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  • Hagel: I greenlit strikes on Syria after “red line” crossed, but Obama overrode me

    12/18/2015 11:37:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Many questioned Barack Obama’s judgment when he backed away from his own “red line” in Syria, but Chuck Hagel tells Foreign Policy in an exclusive interview that it was actually worse than that. Obama lost his nerve, Hagel alleges, calling off promised strikes on Syria after Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. Hagel also says that Obama’s team then stabbed him in the back as he was heading for the exits, and tried to “destroy me”: Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had just sat down with his wife for a quiet dinner at an...
  • Islamic State has used chlorine as a weapon, says Australias Foreign Minister

    06/06/2015 12:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | June 6, 2015 | Reuters
    The comments follow allegations by Iraqi Kurdish authorities that they have evidence that ISIS used chlorine gas against their peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq. PERTH - Islamic State militants have used chlorine as a weapon and are recruiting highly trained technicians in a serious bid to develop chemical weapons, Australias Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warned. In a speech to an international forum of nations that works to fight the spread of such weapons, Bishop said the rise of militant groups such as ISIS, also known as Daish, posed one of the gravest security threats we face today. Apart from some...
  • Obama on Syria red line: weaponized chlorine isnt historically considered a chemical weapon.

    05/15/2015 10:02:16 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 37 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/15/15 | Robert Laurie
    Boys, move the goalposts. If youre having trouble keeping track of all the promises, threats, and red lines that Obama has applied to Syria and Assad, youre not alone. There have been so many that things tend to get confusing. However, one constant through it all has been a warning that, if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, it would trigger a US military response. Now we have widespread reports of the Assad regime deploying weaponized chlorine gas. So, if youre a President whos absolutely terrified of backing up his own proclamations with actual action, what are you to do?...
  • Obama: Chlorine Gas Not 'Historically' a Chemical Weapon

    05/15/2015 7:02:59 AM PDT · by McGruff · 89 replies
    ARUTZ SHEVA ^ | 5/15/2015 | Tova Dvorin
    Widespread reports of chlorine gas attacks in Syria have not been prevented - or acted upon - because chlorine is not "historically" considered a chemical weapon, US President Barack Obama stated Thursday. Obama was forced to answer the chlorine question during a press conference from a summit at Camp David with leaders of the Gulf states. Syria and Iran were key issues at the conference.
  • ISIS Turns to Chemical Weapons As It Loses Ground in Iraq

    02/22/2015 12:05:52 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | BY RIYADH MOHAMMED, The Fiscal Times
    A few weeks ago, the US Central Command announced that an air raid had killed an ISIS chemical weapon expert in Mosul. The ISIS operative, Iraqi engineer Mahmoud al-Sabawi, used to work at Saddam Husseins chemical weapons program before he joined al-Qaeda in Iraq after the 2003 US led invasion. The idea that ISIS terrorists have access to chemical weapons brings back images of the genocide inflicted on the Kurds by Saddam Hussein in the late 1980s. The Halabja Massacre killed up to 5,000 and injured between 7,000 and 10,000 more. If ISIS jihadists have a stash of chemical weapons,...
  • Putin plans Russian delegation to sway Congress on Syria strike

    09/02/2013 11:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    President Vladimir Putin hopes to send a delegation of Russian lawmakers to the United States to discuss the situation in Syria with members of Congress, the Interfax news agency reported Monday. Russian legislators Valentina Matvienko and Sergei Naryshkin proposed that to Putin, saying polls have shown little support among Americans for armed intervention in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad's regime for an alleged chemical weapons attack. The lawmakers said maybe U.S. legislators can be persuaded to take a "balanced stance" on the issue....
  • John Kerry: US has proof that sarin gas used in Syria

