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Post Bin Laden: Don’t Get Cocky America

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It was a busy week last week on the internet. With the news that OBL was gone, the jihadi boards stayed silent for a couple days as the rank and file waited for AQ to post a response. It wasn’t too long though before at least one faction (Kavkaz) began posting that OBL was in fact alive and well and that the fire fight in Abbottabad actually took hours.

Of course this is a Russian/Maghreb source so they are quite used to propaganda blasts. This posting though did not seem to gather any traction with the masses on the other boards. The silence continued until AQ finally put out the official word on Thursday, that OBL was indeed martyred and that OBL would ascend, leaving thousands of jihadi’s behind in his wake.

It was soon after AQ put out this statement that the boards began to spin up on traffic. The masses began to write prayers interspersed with threats to America and President Obama…

These are just a few from the last couple of days. The boards have been getting extensive posts from the masses.. I am still going through them all and it seems with every refresh, there is a new post of prayer and threats. What has been interesting though, is that they are re-grouping and trying to create extensive propaganda blitzes online. When the news of OBL’s death came out, the savvy jihadi’s started a Facebook page called “We are all OBL”

This site came down quickly as Facebook caught on, but you get the idea. Once this site was removed, I saw traffic that had a new idea. The jihadi’s compiled an uber list of sites to post propaganda on. They had created new OBL Graphics, nasheeds, and documents to get the word out that their shaiykh had been killed, but his jihad goes on. I have yet to see the propaganda propagate anywhere, but I am sure they are feverishly working toward making more videos to upload to YouTube and other places.

Slowly the boards have begun to have non credible threats being made within their threads including comments about bombing and shootings. So far the comments though are not being seen as warranting any action other than being more vigilant (i.e. nothing saying today we are going to hit this place with a bomb) but time will tell if one of these guys decides to go all lone wolf and try something and this is the real problem. The lone wolves out there in their bedrooms making bombs or plotting to shoot people, often times, they do not overtly post that they plan on doing such things. Instead you have to read between the lines on their postings to see who actually might act up.

It’s a crap shoot.

I have been taking stock of what has transpired this last week and here are some observations:

There seems to be another wave of “America FUCK YEAH!” fever going on since OBL’s demise:

While I agree we have some things to celebrate, I think that we also need to take into account that it’s not over. We should not feel as though we can dust off W’s “Mission Accomplished” banner and go back to swilling beer. I have read a few pieces in the news that covered the mentality of the youth who grew up post 9/11 and there seems to be a consensus that with OBL’s death, the “Boogeyman” has been removed from the collective unconscious. Given that I am older, I can’t really empathise on how they feel as well as with what I know about AQ and Jihadi mentality, I cannot party down like many did that night.

I think that Obama has it right when he says we need not swagger. I also agree with him that releasing the photos would only incite more of the jihadi’s to work together and really do something as a whole, it would in effect re-energize them even more so than the killing of OBL itself has done. It would be the equivalent of drawing a picture of OBL and Muhammad together and then having Terry Jones burn it on camera for CNN.

What I really fear is that people collectively have this idea that since OBL is dead, that AQ is too.. And that just isnt the case. If anything they have been damaged (and the intel from the hard drives may give us much more data to keep them on the run or to kill them as well) but, there are many more of them out there now saying they will follow in OBL’s footsteps because he was a righteous man.

To understand the war.. One must understand the enemy…. I think we are still lacking critical thinking and understanding by the masses on that enemy. I really would hate to see us slip into a 2001/2002 mentality again.

Whacknutty “Deathers” and other conspiracy theories abound:

Since the death of OBL was reported, there has been a spinning up of the conspiracists out there claiming that OBL had been in fact dead all along and that this was another COINTELPRO project or something of that ilk. The decision by Obama to not release the photos has only inflamed these conspriacy nuts even further. I actually took a listen to Alex Jones the other day and he was going on and on about how this was just another media created manipulation by the one world government blah blah blah.

Hey Alex… You are insane btw… No, really, clinically insane. You need help.

