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  • Reuters Exclusive: Iraq Tells U.N. that 'Terrorist Groups' Seized Nuclear Materials

    07/09/2014 6:18:37 PM PDT · by kristinn · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | Michelle Nichols (with Mark Hosenball)
    Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad." Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Alhakim wrote, adding...
  • Thorium backed as a 'future fuel'

    11/01/2013 1:47:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 107 replies
    BBC News ^ | Oct 31, 2013 | Roger Harrabin
    Nuclear scientists are being urged by the former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix to develop thorium as a new fuel. Mr Blix says that the radioactive element may prove much safer in reactors than uranium. His enthusiasm is shared by some in the British nuclear establishment. Scientists at the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) have been encouraged by the government to help research on an Indian thorium-based reactor, and on a test programme in Norway. China is going for a revolutionary approach, devising a next-generation reactor which its supporters say will enable thorium to be used much more safely than...
  • Three mystery ships are tracked over suspected 'weapons' cargo

    02/18/2003 4:47:00 PM PST · by knak · 221 replies · 1,419+ views
    Three giant cargo ships are being tracked by US and British intelligence on suspicion that they might be carrying Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Each with a deadweight of 35,000 to 40,000 tonnes, the ships have been sailing around the world's oceans for the past three months while maintaining radio silence in clear violation of international maritime law, say authoritative shipping industry sources. The vessels left port in late November, just a few days after UN weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix began their search for the alleged Iraqi arsenal on their return to the country. Uncovering such a deadly...
  • World exaggerating global terrorism threat: Blix (stupidity alert)

    03/07/2004 8:44:51 AM PST · by AM2000 · 13 replies · 307+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SUNDAY, MARCH 07, 2004 09:52:34 PM | AFP
    LONDON : The world is overestimating the dangers of global terrorism, especially when compared with a possible greater threat posed by environmental risks, former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said Sunday. "I think we still overestimate the danger of terror," Blix told BBC television. "There are other things that are of equal, if not greater, magnitude, like the environmental global risks," he said without being more specific. Blix was speaking after British Prime Minister Tony Blair had given an impassioned defence of his decision to back the US-led war against Iraq given the threat of global terrorism. In one...
  • Hans Blix: Obama "raises hope" for peaceful Iran solution

    01/21/2009 7:33:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies · 488+ views
    swissinfo.ch ^ | January 20, 2009
    The accession of United States President Barack Obama has paved the way to a peaceful Iran solution, according to former United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix. Blix believes the deadlock between the West and Iran over nuclear capabilities was made worse by the "contempt" shown by the former US administration. He also said that the Iraq war was lost rather than won. Blix rose to prominence in 2000 when he was appointed by the UN to search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) poured cold water on the pretext...
  • 'Obama can settle Iranian nuke standoff' (Thus Spake Hans Blix)

    12/09/2008 3:30:47 PM PST · by mojito · 10 replies · 903+ views
    Jerusalem Post/AP ^ | 12/9/2008 | Unattributed
    A panel of former top international officials voiced hope Tuesday for a progress in settling the Iranian nuclear standoff after US President-elect Barack Obama takes office. Hans Blix, the former head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, said he expects the new US administration to take a fresh approach to the deadlocked international talks on Iran's nuclear ambitions. "I hope that the Obama administration in the United States will be more imaginative" on the issue than its predecessors, Blix said after a session of the Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe. The forum, which includes former top officials and leading...
  • 500 years ago, Protestantism became a world power thanks to commanders like these

    09/07/2008 1:11:27 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 32 replies · 691+ views
    09/07/2008 | WesternCulture
    World history, as most Westerners interprets it, very much revolves around nations like France, Russia/Soviet, Britain, Italy and USA. These corners of the Earth, undeniably, have played major roles in the development of mankind. BUT, there seems to be a gap in the historical knowledge of several, otherwise well educated, Westerners concerning what took place during the period of approximately 1620-1720 on European soil. A lot of people seem aware that Britain at that time was not really, yet, the world's leading power and that France, Spain, Austria and Holland excersised much of influence over world affairs. However, during this...
  • Hans Blix questions U.S. fears over Iran

