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  • Sudden disappearance of Deep River scientist mystifies colleagues

    02/21/2010 3:24:50 PM PST · by hennie pennie · 331 replies · 5,189+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | February 21, 2010 | Canada East Interactive Staff
    TORONTO - There are still no leads in the case of an eastern Ontario scientist who disappeared without a trace last month, leaving his colleagues mystified. Lachlan Cranswick hasn't been seen since Jan. 18, when he left work at the National Research Council's Canadian Neutron Beam Centre in Chalk River, northwest of Ottawa. His nearby Deep River house was reportedly left unlocked and his car was in the garage. His wallet, keys and passport have all been accounted for......
  • 400,000 troops needed to secure N. Korea and its 'loose nukes'

    01/29/2010 3:53:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 414+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 1/25/2010 | Donald Kirk
    If there's one sure way to infuriate the North Koreans, it's to talk of "regime collapse" and "contingency planning". As far as Pyongyang is concerned, such speculation is proof positive of United States-led plotting of a "pre-emptive strike". Against this background, one should not be surprised if the North Koreans see a study conducted by Rand Corporation analyst Bruce Bennett and Dartmouth College scholar Jennifer Lind as the most conclusive evidence to date that the planning is in an advanced stage. Considering Rand's contracts with the U.S. defense establishment, one has to perceive the study as a scenario for an...
  • U.S. Cities Prepare For Nuclear Disaster

    12/16/2009 7:39:56 AM PST · by Strategy · 50 replies · 2,309+ views
    Global Security Newswire ^ | December 16, 2009
    While the detonation of a nuclear weapon in the United States is considered highly unlikely, Los Angeles and other U.S. cities are preparing for such a disaster by assessing old bomb shelters and preparing emergency response plans, the Los Angeles Daily News reported Monday.
  • Al Qaeda Will Nuke US in Late September (According To A Pakistani Journalist)

    09/13/2006 6:23:44 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 36 replies · 1,306+ views
    My Pet Jawa - The Jawa Report ^ | 9/13/06 | Dr. Rusty Shackleford
    Al Qaeda Will Nuke US in Late September (update) A Pakistani journalist says that his sources in al Qaeda and the Taliban are claiming that nuclear material has already been smuggled across the Mexican border into the U.S. and that an operation bigger than 9/11 will be carried out during Ramadan--which begins later this month. Hamid Mir, who is the only journalist ever to interview both Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri, claims that he learned this information on a recent trip to Afghanistan last month. So, the guy does have a track record, but considering that he got...

    09/12/2006 4:13:48 PM PDT · by Fithal the Wise · 81 replies · 3,029+ views
    adnkronosinternational ^ | 12 September 2006
    Dubai, 12 Sept. (AKI) - Osama bin Laden is planning to carry out new, more destructive attacks inside the United States, and there is someone working on this terror plot currently in the US, according to Hamid Mir, the famed Pakistani journalist who obtained the only post-9/11 interviews with Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. In an interview quoted on the website of the al-Arabiya television network, Mir spoke about his last trip to Afghanistan and his meeting with al-Qaeda members and Taliban leaders. In his interview with, Mir said that the al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters referred to attacks...
  • Highly Enriched Uranium Found at Iranian Plant

    08/31/2006 8:30:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 587+ views
    NY Times' Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | September 1, 2006 | ELAINE SCIOLINO
    VIENNA, Aug. 31 — The global nuclear monitoring agency deepened suspicions on Thursday about Iran’s nuclear program, reporting that inspectors had discovered new traces of highly enriched uranium at an Iranian facility. Inspectors have found such uranium, which at extreme enrichment levels can fuel bombs, twice in the past. The International Atomic Energy Agency concluded that at least some of those samples came from contaminated equipment that Iran had obtained from Pakistan. But in this case, the nuclear fingerprint of the particles did not match the other samples, an official familiar with the inspections said, raising questions about their origin....
  • Trafficking in Nuclear and Radiological Material in 2005 IAEA...

