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  • Reckless Lunacy (Oliver North on Obama & disarmament)

    08/23/2012 4:55:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 24, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Americans following this year's presidential campaign would never know it from mainstream media coverage, but the commander in chief we hired four years ago has set the United States on a course for unilateral disarmament. The following people hope you won't notice until after Nov. 6: Vladimir Putin, Liang Guanglie, Kim Jong-un, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, A.Q. Khan and of course, Barack Obama. The 10 individuals above share a common fascination: nuclear weapons. Vladimir Putin, Russia's modern czar; Liang Guanglie, minister of national defense for...
  • Secrets of Saddam's nuclear programme hidden under tree

    09/25/2004 1:15:57 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | September 25, 2004 | KATHERINE PFLEGER SHRADER
    AN IRAQI scientist-turned-author says the most significant pieces of his country’s dormant nuclear programme were buried under a lotus tree in his backyard, untouched for more than a decade before the US-led invasion in 2003.But their existence, Dr Mahdi Obeidi writes in a new book, is evidence that the international community should remain vigilant as other countries try to replicate Iraq’s successes before the 1991 Gulf war to develop components necessary for a nuclear weapon. In The Bomb in my Garden, Dr Obeidi details Saddam’s quest for a nuclear bomb: "Although Saddam never had nuclear weapons at his disposal, the...
  • The Godfather Of North Korea's Nuclear Bomb Is A Pakistani National Treasure

    04/01/2013 11:43:30 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 12, 2013 | Rob Crilly, The Telegraph
    There is nothing much unusual about armed guards outside the houses in my quiet, neat neighbourhood of Islamabad. These are the homes of retired generals, well-connected politicians and international aid workers, all of whom might be targets for Pakistani extremists. But one house stands out. Instead of frail, elderly guards armed with shotguns, one house is ringed by uniformed police officers with AK-47s. Roadblocks control traffic, floodlights illuminate an area of scrub that has been cleared of trees and machine gun positions have been dug in all around. This is the home of AQ Khan, the metallurgist who did more...
  • Khan made trips to Niger, Sudan

    02/23/2004 8:27:58 PM PST · by piasa · 14 replies · 1,072+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004 | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
    WASHINGTON: The famous African explorer Dr David Livingstone might have been impressed, even if the agenda was suspect. Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear proliferator-hero Abdul Qadeer Khan traversed the breadth of Africa in his hey day as a nuclear salesman , going to as romantic a getaway as Casablanca in Morocco and as remote an outpost as Timbuktu in Mali.   US officials might dearly like to get hold of Khan’s travel agent, or simply his itinerary, since he seems to have pretty much charted his own course during his profligate proliferating days. According to accounts now surfacing in the Pakistani media,...
  • 'A Q Khan (Pakistani nuke scientist) visited Timbuktu for uranium'

    02/17/2004 6:03:16 PM PST · by AM2000 · 6 replies · 902+ views ^ | February 17, 2004 19:12 IST | Shyam Bhatia in London
    The London accountant who accompanied Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to Timbuktu on three occasions in 1998, 1999 and 2000 says the 'father' of the Pakistani bomb witnessed the digging of a well, toured an ancient Islamic library and enjoyed the views of the desert. A remote outpost in the middle of the West African desert, Timbuktu usually attracts explorers associated in the popular mind with the adventures of the comic character Tin Tin. And Pakistani dissidents told the reason for Khan's visit to Timbuktu, part of landlocked West African state of Mali, was to prospect for uranium. They say...
  • Hundreds of French troops drive back Mali rebels

    01/12/2013 10:43:25 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Rukmini Callimachi
    <p>The battle to retake Mali's north from the al-Qaida-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday, after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments to drive back the Islamic extremists from a town seized earlier this week.</p>
  • Clinton offers more U.S. help as Libya battles militias