But I digress.. So, yeah, the lack of physical data or other proofs that OBL is indeed dead would likely make no difference now anyway. You see, for the conspiracy folks, he would have just been on ice somewhere and this “killing” was used to boost the poll numbers for Obama. Frankly its all drivel and shows the insecurities in the average conspiracists mind. If you give them data, they will just say its forged. My evidence that OBL was in fact dead came from AQ themselves. They put out a pdf announcement as well as the boards, like I said above, had been real quiet like… So something was up.

Ugh.. Well, no worries though.. According to other whacknuts with a 100 million dollar radio ministries say that we are in the end times anyway. As of May 21st the games up!

And don’t you know I will be emaling them on the 22nd saying “Welcome to Hell bitches!”

Morons.

Oh, and back to the “deathers” give it up. He’s dead. Lets move on and work towards ending Jihad huh?

Don’t get cocky America!:

Last weekend I read an article that is pertinent to the post OBL world. The title of the article is “Don’t Get Cocky America”  and is by Daveed, Gartenstein-Ross. The point of his argument is that the death of OBL, while damaging, is not the end of AQ nor Jihad. More specifically, the brand of jihad that OBL was espousing featured an economic bent. In the latter part of his jihadi life, OBL and AQ had been moving toward an even more diffuse organization that would be harder to track. Using couriers as he was to get data back and forth was his undoing, but, it is this model along with the idea of self radicalization through jihadi media outlets that makes this more dangerous.

OBL from the start, cited that he wanted to bleed America dry with a death of a thousand cuts as the Mujahideen had in Afghanistan with the Soviet Union. By using this model OBL wanted to create cells all over that could self actuate and with every small attack, cause the American government to spend even more money on security and war. His economic warfare in fact worked… Look at where we are now as opposed to where we were 9/10/01. We have a multi front war ongoing, a security behemoth called the DHS that can’t get out of its own way, and trillions of dollars in debt to show for it all.

Still, we are not truly safe and the sad fact is we never can really insure that we will be. It is just the nature of the beast. There will always be a way for a determined aggressor to strike and we just have to understand this.

Meanwhile, as the article alludes, many now think that the war is over because one man, who was an active part but no longer the true aegis of the organisation, is dead. This is a fallacy and we have to come to grips here with the future.

OBL is dead.. The movement isnt.

Which brings me back to the economic warfare thing.. Do we really need to spend as much on all of this? Would the intel that eventually killed OBL be just as obtainable without the trillions being spent on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? It’s a puzzle that needs to be looked at and I have to think about it some more…

Moving forward:

Its not time to relax our security stance, but, it is a good time to take stock of what we are doing and how. OBL’s demise will bring on interesting times I suspect and I for one, will be quietly watching.

K.

Written by Krypt3ia

2011/05/09 at 16:29

Posted in AQAP, GWOT, jihad, Qaeda

The Post Bin-Laden World

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Well, it finally happened. OBL is ostensibly dead, though we have no real proof of that for the masses to see, but we are being told as much and that there have been DNA matches made. As you are all being barraged with I am sure, the salient points of the operation are these:

  • OBL was not in the kush, but instead in a populated area situated about an hour outside of Islamabad Pakistan
  • The compound was built in 2005 and has been under surveillance for some time
  • The compound was located in an area that was off limits to the reapers and other drones, thus they thought they were secure
  • The compound was about half a mile away from the Pakistani military version of West Point
  • The courier that OBL trusted most was the one who led us to him. He was in turn alleged to have been outed by KSM in Gitmo under “interrogation” as well as others in CIA ghost sites
  • Once the CIA had the pseudonym it took about two years to actually get his real name and then to locate him
  • Once we had a lock on enough data to place OBL there, the go code was given to neutralise OBL (he was not to be captured)
  • SEAL Team SIX confiscated more than 3 computers from the premises and I am sure those have been sent already to the NSA for decrypt/forensics
  • OBL’s body and any photos of it have been deep six’d so as not to give the jihadi’s anything to work with for Nasheeds and other propaganda
  • It was old fashioned intelligence work and a SPECOPS team that eventually got him… Not just fancy drones and technology

All in all, Sunday was a good day for SPECOPS, the CIA, and the U.S. So, what does this mean though for the GWOT and for all of us now?