    09/01/2013 11:02:08 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 162 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 1 September, 2013 | Harriet Alexander, and agencies
    John Kerry, the American secretary of state, has said that the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria and said "the case gets stronger by the day" for a military attack. President Bashar al-Assad, he said, "has now joined the list of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein" in deploying chemical weapons against his population. A day after President Barack Obama stepped back from his threat to launch an attack, Mr Kerry said in a series of interviews on the Sunday news shows that the administration had learnt of the sarin use within the past 24 hours...
  • Poisoned Minds, Poisoned Bodies in Syria

    08/30/2013 5:04:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | August 30, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    "Humane killer" appears to be an oxymoron that startles with contradiction. Yet talking of war is a way of drawing a fine distinction, not a contradiction. The civilized world clarifies an understanding of how a civilized man can kill an enemy while separating human from inhumane. When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned poison gas against the rebels and their families, everyone could agree that even in a civil war -- where passions burn hottest -- that's inhumane, and it's not forgivable. The harsh and mechanical reporting of war rarely invites poetry to make a correspondent's points, but a reader with...
  • Netanyahu Orders Personal Protection Kits for All Israelis

    05/30/2013 3:27:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 5/31/2013, 1:14 AM | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently ordered the defense system to ensure that personal protection kits, which include gas masks, are distributed to all Israelis, Channel 10 News reported on Thursday. Netanyahus order comes in the wake of reports that chemical weapons have been used in the Syrian civil war and the recent escalation along Israels northern border.
  • Dura-Europos: Crossroad of Cultures: A Lost Civilization of the Ancient Middle East

    08/15/2010 11:54:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | Carly Silver
    In 1920, British soldiers digging trenches near the Euphrates River came across ancient wall paintings. In the sands of eastern Syria, they uncovered the remains of the ancient town of Dura-Europos. Located on the Euphrates River, the long-buried settlement was ruled successively by the Macedonians, Parthians, and Romans until its destruction in A.D. 256. Today, the site is known for its buildings, including the world's oldest church, one of the earliest synagogues ever found, and numerous Greco-Roman temples. Covering about 180 acres, Dura-Europos was founded around 300 B.C... Dura's location was ideal because it was both defensible and near a...
  • Ancient Persians who gassed Romans were the first to use chemical weapons

    01/14/2009 8:37:02 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies · 968+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/14/2008
    They gassed Roman soldiers with toxic fumes 2,000 years ago, researchers have discovered. Archeologists have found the oldest evidence of chemical warfare yet after studying the bodies of 20 Roman soldiers' found underground in Syria 70 years ago. Archeologists have found the oldest evidence of chemical warfare after studying the bodies of 20 Roman soldiers Clues left at the scene revealed the Persians were lying in wait as the Romans dug a tunnel during a siege then pumped in toxic gas produced by sulphur crystals and bitumen to kill all the Romans in minutes. Dr Simon James,...
  • Sick Rams Used As Ancient Bioweapons

    11/29/2007 2:53:57 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies · 143+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | Rossella Lorenzi
    Sick Rams Used as Ancient Bioweapons Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News Once, a Weapon Nov. 28, 2007 -- Infected rams and donkeys were the earliest bioweapons, according to a new study which dates the use of biological warfare back more than 3,300 years. According to a review published in the Journal of Medical Hypotheses, two ancient populations, the Arzawans and the Hittites, engaged "in mutual use of contaminated animals" during the 1320-1318 B.C. Anatolian war. "The animals were carriers of Francisella tularensis, the causative agent of tularemia," author Siro Trevisanato, a molecular biologist based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada told Discovery News....
  • Early chemical warfare comes to light

    01/12/2009 7:37:48 AM PST · by BGHater · 6 replies · 633+ views
    ScienceNews ^ | 11 Jan 2009 | Bruce Bower
    Roman soldiers defending a Middle Eastern garrison from attack nearly 2,000 years ago met the horrors of war in a most unusual place. Inside a cramped tunnel beneath the sites massive front wall, enemy fighters stacked up nearly two dozen dead or dying Romans and set them on fire, using substances that gave off toxic fumes and drove away Roman warriors just outside the tunnel. The attackers, members of Persias Sasanian culture that held sway over much of the region in and around the Middle East from the third to the seventh centuries, adopted a brutally ingenious method for penetrating...
  • Bio Warfare Rears Its Head- The Ancient world USED IT!!!(MUST READ!)

