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  • FAS (Fed Am Scientist) Report: Iraqi Precursor Chemicals Stored Separately for Weapon-side Mixing

    06/04/2003 6:47:53 AM PDT · by HatSteel · 69 replies · 1,549+ views ^ | Federation of American Scientists
    FAS | Nuke | Guide | Iraq | CW |||| Index | Search | Join FAS Chemical Weapons Programs Iraq started research into the production of chemical weapons agents in the 1970s and started batch production of agents in the early 1980s. At that stage, production was heavily reliant on the import of precursor chemicals from foreign suppliers. In 1982, early in the Iran-Iraq War, the Iraqis used riot control agents to repel Iranian attacks. They progressed to the use of CW agents in mid-1983 with mustard, and in March 1984 with tabun (the first use ever of a nerve...
  • “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."

    01/23/2008 1:51:14 PM PST · by RebelYell1990 · 14 replies · 1,275+ views
    Why has the statement that WMDS weren't found in Iraq now accepted as a truth? Especially in light of so much physical evidence, it looks as though the democratic Party and all to the left of them have convinced the world along with some Republicans that WMDS were never found. Looks like they took a move out of Joseph Goebbels playbook Wmd's were found in Iraq, I will give a few examples. 2003- UN Inspectors found 11 empty chemical warheads in excellent condition prior to the invasion. They were illegal and supposed to be destroyed ( USA Today- Marines Reported...
  • Alzheimer's drug may be poison antidote - study (maybe for nerve agents)

    08/07/2006 7:33:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 462+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 7, 2006 | Maggie Fox
    Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - An Alzheimer's pill that helps slow the brain damage caused by the disease may also protect against the effects of nerve gases and pesticides, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. They said the drug, marketed under the name Reminyl and Razadyne, completely protected guinea pigs against the nerve agents soman and sarin, as well as toxic amounts of pesticides. They gave the animals high doses of the poisons and treated them with Reminyl, known generically as galantamine, along with atropine, often given as an antidote for organophospate pesticides such as paraoxon. "To...
  • 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...
  • Enzymes interdict nerve agents in 'bioscavenger' program (Chemical WMD Defense News)

    07/21/2005 6:04:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 315+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | July 20, 2005 | By Karen Fleming-Michael
    FORT DETRICK, Md.(Army News Service, July 20, 2005) - Plasma, goats and plants may one day hold the key to protecting warfighters and the public from nerve agents. Boosting the amounts of an enzyme called butyrylcholinesterase, normally present in small quantities in blood plasma as detoxifiers, can interdict nerve agents when they enter the bloodstream so the nerve agents can't reach their targets. Knowing this, researchers for 20 years have been finding ways of producing large amounts of the enzyme they call a "bioscavenger." "The bioscavenger is being tested against all known nerve agents," said Col. Michelle Ross, deputy commander...
  • Iraq Artillery Shell Contained 3-4 Liters of Sarin

    05/18/2004 9:23:50 AM PDT · by Living Free in NH · 426 replies · 1,126+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 17, 2004
    Breaking news ... nothing follows
  • Iraqi Nerve Gas, WMD Find Blows Away Pundits

    05/17/2004 3:01:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 89 replies · 2,119+ views ^ | 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...
  • Texas Terror Plot Foiled?

    01/08/2004 8:22:07 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 47 replies · 376+ views
    Texas Terror Plot Foiled? Jan 8, 2004 10:20 am US/Eastern DALLAS (CBS) In the East Texas hamlet of Noonday -- known for onions, not anarchy -- federal agents arrested a common-law couple last April. They were hiding a weapons cache, including, as CBS News Correspondent Bob McNamara reports, the makings of a sophisticated sodium cyanide bomb capable of killing thousands. William Krar, 62, with ties to white supremacist groups, pleaded guilty to possessing a chemical weapon and faces life in prison, while 54-year-old Judith Bruey could get five years. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess illegal weapons. "They certainly...
  • Halabja Revisited After 16 Years

    03/16/2004 8:08:09 AM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 215+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 16, 2004 | By Donna Miles
    Sixteen years ago today, 5,000 innocent Iraqi civilians perished under a barrage of mustard gas; nerve agents sarin, tabun and VX; and possibly cyanide. The brutal attack, launched by their own government, earned Saddam Hussein the dubious distinction of becoming the first world leader in modern times to have used chemical weapons on his own people. The victims of the attack were residents of Halabja, 150 miles northeast of Baghdad and just south of the Iranian border. Three-quarters of them were women and children. The chemical attacks on what has come to be known as "Bloody Friday" were the most...
  • Libya's Disclosures Put Weapons in New Light