AQ’s Response:

So far, I have seen very little chatter on the jihadi boards whatsoever. In fact, it has been downright quiet out there. I think there is a mix of disbelief and a bit of fear out there that is keeping them quiet. Just as there has been no body provided or photo’s thereof, they all must be waiting on an announcement from AQ as to the loss. However, I don’t expect that announcement to be soon. I am sure Ayman has been scuttled off somewhere ‘safe’ and the rest of the thought leadership (what’s left that is) is wondering just where to go from here.

Much of the inactivity on the part of AQ also likely is due to their loss of computers that likely held A LOT of data that were taken by the SEAL’s at exfiltration. I would assume that much of what was left of their internal network has been compromised by this loss and when the systems are cracked and examined, there will be more raids coming. So, they all are likely bugging out, changing identities if possible and burning the rest of the network to prevent blowback.

Frankly, this is a real death blow to AQ itself no matter how autonomous the network cells have become. Though, OBL had been less the public face of things for some time with Ayman taking up the face roll. Time will tell just what happens to the AQ zeitgeist in its original form, but I think I already know what has happened, and it has been going on for some time…

In the end, I don’t expect a real response from AQ proper and if anything, I expect a feeble one from Ayman in a few days. Remember, Ayman is not well liked within many jihadi circles, so the succession of AQ is likely to have Ayman try, but I think in the end fail to be the new OBL.

AQAP and Anwar al-Awlaki the new thought leaders:

Meanwhile, I believe this is the new AQ. AQAP has been developing a base that includes the whole Inspire Magazine machine. Anwar Al-Awlaki has been the titular head of jihadi thought for some time now, but with the demise of OBL and AQ proper, he will be the lightning rod I suspect. I think also that we will be hearing from him very soon and with that audio, no doubt released by Al-Malahem, he will take the spot that OBL and Ayman did. Whether that will be at the behest or acquiescence of Ayman or not I cannot be sure.

Awlaki is frankly, the charismatic Americanized version of OBL that will be able to and has been, moving the western takfiri’s to jihad with his fiery speeches. With his team of younger, hipper, and technically savvy, he will have a better chance of activating the youth movements and gaining the respect of the older set.

AQ Attacks:

I frankly do not see any major attacks coming from AQ proper in the near future that would rival 9/11. However, I do see the potential for some attacks in Pakistan/Afghanistan/Iraq from operators using shahid attacks. I do believe though, that they will be working on larger scale attacks as they are patient and have a real desire now to avenge OBL.

Time will tell on this, but I do not think that operationally, AQ is in a position to really do anything of merit at this time. This is specifically so because OBL’s computers and data have been captured and as I said before, the networks are likely broken.

AQAP Attacks:

AQAP though, is an entity unto itself and I can see them putting together another parcel bomb plot pretty quickly. The last plot (the one with the toner cartridges) was put together in short order and had a very low cost, so I think if anyone, AQAP has a better chance of actuating a plan and carrying it off.

Of course, they may not succeed just like the last time. In some ways though, we got lucky on that one as the Saud’s got intel that they shared foiling the plot.

Lone Wolves:

This is the one I think most viable and worry about. The disparate crazy loners who have self radicalized to jihad are the ones likely to do something bonkers. These guys may not have the training, may not have the infrastructure, but, they make up for it all in sheer whack nutty-ness.

The one thing about this is that I suspect that these folks will be the ones here in the states. So soft targets will be a premium (malls, games, etc)

Moving Forward:

The next week is going to be interesting. As time goes on, and the AQ networks begin to settle, then I am sure we will see some response from them. Meanwhile, I will continue to monitor the boards and see what’s what.

I do though want to recommend that you all out there keep your wits about you as you are out and about in soft targets like malls, games, and other gathering places. If anything, its that lone wolf actor who may try something and those would be targets they would choose for maximum effect.

More when I have it.

K

Kavkaz Jihad: AQ’s Little Brother

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The recent bombing in Minsk brought me to thinking about the little brother to AQ’s big brother in the Chechen jihad of the Baltic. While the idea had been floated that the  Minsk bombing was the work of the Chechen’s, I frankly don’t buy that and neither do many of the Belarusians. Had it been the Chechen’s, who have no real bone to pick with Belarus, they would have claimed the victory over their Russian oppressors… Not to mention that Belarus is not Russia.

