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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Al-Qaeda black plague shows terrorists experimenting with WMD's

A Washington Times report from a 'senior US intelligence official' indicates that an outbreak of 'black plague' in an al-Qaeda training camp was the result of a chemical weapons experiment gone awry (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
The official, who spoke on the condition he not be named because of the sensitive nature of the issue, said he could not confirm press reports that the accident killed at least 40 al Qaeda operatives, but he said the mishap led the militant group to shut down a base in the mountains of Tizi Ouzou province in eastern Algeria.

He said authorities in the first week of January intercepted an urgent communication between the leadership of al Qaeda in the Land of the Maghreb (AQIM) and al Qaeda's leadership in the tribal region of Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan. The communication suggested that an area sealed to prevent leakage of a biological or chemical substance had been breached, according to the official.

"We don't know if this is biological or chemical," the official said.

The story was first reported by the British tabloid the Sun, which said the al Qaeda operatives died after being infected with a strain of bubonic plague, the disease that killed a third of Europe's population in the 14th century. But the intelligence official dismissed that claim.


Al Qaeda is believed by U.S. and Western experts to have been pursuing biological weapons since at least the late 1990s. A 2005 report on unconventional weapons drafted by a commission led by former Sen. Charles Robb, Virginia Democrat, and federal appeals court Judge Laurence Silberman concluded that al Qaeda's biological weapons program "was extensive, well organized and operated two years before the Sept. 11" terror attacks in the U.S.

Another report from the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation, released in December, warned that "terrorists are more likely to be able to obtain and use a biological weapon than a nuclear weapon."
Read the whole thing.

In one of the clearest moments of his presidency, George W. Bush said
Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.
If we don't all understand that, civilization as we know it is doomed.


At 12:20 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Except Bush didn't really mean it when he tried to impose upon Israel what he would never tolerate being imposed upon the United States: a terrorist regime. When it comes to the Jews, there's always an exception to the rule for every one and a Palestinian reichlet would be a permanent danger to Israel's very existence. Thank G-d despite all the efforts of the West, that so far its died aborning. But Israel's enemies and the destroyers from within the House Of Israel will never give up their efforts to put the proverbial noose around Israel's neck.

Let us be clear, Carl: imposing a Palestinian reichlet upon the Jewish State is a hostile act against it and every nation should be regarded by Israel accordingly. If they ever succeed, civilization as we know it is doomed.

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Read Caroline Glick's column from last Friday.

Bush was basically pro-Israel and his heart was in the right place. But he was lousy at translating his policy decisions to execution and Defense and State largely ignored what he wanted for us.


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