    09/24/2012 9:53:23 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 24 Sept 2012 | By Andrew Quinn
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered Libya more help on Monday as it seeks to rein in militias, stressing that Washington will remain a firm partner despite this month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. ...snip... A senior U.S. official said Clinton reviewed U.S. assistance to Libya as it works to secure chemical weapons and other dangerous armaments and to crack down on armed militia groups that have sprung up since the ouster of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. "The secretary offered to intensify our support and help for the Libyan government in all...
  • Hillary Clinton urges Pakistan on nuclear proliferation

    10/28/2009 1:25:59 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 651+ views ^ | Wednesday, 28 Oct, 2009 | n/a
    ISLAMABAD: SNIPPET: "‘But we worry about proliferation and we have good reason to worry about proliferation,’ she said, alluding to Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. The United States has warned that the scientist, who was effectively put under a five-year house arrest after he admitted leaking nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya, is still a proliferation risk. ‘We want to encourage Pakistan to join with us in the non-proliferation review conference that will be held next spring,’ Clinton told reporters travelling with her. ‘We want them to work with us on the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty. We want them...
  • A nuclear-armed Taliban?

    09/30/2009 6:12:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 564+ views
    Space War ^ | 9/29/2009 | Lawrence Sellin
    A nuclear-armed Taliban? It may not be as far-fetched as it might first appear. The Taliban already control or have a significant presence in northwest Pakistan along a critical stretch of the Afghan border. Taliban units operate with relative impunity in the region surrounding Peshawar, Pakistan's major population, commercial and transportation center less than 100 miles from Pakistan's capital, Islamabad. Dominance of Taliban and al-Qaida forces in the pivotal northwest region of Pakistan provides not only a sanctuary and training centers for attacks on Afghanistan, but it has become a base of operations to weaken any pro-Western sentiments among the...
  • During Kargil, Pervez sent me to N Korea, got 200 missiles: A Q Khan

    09/10/2009 4:03:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 801+ views
    Indian Express ^ | 09/10/09 | Lalit K Jha
    During Kargil, Pervez sent me to N Korea, got 200 missiles: A Q Khan Lalit K Jha Posted: Thursday , Sep 10, 2009 at 0509 hrs Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan has said his country was short of anti-aircraft missiles during the 1999 Kargil War, so General Pervez Musharraf sent him to North Korea to purchase 200 missiles. In an interview to Pakistani Urdu TV channel Aaj News — its translation has been obtained by Secrecy News of the Federation of American Scientists — Khan said: “In 1999, Gen Musharraf sent me along with Gen Iftikhar, who was...
  • A.Q. Khan still poses proliferation risk, US warns

    09/02/2009 1:58:08 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 744+ views
    (AFP) via ^ | Wednesday, 02 Sep, 2009 | 06:30 AM PST | n/a
    PAKISTAN SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON: The United States warned Tuesday that reputed Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who has regained freedom of movement in Pakistan, still risks spreading his nuclear weapons know-how. It stopped short of criticizing its ally in the war on terror but recalled that Washington has long raised with Islamabad its fears about Khan, who five years ago admitted leaking nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya." SNIPPET: "David Albright, a former UN weapons inspector and nuclear specialist, told AFP that ‘it is a mistake’ to remove restrictions on a man who cannot be ‘trusted.’He said there is...
  • Lift restrictions on AQ Khan, LHC orders govt

    08/28/2009 4:24:40 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies · 238+ views
    Daily Times (Pakistan) ^ | Saturday, August 29, 2009 | Staff
    LAHORE: Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the government on Friday to lift the restrictions placed upon nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. Accepting Dr AQ Khan’s petition that the restrictions imposed upon him in the name of protocol were a violation of fundamental rights, the judge ordered the local administration to implement the decision in letter and spirit. He also issued contempt notices on the district magistrate and deputy inspector general of Islamabad, demanding they appear before the court on September 4 and explain their actions in light of an earlier court ruling that...
  • (AP) - Lawyer for Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan says court orders all curbs on him lifted.