In the end, my thoughts drifted back to the Chechen’s as it does once in a while. When people here in the states think of Jihad they usually do not think whatsoever about the Baltics, but then again the American populace is rather lacking in the history area and may not realise the issues that have been burning so long in the area.

Chechnaya

Serbia

Croatia

All of them dealing with Muslim and non Muslim fighting as well as the spectre of ethnic cleansing. So easily we forget that we had troops there and we attempted to stop the genocide, albeit feebly. So, the fomenting of Jihad movements in those areas should be no surprise to anyone in the know. However, the Chechen’s are singularly focused on the Russians who oppressed them and still do. So I guess it is easy for some to overlook them as a problem because they are really focused on hitting Russia where it hurts and gaining their own freedom.

This however should not be taken at face value and discounted from the bigger picture.

The Chechen Jihad has everything to do with AQ today as does AQAP or even the Malaysian vectors I have talked about before. For some time now fighters have been training in the Caucasus with the Kavkaz crews. In fact, there has been a healthy transfer of knowledge and training between them for some time. This exchange also has been enabling the Chechen’s to aling with the Ansar types online and share their videos and blogs like the one above. The net effect is that the little brother may in fact become a larger player as a training ground and support infrastructure in more than a few ways.

Think about it this way.. Look at these faces:


All of these shahidi could pass for any non Mediterranean coming and going just as some of the recent recruits like Emerson Begolly here in the US, was blonde and blue eyed. The big difference though between Begolly and these guys is that these guys trained and fought in the mountains of Chechnya against Russian forces.

They were battle hardened.

I would also like to point out that the sector of the world where these camps are and Kavkaz is, is less scrutinised than places like Yemen and other Middle East locations where we are so very focused on. Infil and Exfiltration would be easier to carry out and once in the mountains the training can go on pretty much uninterrupted. To me, this makes for a ripe area that AQ might take advantage of. Maybe that’s just me.

I have been watching the net presence of the Chechen Jihad and it has been growing and expanding ties with the regualr AQ venues, so I think its time more people (that means you guys in cubicles in Langley as well as the Fusion Centers) to pay a little more attention to the Baltics.

Time to keep an eye on them.

K.

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2011/04/14 at 18:57

SMS Terror: Not so new but, this is a new twist

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One of the Taliban’s most effective tools to persuade Afghans not to work with the U.S. or its allies is the night letter — a note warning people they’ll be targeted for death unless they change their infidel-loving ways. But that’s too analog. These days, the Taliban is mass texting gruesome videos to Afghans’ cellphones to spread the same message.

The insurgency’s media committee produces videos like this one — which we won’t embed — glorifying suicide bombers and posts them on Taliban websites like Shahamat.info and Alemarah-iea.net. Befitting the growing importance of social media to insurgents, Facebook pages purporting to be adjuncts of Taliban propaganda networks pop up to display the imagery, hoping to slip past Facebook’s usage police.

But to maximize the videos’ reach, insurgents send them out through SMS chains, until they eventually reach unsuspecting Afghans. It’s a quick way to take night-letter videos viral — and disguise the usage chain from its origin, preventing authorities from shutting down the distribution system.

The rest is at Wired

Since the communications infrastructure has been built up some more with the help of the likes of private contractors in Afghanistan, it is only natural that mass SMS barrages would be used by the Taliban. This is not a new thing though to the jihadis, they have been passing along shahid videos for some time on mobile phones via SMS. The twist here is now instead of passing along just propaganda, they are also sending threats. It would seem the Talib’s have been taking cues from the rest of the world on social media and its uses.

Of course, the original method of scaring people into submission, to me, seems to be much more visceral, the “night letter” This is where people tack up a letter to your door and bang on it, scaring the occupants, something akin to a jack booted Nazi door kick. Except in this case these guys run away instead of  coming in and terrorizing everyone. It’s the Taliban version of leaving a dead rat tacked to the door.

On the other side of this though, I have to wonder about with all of the new infrastructure, there must be some potential to be tracking these SMS originators through their ESN’s right? Not all phones can be “burner” phones there in Afghanistan right? Even if they are, surely the cell towers can’t be that plentiful so as to make DF-ing them ponderous? If I were the anti terror forces, I would be heavily monitoring the comm’s anyway… So, keep on SMS-ing everyone Taliban! Soon the night letter will be coming to your flap.

