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    Terrorist Threats

    Intelligence officers call al Qaeda nuclear threat real (4/2/08) -- www.GovernmentExecutive.com


    Intelligence officers call al Qaeda nuclear threat real

    By Michael Posner CongressDaily April 2, 2008

    Two high-level government intelligence experts testified Wednesday that al Qaeda is intent on attacking the United States with a nuclear weapon but has not developed a nuclear device.
    In a hearing, Charles Allen, chief intelligence officer for the Homeland Security Department, said there is no doubt that al Qaeda wants a nuclear weapon. But, he told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, "I do not believe that any terrorist organization currently has developed a nuclear device." He said, however, that this capability "could change drastically" with the recruitment of people with knowledge of nuclear materials and design.
    His testimony was buttressed by Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, director of the office of intelligence and counterintelligence of the Energy Department. Before Sept. 11, 2001, he said, many in the intelligence community believed it was too hard for terrorists to develop a nuclear bomb.
    "We should not, however, assume that the technology of a nuclear weapon is beyond the capability of a terrorist group," Mowatt-Larssen said. "A terrorist group needs only to produce a nuclear yield once to change history."
    Both experts plan to testify before the committee later Wednesday to discuss classified material. "We do not yet know when and where they intend to strike us next," Mowatt-Larssen testified, "but past experience strongly suggests that they are seeking an attack more spectacular than 9/11."
    Mowatt-Larssen said a global effort must be undertaken to get nuclear materials off the black market and stop global trafficking in them. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., summed up the testimony of both men as sobering.
    Matthew Bunn, a nuclear exert at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, said that nuclear stockpile security in Russia "has improved dramatically in the past 15 years" but called for more global nuclear security. He too warned of the threat from a terrorist group.
    "This is a real danger," he said. Homeland Security Department's Allen said any terrorist nuclear bomb would lack the sophistication of one developed by a country and be of unknown yield. But, he warned, "A nuclear device of any yield could produce thousands of casualties, significant damage to the infrastructure and render large areas uninhabitable."
    Similarly, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ranking member Susan Collins of Maine supported that assessment, saying that a 10-kiloton nuclear device in Manhattan's Times Square at noon would result immediately in the loss of half a million lives.


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    Fantastic...<sigh>


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    It sucks. Because if they do this we cant retaliate on some nation or another because these terrorists dont have a country or organization you can see and punish. Freaking cowards.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    It sucks. Because if they do this we cant retaliate on some nation or another because these terrorists dont have a country or organization you can see and punish. Freaking cowards.
    Not to mention the easy access to this country. It's amazing that we try to spy on our own citizens yet we leave our borders and ports wide open...Someone explain that one to me.


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    I am guessing the next big terrorist attack will be by an American, just always seems to work that way...



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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Architect View Post
    Not to mention the easy access to this country. It's amazing that we try to spy on our own citizens yet we leave our borders and ports wide open...Someone explain that one to me.
    if you're not doing anything wrong, you should have nothing to worry about.

    that was sarcasm.


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    Re: Terrorist Threats

    This isn't exactly breaking news. Terrorists have been trying to secure nuclear weapons for years. They don't yet have the support structure to build their own, but as the testimony states, we should not assume they can't get there.



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    Re: Terrorist Threats

    I would say the big worry (as far as nuclear weapons are concerned) is the fact that OBL and Al-Qaida has regrouped in Pakistan - a country with plenty of political turmoil, a decent chunk of the population that is sympathetic to their cause, and an active nuclear weapons program with working nuclear weapons and material. If you would have told me 6 years ago that OBL would still be alive today and that Al-Qaida woudl have established another safe haven, I wouldn't have believed it.

    I do assume though that our gov't and intelligence services are all over Pakistan and their nuclear material, keeping that safe and away from AQ or AQ sympathizers has to be the top priority for us and Pakistan.



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    For those ofyou who think such a thing can't happen. Think how open our southern border is and read this story:

    Colombia seizes uranium from leftist guerrillas | International | Reuters

    Columbia seized at least 66 pounds of uranium from leftist guerrillas. That would make one heck of a dirty bomb. I would not want to be anywhere near that crap...



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    Re: Terrorist Threats

    I have a feeling there would be hell to pay if someone used nuclear force against anyone in the world. The possibility is very real, and all those radical morons want is someone to blow them off the planet so they go down as martyrs...frankly, I have no real problem with someone blowing half of the Middle East off the planet.



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    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    I have no real problem with someone blowing half of the Middle East off the planet.

    Well if someone did that, then it will become open season for world war and eventual erradication of life on earth.



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    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    I have a feeling there would be hell to pay if someone used nuclear force against anyone in the world. The possibility is very real, and all those radical morons want is someone to blow them off the planet so they go down as martyrs...frankly, I have no real problem with someone blowing half of the Middle East off the planet.


    The real problem with retaliation (on a nuclear level), is where/who? I don't see us nor want to retaliate with nukes for one slipping into an being used in the USA.

    What is the best response ....? find out where the nuke material came from (easy to find out), and force that country to give up all nuclear power, nuclear weapons and anything else that would glow. From force to the UN to every nation putting down the heavy hand... even if it is Russia.

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    Re: Terrorist Threats

    World War III could very well be 100% religious. It will be Christian based countries vs Muslim based. Think about a nuclear attack on either the US, Russia, or China, think about what the retaliation would be, SCARY!


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    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post


    The real problem with retaliation (on a nuclear level), is where/who? I don't see us nor want to retaliate with nukes for one slipping into an being used in the USA.

    What is the best response ....? find out where the nuke material came from (easy to find out), and force that country to give up all nuclear power, nuclear weapons and anything else that would glow. From force to the UN to every nation putting down the heavy hand... even if it is Russia.

    -keep
    Unfortunately, the more I read into it, the more I think World War III is inevitable. We have too many morons in the world who have weapons which are far too powerful. Do I want to see nuclear war? For God's sake no! Unfortunately, I think before all is said and done, some idiot is going to use one nuclear bomb, which is going to lead to some other moron using one. I'm not even necessarily saying the US, China, or Russia would have to be involved for it to get ugly. If OSB has the resources and uses one anywhere in the world, I can see some nutcase like Kim Jong Il feeling the urge to get involved and using one somewhere.



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    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    World War III could very well be 100% religious.
    Wars always boil down to money... religion is just a tool used to motivate.



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