    08/28/2009 12:59:13 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies · 683+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | August 28, 2009 | N/A
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  • A bigot and his ‘Islamic Bomb’

    02/20/2009 12:37:12 PM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 280+ views
    The Pioneer ^ | Thursday, February 19, 2009 | The Pioneer
     The Islamabad High Court’s decision to release the ‘Father’ of Pakistan’s ‘Islamic Bomb’, Dr AQ Khan, following a secret agreement between him and the Pakistani Government, has provoked widespread international concern. There are no takers for the Pakistani Government’s stand that the AQ Khan affair is a “closed chapter”. The Pakistani decision constitutes defiance of American concerns about the danger that Dr Khan’s release poses to international security. Just after the court verdict, Dr Khan asserted his Islamist credentials, saying, “I will always be proud of what I did for Pakistan. I am obliged only to my Government, not any...
  • Obama's new world order and Israel

    02/10/2009 6:01:54 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 793+ views
    Jerusalem post ^ | 2-10-09 | CAROLINE GLICK
    As we go to the polls today, the world around us is quickly changing in new and distressing ways. The challenges the international system will present the government we elect will be harsher, more complicated and more dangerous than the ones its predecessors have faced. Bluntly stated, the world that will challenge the next government will be one characterized by the end of US global predominance. In just a few short weeks, the new administration of President Barack Obama has managed to weaken the perception of American power and embolden US adversaries throughout the world. In the late stages of...
  • A Q Khan could be on Mossad hit list

    02/08/2009 1:01:11 PM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 19 replies · 704+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 8 Feb 2009, 0200 hrs IST | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Can Pakistan's nuclear scientist A Q Khan be on a secret hit list of the frighteningly efficient Mossad of Israel? He could, particularly since six of his closest associates, all nuclear scientists from the Khan Research Laboratories (KRL), apparently are. In a recent book on the history of Israel's ace spy service Mossad, the author, Gordon Thomas, says that after they traced the travel paths of Khan's associates to Saudi Arabia and Tehran during Mahmoud Ahmedinejad's regime, Mossad moved these scientists from their "detain" list to their "kill" list. ‘Gideon’s Spies’ records how Mossad got into the job...
  • AQ Khan's release regrettable, says US

    02/06/2009 8:47:19 PM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 12 replies · 542+ views
    Rediff ^ | 7 Feb 2009 | Rediff
    The US on Friday said Pakistan's disgraced scientist A Q Khan still posed a "serious threat" with regard to nuclear proliferation and expressed regret over his release from house arrest. The US State Department said if the news reports regarding the release of Khan from house arrest is true then it is regrettable. Khan remains a serious threat with regard to nuclear proliferation, the department said. The US had last month slapped sanctions on Khan, 12 associates and three firms and barred them from doing business with the American government or private companies while pledging to work for squeezing out...
  • Disgraced Pakistan A-bomb scientist declared free

    02/06/2009 3:23:24 PM PST · by annalex · 15 replies · 643+ views
    AP ^ | 02/06/09 | MUNIR AHMAD
    Disgraced Pakistan A-bomb scientist declared free By MUNIR AHMAD – 1 hour agoISLAMABAD (AP) — The man who made Pakistan into a nuclear power and later took responsibility for leaking atomic secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya walked out of his home Friday after reaching a secret deal with the government that ended years of de facto house arrest.The decision to grant freedom of movement to Abdul Qadeer Khan stirred alarm in Washington, which worries that Iran has continued to pursue nuclear arms and that Pakistan may not be able to safeguard its own arsenal in the face...
  • [Illicit Nuke Trader] AQ Khan's release another deception by Pakistan: India

    02/06/2009 6:27:18 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 1 replies · 241+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 6 Feb., 2009 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Reacting sharply to the release of disgraced nuclear scientist AQ Khan by Islamabad High Court, India on Friday said “the move is another example of deception by Pakistan”. Speaking exclusively to Times Now, MoS external affairs Anand Sharma says, “AQ Khan's release by the Pakistan’s court would be detrimental to global peace and security.” “Pakistan has deceived India again by setting Khan free,” Sharma added. Earlier, Islamabad High Court declared disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan a free citizen and abolished his house arrest. Following his release, Khan stated, “The Pakistan government is strong and the armed forces...
  • Pakistan sets free scientist AQ Khan [Nuke Blackmarketeer]