CoB

What’s the ISI’s Interest in Aafia Siddiqui?

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ABC News reported today that Pakistan attempted to exchange CIA contractor Raymond Davis for convicted al Qaeda operative Aafia Siddiqui. This should come as no surprise, as speculation about a possible prisoner exchange first appeared in the Pakistani press just days after Davis’ arrest. ABC News reports:

The government of Pakistan offered to trade a CIA contractor currently jailed in that country for a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected by U.S. intelligence to be an al Qaeda operative.According to a senior American administration official and a Pakistani official involved in the negotiations to free CIA contractor Raymond Davis, the Pakistani government proposed trading Davis for Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-educated Pakistani neuroscientist currently serving 86 years in federal prison for attempted murder.

The offer was immediately dismissed by the U.S. government. “The Pakistanis have raised it,” the U.S. official said. “We are not going to pursue it.”

Keep in mind that Aafia Siddiqui, who has been dubbed “Lady al Qaeda” by the press, was sentenced to 86 years in prison by a US jury in September 2010 for attempting to kill US troops in Afghanistan after being captured in Ghazni province. Siddiqi had close links to al Qaeda operational commander Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and was involved in several plots to attack the US homeland. From Thomas Joscelyn’s report on Siddiqui:

According to an indictment prepared by US prosecutors, Siddiqui had “various documents, various chemicals, and a computer thumb drive, among other things” in her possession when she was arrested. Handwritten notes she was carrying referred to a “mass casualty attack” and listed “various locations in the United States, including Plum Island, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, and the Brooklyn Bridge.”In addition, according to the indictment, “certain notes referred to the construction of ‘dirty bombs,’ chemical and biological weapons, and other explosives.” The notes “discussed mortality rates associated with certain of these weapons and explosives.”

Still other notes “referred to various ways to attack ‘enemies,’ including by destroying reconnaissance drones, using underwater bombs, and using gliders.”

Siddiqui’s computer thumb drive contained contained “correspondence that referred to specific ‘cells’ and ‘attacks’ by certain ‘cells’,” as well as documents discussing “recruitment and training.”

The notes and documents in Siddiqui’s possession reveal that she was most likely still involved in al Qaeda’s plotting against the US Homeland at the time of her capture. She apparently did not give up, even though many of her co-conspirators had been rolled up following KSM’s detention.

So what’s the interest for Pakistan to obtain Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Mr. Devis? Could this be seen as an exchange of spies? I wonder if the ISI would like to get hold of Aafia to keep her from perhaps giving up data on their connections to AQ. After all, she is related to KSM through an uncle and it would seem, through her allegiance to AQ and Jihad. It would also seem that she may have been a key player in AQ from her having a usb thumbdrive with all kinds of technical goodies on it.

That Aafia was not sent to Gitmo is also an interesting turn, her attack on the interrogators, however, 5 years of her life cannot be accounted for, and this should be of great interest to the FBI and other anti terror entities. What was she up to and where was she post her 2003 disappearance? Why would she not be sent to Gitmo as opposed to the 86 year term she got for assault with intent?

Can one maybe say cooperation?

All I know is that Aafia had plans on that little thumbdrive for Plum Island. She had the schooling and the know how to put together a weapon of mass destruction and plans for Plum Island… And she is serving 86 years for assault.

Things that make you go “hmmmm”

K

 

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2011/03/01 at 12:02

British Airway Al Qaeda Mole: The IT Connection

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Rajib Karim

A British Airways computer expert who plotted to blow up a plane has been found guilty of terror charges.

Rajib Karim, 31, from Newcastle, used his job to access information for radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

He denied four charges, including sharing information of use to hate groups.

But after four days of deliberations, the jury found him guilty of all four charges.

Karim was committed to an “extreme jihadist cause” and determined to become a martyr, jurors were told.

The Bangladeshi national, who moved with his wife and son to Newcastle in 2006, had already admitted being involved in the production of a terrorist group’s video.

Joined gymKarim, a privately-educated IT expert from Dhaka, became a supporter of the extremist organisation Jammat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) after being influenced by his younger brother Tehzeeb, the court heard.

