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    This report on a very serious matter is from a US bipartisan panel.

    Al-Qaeda seeks WMD, US unprepared: reports
    6 days ago [AFP] WASHINGTON — The United States has not done enough to protect the country against the threat of weapons of mass destruction even as Al-Qaeda appears intent on staging a large-scale attack, reports said.

    A bipartisan panel warned that the government had failed to adopt measures to counter the danger posed by extremists using WMD, saying the administration lacked plans for a rapid response to a possible biological attack.

    "Nearly a decade after September 11, 2001, one year after our original report, and one month after the Christmas Day bombing attempt, the United States is failing to address several urgent threats, especially bioterrorism," said former senator Bob Graham, chair of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.

    He said that Washington no longer had "the luxury of a slow learning curve, when we know Al-Qaeda is interested in bioweapons." ....
    The findings came as a former CIA officer wrote in a report that Al-Qaeda's leaders have been working methodically since the 1990s to secure weapons that could inflict massive bloodshed.

    Although other extremists had looked into obtaining such weapons, Al-Qaeda "is the only group known to be pursuing a long-term, persistent and systematic approach to developing weapons to be used in mass casualty attacks," wrote Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, who led the CIA's WMD department. ....
    Last edited by Merlin; 02 Feb 10,, 16:43.

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    Originally posted by Merlin View Post
    This report is from a US bipartisan panel.

    Al-Qaeda seeks WMD, US unprepared: reports
    This is not all that surprising. Luckily, most of what they can access has more shock value to it in terms of the media rather than actual mass-casualty inducing effects. There is negative correlation between the amounts of casualties a WMD can create and how difficult it is to build/access/secure the materials.

    Using ordinary things in unconventional ways is something that I think is more dangerous, or should I say less preventable, because terrorists tend to get more creative than the people trying to stop them.

    Take for example the bulldozer attacks in Jerusalem in the last few years. It takes absolutely no material/knowledge acquisition.
    In Iran people belive pepsi stands for pay each penny save israel. -urmomma158
    The Russian Navy is still a threat, but only to those unlucky enough to be Russian sailors.-highsea

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Stan187 View Post
      This is not all that surprising. ..
      What is not surprising? Al Qaeda having long term activities seeking WMD?

      Or US being not prepared for security against WMD attacks?

      Does not surprising mean not serious?
      Last edited by Merlin; 03 Feb 10,, 03:32.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Merlin View Post
        This report on a very serious matter is from a US bipartisan panel.

        Al-Qaeda seeks WMD, US unprepared: reports
        Hey zara , if they get them do you think they will use them , and if so what do you propose the world should do about it , i know what i would do , only i would do it now . Make no mistake about it , if/when they get them they will use them , better to do it first to them huh ?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Merlin View Post
          What is not surprising? Al Qaeda having long term activities seeking WMD?

          Or US being not prepared for security against WMD attacks?

          Does not surprising mean not serious?
          Both the lack of preparedness, because it is a hard threat to prepare against (possibilities are endless), and Al Qaeda's attempts to try to acquire WMDs.

          Not surprising certainly does not mean not serious. It means this article presents something widely known for years already.
          In Iran people belive pepsi stands for pay each penny save israel. -urmomma158
          The Russian Navy is still a threat, but only to those unlucky enough to be Russian sailors.-highsea

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