|Implications of the AQ Khan-
Osama Bin Laden Connection for the Nuclearization of Terrorism
Supporters of Nuclear Terror Proliferator A.Q. Khan demonstrate in
By 2000, al-Qaida also secured the help of scientists and
technicians from the A. Q. Khan Research Facility in Pakistan ,
including the assistance of Khan himself.
On Sept. 11, 2001 , when the attack was taking place in America , bin
Laden and company were meeting with Dr. Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood,
former Chairman of Pakistan's Atomic Energy Commission, and Dr.
Chaudry Abdul Majid, chief technician for the A. Q. Khan Facility, to
discuss the maintenance and deployment of al-Qaida's nuclear arsenal.
When the CIA confiscated records from Ummah Tameer E-Nau ("Islamic
Reconstruction"), Dr. Mahmood's bogus charity in Kabul , they
discovered evidence from Mahmood's computer that at least one al-
Qaida nuke had been forward deployed to the U.S. from Karachi in a
cargo container. After interrogating Mahood and Majid, CIA officials
discovered that more than a score of scientists and technicians from
the A. Q. Khan Facility worked on a daily basis to develop, upgrade,
and maintain the al-Qaida nuclear arsenal. Almost all of these
scientists have escaped from Pakistan to avoid arrest.
U.S. officials have been denied permission to interrogate Dr. Khan,
even though we know that he provided nuclear technology and designs
for atomic bombs not only to Libya , Iran and North Korea, but also
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Sudan, Nigeria, Brazil, Egypt, Malaysia,
Indonesia, Algeria, Abu Dhabi and Myanmar. In Myanmar , for example,
Dr. Sulieman Asad and Dr. Mohammad Ali Mukhtar are building a 10-
megawatt nuclear reactor while still providing help and expertise to
the al-Qaida network. It's a hellava situation and the press is not
n Oct. 11, 2001 , George Tenet, former CIA director,
met with President Bush to inform him that at least two tactical
nukes have reached al-Qaida operatives in the U.S. This news was
substantiated by Pakistan 's ISI, the CIA and the FBI.
In accordance with this discovery, the Bush administration deployed
hundreds of new and sophisticated Gamma Ray Neutron Flux Detector
sensors to U.S. borders, overseas facilities and "choke points"
around Washington, D.C. The administration further assigned Delta
Force, the elite special operations detachment unit of the U.S. Army,
the task of killing or disabling any or all suspects. Such measures
have proved to be ineffective. Richard L. Wagner, senior staff member
at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, testified before the House
Homeland Security Subcommittee on the Prevention of Nuclear and
Biological Attack that the currently installed radiation detection
systems are highly limited in their capabilities and, in general,
insufficient to the task. To add to the problem of insecurity, the
borders remain almost completely porous and less than 10 percent of
the freight that arrives at major ports (including New York/New
Jersey) is inspected.
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