    10/24/2007 1:50:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies · 89+ views
    CTV.ca ^ | Oct. 24 2007
    Former United Nations' chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has challenged U.S. President George Bush's assertion that Iran poses a nuclear threat and the world should take pre-emptive action. Bush has recently renewed calls for a missile defence shield in Europe, issuing grim warnings that Iran could have a ballistic missile capable of reaching Europe and the U.S. by 2015. Blix, who is the executive chair of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission and headed the search for WMDs in Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion, acknowledged Iran has a nuclear enrichment program and has long-range missile capability. But he told...
  • Bill Clinton visits Faeroe Islands (w/Hans Blix, back in mom's old N. Ireland stomping grounds)

    10/01/2007 7:25:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 79+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/1/07 | Jon Brian Hvidtfeldt - ap
    TORSHAVN, Faeroe Islands - Former President Clinton shook hands with locals and stayed on message Monday during a visit to this North Sea archipelago, proof that no corner of the globe is too obscure to be beyond the notice of a determined campaigner. During his one-day visit to the wind-swept islands located halfway between Iceland and Norway, Clinton put in a plug for his wife, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. "No one has voted yet but I think she has a good chance," Clinton told reporters. Asked whether he believed the United States was ready for a woman president,...
  • Nerve Gas Scare at U.N. Headquarters

    08/30/2007 9:26:05 AM PDT · by farlander · 210 replies · 6,909+ views
    <p>ABC reported on their website blog about 20 min ago that United Nations weapons inspectors discovered six to eight vials of a dangerous nerve gas, phosgene, as they were cleaning out offices at a U.N. building in New York this morning, federal authorities tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com. The federal authorities said the office, in a U.N. building near headquarters, was being evacuated and the White House had been notified at 10 a.m. New York police and fire officials said federal authorities had not notified them of any problem at the U.N. building, as of 11 a.m. A U.N. spokesperson said a statement would be issued shortly.</p>
  • Blix Says Nuclear Threat Remains

    08/06/2007 12:02:21 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 18 replies · 798+ views
    www.sr.se ^ | 08/06/2007 | www.sr.se
    On the 62nd annivesary of the United States using the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, Swedish diplomat Hans Blix, chairman of the Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction, told Swedish Radio News he believes there is a continued threat that nuclear weapons might be used. Blix says the US, along with Britain, China and Russia, are all developing new nuclear weapons. However Blix also points out that the Unites States is showing a tendency towards diplomatic solutions, citing the American government’s willingness to cooperate more with the United Nations regarding North Korea.
  • West 'humiliating' Iran, says Hans Blix

    02/27/2007 12:00:19 AM PST · by Muentzer2005 · 41 replies · 935+ views
    Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said Monday the United States, Europe and the UN Security Council are ''humiliating'' Iran by demanding that it suspend uranium enrichment before any negotiations and then dictating its rewards. 'The first incentive, I think, is to sit down with them in a direct talk rather than saying to them 'you do this, thereafter we will sit down at a table and tell you what you get for it,''' Blix said. ''That's getting away from a humiliating neo-colonial attitude to a more normal (one).'' ''People have their own pride whether you like them or...
  • Global warming more dangerous than nuclear weapons: Blix

    01/25/2007 10:31:10 AM PST · by cogitator · 55 replies · 1,072+ views
    SpaceDaily ^ | 1/25/2007 | AFP
    Before attacking me, read the entire article and my comments on it. Before starting to read the article, read the sentence above.Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix warned on Thursday that global warming was a greater threat than weapons of mass destruction, and advocated promoting peaceful nuclear technology around the world. "The threat against the global environment and global warming are a greater threat than weapons of mass destruction," he told journalists on the final day of a visit to Egypt promoting his commission's report on reducing weapons of mass destruction worldwide. "It is of utmost imperative that the whole...
  • Swedish researchers claim to have found proscribed weapons in Iraq