He was described as a “mild-mannered, well-educated and respectful” man who hid his hatred for Western ways from colleagues by joining a gym, playing football and never airing extreme views.

But at the same time he was using his access to the airline’s offices in Newcastle and at Heathrow to spread confidential information.

After gaining a post-graduate job at BA in 2007, Karim held secret meetings with fellow Islamic extremists at Heathrow and, in 2009, began communicating with al-Awlaki from his home in Brunton Lane.

After the verdict, Home Secretary Theresa May said: “The fact that Karim has been found guilty of such a heinous plot shows why we will never be complacent.

“I want to thank the police and the security service for their hard work in this complex case.

“We know that we face a serious threat from terrorism and national security remains this government’s top priority.”

Colin Gibbs, counter terrorism lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service, added: “The most chilling element of this case is probably the fact that Karim tried to enrol as cabin crew and anyone can imagine how horrific the consequences of this could have been, had he succeeded.

“Karim’s deep determination to plan terror attacks whatever the cost was frightening.

‘Coded messages'”He found a position as a software engineer, which the prosecution said he considered the perfect job, giving an opportunity sooner or later to fulfil his deadly objective.”

Deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Stuart Osborne, added: “Although Rajib Karim went to great lengths to disguise his activities, experts from the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command spent nine months decrypting 300 coded messages found on his computer hard drive.

“It was the most sophisticated decryption task of its kind ever undertaken by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

“This painstaking work gave detectives access to a body of material, which exposed Rajib Karim’s terrorist activities and led to today’s conviction.”

Karim is due to be sentenced on 18 March.

Well, here you have it. This is what I have been talking about for a while now, AQ learning to insert technical moles into positions to do us harm. This guy may be a fluke in that he could have just been in the right place at the right time, but, I think that AQ placed him where he was caught.

What’s even more interesting to me is that this guy was using his technical skills to give out important intel on Heathrow and BA’s systems to AQAP. What better way than to insert a technically capable mole who is also willing to be a shahid to do the most damage? The jihadi’s are getting more nimble and using espionage techniques to up their game. They have learned the value of technology and just how much we are all at its mercy today.

If this doesn’t ring the warning bell not only for all CT efforts, it should at the very least do so for the airlines and the airports out there. This guy had insider knowledge and access to the systems and networks that also house the baggage scanners, passenger lists, and other security methods at Heathrow.

So, how was he caught I wonder.. Perhaps as he was talking to Al Alawki online? From this one might infer that Alawki’s comm’s are pretty much tapped huh? Yeah, I would guess that…

K

 

Nuclear Jihad: AKA, Is That A Dirty Bomb In Your Pocket? Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

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Al-Qaida is on the verge of producing radioactive weapons after sourcing nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists to build “dirty” bombs, according to leaked diplomatic documents.

A leading atomic regulator has privately warned that the world stands on the brink of a “nuclear 9/11”.

Security briefings suggest that jihadi groups are also close to producing “workable and efficient” biological and chemical weapons that could kill thousands if unleashed in attacks on the West.

Thousands of classified American cables obtained by the WikiLeaks website and passed to The Daily Telegraph detail the international struggle to stop the spread of weapons-grade nuclear, chemical and biological material around the globe.

Full article HERE

So, the Wikileaks strike again eh? This is news how exactly though? I mean, the state of nuclear affairs let alone biological has been such that since the break up of the Sov state, we have had a huge problem with missing materials. So, lets break it down shall we?

    • AQ’s stated goals have always included nuclear and biological ambitions
    • Since the collapse of the USSR nuclear and biological materials have been for sale
    • Our own methods of protecting high value targets other than actual U235 have been lackluster
    • Our BSL4 labs in some cases included weaknesses that would only require a rock through a window to release toxins
    • If you wanted to make a read dirty bomb in downtown Cambridge, you just have to get a bomb close enough to the reactor at MIT

There are more, but do I really need to go on? So, we have been lucky so far that the Jihadists have not been that serious so as to have already gotten the materials and used them. The moral of the story? Keep up with the interdictions. Keep setting up radiological detectors at the ports and the like. Just keep vigilant really. As for the biological materials, I would suggest that we protect them all with due care.

Krypt0s

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2011/02/02 at 00:30