    02/06/2009 2:28:23 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 42 replies · 1,605+ views
    HT ^ | February 06, 2009 | HT
    Pakistan's disgraced nuclear scientist AQ Khan, who has been accused of running a proliferation network, Friday walked out a free man after the Islamabad High Court ended his house arrest. "These things happen. We should forget and look forward," Khan said after being declared a free man by the court. Khan told reporters that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had also been "inside". "The government had made arrangements and nobody could hurt me. Now also, the government will take care," Khan said. Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Aslam, while announcing a verdict on several petitions...
  • Swiss nuclear smuggling suspect claims CIA link [Tinner]

    01/22/2009 3:09:09 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 6 replies · 683+ views
    AP via Google ^ | January 22, 2009 | Frank Jordan
    GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss man suspected of being involved in the world's biggest nuclear smuggling ring claims he supplied the CIA with information that led to the breakup of the black market nuclear network led by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. In a documentary airing Thursday on Swiss TV station SF1, Urs Tinner says he tipped off U.S. intelligence about a delivery of centrifuge parts meant for Libya's nuclear weapons program. The shipment was seized at the Italian port of Taranto in 2003, forcing Libya to admit and eventually renounce its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons. The 43-year-old Tinner...
  • Pakistani scientists offered Osama nukes before 9/11: Book

    12/14/2008 8:37:55 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 17 replies · 1,760+ views
    Rediff ^ | 14 December, 2008 | Rediff
    Barely a month before the 9/11 terror attacks, two Pakistani nuclear scientists, said to be close to disgraced Abdul Qadeer Khan, met up with al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and offered to supply him with atomic weapons, according to a newly released book. Chaudiri Abdul Majeed and Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood, who held a series of senior posts in Pakistani nuke programme, went to Taliban [Images] headquarters in Kandahar in mid-August 2001 and spent three days with bin Laden who was keen on acquiring weapons of mass destruction, the book says. In fact, Mahmood was said to be more close to...
  • Pakistan’s Dr Nuke bids for the presidency (A.Q. Khan for president?)

    08/27/2008 5:48:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 131+ views
    Times of London ^ | 08/24/08 | Simon Henderson
    Pakistan’s Dr Nuke bids for the presidency The ‘rogue scientist’ blamed for selling bomb secrets has strong popular support, writes his confidant Simon Henderson After the resignation of Pervez Musharraf, who will be the next president of Pakistan? A controversial politician such as Benazir Bhutto’s widower, Asif Ali Zardari, or a nonpolitical figure? If the latter, it might, just might, be the detained nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. Last week a group of lawyers in the Pakistani city of Lahore marched in support of Khan’s candidacy. His actual election, requiring a majority vote in the national assembly, would shock...
  • Day after AQ (Khan) claim, Pak says case closed

    07/05/2008 10:25:22 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 162+ views
    The Times of India ^ | Jul 2008, 0042 hrs IST, | AGENCIES
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's foreign ministry insisted on Saturday that its nuclear proliferation case was closed, a day after the disgraced architect of its atomic program claimed the army under President Pervez Musharraf helped spread the technology. Abdul Qadeer Khan said on Friday that Pakistan's army supervised a 2000 shipment of used P-1 centrifuges to North Korea. It must have been sent with the approval of Musharraf, the then-army chief who took power in a 1999 coup, Khan alleged. "It was a North Korean plane, and the army had complete knowledge about it and the equipment," Khan said. "It must have gone...
  • Musharraf toeing US line to break Pakistan: A Q Khan(Pakistan threatened Israel)

    06/25/2008 8:57:19 PM PDT · by milestogo · 7 replies · 129+ views
    Musharraf toeing US line to break Pakistan: A Q Khan Thursday, June 26, 2008 News Desk RAWALPINDI: President Pervez Musharraf is working on the US agenda of dismembering Pakistan by 2015, a news agency reported here Wednesday quoting renowned Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. It quoted Dr Khan as having told an Urdu-language weekly published from New York in a telephonic interview that Musharraf is doing whatever the US wants. He said the US plans to break up Pakistan by 2015. Bitterly criticising the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he said it is not an international organisation but...
  • What secrets is AQ Khan keeping?