    08/03/2003 6:16:19 AM PDT · by visagoth · 85 replies · 1,458+ views
    Instapundit ^ | Expressen
    Swedish researchers claim to have found proscribed weapons in Iraq A group of Swedish researchers, travelling to Iraq without the knowledge of the Swedish government, is announcing that they have found missiles for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in a house in Baghdad. The finds will be presented in a forthcoming production by World Television Network (WTN). The information supposedly came to Swedish WTN reporter Maria Wera Cedrell, who has worked in Iraq for 15 years, through an Iraqi scientist. She was assisted by former arms inspector and WMD expert Åke Sellström from Swedish Defence Research Agency (Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, FOI)....
  • Iraq better off under Saddam, says Blix

    10/27/2006 6:46:30 AM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 80 replies · 1,639+ views
    The Mercury ^ | October 26 2006 at 07:53AM | AP
    Former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix on Wednesday described the United States-led invasion of Iraq as a "pure failure" that had left the country worse off than under the rule of Saddam Hussein. In unusually harsh comments to Danish newspaper Politiken, the diplomatic Swede said the US government had ended up in a situation in which neither staying nor leaving Iraq were good options. "Iraq is a pure failure," Blix was quoted as saying. "If the Americans pull out, there is a risk that they will leave a country in civil war. At the same time, it doesn't...
  • Iraqis better off under Saddam, says former weapons inspector (guess who?)

    10/25/2006 8:25:46 AM PDT · by pissant · 41 replies · 786+ views
    CBC ^ | 10/25/06 | staff
    The war in Iraq is a "pure failure" that has left Iraqis in a worse state than when they lived under Saddam Hussein, former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said in comments published Wednesday. "Iraq is a pure failure," Blix was quoted as saying in the Danish newspaper Politiken. "If the Americans pull out, there is a risk that they will leave a country in civil war. At the same time it doesn't seem that the United States can help to stabilize the situation by staying there." Blix, in comments that were seen as unusually critical for the...
  • Terror Links to Saddam's Inner Circle (newly revealed document)

    06/11/2006 6:48:24 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 117 replies · 5,907+ views
    FoxNews ^ | June 11, 2006 | Ray Robison
    What was the relationship between Saddam Hussein's inner circle and Islamic terrorists? A newly released document captured in Iraq, but never before seen by the public, offers glimmers of new insight at the Pentagon's Foreign Military Studies Office Web site. The FMSO is a research and analysis center under the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command. This particular document mentions two men with similar names, each with ties to Pakistani religious schools known as madrassas, Jihad training camps, the Taliban and Al Qaeda. This original translation by my translator-colleague, who goes by the nom de guerre of "Sammi," comes from...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 4 June 2006

    06/04/2006 5:26:04 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 833 replies · 16,357+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 4 June 2006 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, June 4th, 2006 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.; former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. THIS WEEK (ABC): Former Vice President Al Gore; author John Updike. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Rice; Blix; Sens. George Allen, R-Va., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.
  • Blix warns of WMD vicious circle (The US must abandon its "war on terror" --Hans says)

    06/02/2006 7:46:01 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 77 replies · 1,790+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | June 2, 2006 | David Batty
    The US must abandon its "war on terror" to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, according to the former United Nations' chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix. The US foreign policy of pre-emptive strikes against any perceived weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threat, its development of new types of nuclear weapons and the "Star Wars" missile defence shield risked fuelling a new global arms race, said Dr Blix. Dr Blix's warning came in a report, released yesterday, proposing ways to bring about global nuclear, biological and chemical disarmament. The report by the independent international Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 6/3 - 6/4/06 (not the live thread)

    06/02/2006 7:15:19 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 31 replies · 1,042+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 6/2/06 | Network and Cable News
    Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 6/3 - 6/4/06 (not the live thread)The main message is the Sunday Shows.  Message 1 will be the Saturday Shows and message 2 will be the show guest links post.  Then I'll post the ping list.ABC This Week (George Stephanopoulos) Meme: Everything wrong on the planet is the fault of the United States (George W. Bush)Anyone who doesn't bow down before the god of Global Warming must be burned at the stake crucified (burning at the stake would add to the greenhouse gasses)Al Gore is the once and future President (we was robbed... a Kennedy...
  • Blix condemns 'militaristic' US

