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Team Inspects suspected plutonium site (update by the journalist who broke original story, NEW info)
Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | April 11, 2003 | Carl Prine

Posted on 04/11/2003 7:31:42 PM PDT by FairOpinion

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:02:56 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

SOUTH OF BAGHDAD: A scout team from the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency arrived in a convoy Thursday at the Al-Tuwaitha nuclear complex, beginning a probe that could take weeks to determine whether plutonium is present at the massive nuclear facility and extensive underground complex.


(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: altuwaitha; biochemweapons; embeddedreport; france; iaea; iraq; nbc; nuclear; nuke; plutonium; radiation; russia; tuwaitha; uranium; warlist; wmd; yellowcakefacility
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I have confidence in the reporting of this journalist, his original article was well researched and he broke the story. Others ended up just repeating it, and quoting anonymous sources speculating that the IAEA was already aware of this.

Here is the link to the original article, in case any of you missed it -- it has a lot of detail, that was not reproduced in later articles by others. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_128200.html

PS. I am putting this in breaking news, because this contains new info, the other articles rehashing this info or trying to discredit it were posted in Front page or extended news.

Note,in this article:

"The Pentagon team also began interviewing a former nuclear physicist and an engineer who recently worked at Al-Tuwaitha. The two men told the Marines they would show coalition investigators "everything we didn't show the inspectors" from the IAEA. "

1 posted on 04/11/2003 7:31:42 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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2 posted on 04/11/2003 7:32:45 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: MizSterious
ping

I just found this.

I was hoping that he will do more research and he did, has some more good info.
3 posted on 04/11/2003 7:33:23 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
"Yellowcake Facility"

Yellowcake is an intermediate step in the process of refining uranium. Yellowcake is processed from the uranium ore. Seems like there was a story in the past year about suspicions that Iraq had gotten yellowcake from Brazil. Makes you wonder what documents the Iraqi embassy in Brazil was shredding the other day.

4 posted on 04/11/2003 7:37:28 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: FairOpinion
"The Pentagon team also began interviewing a former nuclear physicist and an engineer who recently worked at Al-Tuwaitha. The two men told the Marines they would show coalition investigators "everything we didn't show the inspectors" from the IAEA. "

You mean, while Saddam was in power, these people weren't willing to talk? I am shocked I tell ya.

I thought inspections would work < /sarcasm>

5 posted on 04/11/2003 7:37:58 PM PDT by eyespysomething (I won't forget the men who died, and gave that right to me!)
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To: FairOpinion; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; ...
major bump
6 posted on 04/11/2003 7:39:33 PM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: FairOpinion
Although the WMD stuff was the straw that broke the camels back and sent our military into Iraq, there was plenty of reason to send the whole Iraqi leadership into the great beyond without it.
The newest disgusting story for me was the one I heard live today - an Iraqi talking about his eight year old daughter who was put in prison and released when she was fifteen. I missed just exactly what it was she was put in prison for - if anyone else got it, let me know.
7 posted on 04/11/2003 7:41:54 PM PDT by DED (Liberals Never Learn. *LNL*)
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To: FairOpinion
Very informative article. Good post.
8 posted on 04/11/2003 7:42:28 PM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: FairOpinion; cyncooper
"Between and below Al-Tuwaitha's rose gardens and palm groves, Marines have found stockpiles of artillery shells, chemical drums from Russia and locked bunkers and storage rooms.

"It's like walking through a diabolical Disneyland," said Marine Sgt. J. J. Turner of Charleston, S.C., as he peered into locked biological laboratories deserted nearly a month ago when the war began.

"See, the beakers are still setting there. There are cultures growing in them. I sure don't want to go in and see what's in them. Leave that to the Army."



It's got BIO too?
9 posted on 04/11/2003 7:43:52 PM PDT by EllaMinnow
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To: DED
They interviewed one guy the Marines broke out of prison who said he had been in prison for eight years for praying too much.
10 posted on 04/11/2003 7:48:04 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: TC Rider
Mmmm.........Yellowcake!
11 posted on 04/11/2003 7:48:09 PM PDT by ffusco ("Essiri sempri la santu fora la chiesa.")
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To: FairOpinion
btttt
12 posted on 04/11/2003 7:48:47 PM PDT by ellery
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To: FairOpinion
The Pentagon team also began interviewing a former nuclear physicist and an engineer who recently worked at Al-Tuwaitha.

Sounds like the US is finding some of the people they've been looking for.

13 posted on 04/11/2003 7:49:18 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Husker24
Was there a restraining order from the Almighty?
14 posted on 04/11/2003 7:49:54 PM PDT by ffusco ("Essiri sempri la santu fora la chiesa.")
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To: FairOpinion
The two men told the Marines they would show coalition investigators "everything we didn't show the inspectors" from the IAEA. "

I think we'll be seeing a lot more guys like these two in the near future.

15 posted on 04/11/2003 7:50:53 PM PDT by concerned about politics (Anti-American protestors are inbread liberal Notsosmartso's.)
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To: FairOpinion
Speaking on condition of anonymity, IAEA investigators said they would be "surprised, but not necessarily shocked" if coalition scientists uncovered illegal atomic weapons production at Al-Tuwaitha.

Cowards.

16 posted on 04/11/2003 7:51:09 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Nightshift
ping
17 posted on 04/11/2003 7:53:02 PM PDT by tutstar
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To: redlipstick
So far we only know about the nukes at this location.

But I read somewhere that they thing there are some 1000 suspicious sites around Iraq, not counting the mobile bio labs.
18 posted on 04/11/2003 7:54:36 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
Speaking on condition of anonymity, IAEA investigators said they would be "surprised, but not necessarily shocked" if coalition scientists uncovered illegal atomic weapons production at Al-Tuwaitha.

Not exactly an appropriate sense of urgency, or a high level of confidence in their own process.

These IAEA authorities insisted they had extensively probed Al-Tuwaitha when they returned, and had begun to make significant progress before hostilities broke out between Iraq and the United States.

How significant does it have to be? If there was anything significantly different from the last time they were there the flag should have gone up. It didn't.

"To date we have found no evidence or plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons program in Iraq," wrote IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradeiin his final report on Iraqi inspections in March.

Dirty bomb development notwithstanding.

I hate bureaucrats.

19 posted on 04/11/2003 7:54:54 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Because there are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: FairOpinion
Instead, the Marines apparently broke U.N. seals designed to ensure materials aren't diverted for weapons use or end up in the wrong hands.

Amazing. Placing a U.N. seal on this stuff was enough?

20 posted on 04/11/2003 7:57:23 PM PDT by Smedley
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