    01/30/2004 7:18:50 AM PST · by vannrox · 32 replies · 1,062+ views
    Newsday ^ | January 13, 2004 | By Bryn Nelson
    The following ARE exerpts... "...From Hercules' poisoned arrows to early germ warfare and attacks with scorpion bombs and red-hot sand, she contends, cultures around the world have grappled with the revulsion and justification of using these unconventional weapons ever since they began creating their own myths and recording their histories. Mayor has compiled a slew of examples in her new book, "Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World" (Overlook Press)..." "...The early dilemmas posed in mythic form would be recorded eventually in the annals of historians as combatants put their growing knowledge...
  • Bees, snakes, germs - any weapon in a pinch

    11/30/2003 7:12:18 AM PST · by TrebleRebel · 23 replies · 428+ views
    The Vancouver Sun | 11/29/2003 | Jay Currie
    If you are under Roman siege in the middle of a desert, a scorpion bomb seems like a very good idea. Collect a bunch of lethal scorpions and, very carefully, seal them in clay pots. Hurl the pots at the attackers as needed. That's exactly what the defenders of Hatra, just south of Mosul in today's Iraq, did in 198 AD. The siege was lifted in 20 days. As Adrienne Mayor writes in her intriguing book Greek Fire, Poison Arrows and Scorpion Bombs, scorpions weren't the only stinging animals pressed into service in the ancient world. A clay pot full...
  • PHOTOS - World War II Army Nurses Wearing Gas Masks

    01/22/2013 6:50:43 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    Retronaut & Adventures in Genealogy | Retronaut & Adventures in Genealogy
    Members of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps advance through a cloud of smoke during a gas mask drill, 1942. U.S. Army Nurse Corps members in formation. World War II Army Nurses onning their gas masks. Mary Brown, Nurse and Soldier
  • (French) Pesticide Drums found at PLO Training Site discovered in Iraq.

    04/08/2003 11:04:38 PM PDT · by Steven W. · 9 replies · 463+ views
    MSNBC | 4/9/03 | Dana Lewis
    NBC reporter Dana Lewis reporting live video from newly discovered PLO terrorist training camp that was discovered in Iraq. It has obstacle course, shooting range, pretty much looks like one of the familiar AlQaeda terrorist training camps. Dana Lewis also reports that this camp is close to the infamous pesticide site and that there are some of the same French pesticide drums (not the others suspected of containing the CW "Cocktail" mixture) at the PLO camp along with gas masks and chemical suits. They're not sure what to make of it and the officer in charge was hesitant to say...
  • Buried Roman Soldiers of Dura May Be Victims of Ancient Iranian Chemical Weapon

    03/09/2011 10:35:20 PM PST · by OddLane · 23 replies
    The Circle Of Ancient Iranian Studies ^ | Thursday, 10 March 2011 | CAIS
    LONDON, (CAIS) -- Almost 2,000 years ago, 19 Roman soldiers rushed into a cramped underground tunnel, sent to defend the Roman-occupied Syrian city of Dura-Europos from an army of Persians digging to undermine the city's mudbrick walls. But instead of Persian soldiers, the Romans met with a wall of noxious black smoke that turned to acid in their lungs. Their crystal-pummelled swords were no match for this weapon; the Romans choked and died in moments, many with their last pay of coins still slung in purses on their belts. Nearby, a Persian soldier perhaps the one who started the...
  • Did Nazi scientist save Britain from Hitler's deadly gas that could have killed millions?

