Friday, November 03, 2006

Hussein's A-Bombs--Only a Year Away

How about those WMD's?

Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.

But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.

...Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.

Context: this is a NYSlimes story which is meant to flog the Administration for posting "dangerous" documents. Too bad they forgot their mantra that Saddam did not have WMD's.

HT: ClayCramer


Anonymous said...

Still waiting for those WMDs that were the pretense for a war still being fought. Instead of protecting America, the Republicans posted Arabic-language instructions for making a nuclear bomb on the Internet. Nice work.

Jay Bullock said...

A year away from 1990.