Date: November 2, 2006
Source: World Net Daily
Abstract: Terrorists could assemble a small group of fewer than 20 to construct a Hiroshima-size nuclear bomb, purchase the fissionable uranium needed and transport it to the U.S. city of their choice for less than $10 million, says a new report published in the November-December issue of Foreign Policy.
"The Bomb in the Backyard" was the result of the investigative work of Peter D. Zimmerman and Jeffrey G. Lewis. Zimmerman is professor of science and security in the Department of War Studies at King's College in London and previously served as chief scientist of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chief scientist of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Lewis is executive director of the Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
"To put it in strictly commercial terms, terrorists would likely find a nuclear attack cost effective," they write in the article. "The simple appeal of nuclear terrorism can be illustrated with a hypothetical situation. A failed nuclear detonation, one that produced only a few tens of tons in yield, could kill 10,000 people in just a few hours if the device exploded in a crowded financial center. Not only would 10,000 persons represent the upward limit of a conventional terrorist attack, but that figure would exceed the combined casualties in all of al-Qaida's attacks over the entire history of the organization."
And that's the "worst-case" scenario for the terrorists, the authors point out. If "successful," the nuclear detonation would kill 10 times more people – 100,000.
Without giving away any information about the assembling of such a device that cannot already be found easily on the Internet, Zimmerman and Lewis construct a scenario for building a nuclear bomb within the U.S. for a budget of less than $10 million – finding it can done with a small team of about 19, the same number of people involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.
"It is certainly possible that a terrorist group might not want to risk detection within U.S. borders and would prefer to make the bomb overseas," they write. "But, for purposes of this hypothetical situation, we chose a scenario that would be far less uncertain for the terrorists by eliminating the risks of moving the bomb across a border."
In fact, the backyard bomb project came in under budget – at $5.433 million. The authors said the project – from start to finish – would take no more than a few months.
"Once complete, the nuclear device itself is likely to be less than 9 feet long," said the report. "Although it would not fit easily in a sedan, it could be transported in a van or small panel truck with, say, a couple drivers and a couple more people to keep an eye on the device. The plotters could target any number of metropolitan areas and would be free to choose based entirely on their desire to travel unobtrusively and undetected, presumably across a large fraction of the United States."
The authors warn that nuclear terrorism is still very much on the minds of al-Qaida, which began plans more than a decade ago for what it dubbed "American Hiroshima," a nuclear attack on the U.S. As recently as September, they say, al-Qaida put out a call urging nuclear scientists to join its war against the West.
Also in September, the new al-Qaida field commander in Afghanistan called for Muslims to leave the U.S. – particularly Washington and New York – in anticipation of a major terror attack to rival Sept. 11, according to an interview by another Pakistani journalist.
Abu Dawood told Hamid Mir, a reporter who has covered al-Qaida and met with Osama bin Laden, the attack is being coordinated by Adnan el-Shukrijumah and suggests it may involve some form of weapon of mass destruction smuggled across the Mexican border.
"Our brothers are ready to attack inside America. We will breach their security again," he is quoted as saying. "There is no timeframe for our attack inside America; we can do it any time."
As WND has previously reported, el-Shukrijumah is a trained nuclear technician and accomplished pilot who has been singled out by bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to serve as the field commander for the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
The terrorist was last seen in Mexico, where, on Nov. 1, 2004, he allegedly hijacked a Piper PA Pawnee cropduster from Ejido Queretaro near Mexicali to transport a nuclear weapon and nuclear equipment into the U.S., according to Paul Williams, a former FBI consultant and author of "The Dunces of Doomsday."
"He is an American and a friend of Muhammad Atta, who led 9/11 attacks five years ago," said Dawood. "We call him 'Jaffer al Tayyar' (Jafer the Pilot); he is very brave and intelligent. (President) Bush is aware that brother Adnan has smuggled deadly materials inside America from the Mexican border. Bush is silent about him, because he doesn’t want to panic his people. Sheikh Osama bin Laden has completed his cycle of warnings. You know, he is man of his words, he is not a politician; he always does what he says. If he said it many times that Americans will see new attacks, they will definitely see new attacks. He is a real mujahid. Americans will not win this war, which they have started against Muslims. Americans are the biggest supporters of the biggest terrorist in the world, which is Israel."
Mir reportedly interviewed Dawood Sept. 12 at the tomb of Sultan Mehmud Ghaznawi on the outskirts of Kabul. Dawood and the al-Qaida leaders who accompanied him were clean-shaven and dressed as Western reporters. The al-Qaida commander had contacted Mir by cell phone to arrange the meeting.