    06/01/2006 11:16:08 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 34 replies · 760+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | June 1 2006
    A former UN weapons inspector has urged Iran and Israel to end their nuclear activities and criticised the US for seeking militaristic remedies to disagreements. The recommendation was one of 60 put forward in a report prepared by the 14-member Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, an initiative of the Swedish government set up in 2003. Hans Blix, who led the UN search for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in Iraq before the US-led invasion, presented the report to Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general. Blix said that the US had "looked more to its own military power for remedies" instead of...
  • Blix: Iran Years Away From Nuclear Bomb

    04/03/2006 10:26:34 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies · 1,568+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/06 | AP
    OSLO, Norway - Former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said Monday that Iran is a least five years away from developing a nuclear bomb, leaving time to peacefully negotiate a settlement. Blix, attending an energy conference in western Norway, said he doubted the U.S. would resort to invading Iran. "But there is a chance that the U.S. will use bombs or missiles against several sites in Iran," he was quoted by Norwegian news agency NTB as saying. "Then, the reactions would be strong, and would contribute to increased terrorism." Blix said there is still time for dialogue over Iran's...
  • INVASION IRAQ: Three Years Later - Where are they now? ["Baghdad Bob," Hans Blix, et al]

    03/20/2006 10:22:27 AM PST · by XR7 · 14 replies · 1,661+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 3/20/06
    Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf ('Baghdad Bob') THEN ...Al-Sahaf’s daily press briefings in the lead-up to the war and in its first weeks led to him being nicknamed Baghdad Bob or Comical Ali (an allusion to “Chemical Ali,” the nickname of former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid.) He gained a considerable cult following, with several Web sites devoted to his outrageous claims...as coalition troops stormed the capital, al-Sahaf declared, "The infidels are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of Baghdad."... NOW On 25 June 2003, the London newspaper The Daily Mirror reported that al-Sahaf had been captured by coalition...
  • Semi-News: Blix Advises Carrot, Not Stick for Iran

    02/02/2006 8:07:02 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies · 152+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 27 Jan 2006 | John Semmens
    Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix urged that the world take a softer line toward Iran’s nuclear weapons program. “Iran is feeling very isolated right now,” said Blix. “I think if the United States were to offer its sincere apology for disrespecting its loony government and accompany the apology with a nice box of chocolates and maybe a dozen roses, Iranians would feel better.” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he will make no promises, but that it is up to the United States to make the first move. “The Americans used to invite us to parties and give us...
  • 'Pakistanis dismayed over new US-India strategic alliance'

    09/18/2005 10:31:03 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 15 replies · 680+ views
    Malayala Manorama ^ | 18th SEP 1653 hrs IST | Malayala Manorama
    Islamabad: President Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistanis in general had a poor opinion of the United States and are "confused" and "dismayed" over the emerging strategic alliance between New Delhi and Washington. "The man in the street does not have a good opinion about US but the man in the street agrees with my policies. They understand whatever I am doing is in great national interest," he said in an interaction with American journalists at the Time magazine headquarters in New York. "But people do feel betrayed by USA on many counts one of which is non-delivery of F-16s....
  • Blix criticizes U.S. nuke policy, Bolton

    05/10/2005 9:21:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 709+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/10/05 | Charles J. Hanley - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Washington isn't taking "the common bargain" of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as seriously as it once did, and that's dimming global support for the U.S. campaign to shut down the North Korean and Iranian nuclear programs, the former chief U.N. weapons inspector said. Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton, by questioning the value of treaties and international law, has also damaged the U.S. position, Hans Blix said. "There is a feeling the common edifice of the international community is being dismantled," the Swedish arms expert said. Blix, now chairman of the Swedish government-sponsored Weapons of Mass...
  • UN employee questioned in [NYC] grenade blast

