By Heidi Blake and Christopher Hope, The Daily Telegraph February 1, 2011
Al-Qaida is on the verge of producing radioactive weapons after sourcing nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists to build “dirty” bombs, according to leaked diplomatic documents.
A leading atomic regulator has privately warned that the world stands on the brink of a “nuclear 9/11”.
Security briefings suggest that jihadi groups are also close to producing “workable and efficient” biological and chemical weapons that could kill thousands if unleashed in attacks on the West.
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Phi Beta Iota: See the sources below for “old news” aspects of this. First, the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere are going to re-energize Al Qaeda and other forms of violent resistance to oppression. It is hard for any intelligent person with integrity to avoid the reality that the US and the West have caused or sanctioned tens of millions of illegitimate deaths and displacements by dictators, royal despots, and corrupt secular governments. Second, what we do each day to ourselves in the way of toxins and poisons makes any such threat from a “terrorist” group nothing more than a pimple on our bloated ass. We are killing ourselves and poisoning our children and our environment in ways vastly more pervasive and sustained than any terrorist attack. Third, as newsworthy as a nuclear attack might be–and the Soviet suitcase bombs are still out there with at least two probably maintained and usable today–the real play today is not between terrorists and the Western armed forces but between the public and all forms of organized predation–that includes the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Clinton-Bush fund-raising endeavors that deliver less than 10% of what they collect; most corporations less those that see the value of social business and cradle to grave green sustainable design; most governments that are ineffective (with over 175 of them officially “failed states”), and religions that sell “indulgences” to or otherwise nurture those in power that fail to nurture, protect, and educate the faithful. This is about Epoch A top-down predatory leadership versus Epoch B bottom-up multicultural collective leadership in the public interest. If you don't understand the protagonists or the context, you cannot be effective–in Egypt we are seeing “push back” that may buy short-term time but it is wasting precious peaceful transition opportunities. In the US we are seeing precisely the same thing. Until the truth is on the table, one cannot deal with it.