El-Shukrijumah was born in Guyana Aug. 4, 1975 – the firstborn of Gulshair el-Shukrijumah, a 44-year-old radical Muslim cleric, and his 16-year-old wife. In 1985, Gulshair migrated to the United States, where he assumed duties as the imam of the Farouq Mosque in Brooklyn.
The mosque, located at 554 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, has served as a hive for terrorist activities. It has raised millions for the jihad and has served as a recruiting station for al-Qaida. Many of the planners of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, including blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, were prominent members of this notorious "house of worship."
In 1995, the Shukrijumah family relocated to Miramar, Fla., where Gulshair became the spiritual leader of the radical Masjid al-Hijah Mosque, and where Adnan became friends with Jose Padilla, who planned to detonate a radiological bomb in midtown Manhattan; Mandhai Jokhan, who was convicted of attempting to blow up nuclear power plants in southern Florida; and a group of other homegrown terrorists.
Adnan Shukrijumah attended flight schools in Florida and Norman, Oklahoma, along with Mohammad Atta and the other 9/11 operatives, and he became a highly skilled commercial jet pilot, although he, like Atta and the other terrorists, never applied for a license with the Federal Aviation Commission.
In April 2001, Shukrijumah spent 10 days in Panama, where he reportedly met with al-Qaida officials to assist in the planning of 9/11. He also traveled to Trinidad and Guyana, where virulent al-Qaida cells have been established. The following month, he obtained an associate's degree in computer engineering from Broward Community College.
During this time, he managed to get passports from Guyana, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia, Canada and the United States, according to Williams. He also began to adopt a number of aliases, including Abu Arifi, Jafar al-Tayyar, Jaafar At Yayyar, Ja'far al-Tayar, and Mohammed Sher Mohammed Khan (the name that appeared on his official FBI file). He traveled to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, where he met with Ramzi Binalshibh, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and other members of the al-Qaida high command. He also spent considerable time within al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan, where he received training in explosives and special operations.
Following 9/11, el-Shukrijumah was reportedly singled out by bin Laden and al-Zawahiri to spearhead the next great attack on America. One plan was for a nuclear attack that would take place simultaneously in seven U.S. cities, leaving millions dead and the richest and most powerful nation on earth in ashes.
"Muslims should leave America," said Dawood. "We cannot stop our attack just because of the American Muslims; they must realize that American forces are killing innocent Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq; we have the right to respond back, in the same manner, in the enemy's homeland. The American Muslims are like a human shield for our enemy; they must leave New York and Washington."
Mir, the journalist, has reported previously that al-Qaida has smuggled nuclear weapons and uranium into the U.S.
"I am saying that Muslims must leave America, but we can attack America anytime," he said. "Our cycle of warnings has been completed, now we have fresh edicts from some prominent Muslim scholars to destroy our enemy, this is our defending of Jihad; the enemy has entered in our homes and we have the right to enter in their homes, they are killing us, we will kill them" (World Net Daily, 2006).Title: Moscow Arms Against Nuclear Attack
Date: July 12, 2010
Abstract: Nearly 5,000 new emergency bomb shelters will be built in Moscow by 2012 to save people in case of potential attacks.
Moscow authorities say the measure is urgent as the shelters currently available in the city can house no more that half of its population.
In the last 20 years, the area of air-raid defense has been developed little, and the existing shelters have become outdated. Moreover, they are located mostly in the city center, which makes densely populated Moscow outskirts especially vulnerable in the event of a nuclear attack.
In order to resolve the issue, the city has given architects a task to construct a typical model of an easy-to-build shelter that will be located all over the city 10 to 15 meters underneath apartment blocks, shopping centers, sport complexes and parks, as in case of attack people will need to reach the shelters within a minute.
Moscow saw its first mass building of shelters in the 1930s, after which 7,000 of them were constructed. Some of Russia’s metro stations have been built very deep underground so that they could double as air raid shelters.However, in the early 1990s, many shelters were privatized by commercial firms that used them as warehouses, parking lots, and even restaurants (RT, 2010).
Title: Indianapolis On The Lookout For Nuclear Threats At Super Bowl
Date: January 30, 2012
Abstract: Specialists from the U.S. Energy Department will be scanning for potential nuclear or radiological weapons materials at the Indianapolis stadium where this year's Super Bowl will be played, the Associated Press reported on Monday.