    06/21/2008 5:28:30 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 4 replies · 252+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 21st, 2008 | Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins
    Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan has been living in official disgrace for more than four years, confined to his estate in Islamabad after confessing that he sold nuclear technology to Libya, Iran and North Korea. But his image as a national hero remains intact for most of his countrymen, who still regard him as the father of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal and the man who brought pride to a downtrodden country. Since the new coalition government took the reins in Pakistan this spring, momentum has been building to free Khan from house arrest and restore him to his former glory. As...
  • BBC: Atom expert rejects weapon 'lies'

    06/17/2008 3:40:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 101+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 17 June 2008 17:26 UK 16:26 GMT, | BBC Staff
    Atom expert rejects weapon 'lies' Mr Khan said his research was not as advanced as Mr Albright claims Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan has vigorously denied claims he provided a Swiss smuggling ring with blueprints for an advanced warhead.Dr Khan dismissed as "lies" the allegations made on Monday by former UN arms inspector David Albright. Mr Khan said the claims were a ploy to ensure he would be kept under house arrest, where he has been since admitting selling secrets in 2004. In recent interviews he has retracted his confessions and denies wrongdoing. He says he confessed to...
  • A U.N. Khan Job

    06/16/2008 5:13:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 107+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 16, 2008
    WMDs: Blueprints for a nuclear weapon compatible with the ballistic missiles of Iran, North Korea and other rogue states were found on computers of the notorious Khan smuggling ring. Will a complacent world wake up?It's clear that it's getting easier to build and use a nuclear bomb. If civilized countries want to stop their biggest cities from becoming radioactive craters, they'd better implement a no-tolerance policy against nuclear proliferation. It's unacceptable to find — four years after their seizure — that computers in Switzerland, Bangkok and several other cities housed sophisticated electronic designs for a Pakistani atomic bomb, in a...
  • Smugglers Gave Nuke Plans to Iran?

    06/15/2008 4:43:02 PM PDT · by Flavius · 10 replies · 95+ views
    ap ^ | 6/15/08 | ap
    (AP / WASHINGTON) — An international smuggling ring may have secretly shared blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon with Iran, North Korea and other rogue countries, The Washington Post reported Sunday The smuggling ring was led by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.
  • Report: International Smuggling Ring May Have Shared Advanced Nukes Design With Iran

    06/15/2008 11:10:57 AM PDT · by Fennie · 3 replies · 84+ views
    Haaretz ^ | June 15, 2008
    An international smuggling ring may have secretly shared blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon with Iran, North Korea and other rogue countries, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The now-defunct ring led by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan is previously known to have sold bomb-related parts to Libya, Iran and North Korea. A draft report by former top United Nations arms inspector David Albright says the smugglers also acquired designs for building a more sophisticated compact nuclear device that could be fitted on a type of ballistic missile used by Iran and other developing countries, according to the Post...
  • Nuclear Ring Reportedly Had Advanced Weapon Design

    06/15/2008 9:55:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies · 307+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 15, 2008 | DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON — American and international investigators say that they have found the electronic blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon on computers that belonged to the nuclear smuggling network run by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist, but that they have not been able to determine whether they were sold to Iran or the smuggling... --snip-- It was not until 2005 that officials of the I.A.E.A., which is based in Vienna, finally cracked the hard drives on the Khan computers recovered around the world. And as they sifted through files and images on the hard drives, investigators found tons...
  • Smugglers Had Design For Advanced Warhead(AQ Khan; miniaturized nuke for N. Korea?)

