Bush puts nuclear bomb plans on the web

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Just wen you think it couldn't get any worse it turns out that Bush does something even more crazy.

The newspaper said the Bush administration started the site under pressure from congressional Republicans who had hoped to use the Internet to find new evidence of the dangers posed by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

In recent weeks, according to the Times, the site posted documents that weapons experts said contained detailed accounts of Iraq's secret nuclear research before the 1991 Gulf War that one diplomat called "a cookbook" for building an atom bomb.

The revaluation is absolutely stunning, and I am at a loss for words.

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filed under tools and technology...relevant to both

New York Times Among the

New York Times

Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.

From U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra

"These documents also raise several additional issues of interest. First, it is extraordinary that the New York Times now acknowledges that the captured documents demonstrate that '[Saddam] Hussein's scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.' This only reinforces the value of these documents in understanding the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's regime. Only 1 percent of the estimated 120 million pages of captured documents have been reviewed, and we must continue working to promptly understand these materials. If there is concern about Saddam's nuclear program, there should be similar concern about potential connections between Saddam and al-Qaeda suggested in the documents.

"Second, my staff's preliminary review of the documents in question suggests that at least some of them may be internal IAEA documents. There is a serious question of why and how the Iraqis obtained these documents in the first place. We need to explore that carefully - I certainly hope there will be no evidence that the IAEA had been penetrated by Saddam's regime.

Twilight zone

---Beat to the punch---
In the U.S. - We are in a strange time where everyone waits for an October Surprise. Really odd things usually happen.
On a national scale, just this week we had John Kerry shove both feet in his mouth. Not once, but three times. Now, this information about the Bush Administration leaving plans for building a nuke online.

The flip side of this nuke story is the reporting of the NYTimes. They are generally not supportive of the Bush Administration, but it appears in this wacky month they accidentally supported one of Bush's main talking points...

Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.

Big Deal

A. Q. Khan, the father of the Muslim bomb that made Pakistan's bomb, was peddling do-it-yourself kits all over the planet to anyone with cash a few years back until he got caught with his pants down. Having the plans is one thing, but he was selling those nice small portable uranium centrifuges where someone could easily conceal a weapons lab just about anywhere. A few years ago one of his shipments was supposedly intercepted and this shit stopped, but by then those that wanted this equipment and plans for a bomb already had it.

Link bait about a Buch bungle is nice, but I'm more concerned with people like A. Q. Khan that had a WalMart like distribution chain setup up around the globe, that shit's serious!

Do a little research on what this guy did and you'll barely sleep again.

RE:A.Q.Khan

According to Bush, Pakistan is an ally of the US, and according to Musharraf, Khan is a national hero of Pakistan.

In politics, an ally is

In politics, an ally is sometimes a potential enemy you try to keep close at hand.

Ally

They are now that they caught A. Q. Khan's distribution network red-handed and Pakistan swore they shut it all down.... riiiiight.

Proves the President's point

That Saddam had plans to build a bomb which he'd have surely peddled to his affiliates.
As for "revealing" A-bomb making secrets give me a break. Does anyone believe some junior Jihadists are holed up in a mud hut in Islamabad pouring over U.S. Government websites looking for clues how to put one together, LMAO!

I dont get it

>> That Saddam had plans to build a bomb which he'd have surely peddled to his affiliates.

Who are his affiliates?

>> As for "revealing" A-bomb making secrets give me a break.

Why did they take it down then?

Interesting - I thought it

Interesting - I thought it was just the UK that had pushed on framing Saddam over building a nuclear weapon, with those infamous papers from Africa that MI5 had to withdraw and the CIA never really accepted in the first place?

malleable logic

MikeMor, either the plans are dangerous or they are not. On one hand you are inferring that such plans justify an invasion of a sovereign state, then on the other you are implying that publishing them is no big deal.

funny...

the guy who posted a web page about fake boarding passes is "enabling terrorists", yet putting up a recipe for nuclear weapons is.... no big deal?

Putting old nuke plans

Putting old nuke plans online is a cool idea cuz you could then track those who access it and connect more dots.

littleman - you are a bit naive.

"Putting old nuke plans online is a cool idea"

Yeah, that's it, they released the plans to track people who went to the website. That makes perfect sense. Anybody who would be interested in that site would have to be a terrorist. It would be completely naive to think otherwise. Seobuzzbox, how could I have missed that. Especially seeings how the news traveled via all the social bookmark sites, which are total hotbeds for terrorism. That's such a sophisticated plan, only the Bush administration would be that clever.


The problem is that too many Americans look at their political leaders as if they were deities. If their actions don't jive with people's beliefs they do mental backflips to justify their actions. No amount of observable fact will dissuade their faith. Damn dangerous trend.

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