Indianapolis has spent millions of dollars in preparations for the Super Bowl. Federal, state and local officials are all involved in the security efforts surrounding Sunday's football game that will pit the New York Giants against the New England Patriots. As many as 1,000 local law enforcement officers will be on hand at Lucas Oil Stadium and in the nearby area to respond to potential threats."We're using more technology, and state-of-the-art technology, than has been used in any Super Bowl before this one," Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub said (NTI, 2012).
Title: Nuclear Weapons On A Highway Near You
Date: February 15, 2012
Source: Mother Jones
Abstract: "Is that it?" My wife leans forward in the passenger seat of our sensible hatchback and points ahead to an 18-wheeler that's hauling ass toward us on a low-country stretch of South Carolina's Highway 125. We've been heading west from I-95 toward the Savannah River Site nuclear facility on the Georgia-South Carolina border, in search of nuke truckers. At first the mysterious big rig resembles a commercial gas tanker, but the cab is pristine-looking and there's a simple blue-on-white license plate: US GOVERNMENT. It blows by too quickly to determine whether it's part of the little-known US fleet tasked with transporting some of the most sensitive cargo in existence.
As you weave through interstate traffic, you're unlikely to notice another plain-looking Peterbilt tractor-trailer rolling along in the right-hand lane. The government plates and array of antennas jutting from the cab's roof would hardly register. You'd have no idea that inside the cab an armed federal agent operates a host of electronic countermeasures to keep outsiders from accessing his heavily armored cargo: a nuclear warhead with enough destructive power to level downtown San Francisco.
That's the way the Office of Secure Transportation (OST) wants it. At a cost of $250 million a year, 350 couriers employed by this secretive agency within the US Department of Energy use some of the nation's busiest roads to move America's radioactive material wherever it needs to go—from a variety of labs, reactors and military bases, to the nation's Pantex bomb-assembly plant in Amarillo, Texas, to the Savannah River facility.* Most of the shipments are bombs or weapon components; some are radioactive metals for research or fuel for Navy ships and submarines.
The OST's operations are an open secret, and much about them can be gleaned from unclassified sources in the public domain. Yet hiding nukes in plain sight, and rolling them through major metropolises like Atlanta, Denver, and LA, raises a slew of security and environmental concerns, from theft to terrorist attack to radioactive spills. "Any time you put nuclear weapons and materials on the highway, you create security risks," says Tom Clements, a nuclear security watchdog for the nonprofit environmental group Friends of the Earth. "The shipments are part of the threat to all of us by the nuclear complex." To highlight those risks, his and another group, the Georgia-basedNuclear Watch South, have made a pastime of pursuing and photographing OST convoys.
Potential risks from accidents or attacks led some activists to dub nuke truckers "the axles of evil."
Proponents say that the most efficient and reliable way to transport nuclear weapons and components is via the interstate highway system—a legacy of President Eisenhower, who pushed to build it as a national defense infrastructure during the Cold War in the 1950s. But Dr. Matthew Bunn, a Harvard professor who advised the Clinton White House on how to keep nuclear materials secure, acknowledges that nuclear convoys carry risks. "A transport is inherently harder to defend against a violent, guns-blazing enemy attack than a fixed site is," he says. Moreover, in recent years the OST's nuke truckers have had a spotty track record—including spills, problems with drinking on the job, weapons violations, and even criminal activity.
The OST doesn't employ your typical truck-stop 18-wheeler jockeys; the agency seeks to hiremilitary veterans, particularly ex-special-operations forces. Besides contending with "irregular hours, personal risks, and exposure to inclement weather," agents "may be called upon to use deadly force if necessary to prevent the theft, sabotage or takeover of protected materials by unauthorized persons." At a small outpost in Ft. Smith, Arkansas—the Army base where Elvis was inducted and got his famous haircut—the prospective agents are trained in close-quarters battle, tactical shooting, physical fitness, and shifting smoothly through the gears of a tractor-trailer.
In 2010, DOE inspectors were tipped off to alcohol abuse among the truckers. Theyidentified 16 alcohol-related incidents between 2007 and 2009, including one in which agents were detained by local police at a bar after they'd stopped for the night with their atomic payload. After several agents and contractorswere caught bringing unauthorized guns on training missions in Nevada between 2001 and 2004, DOE inspectors determined that "firearms policies and procedures were systematically violated." One OST agent in Texas pled guilty in 2006 after using his position to illegally buy and sell body armor, rifle scopes, machine gun components, and other assault gear.
There have also been accidents. In 1996, a driver flipped his trailer on a two-lane Nebraska hill road after a freak ice storm, sending
authorities scrambling to secure its payload of two nuclear bombs and return
them to a nearby Air Force base. In 2003, two trucks operated by private
contractors had rollover accidents in Montana and Tennessee while hauling
uranium hexafluoride, a compound use to enrich reactor and bomb fuel. (DOE
apparently uses some contractors for "low-risk" shipments, while all
high-security hauling of weapons is done by OST truckers). In June 2004, on
I-26 near Asheville, North Carolina, a truck bound for the Savannah River Site
leaked "less than a pint" of uranyl nitrate—liquefied yellowcake uranium, which can be used
to produce bomb components.
None of these incidents resulted in significant danger to locals, according to DOE records. Still, officials in Nevada, raising concerns in 2002 about possible federal shipments of nuclear waste toYucca Mountain, cited the DOE's own study stating that a "reasonably foreseeable accident scenario" could cause cancer-related deaths. And a bomb or rocket attack on a truck, DOE had projected, could kill 18,000 people and cost $10 billion to clean up. Such concerns led some activists to dub nuke truckers "the axles of evil."
"The trucks have all sorts of goodies, the details of which are mostly secret."
Al Stotts, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees OST, declined to comment specifically on any measures taken to increase safety or security. "While we routinely acknowledge that OST's mission is to transport national security cargoes—nuclear weapons, components and special nuclear materials—we don't discuss routes, route timing, destinations or specific cargoes of convoys," he said in an email. "I'm sure you also realize that for national security reasons we do not discuss vehicle tactical roles and capabilities, trailer system details, or operational force numbers and capabilities."
If a terrorist attempted to attack or take over one of OST's vehicles
(not only 18-wheelers, but also fleet trucks, vans, and even dune buggies),
they would have to contend with a lot more than just the specially trained
agents manning them. "The trucks have all sorts of goodies, the details of
which are mostly secret," Bunn says. The cabs are fitted with custom
composite armor and lightweight armored glass, as well as redundant
communications systems that link the convoys to a monitoring center in
Albuquerque. A driver has the ability to disable the truck so it can't be moved
or opened, and the truck is designed to defend itself, OST officials claim. How
so remains unclear, though its parent agency, the DOE, contracted in 2005 with
an Australian weapons company called Metal Storm to develop a
robotic 40-millimeter gun that could "distribute large quantities of
ammunition over a large area in an extremely short time frame" (Mother Jones, 2012).
Title: Nuclear-Armed Terrorists Are A Real Threat To Britain, Deputy Prime
Minister Nick Clegg Will Warn
Date: March 7, 2012
Source: Daily Mail
Abstract: Stateless terrorists are closer to unleashing a nuclear attack on Britain than ever before, Nick Clegg will warn today.
The Deputy Prime Minister will say materials and internet instructions on how to make a 'dirty bomb' have become so readily available in recent years that police forces are unable to contain such a threat.
Al Qaeda are already known to be actively trying to amass nuclear material and recruit rogue scientists to build a radioactive 'dirty bomb' while diplomatic temperatures between Iran and the West are at boiling point.
Mr Clegg will issue a plea for more co-operation between countries to fight the spectre of terrorism, crime and economic collapse in a speech at the Hague this evening, the Daily Telegraph reported.
He will say: 'Take a terrorist-executed nuclear attack: unthinkable just a generation ago but now a possibility the international community cannot afford to ignore, thanks to an increased availability of nuclear material combined with more information about making the weapons on the internet, as well as thriving smuggling networks.
'That is a stateless threat, impossible for any national police force, no matter how advanced, to contain.
'But together we can agree and enforce the rules that will prevent such attacks. And I’m travelling to a major summit in Seoul later this year to that very end.'
Diplomatic documents exposed by Wikileaks last year showed a leading atomic regulator had privately warned the security services that the world stands on the brink of a 'nuclear 9/11'.
What is a Dirty Bomb?
A dirty bomb combines normal explosives (such as dynamite or Semtex) and radioactive materials.
The bomb blast rapidly spreads the radioactive particles, creating a major contamination hazard.
The blast itself is as forceful as any other type of high-explosive device but would boost radiation levels in the detonation area, causing long-term damage. It could increase the risk of cancer and kill people several years in the future.
A Nato meeting in 2009 revealed that al Qaeda were plotting to build makeshift nuclear IEDs and plant them by roads used by US and British troops in Afghanistan.
Yesterday the Cabinet was briefed by nuclear experts led by National Security Adviser Sir Kim Darroch on Iran's progress in acquiring the bomb.
The meeting was arranged after US President Barack Obama met Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Washington to discuss the issue.
Yesterday British Prime Minster David Cameron warned that Iran is developing nuclear missiles capable of hitting London, telling MPs that Tehran was trying to develop 'intercontinental missiles'.
He stressed that that ‘military action’ against Iran was not ‘off the table’, adding: ‘I don’t believe that an Iranian nuclear weapon is just a threat to Israel.
‘It is also clearly very dangerous for the region because it would trigger a nuclear arms race but also it’s a danger more broadly, not least because there are signs that the Iranians want to have some sort of intercontinental missile capability. So we have to be clear this is potentially a threat much more widely’ (Daily Mail, 2012).
Title: Report: Russia Moves Nuclear Missiles To Cuba
Date: August 2, 2012
Abstract: A report out of Pravda quotes President Vladimir Putin as saying that Russia has moved strategic nuclear missiles to Cuba in response to the United States’ continuing efforts to encircle Russia in Eastern Europe.
The article, written by Lyuba Lulko, explains how Russia is reviving its military operations in Vietnam, Cuba and the Seychelles.
In October 2001, President Vladimir Putin announced that the Lourdes radio-electronic center on the island had been shut down as a “gift” to President George W. Bush on the basis of promises given by Bush that the U.S. missile defense system would never be deployed in Eastern Europe.
However, with the missile defense system under the auspices of NATO now reaching “interim operational capability” in Europe at the end of May, that promise has been shattered.
“The Russian Federation has fulfilled all terms of the agreement. And even more. I shut down not only the Cuban Lourdes but also Kamran in Vietnam. I shut them down because I gave my word of honor. I, like a man, has kept my word. What have the Americans done? The Americans are not responsible for their own words. It is no secret that in recent years, the U.S. created a buffer zone around Russia, involving in this process not only the countries of Central Europe, but also the Baltic states, Ukraine and the Caucasus. The only response to this could be an asymmetric expansion of the Russian military presence abroad, particularly in Cuba,” the report quotes Putin as saying.
“With the full consent of the Cuban leadership, on May 11 of this year, our country has not only resumed work in the electronic center of Lourdes, but also placed the latest mobile strategic nuclear missiles “Oak” on the island. They did not want to do it the amicable way, now let them deal with this,” added Putin.
According to the report, Cuba, which was angered by the original decision to shut down the radio-electronic center, has agreed to allow Russia to locate the missiles on Cuban territory because of its fears over new U.S. military bases in Colombia.
Whether the quotes attributed to Putin are accurate or not remains to be seen. They appear nowhere outside of the original Pravda piece.
Once the primary mouthpiece of the Soviet Communist Party, Pravda’s influence has now declined rapidly. The online version is managed by former journalists who worked for the original newspaper but other than that the two versions are separate entities.
Speculation that Russia was re-building its nuclear infrastructure in preparation for a potential future conflict came with the news that 5,000 new nuclear bomb shelters were being constructed in Moscow to be completed by the end of 2012.
Officials justified the move by saying they wanted the entire population of Moscow to be able to reach a nuclear bomb shelter within minutes. China has also built huge underground bomb shelters, outpacing the United States whose bomb shelters from the cold war era still remain as they were at the time or have been decommissioned.
The prospect of Russia moving nuclear missiles to Cuba obviously harks back to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, which marked the closest moment that the world came to World War III and a potential nuclear holocaust.Given the gravity of Putin’s alleged statements, don’t expect to wait too long for Russian authorities to deny the quotes featured in the Pravda report (Infowars, 2012).
Title: In The Works: New Radiation Monitoring For US Ports
Date: August 30, 2012
Abstract: That low-flying helicopter crisscrossing the skies over the San Francisco Bay Area for the next three days is gathering data on background radiation levels, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The crew is collecting data on background radiation so local and federal law enforcement agencies will have a base line to compare to spikes detected by new monitoring equipment sniffing for radioactive materials at the nation’s ports and border crossings.
NNSA is conducting the survey in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, which was criticized in 2009 by the General Accounting Office for not doing more to monitor the smuggling of radioactive materials on the domestic front:
DNDO has made some progress in strengthening radiation detection capabilities to address critical gaps and vulnerabilities in combating nuclear smuggling, which include the land border area between ports of entry into the United States, aviation, and small maritime vessels. However, DNDO is still in the early stages of program development, and has not clearly developed long term plans, with costs and time frames, for achieving its goal of closing these gaps by expanding radiological and nuclear detection capabilities.
The GAO report gives us a hint what kind of equipment the government is developing to detect radiation, as welll as that equipment’s limitations. Among those limitations, a lack of information about background radiation:
“The level of background radiation in water differs from the level of background radiation on land, which affects the capability of equipment to detect and identify certain types of radioactive material,” the GAO report states.
Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has been searching for better equipment to use in the nation’s seaports, according to GAO:
To date, DNDO has, among other things, tested boat-mounted radiation detectors, detection equipment that can be carried in a backpack, and handheld radiological detection and identification devices that can withstand exposure to water. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of radiation detection equipment in the maritime environment remains limited.
The boat-mounted systems can detect radioactive material when it arrives in port, but can’t determine which vessel is carrying it, or even in which direction it lies, according to the GAO report.
The backpack detectors are too bulky for Coast Guard personnel, who
already have to wear bulky protective equipment when boarding ships with narrow
doors. And the handheld detectors sink when dropped in the water and can’t withstand
pressures below 30 feet (Forbes, 2012).
Title: Top Military Chiefs Go Cold On Nuclear Deterrent
Date: September 26, 2012
Abstract: Senior military commanders have privately questioned whether Britain needs to maintain its current level of nuclear deterrence when the country's ageing Trident submarines are decommissioned.
Nick Harvey, the former defence minister who until September had responsibility for the Government's nuclear capability review, said officers had expressed reservations to him about both the costs and the benefits of such a deterrent.
And he warned that Britain's armed forces are facing a "perfect storm" of additional costs in the next five years that meant any decision to replace Trident would force cutbacks in other areas.
Serving military commanders told The Independentthat while the decision on the future of the Trident had to be a political one the economic imperatives "must lead" to an "evaluation of what is ideal to have and what is more realistic in the situation we face".
"There are all kinds of considerations beyond purely military ones, such as whether not having a nuclear deterrent have any impact on our seat in the [UN] Security Council," said one of the most senior generals in the Army.
The senior general added that in terms of pure defence we must explore whether the money spent on Trident can't be spent better elsewhere, considering the very stringent cuts we face thanks to the SDSR.
"We are certainly up for a debate on this," he said.
The Government is due to publish the findings of its own review into the options for replacing Trident at the start of next year. Ministers have put the bill for a full scale new system at between £15bn and £20bn which is due to come out of existing Ministry of Defence budgets.
In his first public comments on the issue since leaving office Mr Harvey said senior officers were now beginning to question to wisdom of the status quo.
"Believe you me there are very senior people within all three services who are highly aware of the perfect storm of costs that are coming," he said.
"They don't believe that the Treasury is going to ride to their rescue with a cheque. They are asking the question: do we really want to do this. Is the opportunity cost of having another generation of nuclear weapons too high in terms of what it would prevent us doing on other fronts?"
Mr Harvey said that by 2020 the armed forces would have to find the money to pay for the joint striker aircraft, a new generation of unmanned aircraft as well as the Type 26 frigate.
This, he added, was in addition to re-kitting the army which, he said, had not had a proper programme of new equipment "for about 50 years".
"All of that will come at the same time as this massive outlay for Trident.
"I believe that the army, the air force and the surface part of the navy will look at the competing costs facing defence in 2020 and there will be an open debate as to whether replacing Trident with another full scale programme of nuclear weapons is an absolute must."
He added: "Serving military officers have to say what they've got to say behind closed doors but you can sometimes hear from what retired military officers say what the military community thinks."
Mr Harvey said he hoped that the nuclear review would spark a wider political debate about whether Britain needed to keep a cold war style nuclear deterrence for the sake of international prestige or whether there were cheaper alternatives available.
"I think we might struggle to persuade the British public to get off the nuclear ladder altogether," he said.
"But we might persuade them to keep our nuclear capability but put it away and not have it as part of your everyday activity."
And he dismissed that argument of that the wider economic benefits of replacing Trident made it a worthwhile programme.
"The idea that you should produce weapons of mass destruction in order to keep 1,500 jobs going in the Barrow shipyard is simply ludicrous," he said.
"Frankly you could give them all a couple of million quid and send them to the Bahamas for the rest of their lives - and you would have saved an awful lot of money."
Former commanders have been openly questioning the wisdom of Trident replacement. General Lord Ramsbotham stated: "What is the point in spending a vast proportion of our defence budget on it when that portion could be better spent on better equipping our conventional armed forces and giving them the precision guided weapons that they need."
A serving senior officer added: "The imperative is to ensure we
have adequate conventional defences and this should not be sacrificed for the
sake of replacing Trident" (Independent, 2012).
Title: Era Of Atomic Bombs Over: President
Date: April 16, 2013
Source: Press TV
Abstract: Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the era of atomic bombs is over and the use of nuclear weapons will no longer influence political equations.
“The era of the atomic bomb is over. Atomic bombs are no longer useful and have no effect on political equations. Atomic bombs belong to the last century, and anyone who thinks he can rule the world by atomic bombs is a political fool,” Ahmadinejad said during his visit to Benin on Monday.
Ahmadinejad added that imperialism is what currently threatens the world, not nuclear weapons.
The Iranian president said world powers seek to maintain their monopoly over nuclear energy and are using propaganda tools to insinuate the idea that nuclear energy equates a nuclear bomb - which is “a big lie.”
“Nuclear energy is one
thing and an atomic bomb is another. This useful energy must belong to all
nations,” Ahmadinejad stated.
“We are fighting so that all nations could use peaceful nuclear energy,” the Iranian president said, adding that although monopolists were resisting, they would fail against the struggles of independent countries such as Iran, and African and Latin American states.
Those countries that possess large stockpiles of nuclear weapons deceptively claim that they are against the use of such arms, Ahmadinejad said. He added that if those countries oppose the use of nuclear weapons, they must not be in possession of the weapons.
Ahmadinejad left Tehran for a three-day tour of Africa on Sunday at the head of a high-ranking delegation (PressTV, 2013).
Title: Zionists Warm Up To Wage Nuclear
Wars Across Mideast
Date: April 17, 2013
Abstract: The Zionist attack dogs are at it again. These creatures, of peculiarly vicious disposition, come in two main types.
There is the Zionist Israeli type, slavering and slobbering at the thought of killing somebody who is not capable of seriously fighting back. This type, for example, is very good at killing defenseless Palestinians and consists of Nazi fascists. Exactly like the German Nazis, the Zionist Israelis have aracial doctrine, a historical doctrine and a lebensraum doctrine.
The racial doctrine is that Arabs and Muslims are inferior. The historical doctrine is that, once upon a time, two thousand years ago, there was a beautiful fairy land….. And the lebensraum doctrine is that Israel has a need for more territory (extending from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean across to the River Euphrates) which justifies its continual expansion into the lands of others.
And, making a really big effort to ensure that they really are exactly likethe German Nazis, the Zionist Israelis are implementing genocide in Palestine. This genocide is, admittedly, so far, not as fast as that of the Nazis but - hey! - be fair, they’re only warming up, aren’t they?
Indeed, they are warming up. Just like Hitler they now want to attack other countries not just for sniggering fun (as when they attack Palestinians) but really BIG countries, like Iran!
And (roll of drums and blast of trumpets)the Zionist Israelis say they are going to do this all by themselves!
Yes, they are going to attack Iran all by --!
STOP! CORRECTION! SORREEE!! They don’t mean that bit about all by themselves! Like bullies everywhere, they are not going to attack unless they can guarantee themselves victory (maybe by using a brass knuckle-duster or a piece of lead). In this case, they will be making sure that the other type of Zionists will be coming in with full military support.
This other type of Zionist is the American Zionist. These people go to bed dreaming of drone attacks wiping out children and women, the more the better. They are all over the USA not just in the halls of power but in the hearts of the fifty to sixty million Christian Zionists who do not merely dream of drones but want fully-fledged nuclear war in the Middle East after which, they believe, they will be wafted up to Heaven.
The American Zionists are strong within the American government. For example, the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, in Resolution 65, has just vowed full diplomatic, economic and military support for Israel if it attacks Iran. And who was the last Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee? Have a guess - yes, former Senator John Kerry!
And, only one guess is allowed, who is now the American Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs?
If you did not manage to guess the correct answer (former Senator John Kerry) here is an easier question. Who won the Nobel Peace Prize and is now the President of the USA?
Answer, President Obama. The Noble Prize award happened because Zionists control the Nobel Peace Committee which, no doubt, starts its meeting by chanting meaty slogans (as in George Orwell’s book 1984) like Black Is White, War Is Peace etc.