    05/05/2005 3:00:19 PM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 19 replies · 919+ views
    crains ny ^ | 5/5/5
    Two makeshift grenades exploded outside the building housing the British consulate in New York City Thursday morning at 3:35 a.m., causing minimal damage but no injuries. A United Nations employee from the Netherlands is being questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police in connection with the explosion, according to the Associated Press, citing law enforcement sources. The man was reportedly found loitering near the building shortly after the incident. A U.N. official told the AP that investigators were questioning an analyst with UNMOVIC, a U.N. commission responsible for eliminating Iraq's biological, chemical and long-range missile programs. Authorities said...
  • Anthrax dumped near Saddam palace

    03/29/2005 1:00:58 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 1,234+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, March 29, 2005 | By Charles J. Hanley
    ASSOCIATED PRESS An Iraqi scientist has told U.S. interrogators that her team destroyed Iraq's stock of anthrax in 1991 by dumping it practically at the gates of one of Saddam's main palaces, but never told U.N. inspectors for fear of angering the dictator. Rihab Rashid Taha's decision in 2003 to remain silent stoked suspicions of those who contended Iraq still harbored biological weapons, contributing to the U.S. decision to invade Iraq two years ago this month. "Whether those involved understood the significance and disastrous consequences of their actions is unclear," the CIA-led Iraq Survey Group says of Mrs. Taha and...
  • Ex-weapons inspector in Berkshires (Hans Blix speaks)

    03/11/2005 6:54:54 PM PST · by Shermy · 14 replies · 967+ views
    Berkshire Eagle ^ | March 8, 2005 | Derek Gentile
    GREAT BARRINGTON -- Former U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said last night that the world may see peace before it sees a warming in the relationship between the United Nations and the United States. "I'm optimistic for peace in the long run," he said. "There has been tremendous change in the world." But as for the relationship between his organization and the country in which it is located, "well, it couldn't get any worse," Blix said. "There are some people in the United States who would like to see [the United Nations] slide down into the East River." Blix was...
  • Hidden Paul Martin firm linking leftwing activists to Information Highway

    02/03/2005 7:45:37 AM PST · by UpHereEh · 7 replies · 652+ views
    http://www.canadafreepress.com/2005/cover020305.htm ^ | February 3, 2005 | Judi McLeod & David Hawkins
    Move over Teresa Heinz-Kerry, here comes Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. Lansdowne Technologies Inc. (LTI), the Paul Martin corporation that somehow disappeared from Martin's public disclosure statements circa 1995, is in a business similar to the Heinz-Kerry charitable organization that links leftwing activists and UN radicals to specially designed Internet communications and virtual private networks. Between the woman who coveted being America's First Lady and the Prime Minister of the country next door, top advocates of One World Government are being expedited in droves onto the Information Highway. Through the Tides Foundation, back in the early 1990s Heinz-Kerry (Mrs. John...
  • The Only Radio Show That Matters (RUSH LIMBAUGH IS FED UP WITH HOLIER-THAN-THOU MUSLIM GURUS)

    04/22/2003 9:10:52 PM PDT · by TLBSHOW · 40 replies · 247+ views
    rushlimbaugh ^ | 4/22/2003 | rushlimbaugh
    “Saddam Hussein has killed more Muslims than anybody, and Muslims kill each other faster than anybody else kills them. We try to save them and get preached to and blamed by these holier-than-thou gurus. I'm fed up with it.” AND OTHER GREAT RUSH QUOTES:THIS WEEK “We are in the midst of Marta birthweek, but Tuesday is her actual birthday.” “The oil-for-food program is designed to aid the starving, suffering Iraqis. Instead, what we have is a cash cow administered solely by Kofi Annan and the UN.” “The left is built around people who do not want solutions to the problems...
  • So what happened to the WMD's

    01/13/2005 7:18:57 AM PST · by thebiggestdog · 6 replies · 312+ views
    www.hotchicken.com ^ | 1-13-05 | www.hotchicken.com
    The hunt for WMD's in Iraq is finally over, and basically we didn't find anything. Yes, the Poles found a bunch of old binary shells filled with Sarin, but I can't believe that was all that Saddam had. Saddam was a ruthless, paranoid bastard who didn't make threats he couldn't back up. Even our buddy the Swedish inspector Hans Blix wrote a memo just before the start of the war about the status of 10,000 liters of anthrax. Nancy Pelosi, the ranking communist from Northern California quipped "(Bush) needs to explain to the American people why he was so wrong,...
  • UN celebrates world citizens (Awards recognize Hans Blix)