    06/14/2008 10:20:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 171+ views
    WP ^ | 06/15/08 | Joby Warrick
    Smugglers Had Design For Advanced Warhead By Joby Warrick Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, June 15, 2008; A01 An international smuggling ring that sold bomb-related parts to Libya, Iran and North Korea also managed to acquire blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon, according to a draft report by a former top U.N. arms inspector that suggests the plans could have been shared secretly with any number of countries or rogue groups. The drawings, discovered in 2006 on computers owned by Swiss businessmen, included essential details for building a compact nuclear device that could be fitted on a type of ballistic...
  • 9 Pakistani N-scientists might be in N Korea

    06/20/2004 4:16:07 PM PDT · by milestogo · 16 replies · 288+ views
    9 Pakistani N-scientists might be in N Korea SEOUL: Missing Pakistani nuclear scientists may be staying in North Korea helping develop its uranium-based nuclear weapons programme, reports said on Sunday. Yonhap news agency, citing a report from the state-run Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) in Seoul, said North Korea might have achieved a higher level of technology for enriched uranium with the help of foreign scientists. “Nine Pakistani nuclear scientists have been missing since they left their country six years ago and we cannot rule out the possibility that some of them are in North Korea,” KINU researcher Jeon...
  • Father of Pakistan's Bomb Stands Defiant

    06/05/2008 12:23:09 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 4 replies · 188+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, June 5, 2008 | Candace Rondeaux
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The garden is in full bloom at Abdul Qadeer Khan's house. A lazy summer haze has settled over his manse, and at the small police substation across the way, several men chitchatted amiably on a recent day, barely glancing at the upscale villa that for the past four years has been part prison, part palatial refuge for the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb. Until very recently, Khan has been virtually cut off from the world -- banished to house arrest by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after admitting in a national television broadcast in 2004 to selling nuclear...
  • AQ Khan recants nuclear admission

    06/04/2008 3:41:57 PM PDT · by milestogo · 8 replies · 124+ views
    AQ Khan recants nuclear admission WASHINGTON: Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan told the US media on Tuesday that he was not responsible for passing nuclear secrets to Iran and Libya, back-pedalling from his earlier admissions. In an interview with the McClatchy news organisation, Khan said he had introduced Tripoli and Tehran to Western businesses that provided information on building a nuclear weapons programme. Khan had confessed in February 2004 that he had run a network that passed atomic secrets, equipment and technological advice to Iran, North Korea and Libya over a period of 15 years, a statement he recanted...
  • Papers on nuclear smuggling ring shredded

    05/22/2008 2:20:19 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 359+ views ^ | May 20, 2008 | Staff
    The government ordered the destruction of documents on an alleged international nuclear smuggling network involving three Swiss engineers, it has been confirmed. The head of a parliamentary control committee said the material was shredded last November. The father and sons – Friedrich, Marco and Urs Tinner - are suspected of helping to supply parts for Libya's nuclear weapons programme between 2001 and 2003 through a trafficking ring run by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's atom bomb. Reports say the three worked as undercover agents for the United States intelligence service. There is widespread media speculation that Washington asked...
  • The NIE - A First Thought (Interesting Analysis)

    12/05/2007 1:16:01 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies · 212+ views
    JINSA ^ | December 5, 2007
    One of the interesting things about national intelligence is that while it describes what it thinks it sees (hedging its bets with what it calls "estimative language" and degrees of confidence), it derives no implications and prescribes no policies. Also remember that National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) only cover what the intelligence community is studying - our intelligence community missed the Pakistani nuclear test until it happened, missed the three-stage North Korean rocket until it was fired over Japan, and missed the extent of the Libyan nuclear program until the Libyans turned it over. So what to make of the new...
  • Pakistan's Dr. Doom ( rogue scientist A.Q. Khan )

    12/05/2007 10:04:45 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 179+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 2, 2007 | Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins
    Not long ago, a respected and sober-minded expert on nuclear weapons -- a former government official now employed by a prestigious Washington think tank -- sat in his corner office and reflected for us on the nightmare brought to life by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani nuclear scientist. "The best thing would have been to take Khan into an alley somewhere and put a bullet in his head," said the expert, who not surprisingly insisted that his name not be attached to such an outrageous suggestion. Although we would not advocate assassination, it is certainly true that the world is...
  • Pakistan Nuclear Security Questioned: Lack of Knowledge About Arsenal May Limit U.S. Options

