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Bin Laden: Alive and armed with nukes?
Posted by: mcq on Friday, April 21, 2006

Truth or rumor?

Well, we'll see.

WorldNet Daily (I know, I know) is reporting it as truth:
Rumors of Osama bin Laden's death are greatly exaggerated and the al-Qaida leader is preparing his next video broadcast to be aired on al-Jazeera, reports an acclaimed Pakistani journalist who has interviewed him.

In an exclusive interview with Paul L. Williams, author of the new book, “The Dunces of Doomsday,” and David Dastych in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, Hamid Mir says bin Laden is not only alive and well but in the process of preparing a video-taped appearance for al-Jazeera, the Qatari Arabian news network.

Mir, who conducted the only post-9/11 interviews with bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, says that he remains in sporadic indirect contact with the elusive emir and other al-Qaida officials.

During one of Mir's interviews, bin Laden announced that he had managed to acquire nuclear weapons for use in the great jihad against the United States.

"It is not difficult [to obtain tactical nukes]," the al-Qaida chieftain said, "not if you have contacts in Russia with other militant groups. They are available for $10 million and $20 million."
WND's source is Joseph Fara's "G2 Bulletin", a subscription service. Prominent on Fara's site is a picture of Mir with bin Laden. Whether recent or not is a whole 'nother question (but the lack of gray in bin Laden's beard makes me wonder).

Anyway, if true, we should be seeing Mir's interview on Al Jezeera soon. Boy would that shake up a few things.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

A good reason to avoid making the WOT all about capturing Bin Laden, is that it raises his media profile to a level approximating that of Elvis, with all the nutty predictable results.

Imagine that OBL’s dead, whether from kidney failure, or a Daisy-cutter, but that we can’t confirm it.
The resultant mix of a stark cognitive gradiant (is he alive or not?), with OBL’s celebrity is like nitro glycerin to attention-grabbing journalists and politicians.

They’ll eagerly exploit this flammable mix to score votes, or to get a byline on an AP release. I read this latest "Nuclear OBL" story in that vain.

Since OBL can’t be reached for comment, Fara can run with this "story" without fear of being fisked.

Next, the Dem’s will make "capturing Bin Laden" the focus of their foreign policy in a veiled effort to defund the larger WOT.
Written By: Steve
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I have every trust that WND is reporting what they’ve been told.

I have huge suspicions that they’ve been told a pack of lies, though.
Written By: Dave
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[i]Rumors of Osama bin Laden’s death are greatly exaggerated and the al-Qaida leader is preparing his next video broadcast to be aired on al-Jazeera,[/i]

I hope it’s as funny as his last release that they showed on South Park...
Written By: shark
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The fight to keep Islamic fundamentalism from getting nukes reminds me of... well, the game’s name is blacklisted, I think, but it’s the same as the name of that thing you poke the fireplace with - you know, a p*ker.

Except that the game against Islamic fundamentalism is more open ended. We have to specify some new rules.

Let’s call the game n-card stud. It’s like 7-card stud, except that as long as the betting is still going on, more cards continue to be dealt as downcards. One side can prolong the game by raising the bet and getting another card, unless the other side insists on calling for the showdown.

In this game, the worst possible strategy when holding a strong hand is allowing a player with a weak hand to keep raising the bet a trivial amount. The weak-handed player will probably eventually achieve parity.

This effort to make it appear that a possibly-dead Osama might possibly have nukes is just one more trivial raised bid in the game. It attempts to dissuade the other side from calling an end to the game, and allowing more cards to be dealt.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Al-Qaeda doesn’t have nuclear weapons. How do I know, because IF they did they’d have used them by now. We may argue about deterring Iran, but I think it is safe to say that OBL and Al-Qaeda really aren’t "rational" actors and therefore aren’t likely to be easily deterred. So if they Had/have a nuclear weapon:
1) It’s in the pipeline for delivery and use RIGHT NOW; or
2) They’d have used it by now.

So as Tel Aviv, Najaf, or NYC are still standing I’m forced to conclude they don’t have one... or 1) is underway and they soon WON’T be standing, intact.
Written By: Joe
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They won’t nuke Israel - even they understand the aftereffects will get some of their muslim brotherhood - how not?

No, they’ll let us have it, because it will provoke a much larger response, and provide a much stronger reason for the creation of the next caliphate to protect the Muslim world from a rabidly mad American giant.

Israel they can deal with after they’ve ’finished’ us, or so they’ll be thinking.
Written By: looker
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Looker, I’m thinking the "Zionist Entity" is a BIG target and that the weapon, were one to exist, would most likely be an Ex-Russian/Soviet weapon, that Israel is the closer target to strike. I’d argue that whilst it would be very hard to get a weapon into Israel, it still might be easier than transporting a weapon tens of thousands of kilometres to the US.
Written By: Joe
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Simply place the device in Palestinian territory abutting an Israeli city. A few martyrs more or less won’t matter.
Written By: Harun
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I think it’d be hilarious if AlQ spend $10-20M on a "tactical nuke" that was 10 or 20 years old and no longer functional.

Sure, they’d have ingredients for a dirty bomb, but if they wanted that, they could get that much easier and cheaper anyway.

Every dollar they throw away is one they don’t have to use for something else.
Written By: Sigivald
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They won’t nuke Israel - even they understand the aftereffects will get some of their muslim brotherhood

Oh please. One thing muslims have never shown is any aversion to getting their "muslim brothers" hurt....
Written By: shark
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You know Sigivald you raise an interesting question? I think I’m a VERY well-informed layperson on nuclear weapons, but I sure couldn’t tell you if what you were buying was a W-28 warhead or a training shape or at least if the darn thing would ever WORK... exactly where does OBL figure on getting his nuclear expert for determining the functionality of a weapon and how to actually fire the thing? Is that a or sort of question? Do you go to CraigsList? "Wanted Nuclear Weapons Technician. Must be willing to travel and like caves. Must know about infidel weapons of mass destruction. Prefer Muslim. No women please."
Written By: Joe
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Or you hire a few Pakistanis from their nuclear program.
Written By: McQ
Good point McQ I forgot them...What a good job that would be. I’m not sure I would want to poke around in someone else’s nuclear weapon, but I guess you do what the job requires.
Written By: Joe
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Actually there is a craiglist for classified jobs so you might be able to find that. ;) I checked it a few times.

Hey, maybe some of those CIA clowns that Porter Goss is firing will step up. There is a long tradition of that sort of thing there.
Written By: capt joe
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If he had a nuke he would nave used it, I call BS.
Written By: kyle N
We’re the ones that should be out there trying to sell him a bomb. We need to buy a captured Chechen rebel from the Russians and work a sting.
Written By: Peter Jackson
...i’m no linguist but isn’t al queda arabic for central intelligence agency?..
Written By: oak
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Well , anon, People write sensationalist books all the time, they are all designed to scare the gullible. Looks like this one succeeded
Written By: kyle N
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