    07/07/2010 5:30:58 PM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | July 7, 2010 | Guy Walters
    None of the men of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Hampshires was surprised that the fight would be tough. As they doggedly advanced up 'Gold' beach on D-Day, every man knew that surviving the murderous criss-cross of machine-gun fire would demand a miracle. The village of Le Hamel, although no more than a few hundred yards beyond the surf, never seemed to get any closer. The bullets mercilessly cut down their commanding officer as well as several middle-ranking officers, and as the day wore on, it looked as if the entire battalion would be slaughtered on the beach. ...........................................................
  • Afghan schoolgirls poisoned by Taliban?

    04/25/2010 2:54:34 PM PDT · by XHogPilot · 25 replies · 1,434+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 25 April, 2010 | MSNBC
    KABUL - More than 80 schoolgirls have fallen ill in three cases of mass sickness over the past week in northern Afghanistan, raising fears that militants who oppose education for girls are using poison to scare them away from school. The latest case occurred Sunday when 13 girls became sick at school, Kunduz provincial spokesman Mahbobullah Sayedi said. Another 47 complained of dizziness and nausea on Saturday, and 23 got sick last Wednesday. All complained of a strange smell in class before they fell ill. (snip) The Health Ministry in Kunduz said blood samples were inconclusive and were being sent...
  • Afghan girls hospitalized in apparent poisoning (gas attack)

    04/25/2010 2:41:23 PM PDT · by XHogPilot · 11 replies · 473+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 12, 2009 | AP
    At least 84 Afghan Schoolgirls Suffer Headaches and Vomiting. CHARIKAR, Afghanistan - At least 84 Afghan schoolgirls were admitted to a hospital Tuesday for headaches and vomiting in the third apparent poison attack on a girls school in as many weeks, officials and doctors said. The students were lining up outside their school in northeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday morning when a strange odor filled the school yard, and one girl collapsed, said the school's principal, who was herself in a hospital bed gasping for breath as she described the event. "We took her inside and splashed water on her face,"...
  • Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda

    04/30/2009 5:10:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies · 1,627+ views
    US - Press Release ^ | April 30, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, 43, a dual national of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda. Al-Marri entered his guilty plea at a hearing this afternoon before Judge Michael M. Mihm in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. In so doing, al-Marri admitted that he agreed with others to provide material support or resources to al-Qaeda in the form of personnel, including himself, to work under al-Qaedas...
  • Israel distributes new gas masks to civilians: army

    02/28/2010 9:33:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 418+ views
    Agence France-Presse/Hindustantimes.copm ^ | 2/28/2010 | Agence France-Presse
    Israel on Sunday began distributing new gas masks for civilians to use in a possible chemical or biological attack, the army said. "The civil defence has asked the Israeli postal service to begin distributing gas masks on an experimental basis to the residents of Or Yehuda," a military spokesman told AFP, referring to an area near Tel Aviv. "Gradually, based on the lessons learned in this operation and in accordance with the Israeli government's decision, the distribution will be extended to the entire population," he added. The government decided on January 5 to distribute some eight million new gas masks,...
  • Taleban using white phosphorus, some of it made in Britain

    05/11/2009 8:53:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 1,467+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 05/12/09 | Michael Evans
    Taleban using white phosphorus, some of it made in Britain An eight-year-old girl, injured during an airstrike in the Afghan village of Garni in western Farah province, recovering in hospital in Herat city Michael Evans, Defence Editor Taleban fighters have been using deadly white phosphorus munitions, some of them manufactured in Britain, to attack Western forces in Afghanistan, according to previously classified United States documents released yesterday. White phosphorus, which can burn its victims down to the bone, has been found in improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in regions across Afghanistan including in the south, where British troops are based. It...
  • Porton Down veterans not at greater health risk - Military personnel exposed to chemical warfare...