    12/05/2004 7:21:23 AM PST · by Ginifer · 8 replies · 294+ views
    www.canoe.ca ^ | Sun, December 5, 2004 | AP
    UNITED NATIONS -- The UN Correspondents Association gave its second annual Citizen of the World Awards to former UN weapons chief Hans Blix, top UN troubleshooter Lakhdar Brahimi and actress Nicole Kidman, who is a goodwill ambassador for the UN Children's Fund in Australia. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who presented the awards at a black-tie dinner at UN headquarters Friday night, joked about calls for his resignation over allegations of corruption in the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq. "Tonight, I have resigned myself," he said, pausing for several moments before adding, "to having a good time." Annan made clear...
  • The Hunt Is on for Saddam's Weapons

    05/01/2003 1:11:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 403+ views
    Insight ^ | April 30, 2003 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Liberals on Capitol Hill and in the media are screaming, "Where are the weapons?" Since the White House had argued that disarming Saddam was the main reason for going to war, not finding his forbidden weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) all lined up like prizes at a seaside shooting gallery has excited the president's political enemies to cry foul. Ewan Buchanan, spokesman for chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix, assures Insight that "it's far too early to tell" whether forbidden weapons remain in Iraq or where they might be. "It doesn't surprise me that U.S. forces haven't found anything yet....
  • Babies found in Iraqi mass grave

    10/12/2004 11:58:57 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 8 replies · 638+ views
    BBC ^ | 13 October, 2004, 04:12 GMT 05:12 UK | BBC
    A mass grave being excavated in a north Iraqi village has yielded evidence that Iraqi forces executed women and children under Saddam Hussein. US-led investigators have located nine trenches in Hatra containing hundreds of bodies believed to be Kurds killed during the repression of the 1980s. The skeletons of unborn babies and toddlers clutching toys are being unearthed, the investigators said. They are seeking evidence to try Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity. It is believed to be the first time investigators working for the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST) have conducted a full scientific exhumation of a mass grave. "It...
  • Kim Jong Il vs. Hans Brix(sic) (Profanity Alert)

    10/08/2004 11:21:10 AM PDT · by Heavyrunner · 1,183+ views
    There's a string of profanity near the end, so this isn't work-safe, but it is pretty funny. Requires Quicktime. This is a clip from the upcoming "Team America: World Police" movie due out Oct 15. http://www.bafeagle.com/tmp/tawpmovieclip.mov This killed me: Kim Jong Il - God**** Team America! They scwewed up my whole pran! If they keep messing with my shiznit, I'll never take over the world...And then I'll always be ronery. :) Not sure if this is in violation of posting policy or not because of the content, but seeing Hans Blix getting eaten by sharks seems to me worthy of...
  • Clinton White House Knew of N. Korean Nuclear Cheating

    09/13/2004 6:40:25 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 11,024+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 9/13/04 | Stewart Stogel
    Despite statements to the contrary, senior Clinton White House officials knew of serious cheating by the North Korean government shortly after it signed the Agreed (Nuclear) Framework in 1994. Clinton Secretary of Defense William Perry intentionally suppressed an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report submitted to its Board of Governors in late fall 1994 that raised serous questions about whether North Korea ever intended to abide by the Agreed Framework signed with the Clinton administration. In October 1994, the IAEA, under the U.S.-Korean agreement, sent a team to the North Korean nuclear center at Yongbyon to do a field survey....
  • BOTW: The Saddam Torture Video (About 2/3 down the page -- WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO)

    06/21/2004 7:29:22 PM PDT · by mhking · 37 replies · 24,013+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 6.21.04 | James Taranto
    Several readers responded to our Wednesday item on the Saddam torture video by asking where to find it. The American Enterprise Institute has links on this page. AEI warns that the video is "very graphic" and "not suitable for children." We've seen part of it, and we're not sure it's suitable for anyone, so proceed at your own risk.
  • Iraqi Nerve Gas, WMD Find Blows Away Pundits

