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Friday, November 3, 2006

Want to build an atom bomb?

If you were looking for a how-to guide, you just missed your chance.

Last year, Dubya's administration put up a website containing captured documents from Saddam-era Iraq, as a sop to its hard-right base. The idea was that people like you or me could peruse the documents and hopefully find that elusive hard evidence that Saddam Hussein was making WMDs.

Well, the feds pulled the documents off the web yesterday after it was revealed that some of the documents were 'a basic guide to building an atom bomb.'

The documents, roughly a dozen in number, contain charts, diagrams, equations and lengthy narratives about bomb building that nuclear experts who have viewed them say go beyond what is available elsewhere on the Internet and in other public forums. For instance, the papers give detailed information on how to build nuclear firing circuits and triggering explosives, as well as the radioactive cores of atom bombs....

The government had received earlier warnings about the contents of the Web site. Last spring, after the site began posting old Iraqi documents about chemical weapons, United Nations arms-control officials in New York won the withdrawal of a report that gave information on how to make tabun and sarin, nerve agents that kill by causing respiratory failure.

Despite those earlier warnings, Dubya's administration didn't pull the website down. At least not until the International Atomic Energy Agency — you know, those crybabies who won't deal with Iran's nukes — complained about the nuclear-related documents.

I was going to make a snide comment here, but the facts are snide enough, don't you think?
Via NY Times.

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