Mar 28 2008
Major Update: US says depleted uranium not useful as a dirty bomb. But the real question is whether that is all that FARC had in their possession? And it not for a dirty bomb what else is it good for (yes, I know it is great for armor piercing shells). What other reason would FARC have for obtaining this material? – End Update
Boy, I sure hope the NSA is able to listen in on the terrorists here in the Americas (since Congress has crippled their ability to follow new leads since they have not renewed the FISA statutes that have been protecting this country extremely well since 9-11) because we now have proof terrorists got their hands on a lot of uranium – perfect for building a lot of dirty bombs:
Colombia’s FARC rebels may have intended to use low-grade uranium in a “dirty bomb” to bill themselves as international terrorists, the government said Thursday after announcing it found a stash of the radioactive material.
The Colombian Defense Ministry said 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of uranium were found along a roadside in a Bogota slum after two rebels tipped authorities to their whereabouts. On Tuesday, a laboratory said a sample it analyzed was depleted uranium.
The find confirmed earlier government reports that the rebels were looking to buy uranium, after computer files seized in a rebel camp inside Ecuador yielded messages to that effect. The files were captured in a Colombian cross-border raid on March 1.
Armed with the computer evidence, Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos, a few days later at the UN Disarmament Conference in Geneva, accused the rebel group of seeking radioactive material “to make dirty weapons to destroy and terrorize.”
This is the same group which had (a) links to madman Hugo Chavez and (b) some crazy and vague connections to Oback Obama. The best spin on the latter point would be naive liberals playing out of their league with the most dangerous nut cases on the planet. That is pretty bad, but it could be a lot worse.
What if FARC and al-Qaeda are teamed up? If that were to be the case the discovery of nuclear weapons material would be a grave threat to the United States. And apparently that may just be the case:
Colombian authorities claim to have dismantled an extensive counterfeit passport ring in January 2006 that allegedly supplied an unknown number of Pakistanis, Egyptians, Jordanians, Iraqis, and others purported to be working with al-Qaeda with Colombian, Portuguese, German, and Spanish citizenship, enabling them to travel freely in the United States and Europe. Bogota also mentioned that the network had ties to Hamas militants (al-Hayat, January 28; Caracol Radio, January 26).
In contrast, U.S. Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security officials expressed surprise at Bogota’s announcement while emphatically disputing its claim, alleging that they had no knowledge of known links between the document forgery operation and any brand of Islamist terrorism, let alone al-Qaeda. Instead, they acknowledged that the sting operation involved Colombians posing as members of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the country’s largest and most powerful rebel group, interested in purchasing forged documents and possibly even weapons (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Report, January 27). Washington classifies FARC as an international terrorist organization.
These are very scary dots to see possibly connecting. Terrorist organizations will exploit any arrangements they need to in order to inflict their bloody message on their adversaries. What is clear is we now have proof of terrorists in possession of dangerous nuclear materials. Now is not the time to be blinding our national security defenses by holding up legislation in Congress. It is time Congress allowed our security forces the full range of options to stop another terrorist attack and stop playing to the delusional and paranoid fantasies that they are somehow under surveillance as the political opposition to the current administration – which has all it can handle stopping things like uranium blowing up in a major US city.