    05/17/2004 3:01:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 89 replies · 2,119+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | May 17, 2004 | Charles R. Smith
    The discovery of an Iraqi artillery shell armed with nerve gas has the liberal community and mass media in a panic. The 155mm nerve gas shell was rigged to kill U.S. troops but it failed. U.S. Brig. General Mark Kimmitt confirmed the discovery during a news conference in Baghdad. Yet, the discovery of nerve gas was followed by a second revelation. A second shell, equipped with mustard gas was found two weeks ago. The mustard gas shell identified by the special WMD inspection team in Iraq appears to be one of 550 declared by Saddam to U.N. inspectors during the...
  • Sarin not evidence of WMD: Blix

    05/17/2004 8:20:19 PM PDT · by yatros from flatwater · 184 replies · 578+ views
    Melbourne Herald Sun ^ | 18 May, 2004 | Matt Moore
    FORMER chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said that a shell containing sarin nerve gas used in an attack in Iraq was most likely a stray weapon possibly from the first Gulf War. Blix said today that the discovery of the nerve agent was not a sign that Saddam Hussein's regime possessed weapons of mass destruction before the war last year. The US-led coalition used that claim to justify the invasion even though UN inspectors failed to make any significant finds before the war. The former Swedish foreign minister said the 155-mm shell used to attack a US military...
  • Iraq war wasn't justified, U.N. weapons experts say

    03/21/2004 7:30:24 PM PST · by ottothedog · 31 replies · 261+ views
    Clinton News Network ^ | 3.21.2004 | John Kerry
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United Nations' top two weapons experts said Sunday that the invasion of Iraq a year ago was not justified by the evidence in hand at the time.</p> <p>"I think it's clear that in March, when the invasion took place, the evidence that had been brought forward was rapidly falling apart," Hans Blix, who oversaw the agency's investigation into whether Iraq had chemical and biological weapons, said on CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer."</p>
  • Blix: I was a target too

    02/27/2004 8:17:51 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 10 replies · 226+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 02/28/04 | Ewen MacAskill
    Chief UN weapons inspector believes he was bugged The United Nations spying row widened yesterday when its former weapons inspector, Hans Blix, told the Guardian he suspected both his UN office and his home in New York were bugged in the run-up to the Iraq war. In an exclusive interview, Mr Blix said he expected to be bugged by the Iraqis, but to be spied upon by the US was a different matter. He described such behaviour as "disgusting", adding: "It feels like an intrusion into your integrity in a situation when you are actually on the same side." He...
  • Blix's phone tapped: sources

    02/26/2004 5:34:00 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 202+ views
    The British or US intelligence services monitored former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix's mobile phone whenever he was in Iraq, sources have told the ABC. The claim comes after former British cabinet minister Clare Short said the British intelligence service had spied on United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan as the United States and Britain tried to win UN support for invading Iraq. Andrew Fowler from the ABC's Investigative Unit says sources have told him that Australia's Office of National Assessments has read transcripts of Dr Blix's phone conversations in Iraq. "That's what I'm told, specifically each time...
  • SERIAL LIAR BUSH FINALLY GETS CAUGHT

    02/22/2004 6:47:20 PM PST · by Tawiskaro · 113 replies · 266+ views
    Niagara Falls Reporter ^ | February 17, 2004 | Bill Gallagher
    SERIAL LIAR BUSH FINALLY GETS CAUGHT By Bill Gallagher "Many of these politicians have put exclamation marks where we put question marks." -- Former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix. DETROIT -- That astute remark came in an interview in which Dr. Blix also offered his belief that President Bush's re-election campaign would contort and distort his reports on Saddam Hussein's arsenal of weapons to justify the brutal and unnecessary war in Iraq. Asked if the Bush crowd would attempt to alter the meaning of his findings, Dr. Blix said flat-out, "I'm sure they will." People in the Bush administration...
  • Saddam 'destroyed WMD after first Gulf War' (Blix alert)

    12/23/2003 8:57:34 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 17 replies · 185+ views
    Ananova ^ | 12/23/03
    Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein almost certainly destroyed his weapons of mass destruction after the first Gulf War in 1991, according to the United Nations' former chief weapons inspector Dr Hans Blix. Dr Blix told the BBC: "I think that the vast majority of people are feeling that there is very little likelihood that they (the Iraqis) had anything, and the biggest chance is that they destroyed them in 1991." Asked about reports that David Kay, the head of the coalition's weapons search group, is about to step down, Dr Blix said: "Certainly, it is an indication that the US...
  • Iraq Notebook

    12/17/2003 6:38:36 AM PST · by Valin · 113+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/17/03
    U.N. rapped for 'failing' Iraqi people UNITED NATIONS — Iraq's interim foreign minister criticized the United Nations yesterday for standing on the sidelines in his nation's time of need, saying the world body failed the Iraqi people in the past and must not fail them again. "One year ago, this Security Council was divided between those who wanted to appease Saddam Hussein and those who wanted to hold him accountable," Hoshyar Zebari told the Security Council and Secretary-General Kofi Annan. "The U.N. as an organization failed to help rescue the Iraqi people from a murderous tyranny that lasted over 35...
  • Prejudging Bush in Iraq

    12/06/2003 4:12:40 PM PST · by az4vlad · 2 replies · 161+ views
    IntellectualConservative.com ^ | December 6, 2003 | Rachel Alexander
    If reports by the National Intelligence Council and the Undersecretary of Defense can just be dismissed and replaced with dumbed down sound bites like “no WMDs have been found,” why bother having Intelligence? Ongoing criticism of the Bush administration’s actions in Iraq generally consists of the same two accusations; one, that the administration exaggerated the possibility that Iraq had WMDs, and two, that the continued presence of U.S. troops in Iraq is turning into another Vietnam. The left-leaning American press knows that if it continues to repeat these two themes, the American public will eventually start to believe them. Studies...
  • Ex-U.N. Inspector Blix Gets Book Deal (while we're speaking of scams...)

    09/25/2003 12:08:17 PM PDT · by mhking · 6 replies · 199+ views
    NEW YORK - Hans Blix, the United Nations inspector who clashed often with the Bush administration over allegations of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, has a book deal. Pantheon hopes to publish Blix's book, currently untitled, in the spring of 2004. "The core of the book will be the four months leading up to the invasion of Iraq," Pantheon editor Dan Frank said Thursday. "It will give readers a clear sense of what the U.N. does and the ins and outs of diplomacy." Frank said Blix has written about a half to two-thirds of what should be a...
  • Chief UN Weapons Inspector: British Dossier on Iraq Ignored 'reality'

    08/31/2003 3:08:23 PM PDT · by Jean S · 4 replies · 197+ views
    AP ^ | 8/31/03
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A British intelligence dossier "did not correspond to reality" by suggesting Saddam Hussein's regime could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes, the chief U.N. weapons inspector said in an interview published Sunday. Dimitris Perricos said in Sunday's Eleftherotypia newspaper that inspections found no evidence supporting American and British accusations that Saddam possessed an arsenal capable of widespread death and damage. "There is no doubt that the phrase of 'within 45 minutes' that was included in the British report did not correspond to reality," Perricos was quoted as saying. The wording of the report is...
  • BLIX BLASTS 'ILLEGAL' US WAR ON IRAQ

    08/07/2003 10:27:06 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 52 replies · 246+ views
    Daily Mirror (U.K.) ^ | 08/07/03 | Mark Ellis
    FORMER United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix yesterday blasted the US-led war on Iraq as a violation of international law.He said: "I do not see the action as compatible with the UN charter."Speaking on Swedish radio, Blix questioned whether Saddam Hussein had posed an immediate threat to his neighbours and the US. ATTACK: Hans Blix has questioned the reasons for the bloodshed in IraqHe said: "I found it peculiar that those who wanted to take military action could - with 100 per cent certainty - know that the weapons existed and turn out to have zero knowledge of where they...