    11/12/2007 1:40:17 PM PST · by mojito · 4 replies · 106+ views
    WaPo ^ | 11/11/2007 | Joby Warrick
    When the United States learned in 2001 that Pakistani scientists had shared nuclear secrets with members of al-Qaeda, an alarmed Bush administration responded with tens of millions of dollars worth of equipment such as intrusion detectors and ID systems to safeguard Pakistan's nuclear weapons. But Pakistan remained suspicious of U.S. aims and declined to give U.S. experts direct access to the half-dozen or so bunkers where the components of its arsenal of about 50 nuclear weapons are stored. For the officials in Washington now monitoring Pakistan's deepening political crisis, the experience offered both reassurance and grounds for concern. Protection for...
  • Those Nuclear Flashpoints Are Made in Pakistan (scientist Khan)

    11/11/2007 6:59:13 AM PST · by RDTF · 14 replies · 164+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Nov 11, 2007 | Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins
    George W. Bush is hardly the first U.S. president to forgive sins against democracy by a Pakistani leader. Like his predecessors from Jimmy Carter onward, Bush has tolerated bad behavior in hopes that Pakistan might do Washington's bidding on some urgent U.S. priority -- in this case, a crackdown on al-Qaeda. But the scariest legacy of Bush's failed bargain with Gen. Pervez Musharraf isn't the rise of another U.S.-backed dictatorship in a strategic Muslim nation, or even the establishment of a new al-Qaeda haven along Pakistan's lawless border. It's the leniency we've shown toward the most dangerous nuclear-trafficking operation in...
  • CIA tip off prevented Indo-Israeli strike on Pakistan N-facility in '80s

    10/28/2007 11:56:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies · 129+ views
    India, Israel planned to hit Kahuta in early ‘80s NEW DELHI Oct. 28 (APP): India and Israel had secretly planned to hit Pakistan’s nuclear facility in Kahuta near Islamabad in 1983-84, but backed off when the CIA in 1984 tipped off then President General Zia-ul Haq. “The Asian Age” reported this in its report published on Sunday from London quoting details revealed by investigative journalists Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark in their new book, Deception: Pakistan, the United States and the Global Weapons Conspiracy. The authors also revealed details about India’s secret intelligence links with Israel at the time when...
  • "US, UK knew about A Q Khan but kept quiet: new book"

    10/24/2007 4:53:10 PM PDT · by Gengis Khan · 76 replies · 288+ views
    Indian Express ^ | Oct 25 2007 | Shyam Bhatia
    London, October 24: Four years before Pakistan’s Dr Abdul Qadir Khan was publicly humiliated, then pardoned and placed under house arrest, the British and US authorities were briefed about his role in selling nuclear weapons technology to North Korea, Libya and Iran. Intriguingly, in both London and Washington, however, officials were told to keep quiet about the findings which were only revealed several years later when the risk of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of so-called rogue states and terrorists is more real than it ever has been. Bhopal-born Khan, who stole nuclear secrets from Holland, is revered in...
  • How the West summoned up a nuclear nightmare in Pakistan

    09/02/2007 4:15:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies · 1,296+ views
    The Sunday Times,U.K ^ | September 2, 2007 | Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark
    From The Sunday Times September 2, 2007 How the West summoned up a nuclear nightmare in Pakistan Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark reveal how misguided deals with Pakistan have created a terrifying threat of nuclear terrorism General Pervez Musharraf was surprised. Visiting New York for a session of the UN, the last thing the Pakistani president expected was to be confronted with evidence of his country’s secret sales of nuclear bomb technology and equipment to members of the “axis of evil”. Yet here on the polished wooden table of Musharraf’s hotel suite, George Tenet, director of the CIA, was laying...
  • Pakistan eases curbs on A.Q. Khan

    07/02/2007 7:37:39 AM PDT · by pubjohn47 · 1 replies · 396+ views ^ | Jul 2, 2007 | Munir Ahmad
    Authorities have eased the virtual house arrest imposed on A.Q. Khan, the disgraced scientist who sold Pakistan's nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya, officials said Monday.
  • New dossier on Khan nuclear network may rock

