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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:13 PM
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U.S. Secretly Aids Pakistan in Guarding Nuclear Arms: But debate intensifying....
Source: New York Times

By DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD
Published: November 18, 2007

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 Over the past six years, the Bush administration has spent almost $100 million on a highly classified program to help Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistans president, secure his countrys nuclear weapons, according to current and former senior administration officials. But with the future of that countrys leadership in doubt, debate is intensifying about whether Washington has done enough to help protect the warheads and laboratories, and whether Pakistans reluctance to reveal critical details about its arsenal has undercut the effectiveness of the continuing security effort.

The aid, buried in secret portions of the federal budget, paid for the training of Pakistani personnel in the United States and the construction of a nuclear security training center in Pakistan, a facility that American officials say is nowhere near completion, even though it was supposed to be in operation this year. A raft of equipment from helicopters to night-vision goggles to nuclear detection equipment was given to Pakistan to help secure its nuclear material, its warheads, and the laboratories that were the site of the worst known case of nuclear proliferation in the atomic age.

While American officials say that they believe the arsenal is safe at the moment, and that they take at face value Pakistani assurances that security is vastly improved, in many cases the Pakistani government has been reluctant to show American officials how or where the gear is actually used.

That is because the Pakistanis do not want to reveal the locations of their weapons or the amount or type of new bomb-grade fuel the country is now producing....

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/washington/18nuke.htm...
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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:59 PM
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1. Kick...
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:39 PM
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2. I wonder if we're helping South Africa, too
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Break-In at Nuclear Site Baffles South Africa

By MICHAEL WINES
Published: November 15, 2007

JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 14 — This much is known: Just after midnight on Nov. 8, Anton Gerber was sitting with his fiance in the control room of South Africa’s most secretive nuclear facility, the site at which this nation’s apartheid government conceived and delivered six atomic bombs, when four gunmen burst into the room. Mr. Gerber pushed his fiance under a desk. The attackers shot him in the chest, grabbed a computer and fled, but abandoned their booty as they came under assault by guards.

Now, one week after the assault, the most serious on a nuclear installation in recent memory, the government is largely mum about who was behind it, how they broke in or why.

Already, the attack is raising questions among advocates and analysts about the wisdom of plans by South Africa and other African states to embrace nuclear energy as a solution to chronic power shortages and the looming problems of climate change.

The assault on the Pelindaba nuclear reactor and research center, one of South Africa’s most zealously guarded properties, is a severe embarrassment to the government. The four gunmen escaped cleanly, neither caught by guards nor identified on surveillance cameras. Mr. Gerber is still recovering.

On Tuesday, officials belatedly acknowledged that the Pelindaba reactor had come under attack that same night by a second team of gunmen who were also repelled — and also escaped — after guards sounded an alarm.

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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 11:41 AM
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3. Kick & recommend.
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varun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 11:50 AM
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4. why is everything so secret with this administration?
Wonder what other underhanded deals are going on between Dumbya and Musharraf?
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