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Thursday, June 1, 2006

Don't bother the White House abou trivial stuff like nuclear smuggling.

Swiss Radio reports that US authorities are hindering a Swiss investigation into an international nuclear smuggling network. The Swiss asked Washington for assistance a year ago, but so far haven't got any reply to their request.

The Swiss investigation concerns the nuclear smuggling network run by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the principal scientist behind Pakistan's nuclear bomb. Pakistan is a key ally in Dubya's 'war on terror,' which may have just a teensy bit to do with the lack of cooperation from the White House.
Washington's failure to respond to "multiple" Swiss appeals was revealed last week by former United Nations weapons inspector David Albright....

"It is difficult to understand the actions of the US government. Its lack of assistance needlessly complicates this important investigation," said Albright, who is president of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security.

The Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office said it still expected a response to its requests for assistance....

The Swiss authorities have arrested three men from the same family — Friedrich, Urs and Marco Tinner — on suspicion of helping to supply gas centrifuge parts for use in Libya's nuclear weapons programme between 2001 and 2003. Gas centrifuges are a vital element in the production of weapons-grade material.

Urs Tinner is said to have supervised the production of more than 2,000 centrifuge parts in Malaysia. A German-registered freighter carrying components from Malaysia to Libya was intercepted in autumn 2003.

Swiss authorities are investigating whether the men broke Swiss legislation on war materials by knowingly contributing to the production of nuclear weapons....

Albright told a US House of Representatives committee that the Libyan authorities had "greatly assisted" Switzerland in its legal requests, allowing a visit to Tripoli to interview witnesses last month.

He added that law enforcement agencies in the Far East and in South Africa had also cooperated with Swiss prosecutors.

Libya is cooperating with the Swiss investigation, but not the US?

Obviously Dubya's administration is too busy contemplating nuclear strikes on Iran and builidng bunker-busting nuclear weapons to worry about illegal trafficking in nuclear material. It's not like that stuff has any practical use or anything. I mean, if terrorists were like to want nuclear material, I'm sure the White House would be right on top of things.

There's more on this story here at Daily Kos.

Via swissinfo.

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