    04/29/2007 7:17:33 AM PDT · by Valin · 8 replies · 492+ views
    Gulf Times ^ | 4/29/07
    LONDON: Nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan is set to attract world attention again next week as a fresh dossier on his nuclear black market network is being made available to the international media in London that might unleash a new storm for Pakistan. The fresh dossier might put Iran under more pressure than Pakistan, as it is said to focus on the activities of Khan’s nuclear network and its links with Iran to prove it helped Tehran facilitate its own nuclear facilities. The international press, particularly based in London, Washington and New Delhi, might find a lot of juicy...
  • AQ Khan will not be handed over to US: Pak

    02/01/2007 3:27:47 PM PST · by mylife · 9 replies · 332+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | February 1, 2007
    AQ Khan will not be handed over to US: Pak Asian News International Islamabad, February 1, 2007|13:18 IST Disgraced Pakistan nuclear scientist AQ Khan will not be handed over to Washington for questioning despite an American bill, which could force Islamabad to do so. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam told reporters here that Islamabad is hoping that the Bush administration will intervene to make the final legislation more balanced, and added that US queries should be forwarded to the Pakistan Government, which would investigate and then respond. The proposed law called the Nuclear Black Market Counter Terrorism Act, recently...
  • A Q Khan will not be handed over: Pakistan

    01/31/2007 9:29:37 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 14 replies · 503+ views
    Rediff ^ | February 01, 2007 01:42 IST | Rediff
    Pakistan has said that it would not hand over disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan for questioning to Washington despite an American bill, which could force Pakistan to surrender him and hoped that the Bush administration would intervene to make the final legislation more balanced. Speaking to media persons at a weekly briefing, Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said US queries should be forwarded to the government, which would investigate and respond. The proposed law called the Nuclear Black Market Counter Terrorism Act, recently passed by the US House of Representatives, requires the President to submit a report identifying any...
  • Disgraced Pakistan Scientist Is Stable (A.Q. Khan)

    10/28/2006 8:36:33 PM PDT · by Valin · 3 replies · 325+ views
    Townhall ^ | 10/28/06
    Pakistan's former top nuclear scientist who gave weapons technology to North Korea and other nations is in a stable condition after being treated for a blood clot, his wife said Saturday. Abdul Qadeer Khan, 70, had surgery last month for prostate cancer, and on Wednesday complained of a pain in his leg, Henny Khan told The Associated Press. She said a team of doctors examined her husband and treated the blood clot. An army official said the scientist was treated at a hospital this week. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the...
  • "Dr. Qadeer Khan has cancer" spokesman

    08/23/2006 12:10:01 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 16 replies · 675+ views (Pakistan) ^ | August 23, 2006 | DAWN Reporter
    ISLAMABAD, Aug 22: Nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has been found to be suffering from prostrate cancer, the government said on Tuesday. In a routine medical examination of the architect of Pakistan’s nuclear programme early this month, tests revealed slightly raised level of serum prostrate specific atigen (PSA), an official spokesman said. Immediately, a detailed examination was conducted at the KRL hospital to ensure an accurate diagnosis, including ultrasound and guided biopsy. The test results were also analysed by at least two leading histopathologists. The spokesman said the results had indicated adino carcinoma (cancer) of prostrate, adding that further...
  • Father of Pakistani A-Bomb Has Cancer

    08/22/2006 7:49:00 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 30 replies · 510+ views
    ABC News ^ | Aug 22, 2006 | MATTHEW PENNINGTON
    Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who developed the Muslim world's first nuclear bomb and later confessed to leaking weapons technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya, is battling prostate cancer, the government said Tuesday. The announcement could lead to renewed calls for Pakistan to let the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency question the 70-year-old scientist over his international black market dealings a request that Pakistan's government reiterated it would refuse. Khan was diagnosed with cancer earlier this month following a routine examination, according to a Ministry of Information statement that gave no details about his condition. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim...