CAN BIN LADEN ATTACK THE UNITED STATES
WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS?

By Ralph D. Thomas

 

 In the 1960's, the United States Government conducted an experiment in which they had asked three recently graduated physics students to build a nuclear weapon using only publicly available information. The result was successful as the three students built one in about three years. Since that time, there has been a huge amount of publicly available material on the subject and the level of research and effort to develop the information needed for building nuclear weapons has dropped massively. For many years, Loompanics Unlimited out of Washington state had published and sold a little manual titled Basement Nukes: How To Built An Atomic Bomb In Your Basement. There have been several other books published on the subject. In fact, there are many web sites dedicated to this subject. A quick two minute search turned up several including these listings:



How to build your own atomic bomb
Construction Method First, obtain about 50 pounds (110 kg) of weapons grade Plutonium at your local supplier (see Note). A nuclear power plant is not recommended, as large quantities of missing P...
http://students.si.fct.unl.pt/users/osv/bomb.htm

Atomic Bomb
How To Build An Atomic Bomb! for Dummies* The information contained here is strictly for academic use alone. We will bear no responsibility for any use otherwise.
http://nipigon.lakeheadu.ca/~bgates/abomb01.html  

Documentation and Diagrams of the Atomic Bomb
File courtesy of Outlaw Labs Author: J.D. The information contained in this file is strictly for academic use alone. UC Berkeley will bear no responsibility for any use otherwise.
http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/neutronics/todd/nuc.bomb.html

How to Make an Atomic Bomb
How to Make an Atomic Bomb How to Make an Atomic Bomb A Construction Project The following paper is taken from The Journal of Irreproducible Results, Volume 25/Number 4/1979.
http://members.tripod.com/~gunface/jokes/AtomicBomb.html      

 

I am sure that a more indepth search on the web would turn up many other such sites. I have no idea if the information provided from these sites contain the information one would need to successfully build one nor do I know if the above mentioned book would actually provide the needed information but they would all likely be a start. The other problem would be obtaining the needed material to build one even if you had the know-how. The million dollar question of the day is, does Bin Laden have nuclear weapons and does he have the capability of using any on the United States?

In May of 2001, The World Tribune reported that as many as 100 organizations around the world had obtained elements needed for the construction of a nuclear bomb. A United Nations report stated that organizations had obtained materials from nuclear reactors from the former Soviet Union. The 100 organizations statement made by The World Tribune apparently came from UN papers. The Guardian Daily, a London newspaper, stated that the smuggling of radioactive materials has doubled since 1996.

Bin Laden officially declared war on the United States in August of 1996. This statement by Bin Laden is found on the FBI web site:

On or about August 23, 1996, Usama bin Laden signed and issued a Declaration of jihad (holy war) from Afghanistan entitled, "Message from Usama bin Laden to his Muslim Brothers in the Whole World and Especially in the Arabian Peninsula: Declaration of Jihad Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Mosques; Expel the Heretics from the Arabian Peninsula."

Shortly before President Bush gave his address to a nationally televised joint session of Congress in September, he had a private congressional prayer meeting with leaders of Congress. NewsMax and several other news sources reported that he stated that there was credible evidence of a second wave of attacks on the United States from terrorists that could involve chemical, biological or even nuclear weapons.

In the Washington Post and several other newspapers, it has been reported that US Intelligence sources believe that a secret nuclear weapons laboratory has been set up inside Afghanistan. It is a known fact that since the fall of the USSR, Bin Laden has made many attempts to purchase chemical, biological and nuclear materials from the Russian mafia.

In the October 1999 edition of a news publication called The Jerusalem Report, it was reported that Usama Bin Laden had acquired portable nuclear briefcase devises from Russia. The article stated that it was not a question of if Bin Leaden had them but only a question of how many. Yossef Bodansky, an official who is head of the Congressional Task Force on Non-Conventional Terrorism has stated that Bin Laden's Al-Qadia had purchased briefcase nukes from Chechnya paying thirty million dollars in cash and two tones of heroin for them. Former Russian security chief Alexander Lebed testified before a Congressional committee in 1998 that 43 nuclear briefcases from Russia that had been developed by the KGB in the 1970's were missing.

On Monday, September 24th, 2001, Congressman Christopher Shays (R-Ct)- the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security stated that the United States was vulnerable to nuclear attacks within the homeland. Congressmen Shays stated that terrorists may have access to as many as 60 briefcase nuclear weapons. Congressman Shays also stated that a high ranking Russian official and advisor to Vladimir Putin had first stated to his congressional committee that "out of 140 of (The briefcase nuclear weapons), the Russians could only account for about 80 of them." He went on to state the the Russians now deny that statement.

Since al Qaeda can be considered the world's largest prime source of Heroin for the world, it's only logical that they would be in communication with the Russian mafia. An FBI public document found in pubic court records from 1998 in New York stated that the al Qaeda had tired to purchase enriched uranium in 1993.

Jamal Ahmad al-Fadl, an ex-Bin Laden follower gave testimony several years ago in the World Trade Center Bombing trial that he had spent many years in attempts to develop enriched uranium for Bin Laden.

There is at least some good news.First of all, if Ben Laden and his al Qaeda has any nuclear ability, they can be considered small ones. They will not level entire cities. It's obvious that Bin Laden does not have the missile power to launch a missile-based nuclear weapon but the fear is that he's got some associates who would be willing to die in order to set one off in the United States. But even if Bin Laden has briefcase nukes, they are extremely difficult to maintain and have a very short shelf life. A massive supply of replacement fuel would be required to keep them ready. Even if he has a briefcase nuke from Russia, it's highly likely that the units he has can not be used or are not ready to use. Many US governmental officials discount the threat of any nuclear capability of Bin Laden but the overall feeling seems to be that no one really knows for sure. One thing is for sure. If the terrorists don't have them now or have them but don't have the ability to set one off now-it's only a matter of time before they will.

Sources
Newsmax.com
WashingtonPost.com
Drudgereport.com
MSNBC.com
CNN.com

 

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