    03/01/2004 8:34:03 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 15 replies · 131+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 03/02/04 | Joby Warrick and Peter Slevin
    Programs for Unconventional Arms Were Ambitious, but Plagued With Problems The small desert ranch near Tripoli was described as a turkey farm, but there were no birds in sight when a group of U.S. weapons experts visited six weeks ago. Guided by Libyan officials, the Americans entered a plain metal barn to discover the farm's true purpose: a hiding place for hundreds of chemical bombs. Inside the barn were stacks upon stacks of wooden boxes, each containing a single torpedo-shaped shell. The olive-green weapons were specially designed to spread deadly mustard gas and nerve agents that were stored separately, said...
  • U.S. Court Asked to Halt Nerve Gas Destruction

    08/04/2003 6:11:45 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 233+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug. 4 | Verna Gates
    A coalition of environmentalists and citizens groups asked a U.S. court on Monday to issue a last-minute injunction barring the military from destroying hundreds of Cold War-era chemical weapons at an incinerator in Alabama. The U.S. Army, complying with an international treaty, is expected to begin burning the first of its M-55 rockets containing the deadly nerve agent sarin on Wednesday at its $1 billion chemical weapons disposal facility in Anniston. In a motion filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Sierra Club environmental group and other opponents of the plan argued that large amounts...
  • WMDs, Nerve Agents, and Organophosphates (about those Iraqi "pesticides"...)

    04/07/2003 11:54:20 AM PDT · by Sabertooth · 53 replies · 872+ views / Kentucky Regional Poison Center
    Nerve agent (excerpt) Nerve agents are organophosphate compounds. Nerve agents are normally divided into G-agents (fluorine- or cyanide-containing organophosphates) and V-agents (sulfur-containing organophosphates). The principal nerve agents are tabun (GA), sarin (GB), soman (GD), cyclosarin (GF), and VX Nerve agents are all viscous liquids, not gases per se. However, the vapor pressures of the G-series nerve agents are sufficiently high for the vapors to be rapidly lethal. GB is so volatile that small droplets released from a shell exploding in the air may never reach the ground. This total volatilization means that GB is largely a vapor hazard. G-agents are...
  • US finds missiles with chemical weapons-NPR radio

    04/07/2003 7:28:30 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 152 replies · 329+ views
    Reuters | Monday, April 7, 2003
    US finds missiles with chemical weapons-NPR radio WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) - U.S. forces near Baghdad found a weapons cache of around 20 medium-range missiles equipped with potent chemical weapons, the U.S. news station National Public Radio reported on Monday. NPR, which attributed the report to a top official with the 1st Marine Division, said the rockets, BM-21 missiles, were equipped with sarin and mustard gas and were "ready to fire." It quoted the source as saying new U.S. intelligence data showed the chemicals were "not just trace elements." It said the cache was discovered by Marines with the 101st...
  • A Vile Business

    03/26/2003 3:47:08 PM PST · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 222+ views
    Wisconsin Project in Washington, D.C. ^ | 3/24/03 | Gary Milhollin, Kelly Motz
    A Vile Business By Gary Milhollin and Kelly Motz The Wall Street Journal March 24, 2003, pp. A16 As our soldiers fight their way across Iraq, the world is wondering what sort of weaponry they will uncover. Outside Saddam's inner circle, no one knows for sure how many germs and poisons, how many nuclear and missile parts, may be hidden away. What we do know is the lion's share of it came from our European allies - and some even from the U.S. It is a sad if not outrageous fact that we must wage war once again to counter...
  • Meridian Medical gets Pentagon order - [antidotes to nerve agents]

    09/16/2002 2:55:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies · 298+ views
    <p>NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) -- Meridian Medical Technologies Inc.'s shares rose Monday after the U.S. Department of Defense renewed a three-year contract for auto-injectors that provide soldiers with antidotes to nerve agents.</p> <p>Shares of Meridian Medical, a Columbia, Md., medical technology company, closed Monday at $30.68, up $5.17, or 20 percent, on the Nasdaq Stock Market.</p>