    03/29/2009 1:04:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 291+ views
    Nature News ^ | 25 March 2009 | Natasha Gilbert
    Military personnel exposed to chemical warfare agents should be "reassured".Chemicals such as as sarin were tested on military personnel at Porton Down.Chris Ison/PA Archive/PA Photos The first ever studies of veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents in controversial experiments at the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Porton Down laboratory has found little evidence that they suffered any long-term health effects, despite a small increase in mortality in the test group.Nearly 500 different chemicals, including nerve agents such as sarin and blistering agents such as sulphur mustard (mustard gas), were tested on military personnel at the Porton Down laboratory near Salisbury...
  • Obama takes on the Mexican drug cartels

    03/12/2009 10:41:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies · 912+ views
    The First Post ^ | March 12, 2009
    As if he doesn't have enough domestic issues to deal with, Barack Obama is being forced to confront the escalating drugs war in Mexico that threatens to spill across the US border. In interviews with regional newspapers yesterday, the President revealed that he had contemplated the idea of sending an armed American force to patrol the border. "We're going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense and under what circumstances they would make sense," said Obama, who also praised Mexico's President Felipe Calderon for "taking some extraordinary risks under extraordinary pressure to deal with the drug...
  • Bio Terror 'Next Threat' For US

    10/31/2008 8:24:36 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 18 replies · 1,121+ views
    Sky News ^ | Oct. 31, 2008 | Mark White
    Nuclear and biological terrorism is the emerging threat the next US President should focus on, the US security chief has told Sky News. In an exclusive interview, homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff said sources of radioactive and biological materials must be properly secured "at all costs". He warned terrorists are actively seeking to acquire such materials. Mr Chertoff said he did not think a weapon of mass destruction, like a biological or nuclear bomb, was a danger that could be just months away. But he warned: "It may be years away and we can't afford to waste this time waiting...
  • Patches (Chick) arrested, police say her scent made men pass out

    07/11/2008 11:40:35 AM PDT · by pissant · 66 replies · 472+ views
    WAFB Channel 9 ^ | 7/11/08 | staff
    HOUMA, LA (WAFB) - Houma police officers and Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputies say an attractive woman named Patches has been arrested after her "calogne samples" made at least two men pass out. One of the incidents prompted a statewide alert to Louisiana law enforcement agencies. The first complaint happened in early June. Police say an 18-year-old man says he was leaving a Houma restaurant at lunchtime when he was approached by a woman who said she was selling cologne. Police say the woman asked the victim is he was interested in buying some cologne she was selling. "The suspect produced...
  • Chinese Imports, Anyone ?

    10/18/2007 9:02:24 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 2 replies · 58+ views
    Finneran Lane ^ | 10/18/07 | vanity
    Have you ever REALLY wondered about those lead-painted toys the Chinese flooded us with ? Here's a (paranoid and xenophobic ?) look.
  • Chemical Ali, Hashim, Tikriti to hang tomorrow Saudi paper

    09/08/2007 8:33:02 AM PDT · by Lurker · 83 replies · 2,733+ views
    Baghdad-Voices of Iraq ^ | 8 Sept. 2007 | unknown
    Baghdad, Sept 7, (VOI) Three of the six defendants in the Anfal case will be executed by hanging on Saturday, a Saudi newspaper quoted the lawyer of former Iraqi deputy premier Tareq Aziz as saying. "The Iraqi Criminal Court notified Ali Hassan al-Majid, alias Chemical Ali, former defense minister Sultan Hashim and former chief of staff Hussein Rashid al-Tikriti that they will be executed tomorrow," lawyer Badie Aref Ezzat told Saudi newspaper al-Watan, published on Friday. The lawyer said he was told by the three convicts that they only wanted to meet their families before the executions. Ezzat said...
  • Gas May Have Harmed Troops, Scientists Say

    05/16/2007 10:43:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,480+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 17, 2007 | IAN URBINA
    WASHINGTON, May 16 Scientists working with the Defense Department have found evidence that a low-level exposure to sarin nerve gas the kind experienced by more than 100,000 American troops in the Persian Gulf war of 1991 could have caused lasting brain deficits in former service members. Though the results are preliminary, the study is notable for being financed by the federal government and for being the first to make use of a detailed analysis of sarin exposure performed by the Pentagon, based on wind patterns and plume size. The report, to be published in the June issue...
  • Iraq chlorine attacks raise new concerns

    02/22/2007 12:02:02 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 31 replies · 1,029+ views
    AP ^ | February 22 2007 | KATARINA KRATOVAC
    When Iraqi insurgents this week blew up trucks carrying chlorine, the attacks conjured up frightening images of chemical warfare and soldiers choking to death on the battlefields of Belgium in World War I. The explosions also raised concerns the insurgents in Iraq have the know-how and flexibility to adopt new tactics, including the pursuit of chemical bombs in an increasingly deadly and chaotic war. Chlorine gas attacks the eyes and lungs within seconds, causing difficulty in breathing and skin irritation in low-level exposure. Inhaled at extremely high levels, it dissolves in the lungs to form hydrochloric acid that burns lung...
  • Iraq Insurgents Use Chlorine in Bomb Attacks

    02/21/2007 11:17:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies · 1,223+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2007 | DAMIEN CAVE and AHMAD FADAM
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 21 A truck bomb that combined explosives with chlorine gas blew up in southern Baghdad on Wednesday, and officials said it might represent a new and deadly tactic by insurgents against Iraqi civilians. It was at least the third truck bomb in a month to employ chlorine, a greenish gas also used in World War I, which burns the skin and can be fatal after only a few concentrated breaths. The bomb killed at least two people and wounded 32 others, many of them sent to hospitals coughing and wheezing, police and medical officials said. Iraqi and...
  • Saddam Regime Document: Purchasing Chemical Materials for Very Special Usage (Translation)

    01/31/2007 12:58:22 PM PST · by jveritas · 33 replies · 3,726+ views
    Saddam regime document CMPC-2004-003406 contains a memo that talks about importing Chemical Materials for Very Special Usage from the Office in Morocco. The deal according to the memo was based on the Gentlemen Accord and the condition was to pay cash and directly but they decided later on to pay it through a Syrian company called Seess and according the Iraqi-Syrian Commerce Agreement. This document is of great importance because the Chemical Materials for Very Special Usage are very unlikely to fall under the civilian applications and much more likely to fall under the Chemical Weapon Usage.The page where...
  • Terror WMD feared in police poisoning. Hundreds of Iraqi officers, some bleeding from ears, ill

    10/08/2006 10:15:15 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 46 replies · 2,209+ views
    WND ^ | Oct. 8, 2006 | WND
    Hundreds of Iraqi policemen fell sick from poisoning tonight at their base in the southern part of the country after the evening meal breaking their daily Ramadan fast, raising fears of a new type of terrorist attack perhaps even involving chemical, biological or nerve agents. Some of the policemen reportedly began bleeding from the ears and nose immediately after the meal... The suddenness and severity of the mass poisoning immediately raised fears of a new kind of terrorist attack for the nation of Iraq where weapons of mass destruction have not been used since Saddam Hussein was in power....
  • Poison warfare suits found in mosque raid (January 27, 2003 )

    01/27/2003 6:11:52 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 33 replies · 812+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | January 27, 2003 | LEO SCHLINK in London
    BRITISH police investigating a terror plot by Islamic saboteurs have found chemical warfare protection suits in a north London mosque. The discovery has shocked detectives, who believe the find confirms supporters of Osama bin Laden were planning a poison attack on civilian targets in Britain. Scotland Yard and MI5 detectives had kept the discovery of the nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) suits secret. They feared disclosing it would spark panic. Government ministers have warned any suggestion that the Finsbury Park mosque had been involved would have worrying racist overtones. Police initially revealed they had seized a cache of weapons, including...
  • Gaza militants say fired chemical-tipped warhead

    06/28/2006 6:42:05 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 318 replies · 14,405+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | June 29, 2006
    Excerpt - GAZA, June 29 (Reuters) - A spokesman for gunmen in the Gaza Strip said they had fired a rocket tipped with a chemical warhead at Israel early on Thursday. The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the claim by the spokesman from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement. ~ snip ~
  • The Science of Medical Marijuana Prohibition (Op-Ed)

    06/15/2006 4:53:24 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 496 replies · 3,519+ views
    Frontiers of Freedom ^ | June 15, 2006 | Kenneth Michael White
    The Science of Medical Marijuana Prohibition USA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently opined that smoked marijuana has no scientifically accepted medical uses. The FDA received much criticism for this decision because in 1999 the Federal Governments own scientists concluded that even in smoked form marijuana has medical uses. At the heart of the debate about medical marijuana is the question of science. But what, exactly, is science? Since modern civilization bases itself on a belief in the ability of science to solve any and all problems (human or otherwise), prudent people are obligated to at least try...
  • U.S. Feared Cyanide Attack on New York Subway

    06/18/2006 9:27:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 432+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 18, 2006 | AL BAKER and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    United States authorities in 2003 were concerned that Al Qaeda operatives had made plans to carry out a chemical attack on the New York City subway system, according to two former counterterrorism officials. But American intelligence authorities concluded that the plot ultimately had been abandoned, the officials said. Plans for the attack, which some officials came to believe was called off by a senior member of Al Qaeda, called for using an improvised device to release cyanide into subway cars or other public spaces, said the officials, who would not be named because of the sensitive nature of the information....
  • US 'misread Saddam's order'

    03/14/2006 2:59:01 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 80 replies · 2,610+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 15 March 2006
    US intelligence analysts misunderstood intercepted Iraqi communications, believing the orders were meant to deceive UN weapons inspectors searching for chemical or biological agents, a new report says. Instead, the conversation between two Iraqi Republican Guard Corps commanders that included the order to remove reference to "nerve agents" from "wireless" communications was intended to ensure the regime was in compliance with international demands to disarm, the Foreign Affairs magazine reported in its online edition this week. That conversation was intercepted by the United States in 2002. The article was based on a recently declassified US Joint Forces Command report assessing Iraqi...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 05-23-2006

    05/23/2006 10:51:13 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 295+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 05-23-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Despite all the efforts to hide We know Iraq sought cyanide We fell for their tricks (and so did Hans Blix) who knows what we'd find if we TRIED!
  • Qaeda eyed chemical hit on U.S. base in Spain

    05/03/2005 4:28:13 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 7 replies · 619+ views ^ | May 3, 2005 | Reuters
    MADRID (Reuters) - An al Qaeda cell based in France planned a chemical attack on a U.S. naval base in Rota, Spain, newspaper ABC reported on Tuesday. Algerian Said Arif, extradited to France from Syria last year, has admitted his cell was plotting a chemical attack on the southern Spanish base controlled by the United States since 1953, the Spanish daily reported. The paper said Arif was considered a lieutenant of Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda's leader in Iraq. Zarqawi himself was accused of planning a chemical attack last year in his native Jordan, which authorities thwarted. Arif was...
  • Iraq Official: Saddam Moved WMD to Syria

    01/26/2006 11:56:46 AM PST · by French_for_Bush · 138 replies · 9,408+ views
    <p>The former number two official in Saddam Hussein's Iraqi air force claims the former Iraqi dictator moved weapons of mass destruction from Iraq to Syria in the months preceding the current Iraq war.</p>
  • Father of LSD nears the century mark: Scientist calls drug 'medicine for the soul'

    01/08/2006 12:20:54 PM PST · by wagglebee · 111 replies · 1,957+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 1/7/06 | CRAIG SMITH/New York Times
    BURG, Switzerland -- Albert Hofmann, the father of LSD, walked slowly across the small corner office of his modernist home on a grassy Alpine hilltop here, hoping to show a visitor the vista that sweeps before him on clear days. But outside there was only a white blanket of fog. He picked up a photograph of the view on his desk instead, left there perhaps to convince visitors of what really lies beyond the window. Hofmann will turn 100 on Wednesday, a milestone to be marked by a symposium in Basel on the chemical compound that he discovered and which...
  • After the Ho-ho-ho Ends

