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Middle East's Nuclear Dark Age
Prof. Barry Rubin - 11/15/2007
The Iranian nuclear issue is too important and dangerous to be miscomprehended. So here are some life-and-death factors to keep in mind about it:
Nuclear 9/11: Interview with Dr. Paul L. Williams
Ryan Mauro - 9/11/2007
Dr. 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. A central point of his latest book, “The Al Qaeda Connection”, is that Osama Bin Laden has obtained nuclear weapons and smuggled them into the US through Mexico with the help of the MS-13 criminal group for use in a plot known as “American Hiroshima.”
Potential Spread of Russian Nuclear Weapons
Angelique van Engelen - 9/11/2007
The war on terror is now firmly in its second stage, as the international world is beginning to make wake up to the credibility of the threat of a nuclear attack by terrorists. Concerted efforts by international organizations to make sure nuclear materials aren't taken from one country to another are only now beginning to make consistent headline news. Years and years of painfully slow progress in Russia - where mainly US proliferation experts have been involved in tidying up WMD since 1991 - shows just how worrisome the situation has become.
Availability of Chemical and Biological Weapons to Terrorists
Aliheydar Rzayev, Ph.D. - 9/11/2007
One of the defining aspects of modern terrorism is its thirst for cruelty and ability to deliver. If a quarter century ago, terrorist had guns, rifles, automatic guns and grenades, now their armament often exceeds armaments of fighters of counter-terrorist subunits.
Zawahiri's Biodefense Insider: "I successfully achieved the target"
Ross E. Getman, Esq. - 4/20/2007
"I successfully achieved the targets," Ayman Zawahiri's man on the inside wrote. The Defense Intelligence Agency ("DIA") produced the letter to me under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"). Zawahiri's anthrax weaponization efforts were part of a project codenamed Zabadi or "yogurt."
The Origins of Biological and Chemical Warfare
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 10/4/2005
Chemical and biological warfare are not an invention of the 20th century. Solon (638-559 BC) used a strong purgative, the herb hellebore, in the siege of Krissa. During the 6th century BC, the Assyrians poisoned enemy wells with rye ergot. In the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), the Spartans flung sulfur and pitch at the Athenians and their allies. In the Middle Ages, besiegers used the bloated and dripping bodies of plague victims as readymade "dirty bombs".
Zawahiri's Plan To Obtain the Ames Anthrax Strain
Ross E. Getman, Esq. - 4/15/2005
Ayman Zawahiri had a scientist named Rauf attending conferences sponsored by Porton Down, UK's biodefense facility, for the purpose of obtaining the Ames anthrax strain. The scientist's handwritten notes reportiing on his efforts are available through the Freedom of Information Act. On November 1, 2001, not long after the anthrax mailings, an article ran in the Chicago Times called "Pakistan's scientists under scrutiny." With a dateline Islamabad, Pakistan, the story began: "The day after Pakistan handed over Yemeni microbiologist Jamil Qasim Saeed Mohammed to U.S. agents, authorities ste...
Anthrax and the Vanguards of Conquest
Ross E. Getman, Esq. - 3/13/2005
This past month, Interpol, the NYPD and FBI have warned of a possible anthrax attack. These warnings have become very familiar. In early June 2003, a Central Intelligence Agency ("CIA") report publicly disclosed that the reason for Mohammed Atta's and Zacarias Moussaoui's inquiries into cropdusters was for the contemplated use in dispersing biological agents such as anthrax. An early September 2003 Newsweek article included a rumor by a Taliban source that at a meeting in April 2003 Bin Laden was planning an "unbelievable" biological attack, the plans for which had suffered a setback upon t...