    08/22/2006 12:15:37 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 270+ views
    IAEA Report ^ | August 21 | Staff
    There were 103 confirmed incidents of illicit trafficking and other unauthorized activities involving nuclear and radioactive materials in 2005, newly released statistics from the Agency´s Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) show. The ITDB covers a broad range of cases from illegal possession, attempted sale and smuggling, to unauthorized disposal of materials and discoveries lost radiological sources. Eighteen of the confirmed incidents in 2005 involved nuclear materials; 76 involved radioactive material, mainly radioactive sources; two involved both nuclear and other radioactive materials, and seven involved radioactively contaminated materials. Another 57 incidents from previous years were reported. They involved illicit trafficking and other...
  • Al-Qaeda's Hidden Arsenal and Sponsors: Interview with Hamid Mir (Al Qaeda may have nukes)

    05/29/2006 12:47:58 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 14 replies · 1,015+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 25, 2006 | Ryan Mauro
    Hamid Mir truly has deep access inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. He is best known as the last journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden, and the only one to do so after the attacks of September 11, 2001. He is currently the Bureau Chief of Islamabad for Geo TV and is writing a biography on Osama Bin Laden. He has interviewed countless members of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in many countries over the years. HM: I don’t think that Iraq had any direct link with Al-Qaeda. Saddam tried to contact Osama Bin Laden in 1998 but he was not entertained....
  • PAKISTAN: Al-Qaeda has dirty bomb, report says (Al Qaeda has four bases in Pakistan)

    05/02/2006 6:56:33 AM PDT · by Wiz · 34 replies · 1,194+ views
    AKI ^ | 2006 May 2
    Islamabad, 2 May (AKI) - Osama bin Laden possesses a "dirty bomb" and nuclear devices bought on the Russian black market prior to 2001, according to Hamid Mir, the journalist who interviewed bin Laden shortly after the 11 September attacks. "Material useful for building a dirty bomb was smuggled from Russia to Georgia and then on to Afghanistan," Mir said in an interview with the website of satellite network al-Arabiya. He added that the device was built with various materials, including uranium, by an Egyptian engineer known as Saad. "I met this engineer only once, in 2000, when the Taliban...
  • Iran's Secret Plan if Attacked by US Codenamed "Judgement Day"

    04/29/2006 2:13:00 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 22 replies · 1,233+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | 4.29.2006 | DoctorZin
    Ali Nouri Zadeh, Asharq Alawsat: Eight fundamentalist Islamist organizations have received large sums of money in the last month from the Iranian intelligence services, as part of a project to strike U.S military and economic installations across the Middle East Asharq Al-Awsat has learned. The plan, which also includes the carrying out of suicide operations targeting US and British interests in the region, as well as their Arab and Muslim allies, in case Iran is attacked, was drawn up by a number of experts guerilla warfare and terrorist operations, and was revealed by a senior source in the Iranian armed...
  • 'Tangible proof' al-Qaida deploying nukes (Bombshell presentation)

    04/25/2006 6:50:43 AM PDT · by demkicker · 271 replies · 5,717+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/25/06 |
    A terrorism symposium featuring leading experts will begin with presentation of "tangible proof" al-Qaida not only has developed an arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons but also has begun to deploy them for use in its jihad against the United States and Israel. Paul L. Williams, author of "The Al Connection" and "The Dunces of Doomsday," will present his findings at the National Press Club in Washington at the conclusion of a public debate with Wall Street Journal correspondent Richard Miniter on al-Qaida's nuclear weaponry. The debate, Friday at 10 a.m., will be moderated by Fred Barnes, executive editor of The...
  • Port Security Remains a Concern in War on Terrorism

    02/22/2006 1:41:42 PM PST · by Prince Charles · 5 replies · 699+ views
    VOA ^ | 3/6/2004 | Gary Thomas
    Port Security Remains a Concern in War on Terrorism Gary Thomas VOA, Washington 06 Mar 2004, 23:59 UTC News that Pakistan's top nuclear scientist was engaging in nuclear arms sales sent shock waves around the world. What was alarming to security experts was how easily the sensitive materials slipped undetected through major ports. The sheer volume of goods shipped through seaports makes ferreting out contraband material a nightmare. When Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan wanted to ship nuclear-related materials to spots like Libya or Iran, his customers had little to fear. The contraband goods, hidden amidst the huge number...

    02/22/2006 6:31:33 AM PST · by rattrap · 189 replies · 3,085+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 22 February 2006 | Neal Boortz
    I've tried ... tried hard ... but it's no use. I just can't understand why George Bush is so invested in this idea of turning the operations at six essential U.S. ports, New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia, over to a foreign government ... and an Islamic foreign government at that. Security experts are pretty much in agreement that if -- and I think it's a "when" rather than an "if" -- a nuclear device is ever smuggled into this country, the weapon will arrive in a container through one of our ports. Do you think...
  • Security fears about infiltration by terrorists

    02/22/2006 8:30:35 AM PST · by notes2005 · 30 replies · 741+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 02/22/06 | By Bill Gertz
    Several Bush-administration security officials expressed concerns yesterday that terrorists could infiltrate seaports through a United Arab Emirates company that is vying to manage six U.S. ports. Intelligence and security officials opposed to the deal with Dubai Ports World said ports are vulnerable to the entry of terrorists or illicit weapons because of the large number of containers that enter U.S. territory, regardless of who manages them. A Persian Gulf state such as the United Arab Emirates could provide an infrastructure for terrorists to penetrate U.S. security as part of a major terrorist operation, the officials said. One long-term worry is...
  • Iran Said to Have Nuclear Warhead Plans

    02/01/2006 8:36:32 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 15 replies · 759+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2 February 2006 | GEORGE JAHN
    VIENNA, Austria - The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said in a report Tuesday that Iran obtained documents and drawings on the black market that serve no other purpose than to make an atomic warhead. Tehran warned of an "end of diplomacy" if plans to refer it to the U.N. Security Council are carried out. The report by the agency, ahead of a meeting of its 35-member board Thursday, also confirmed information recently provided by diplomats familiar with the Iran probe that Tehran has not started small-scale uranium enrichment since announcing it would earlier this month. Nevertheless, the findings added to...
  • U.N. Says Iran Holds Illicit Nuke Document

    01/31/2006 1:48:01 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 11 replies · 497+ views
    yahoo ^ | 1/31/06
    VIENNA, Austria - A document obtained by Iran on the nuclear black market serves no other purpose than to make an atomic bomb, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Tuesday. The finding was made in a report prepared for presentation to the 35-nation IAEA board when it meets, starting Thursday, on whether to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council, which has the power to impose economic and political sanctions on Iran. The report was made available in full to The Associated Press. First mention of the documents was made late last year in a longer IAEA report. At that...
  • Iran - CIA 'gave bomb plan to Tehran' (Clinton Legacy - Nuclear weapons)

    01/04/2006 3:36:46 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 21 replies · 4,812+ views
    Gulf Daily News ^ | January 5, 2005
    VIENNA: The CIA, using a double-agent Russian scientist, may have handed a blueprint for a nuclear bomb to Iran. State of War by James Risen, the New York Times reporter who exposed the Bush administration's controversial domestic spying operation, claims the plans contained fatal flaws designed to derail Tehran's nuclear drive. But the deliberate errors were so rudimentary they would have been easily fixed by sophisticated Russian nuclear scientists, the book said. The operation, which took place during the Clinton administration in early 2000, was codenamed Operation Merlin and "may have been one of the most reckless operations in...
  • Secret Services Say Iran is Trying to Assemble a Nuclear Missile

    01/03/2006 5:54:28 PM PST · by Gribbles141 · 38 replies · 1,304+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | 1-4-06 | Ian Cobain and Ian Traynor
    Document seen by Guardian details web of front companies and middlemen The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country's weapons programmes. Scientists in Tehran are also shopping for parts for a new ballistic missile capable of reaching Europe, with "import requests and acquisitions ... registered almost daily", the report seen by the Guardian concludes. The 55-page intelligence assessment, dated July 1 2005, draws upon material gathered by British, French, German and Belgian agencies and has been used to brief European...
  • Walker's World: Iran's alarming regime

    11/19/2005 9:47:11 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 546+ views
    UPI ^ | Nov. 19, 2005 | MARTIN WALKER
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- New evidence of Iran's secret nuclear weapons program emerged Friday as senior American and European diplomats tried to keep alive their strategy to block Iran by peaceful means. But the diplomatic path is looking less hopeful as the new Iranian government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is being seen each week as more hard-line and less rational, after his threat to "wipe Israel off the map." Even the Old Guard of Iran's Islamic revolution is openly appalled by the new regime's ultra-conservative policies, with former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in an unprecedented public warning that the...
  • Loose Nukes: ABC Goes Nuclear in Search of Ratings

    10/13/2005 12:31:54 PM PDT · by freeperbaby · 2 replies · 154+ views
    Manufacturers Blog ^ | 10/13/05 | Pat Cleary
    This week, ABC is running a story called "Loose Nukes" (Anybody remember Nuke LaLoosh? He should've been the anchor for this story.) Apparently the enviros feel their anti-nuke grip weakening and have turned to the ABC who has rushed in to help. The story is well nigh hysterical -- and hysterically inaccurate -- in its claims of porous security at America's nuclear facilities. If you live near one of these babies, yes indeedy you oughta run for your lives because security is akin to Swiss cheese. Or so says ABC. The story is basically running 24/7 all week -- GMA,...
  • CIA asked Dutch govt not to act against A Q Khan

    09/09/2005 3:10:23 AM PDT · by Arjun · 20 replies · 634+ views
    Rediff India Abroad ^ | September 9, 2005
    CIA asked Dutch govt not to act against A Q Khan September 09, 2005 11:40 IST Last Updated: September 09, 2005 11:51 IST Former Dutch Premier Ruud Lubbers has said that the Netherlands government, in 1975 and in 1986, had refrained from acting against disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadir Khan following requests from the United States Central Intelligence Agency, media reports said. A Q Khan transferred centrifuges to N Korea Dutch newspapers, Telegraaf, NRC Handelsblad, and Radio ARGOS quoted Lubbers as saying that BVD, the Dutch intelligence agency, had also asked the ministry of economic affairs in 1975, then...
  • CDC gets serious about nuke terror (begins distributing guide)

    09/07/2005 9:16:20 PM PDT · by traumer · 19 replies · 495+ views
    WND ^ | September 7, 2005 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON – Saying "the chance that an overt or covert terrorist attack involving radioactive materials will occur is an unfortunate reality in the United States today," the Centers for Disease Control is putting a new emphasis on preparing the public and health-care professionals for nuclear terrorism. Amid extensive resources published prominently on the CDC website is a new two-page brochure that can be printed titled, "Radiological Terrorism: Emergency Management Pocket Guide for Clinicians." The brochure was posted yesterday. "CDC would play a key role in protecting the public health during and after an emergency involving radiation or radioactive materials," the...
  • America's real 'most wanted'

    09/06/2005 1:55:53 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 28 replies · 1,962+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | September 6, 2005 | Paul L. Williams
    America's real 'most wanted' Adnan el-Shukrijumah: The man commissioned to nuke U.S. Posted: September 6, 20051:00 a.m. Eastern Paul Williams, author of the new book, "The Al Qaeda Connection," has stirred a national controversy with his reporting on the imminent nuclear terror threat posed by Osama bin Laden. In this exclusive dispatch, the second of a two-part series first published in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, he details how some of the nuclear devices intended to create an American Hiroshima got here. Paul L. Williams © 2005 Forget the FBI's "America's Most Wanted" list. The most dangerous fugitive in the U.S. is...
  • Paul Williams details 'American Hiroshima'

    09/04/2005 3:05:03 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 90 replies · 3,370+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | September 3, 2005 | Ryan Mauro
    Paul Williams details 'American Hiroshima' Al-Qaida plotting nuclear attack with weapons already in U.S. Posted: September 3, 20051:00 a.m. Eastern Paul L. Williams is a former consultant to the FBI on organized crime and terrorism. Since then, he has become an award-winning investigative journalist and written several books. In his new book, "The Al Qaeda Connection," he claims Osama bin Laden has obtained nuclear weapons and smuggled them into the U.S. through Mexico for use in a plot known as "American Hiroshima." By Ryan Mauro © 2005 Ryan Mauro: Much has been written about the "American Hiroshima" report. How did you...
  • An American Hiroshima?

    08/02/2005 5:16:46 AM PDT · by SJackson · 88 replies · 3,515+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 8-2-05 | Jamie Glazov/Joseph Farah
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Joseph Farah, the founder, editor and chief executive officer of WND and a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host. He is also the publisher of Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, a premium, online, subscription intelligence news service.FP: Joseph Farah, welcome to Frontpage Interview. It is a pleasure to have you here.Farah: Thank you, Jamie.   FP: In one of your recent G-2 bulletins, you discuss the evidence suggesting that Osama is planning what he calls an "American Hiroshima" and that he already has the means to do it. Al Qaeda has apparently already smuggled nuclear weapons into the U.S. This...
  • Chertoff warns of nuclear terror

    08/01/2005 3:55:15 AM PDT · by Man50D · 63 replies · 1,809+ views ^ | 8/1/05 |
    Issuing yet the latest warning of the threat of nuclear terrorism in the U.S., Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said there are far worse security problems facing the country than bombings of mass-transit systems. In comments during a visit to Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California this week, Chertoff said the foremost concern for the nation's security now is the threat of a larger chemical, biological or nuclear attack. Chertoff joins the growing list of public officials – including President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Chertoff's predecessor at Homeland Security, Tom Ridge – who have strongly hinted that nuclear terrorism...
  • America's Hiroshima: America's Date with Disaster - (take this seriously!

    07/25/2005 9:13:25 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 275 replies · 6,805+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JULY 26, 2005 | Barbara J. Stock
    Reports are slowly filtering out about a plan by Islamics to detonate several nuclear bombs around the continental United States. Osama bin Laden has lovingly named this attack “America’s Hiroshima.” His logic for giving his plan this name is that the United States is the only world power to use an atomic weapon against an enemy and based on that, it is legal and within Islamic law for him to use such weapons against the American people. According to reports obtained from captured Al Qaeda agents and documents they were carrying, several nuclear devices may have been brought across the...
  • An atomic attack on Fortress America by pious men with beards isn't a matter of if but when.

    07/18/2005 6:15:01 AM PDT · by Gengis Khan · 70 replies · 2,176+ views
    LA Times via Houston Chronicle ^ | July 16, 2005, 8:24PM | PERVEZ HOODBHOY
    <p>ONE wonders what Osama bin Laden and his ilk learned from Hiroshima.</p> <p>The decision to incinerate the Japanese city and another, Nagasaki, was not taken in anger. White men in gray business suits and military uniforms, after much deliberation, decided that the United States could not give the Japanese any warning, that although it could not concentrate on a civilian area, it should seek to make a profound psychological impression on as many inhabitants as possible. They argued that it would be cheaper in American lives to release the nuclear genie.</p>
  • Ill-Secured Soviet Arms Depots Tempting Rebels and Terrorists

    07/15/2005 7:14:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 258+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 16, 2005 | C. J. CHIVERS
    ICHNYA, Ukraine - The ammunition is stacked in mounds in a clearing, exposed to rain and sun. The crates that hold it are rotting. After more than a decade in the elements, many have ruptured, exposing high-explosive rockets and mortar fins. This is the overstuffed ammunition depot behind the security fences at Military Unit A1479, a small base in the Ukrainian forest under military guard. At least 5,700 tons of ammunition, grenades and explosive powder have come to rest here, according to an unclassified NATO inventory. Almost all of it is unwanted. Much of it has expired, and some is...
  • The Russian Nuclear Bomb In Washington, DC

    08/22/2002 5:06:11 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 39 replies · 1,381+ views
    The Memory Hole ^ | Russ Kick
    In its 12 Nov 2001 issue, Time ran this brief article on page 31. Hugh Sidey—the magazine's Washington Contributing Editor—has been covering the presidency for Life and Time since 1957. In this snippet, he reveals that JFK told him in 1961 that the Soviet Union has a nuclear bomb in its embassy in Washington, DC. In my book, this counts as a major revelation, yet there are several factors that indicate that this piece was created in a way that minimizes its impact. And that's exactly what happened: minimal impact. A sitting president told a White House reporter that...
  • Coast to Coast Announcement: Al Qaeda Smuggling Nukes into U.S. ?

    07/12/2005 8:33:59 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 98 replies · 4,114+ views ^ | 7/12/2005 | Paul L. Williams
    Tonight on Coast to Coast, author Paul L. Williams will be discussing the possibility that al Qaeda may have smuggled suitcase nukes into the U.S. The interview will be broadcast between 10:00 pm and 12:00 midnight.Coast2Coast Web SiteThis investigative broadcast was inspired by the World Net Daily report of two days ago. That report claimed that Al Qaeda used our open borders and violent drug gangs to smuggle suitcase nukes into the U.S. Report: Al Qaeda Nukes Already in U.S.In his acclaimed exposé, Osama’s Revenge: The Next 9/11, terrorism expert Paul L. Williams revealed the likelihood of nuclear terrorism on...
  • AlQaida nukes already in the U.S.

    07/12/2005 2:41:05 AM PDT · by television is just wrong · 206 replies · 5,283+ views
    world net daily ^ | July 11, 2005 | Joseph Farah
    FROM JOSEPH FARAH'S G2 BULLETIN Al-Qaida nukes already in U.S. Terrorists, bombs smuggled across Mexico border by MS-13 gangsters Posted: July 11, 2005 12:22 p.m. Eastern Editor's note: Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin is an online, subscription intelligence news service from the creator of – a journalist who has been developing sources around the world for almost 30 years. The subscription price for the premium newsletter has been slashed in half and is now available for only $9.95 per month. © 2005 WASHINGTON – As London recovers from the latest deadly al-Qaida attack that killed at least 50, top...
  • UN Alert As Nuclear Plans Go Missing

    06/08/2005 6:30:12 PM PDT · by rightcoast · 28 replies · 1,201+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday, June 9, 2005 | Ian Traynor
    UN ALERT AS NUCLEAR PLANS GO MISSING Blueprints disclosing key steps to build a bomb feared up for sale Ian Traynor in Vienna Thursday June 9, 2005 Electronic drawings that give comprehensive details of how to build and test equipment essential for making nuclear bombs have vanished and could be put up for sale on the international black market, according to UN investigators. The blueprints, running to hundreds of pages, show how to make centrifuges for enriching uranium. In addition, the investigators have been unable to trace key components for uranium centrifuge rigs and fear that drawings for a nuclear...
  • Think Tank Warns of Al Qaida Nuclear Weapons Fear

    05/24/2005 3:02:22 PM PDT · by Bald Eagle777 · 20 replies · 973+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | May 24, 2005 | Gavin Cordon
    Failure to curb the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea could lead to nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorist groups such as al Qaida, a leading foreign affairs think tank warned today. The Institute for International Strategic Studies said that the system of international controls to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, based around the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), was in danger of “eroding”. A combination of regional instability, “gaping loopholes” in the NPT regime, illegal supply networks and “lax leadership” by the existing nuclear powers pointed to “a first-order crisis that, if not urgently addressed, could trigger...
  • Disgraced Paki scientist gave Iran centrifuges

    03/10/2005 9:27:20 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 11 replies · 520+ views ^ | Mar 10th, 05 | Zeeshan Haider
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Abdul Qadeer Khan, the disgraced Pakistani scientist at the centre of a nuclear black market, gave Iran centrifuges, the Pakistani government says. Centrifuges are used to purify uranium for use as fuel for nuclear power plants or weapons. Pakistan has admitted in the past that Khan, dubbed the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, smuggled nuclear secrets to North Korea, Iran and Libya, but has not given specifics as to what he supplied. "He has given centrifuges to Iran, but the government was in no way involved in this," Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told Reuters on...
  • Russian Claims Chechens Have Nuclear Device

    03/01/2005 11:56:41 AM PST · by Pendragon_6 · 24 replies · 874+ views
    Boris Berezovsky has claimed that Chechen rebels possess a nuclear weapon. “It is a small portable device which had not been used until now for only one reason: because some necessary element was missing,” the exiled Russian oligarch told Komsomolskaya Pravda, citing “credible sources.” Berezovsky said he wrote a letter to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) about this danger last autumn. Asked to respond to Berezovsky's claims about a Chechen nuke, a security official told the newspaper, “We do not believe it necessary to comment on statements, especially delirious ones, made by people who are on the international wanted list.”...
  • Berezovsky Claims Chechen Rebels Have Suitcase 'A-Bomb'

    02/08/2005 2:54:13 PM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 7 replies · 546+ views
    The Moscow News ^ | 2.8.05 11:17PM
    Chechen rebels could have the atomic bomb, Boris Berezovsky, the Russian tycoon living in self imposed exile by way of Great Britain, told the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily in a telephone interview.Russian security officials refused to comment on Berezovsky's allegations. 'We do not believe it is necessary to comment on statements made by people on international wanted lists,' a security offcial told Komsomolskaya Pravda.Berezovsky cited 'credible sources' that rebels have come into possession of an atomic bomb.'It is a small portible device which had not been used until now for only one reason: because some necessary element was missing.'
  • Bin Laden reportedly wants to buy nukes

    11/21/2004 3:32:52 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 22 replies · 877+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 20, 2004 | Eric Rosenberg
    Osama bin Laden wants to buy a nuclear weapon on the Russian black market and detonate it in an American city, one of the CIA's top experts on the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks said Friday.
  • Russian man kept 'bomb' plutonium

    11/02/2004 6:43:59 AM PST · by Ginifer · 11 replies · 192+ views ^ | Tuesday, 2 November, 2004 | SA
    A former Russian nuclear scientist has reportedly handed over to police eight containers of weapons-grade plutonium he had stored at home for eight years. The 400g (14oz) of plutonium-238 - a highly radioactive compound that could be used in a "dirty bomb" - came from a disused laboratory in Siberia. Former employee Leonid Grigorov says he removed it for safekeeping after the lab was looted, Russian media reports. He may face criminal proceedings, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency says. Counter-terrorism experts have repeatedly warned that radioactive material from decrepit Soviet-era installations could fall into the hands of militants. 'Morally right' Mr...

    03/11/2003 8:42:38 PM PST · by Calpernia · 25 replies · 1,500+ views ^ | JANUARY 24, 2000 | COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM
    MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2000 House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform, Mr. Burton. Good morning. A quorum being present, the Committee on Government Reform will come to order. I ask unanimous consent that all Members' and witnesses' written opening statements be included in the record. And without objection so ordered. I ask unanimous consent that all articles, exhibits, and extraneous or tabular material referred to be included in the record. Without objection so ordered. It's been a little more than 10 years since the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. We've been through eras of Glasnost and Perestroika in Russia. We've...
  • Russian Politician (Lebed) Dies in Plane Crash: Warned US Congress about Suitcase Nukes!

    04/29/2002 8:43:04 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 12 replies · 660+ views
    BBC ^ | April 29, 2002 | BBC
    Russian politician dies in air crash Lebed (l) with former Russian President Boris Yeltsin Former Russian presidential candidate Alexander Lebed has died from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash in Siberia. The Mi-8 helicopter is said to have hit a power line in poor weather conditions at 0615 local time before crashing near Abakan, about 2,100 miles (3,400km) east of Moscow. Lebed, elected governor of the huge Krasnoyarsk region in 1998 and once a prominent army general, was taken to a nearby hospital with severe injuries but later died. At least five other people were killed in the crash....
  • (Russian) Tycoon (living in London) foils ‘nuclear bomb sale’ plot

    10/23/2004 4:21:05 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 35 replies · 1,304+ views
    UK Times ^ | Oct. 24, 2004 | David Leppard
    THE London-based Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky has claimed that the intelligence services helped to foil a plot by Chechen terrorists to sell a nuclear device on the international black market. Berezovsky last week described the curious events that led to him tipping off the authorities about the plot. The exiled Russian oligarch, who according to The Sunday Times Rich List is the 14th richest man in Britain, said that he had contacted British and American intelligence after being approached by a Chechen at his home in Surrey. The Chechen said he was acting as an intermediary for a man who...
  • Author: Al-Qaida Has Nuclear Weapons, Likely Inside U.S.

    07/13/2004 7:11:31 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 173 replies · 5,813+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/14/04 | Stewart Stogel
    A new book written by a former FBI consultant claims that al-Qaida not only has obtained nuclear devices, but likely has them in the U.S. and will detonate them in the near future. These chilling allegations appear in "Osama's Revenge: The Next 9/11: What the Media and the Government Haven't Told You," by Paul L. Williams (Prometheus Books). Williams claims that al-Qaida has been planning a spectacular nuclear attack using six or seven suitcase nuclear bombs that would be detonated simulantaneously against U.S. cities. "They want the most bang for the buck, and that is nuclear," Williams told NewsMax. "I...
  • Hell in a Suitcase (Suitcase nukes – fact and fiction)

    04/01/2004 1:59:14 PM PST · by quidnunc · 14 replies · 529+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | April 1, 2004 | Ralph Kinney Bennett
    I will never forget the image. An unassuming looking man walking the streets of London with a bulging briefcase. Inside it, an atomic bomb. It was back in 1950. I was just a kid, and I sat immobilized in my seat at the Manos Theater in Latrobe, Pa., watching a British film "Seven Days to Noon." In it, a leading British atomic scientist, played by now-forgotten actor Barry Jones, posts a letter to the Prime Minister saying he has taken a small nuclear weapon and will detonate it in the center of London in seven days unless the government agrees...
  • Hundreds of missiles missing in Ukraine

    03/30/2004 11:41:53 PM PST · by RussianConservative · 5 replies · 112+ views
    Russian Journal ^ | March 30, 2004
    KIEV - The Ukrainian Defense Ministry cannot find evidence that it had dismantled its decommissioned missiles, Ukrainian Defense Minister Yevgeny Marchuk told reporters. “Unfortunately, there are ‘exotic’ things when we are looking for several hundred missiles that have been decommissioned, but we cannot find them," he said. “The missiles are said to have been dismantled,” Mr. Marchuk noted, adding that such missiles contained silver, gold, and platinum-group metals. “Where are the results of the dismantling?” he asked. There was no common accounting system in the Ukrainian armed forces before Mr. Marchuk was appointed Defense Minister in June 2003. An inventory...
  • Ukrainian missiles 'gone missing'

    03/25/2004 5:36:28 PM PST · by knak · 8 replies · 134+ views
    bbc ^ | 3/25/04
    Ukrainian Defence Minister Yevhen Marchuk has said that several hundred of his country's missiles are unaccounted for. The weapons were supposed to have been decommissioned in the years that followed the break-up of the USSR. But it is now being claimed that there is no record of them being destroyed. This is being blamed on accounting problems during the period of transition that followed the country's independence in 1991. We are currently looking for several hundred missiles - they were decommissioned, but we can't find them "We are currently looking for several hundred missiles. They were decommissioned, but we can't...
  • al-Qaida No. 2: We Have Briefcase Nukes

    03/21/2004 9:52:31 AM PST · by sonsofliberty2000 · 203 replies · 620+ views
    SYDNEY, Australia - Osama bin Laden's terror network claims to have bought ready-made nuclear weapons on the black market in central Asia, the biographer of al-Qaida's No. 2 leader was quoted as telling an Australian television station. In an interview scheduled to be televised on Monday, Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir said Ayman al-Zawahri claimed that "smart briefcase bombs" were available on the black market. It was not clear when the interview between Mir and al-Zawahri took place. U.S. intelligence agencies have long believed that al-Qaida attempted to acquire a nuclear device on the black market, but say there is no...
  • Pakistan nuclear technology at arms fair: report (Jane's)

    02/27/2004 8:24:37 AM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 152+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | Februari 27 2004 | Reuters
    The Pakistani scientist at the centre of a black market in nuclear weapons is said to have displayed sensitive equipment and brochures for atom bomb technology at a Pakistani arms fair. Pakistan's government has denied any knowledge of the black market activities of Abdul Qadeer Khan, and his Khan Research Laboratories. However, Jane's Defence Weekly has reported the laboratories had run a stall at the international arms trade fair in Karachi in November 2000, and displayed components used in the production of weapons-grade uranium. Jane's obtained the brochures for weapons-related technology, and inquired whether all of the listed items were...
  • 'US to be within range of Chinese, Iranian, Korean missiles soon'

    02/26/2004 10:23:14 AM PST · by knighthawk · 18 replies · 267+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | Februari 26 2004 | Press Trust of India
    The US, which is within the range of only Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) until now, will soon come under Chinese, North Korean and Iranian ICBMs as well, a senior defence official has said. While Russia's nuclear weapons stockpiles continue to decline, the number of weapons in China, India, Pakistan and North Korea will grow, Vice Admiral Loell E, Jacoby, Director, Defence Intelligence Agency, told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday. "In the next ten years," he said, "we expect other countries to join Russia, China and France as major exporters of cruise missiles. India, in partnership with...
  • Pakistan Bought Missile Technology From North Korea: Ex-PM Bhutto

    02/20/2004 8:59:45 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 214+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | February 21, 2004
    Pakistan Bought Missile Technology From N.K.: Ex-PM Bhutto TOKYO, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto acknowledged that her country had purchased missile technology from North Korea under her watch in 1993, a Japanese newspaper reported Saturday. The former premier visited North Korea at the behest of Pakistan's military and scientists and held negotiations to buy technology for a missile to carry nuclear weapons, the Yomiuri Shimbun quoted Bhutto as saying.