    12/26/2005 6:59:41 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 4 replies · 512+ views
    The Morning Paper | 12/26/05 | vanity
    After the Ho-ho-ho Ends We keep a little ceramic Christmas tree on a table near the living room window. Its one my wife made with my daughters help when they were doing ceramics ,and when its tiny bulbs are lit, we can share the spirit of Christmas with anyone who passes by. We havent put up outdoor decorations for a number of years. For one thing, were both a bit long in tooth to be climbing ladders, and stringing lights outdoors . For another thing, we tired, some years ago, of having the neighborhood delinquents steal them ! So...
  • Alaska: Governor Set to Push Anti-Marijuana Legislation Again

    12/16/2005 7:23:26 AM PST · by Wolfie · 131 replies · 1,543+ views
    Juneau Empire ^ | Dec. 9, 2005
    Governor Set to Push Anti-Marijuana Legislation Again The Murkowski administration will "hit the ground running" next session on a bill proposed last year to overturn a court decision on marijuana use, said Alaska Department of Law spokesman Mark Morones. Alaskans are allowed to possess up to 4 ounces of marijuana in their homes for personal use but the bill could lower that amount to less than 1 ounce if it passes. The Senate Health, Education and Social Services Committee heard from experts last session on both sides of the issue - some arguing marijuana is a threat to society and...
  • Suspected Chemical Weapons Plant Uncovered in Mosul

    08/13/2005 5:02:23 PM PDT · by Buzwardo · 39 replies · 1,606+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, August 13, 2005; 2:09 PM | Ellen Knickmeyer
    By Ellen Knickmeyer Washington Post Foreign Service Saturday, August 13, 2005; 2:09 PM BAGHDAD, Aug. 13 -- U.S. troops raiding a warehouse in the northern city of Mosul uncovered a suspected chemical-weapons factory containing 1,500 gallons of chemicals believed destined for attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces and civilians, military officials said Saturday
  • The War on the Womb

    08/13/2005 9:02:10 AM PDT · by tcg · 244+ views
    Catholic Way ^ | 08/13/2005 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The War on the Womb There is a war on the womb...both children and women are its victims. By: Deacon Keith Fournier Third Millennium, LLC On December 15, 2003 - ten days before the world paused to celebrate the birth of a homeless child whose life, death and Resurrection forever altered the course of human history - the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency of the United States Government, held a public hearing to consider what was called the Plan B Pill. This agency is charged with ensuring that Americans are protected from harm caused by dangerous drugs...
  • Chemical expert testifies in Jordan trial (Zarqawi's attempted use of Chemical Weapons)

    06/22/2005 9:55:24 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 21 replies · 1,591+ views
    AP ^ | Jun. 22, 2005 | Jamal Halaby
    AMMAN, Jordan - Islamic militants planned to detonate an explosion that would have sent a cloud of toxic chemicals across Jordan, causing death, blindness and sickness, a chemical expert testified in a military court Wednesday. Col. Najeh al-Azam was giving evidence in the trial of 13 men who are alleged to have planned what would have been the world's first chemical attack by the al-Qaida terror group. The accused include al-Qaida's leader in Iraq, Abu-Musab Al-Zarqawi, and three other fugitives who are being tried in absentia. Jordanian security services foiled the plot in April last year. Jordanian officials say that...
  • Terror in the Past And Future Tense

    04/25/2005 10:05:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 560+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 26, 2005 | ROBERT WRIGHT
    OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR TIMOTHY McVEIGH'S bombing of the federal office building in Oklahoma City seems as if it happened less than 10 years ago, but its 10th anniversary, which happened a week ago, seems as if it didn't happen at all. And for practical purposes it didn't. Lots of stories made a bigger ripple in the week's zeitgeist - some of them understandably (new pope chosen), some less so (on "American Idol," Anwar's journey ends). This attention deficit is partly explained by what took place in Lower Manhattan six years after the bombing. Osama bin Laden's atrocity dwarfed Timothy McVeigh's along...