As to how the first, Israeli, type of Zionist will succeed in dragging in the second, American, type of Zionist into war with Iran, the answer is a false flag attack. 9/11 was a false flag attack (think of Tower Number Seven, not hit by an aeroplane, mysteriously collapsing into powder) and the Israelis attacked an American ship, USS Liberty, in 1967. The Israelis are masters at false flag attacks.
The two types of Zionist are scum, despised by decent people everywhere. Zionists are swimming against the tide of history, although they don’t care. The lack of caring is the result of moral turpitude and stupidity, with the latter beginning to prevail over the former.
The stupidity comes about because the Zionists think the world likes them (when, in reality, it hates them) and that they will always win the wars that they start against militarily inferior, even defenseless, people. However, they are forgetting the defeats in Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq. And they forgetting that all sixteen of America’s intelligence agencies (as well as MI6, Mossad and the IAEA)confirm that that Iran is NOT building an atomic bomb while, at the same time, everybody knows that Israel has about four hundred undeclared atomic and hydrogen bombs.
Moreover, the Zionists forget that not only has Iran avowed a definitive, crushing military response but that anybody who thinks that the Middle East political situation will remain stable after an attack on Iran, is living in cloud-cuckoo land. Among the consequences of an attack will be the overthrow of the pet allies of the Zionists such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Everybody knows (think Wikileaks) that the Saudi regime (a contemptible bunch of gruesome ghouls and totalitarians) has been egging on the Americans to attack Iran. The Saudi regime, too, has a racist doctrine (that Shias are non-human) so it’s not surprising that it is allied with the Zionists who, of course, help the Saudi regime in suppressing the democratic aspirations of its own population.
Apart from the overthrow of autocratic regimes, the economic consequences of an attack on Iran are too horrible to contemplate. The Western economy is collapsing and nothing, nothing, that Americans could do would stop oil prices shooting through the roof which, in the present circumstances, would finally instigate a very long-lasting depression (PressTV, 2013).
Title: After Petition, Atomic Bomb
Re-Enactment Dropped From Ohio Air Show
Date: April 18, 2013
Source: Fox News
Abstract: A popular southwest Ohio air show has canceled plans to stage a re-enactment of the devastating World War II atomic bomb attack on Japan after protests, officials said Thursday.
Dayton Air Show spokeswoman Brenda Kerfoot said the June 22-23 event at Dayton International Airport will keep a planned "Great Wall of Fire" pyrotechnic show but not as an event meant to re-enact the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima. The B-29 plane "Fifi," similar to the Enola Gay B-29 bomber used to attack Japan, will remain in the show but in a separate role.
Air show officials said the re-enactment was meant to highlight a historic event that helped end the war and save lives that would have been lost if the war had been prolonged.
"We've taken it as more of an educational show," Kerfoot said. "The wording that we used probably wasn't the best."
She said once critics this week began calling it inappropriate for a family event, the air show decided to separate the B-29 from the pyrotechnic show.
"We didn't want it to become a distraction to the overall quality of the show," she said.
The Dayton Daily News reported that art curator Gabriela Pickett started an online petition to object to the "glamorization of destruction," and said it didn't reflect Dayton's image as a city of peace. Dozens of people around the country signed it.
The city has for years highlighted its role as the site of the Dayton peace accords on Bosnia negotiated in 1995. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize each year honors literature's power to promote peace.
A University of Dayton associate professor who was born in a U.S. wartime detention camp for Japanese-Americans said besides the "re-enactment" being offensive, the show's contention that the bomb that killed so many Japanese ended up saving more lives is disputable -- some historians say Japan would have surrendered without the atomic bomb attacks.
"By having shows like that, it is not only in bad taste, but I think I sustains misinformation," said Ron Katsuyama, past president of the Asian American Council.
As many as 140,000 people were killed by the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, with more than 70,000 more killed in an attack three days later on Nagasaki.
In 1994, Bill Clinton's White House pressured the U.S. Postal Service into scrapping a mushroom cloud stamp planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war's end, following protests by the Japanese government.
A spokeswoman at the Japanese Embassy in Washington said Thursday it was unaware of the air show issue and had no comment.
The controversy is another setback for the show that dates to 1975 in the city that was home to the aviation-pioneering Wright Brothers.
The air show last month announced that its headline act, the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds jet demonstration team, was canceled because of the cuts triggered by the failure to reach a federal budget deal in Washington.The show normally attracts more than 70,000 people for its displays of vintage planes, aerial acrobatics and stunts. Kerfoot said attendance likely will be lower this year (Fox News, 2013).