Congress can give one American a dollar only by first taking it away from another American. -W.W.)
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To: meadsjn
List of countries we are digging up the back yards of scientists:

1. Iraq
2. US

Pick one.

16 posted on 06/25/2003 2:25:50 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Paranoia is when you realize that tin foil hats just focus the mind control beams.)
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To: Maceman
CNN reported it is not a "smoking gun" in that it is not a nuclear weapon.

A U.S. official said it was not a smoking gun...that's all I was quoting.

But it sure is proof that Saddam had plans to keep his nuke program alive and able to be reactivated.

Absolutely!
17 posted on 06/25/2003 2:25:53 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: hchutch
Ping-a-ling...wanna gloat :o)
18 posted on 06/25/2003 2:25:54 PM PDT by Poohbah (I must be all here, because I'm not all there!)
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To: Redcloak
I believe the WMD delivery systems - chemical shells with spigots & other mechanisms, ready to fill with deadly toxins, are all smoking guns. as are the mobile labs. as are these centrifuges. as are the various banned missiles. as are the nerve gas antidotes. etc., etc., etc.
19 posted on 06/25/2003 2:26:33 PM PDT by Steven W.
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To: msdrby
ping
20 posted on 06/25/2003 2:26:49 PM PDT by Prof Engineer ( Texans don't even care where Europe is on the map.)
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To: July 4th
How many centrifuges? You need about a square mile of centrifuges to reach militarily significant production levels.
21 posted on 06/25/2003 2:27:03 PM PDT by RightWhale (gazing at shadows)
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To: stboz
Lab centrifuge? Gas centrifuge? What?

Gas centrifuge, I believe they said.

22 posted on 06/25/2003 2:27:03 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: JohnnyZ
I see, it's a smoking centrifuge! I firmly believe that if A (bio/chem) weapon is used today on our troops, it will only be proof that ONE existed and the skeptics would remain and continue their idiotic campaign against GW and TB.
23 posted on 06/25/2003 2:27:18 PM PDT by PISANO
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To: JohnnyZ
Yes, but is it a *smoking* centrifuge? And if so, will it be allowed in restaurants and bars?
24 posted on 06/25/2003 2:27:47 PM PDT by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: stboz
Gas Centrifuge designed specifficaly for enriching uranium. It put them at least three years aheas of where they were back in 1991. They could have produced a bomb within three years with this equipment. Development was proceeding but only prototypes were produced to help keep the program secreat.
25 posted on 06/25/2003 2:27:59 PM PDT by ImphClinton
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To: July 4th
These are just merry go rounds for hamsters...yeah, that's the ticket!
26 posted on 06/25/2003 2:28:35 PM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: stboz
Lab centrifuge? Gas centrifuge? What?

Probably not the tabletop kind that do about 6000 rpm...probably closer to the kind that look like washing machines and do about 50k.
27 posted on 06/25/2003 2:28:44 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: Maceman
Ok, no big deal. I got one in my back yard. Don't you?
28 posted on 06/25/2003 2:29:04 PM PDT by stboz
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To: July 4th
Please allow me: This is hugh!
29 posted on 06/25/2003 2:29:28 PM PDT by Gamecock (The Presbyterian Church In America, annoying liberal churches since 1973 (Swarming Calvinist))
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To: Gamecock
Sounds vey series!
30 posted on 06/25/2003 2:30:14 PM PDT by TheBigB (Who dat man doin' dat voodoo?)
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To: July 4th
Buried under a rose bush. Peace roses?
31 posted on 06/25/2003 2:30:30 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: July 4th
DUmmies are saying that: 1) it was planted; 2) it's just a few parts; and 3) rightwing CNN held the story at the request of the US government, which proves they are in the tank for Bush.

I predict a DU meltdown as this story unfolds.
32 posted on 06/25/2003 2:31:25 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Poohbah
BINGO!!

"Mustang, this is Voodoo Three, request permission for flyby."
33 posted on 06/25/2003 2:31:36 PM PDT by hchutch ("If you donít win, you donít get to put your principles into practice." David Horowitz)
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To: RightWhale
How many centrifuges? You need about a square mile of centrifuges to reach militarily significant production levels

I'm sure you're correct but I don't think Saddam's crew would bury every centrifuge he had in one hole. They would have spread the assets around so they all couldn't be found at once.

34 posted on 06/25/2003 2:32:04 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Soccer Mom's flee the Rats for Bush in his flight suit: I call this the Moisture Factor. MF high!)
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To: July 4th
But U.S. says this is "not a smoking gun"...

Okay, it's a smoking cartridge case.

35 posted on 06/25/2003 2:32:29 PM PDT by Prof Engineer ( Texans don't even care where Europe is on the map.)
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To: July 4th

"This is a lie! There are no weapons of masses destructions in Iraq! There are no Americans within a thousand miles of Iraq! You are a monkey infidel!"

36 posted on 06/25/2003 2:33:01 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: July 4th
CNN has ace reporter Mike Betcher at an undisclosed location with a huge exclusive and Wolf and crew are hating the fact that WMD componets are being found. Ironic huh?
37 posted on 06/25/2003 2:33:32 PM PDT by CaptSkip
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To: Prof Engineer
EXACTLY!! On Target, Sir!
38 posted on 06/25/2003 2:33:48 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Maceman
They are screaming it was from 1991, so what.
39 posted on 06/25/2003 2:33:53 PM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: July 4th
Lots of backyards to look through still.
40 posted on 06/25/2003 2:34:05 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Maceman
Jeeze, nobody has said this yet? Okay then...(I gotta do all the work...)

Daschle "saddened"

41 posted on 06/25/2003 2:34:35 PM PDT by TheBigB (Who dat man doin' dat voodoo?)
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To: hchutch
I love the smell of napalmed liberals in the morning. It smells like...victory.
42 posted on 06/25/2003 2:35:27 PM PDT by Poohbah (I must be all here, because I'm not all there!)
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To: July 4th
Is the centrifuge bigger than a breadbox?
43 posted on 06/25/2003 2:35:46 PM PDT by csvset
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To: big ern
Perhaps Saddam's regime issued one centrifuge, one shovel, and one free dose of paranoia to each project scientist. Now every backyard needs to be dug up.
44 posted on 06/25/2003 2:35:46 PM PDT by RightWhale (gazing at shadows)
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To: July 4th
This is hugh and series! OMG, the demonrats are simply not going to know what to do!
45 posted on 06/25/2003 2:36:12 PM PDT by rs79bm (Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence)
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To: July 4th
Prayer bump.
46 posted on 06/25/2003 2:36:13 PM PDT by Spirited
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To: KarlInOhio
both
47 posted on 06/25/2003 2:36:46 PM PDT by js1138
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To: Rennes Templar
Y'know what kinda bugs me here? Now that we're finding something of this magnitude, and I'm betting this is beginning of a torrent of new finds, what of the remaining loyalists?

Do they have some operational stuff hidden, as well? Will they use it rather than surrender it? A last dying, irrational gasp?

We have to find all of this materiel, and as quickly as we can. It just dawned on me! [Smacks! forehead] This may be why the finds have been trickling in - we needed to know where as much as possible of the stuff was, so we could grab it up as quickly as possible.
48 posted on 06/25/2003 2:38:44 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Maceman
Problem for DU: The scientist who's singing like a bird now that's he outta Iraq, and he's encouraging all his colleagues to do likewise...
49 posted on 06/25/2003 2:38:46 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: July 4th
THERE ARE NO WMD's IN IRAQ!

THIS CANNOT BE HAPPENING!

NO BLOOD FOR OIL!
50 posted on 06/25/2003 2:38:46 PM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
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