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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 05:33 PM
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U.S. Secretly Aids Pakistan in Guarding Nuclear Arms
U.S. Secretly Aids Pakistan in Guarding Nuclear Arms

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 so far 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.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/washington/18nuke.htm...
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Truth2Tell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 05:37 PM
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1. I've always figured
that we must have some really serious intelligence assets devoted to pinpointing the whereabouts of Pakistani nukes, and some really serious plans for moving on them in the event of an emergency. This would fit right well with that notion.
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KewlKat Donating Member (867 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 05:47 PM
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2. I wonder if we're also paying them to guard OBL
He's been in Pakistan for years.
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