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U.S. Has Plan to Secure Pakistan Nukes if Country Falls to Taliban


American intelligence sources say the military's chief terrorist-hunting squad has units operating in Afghanistan on Pakistan's western border and is working on a secondary mission to secure foreign nuclear arsenals if the Taliban or Al Qaeda overwhelm Pakistan.

By Rowan Scarborough
Thursday, May 14, 2009

The United States has a detailed plan for infiltrating Pakistan and securing its mobile arsenal of nuclear warheads if it appears the country is about to fall under the control of the Taliban, Al Qaeda or other Islamic extremists.

American intelligence sources say the operation would be conducted by Joint Special Operations Command, the super-secret commando unit headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C.

JSOC is the military's chief terrorists hunting squad and has units now operating in Afghanistan on Pakistan's western border. But a secondary mission is to secure foreign nuclear arsenals -- a role for which JSOC operatives have trained in Nevada.

The mission has taken on added importance in recent months, as Islamic extremists have taken territory close to the capital of Islamabad and could destabilize Pakistan's shaky democracy.

"We have plans to secure them ourselves if things get out of hand," said a U.S. intelligence source who has deployed to Afghanistan. "That is a big secondary mission for JSOC in Afghanistan."

The source said JSOC has been updating its mission plan for the day President Obama gives the order to infiltrate Pakistan.

"Small units could seize them, disable them and then centralize them in a secure location," the source said.

A secret Defense Intelligence Agency document first disclosed in 2004 said Pakistan has a nuclear arsenal of 35 weapons. The document said it plans to more than double the arsenal by 2020.

A Pakistani official said the U.S. and his country have had an understanding that if either Usama bin Laden, or his deputy, Ayman Zawahiri, is located, American troops and air strikes may be used inside borders to capture or kill them.

What makes the Pakistan mission especially difficult is that the military has its missiles on Soviet-style mobile launchers and rail lines. U.S. intelligence agencies, using satellite photos and communication intercepts, is constantly monitoring their whereabouts. Other warheads are kept in storage. U.S. technical experts have visited Pakistan to advise the government on how to maintain and protect its arsenal.

Also, there are rogue elements inside Pakistan's military and intelligence service who could quickly side with the extremists and make JSOC's mission all the more difficult.

"Its relatively easy to track rail-mounted ones with satellites," said the intelligence source. "Truck- mounted are more difficult. However, they are all relatively close to the capital in areas that the government firmly controls so we don't have to look to far."

JSOC is made up of three main elements: Army Delta Force, Navy SEALs and a high-tech special intelligence unit known as Task Force Orange. JSOC was instrumental in Iraq in finding and killing Abu Musab Zarqawi, the deadly and most prominent Al Qaeda leader in the Middle East.

There is speculation in the intelligence community that a secondary reason for Army Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal being named the next commander in Afghanistan is that he headed JSOC in 2006-08 and is read-in on its contingency missions in Pakistan.

Adm. Michael Mullen, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, this month said that based on the information he has seen Pakistan's nuclear warheads are safe.

"I remain comfortable that the nuclear weapons in Pakistan are secure, that the Pakistani leadership and in particular the military is very focused on this," he said. "We the United States have invested fairly significantly over the last three years, to work with them, to improve that security. And we're satisfied, very satisfied with that progress. We will continue to do that. And we all recognize obviously the worst downside of -- with respect to Pakistan is that those nuclear weapons come under the control of terrorists. "

Rowan Scarborough is the author of "Rumsfeld's War: The Untold Story of America's Anti-Terrorist Commander;" and "Sabotage: America's Enemies Within the CIA."


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Re: U.S. Has Plan to Secure Pakistan Nukes if Country Falls to Taliban
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2009, 12:58:22 pm »
These nukes are already being guarded by US 'special' Forces Ranger Unit.

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Re: U.S. Has Plan to Secure Pakistan Nukes if Country Falls to Taliban
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2009, 01:04:16 pm »
The "Grand Chessboard" game plan is right on schedule ...

Once the U.S. Forces are in place in Pakistan, then the noose will be drawn on Iran.

The only thing between the United States and Iran will be Russia. (directly north)  And the "RESET BUTTON" has be pushed on our relations with them. Thanks to our secretary of state, Hitlery.
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Re: U.S. Has Plan to Secure Pakistan Nukes if Country Falls to Taliban
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2009, 05:07:12 pm »
This article is part of a discussion on Pakistan's Geo TV "Mere Mutabiq" ("My Opinion") talk show this weekend; a weekly political issues talk show hosted by Dr. Shahid Masood.  The recent appointment of General McChrystal to lead the command in Afghanistan - and his history with JSOC, Abu Ghraib, and his older history in Viet Nam - coupled with the Fox news article (subject of this thread), is fodder for a discussion about the potential for the US to follow through on 'securing' the nukes.

In addition to the Fox article, and McChrystal's history (they included video clips of Seymour Hersh's comments on CNN about JSOC, and Cheney's statement about 'working the dark side') - they read the threat implied in the changes in leadership in Afghanistan.  One guest, a former ISI general - Durrani (sp?) spoke about what would happen if the US were to 'secure' even 70% of Pakistan's nukes (apparently spread out over the country) -- the US will still have to worry about the remaining 30% AND the situation would be worse due to public reaction to the move on Pakistan's arsenal.  Not a good picture emerging here.  Nobody wins.
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Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

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Re: U.S. Has Plan to Secure Pakistan Nukes if Country Falls to Taliban
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2009, 08:56:52 pm »
Yea, I'm sure the Taliban is going to overwhelm 200 million people! More BS lies!

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Re: U.S. Has Plan to Secure Pakistan Nukes if Country Falls to Taliban
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2009, 06:15:55 am »
And now for a great big helping of complete BullSh*t from the NYTimes/NWO/CFR/CIA-Taliban warmongers:
Oh yes, these guys can't wait for an all-out war... perhaps they want it to start from within Pakistan. All the little chess pieces are in place... now for some media fear-mongering to build their case in the US... we can expect to hear something along the lines of "we can't wait for a smoking hulk of a bus to become a mushroom cloud"...

Attack in Pakistani Garrison City Raises Anxiety About Safety of Nuclear Labs and Staff
Published: July 4, 2009

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A suicide attack Thursday on a bus in Rawalpindi was the first that singled out workers of Pakistan’s prized nuclear labs, military analysts and prominent national newspapers said, raising new questions about the government’s ability to withstand increasingly bold assaults by the Taliban against the country’s military complex.

The attack comes as Pakistan’s army is fighting the Taliban on several fronts and is about to begin an even more ambitious campaign in the insurgents’ heartland in Waziristan.

Government officials have said that the attack hit a bus carrying workers from a nonnuclear military plant, but military analysts said they believed that was an effort to avoid the embarrassment of admitting that a vehicle connected with the nuclear program had been hit.

The Taliban and Al Qaeda have announced that their goal is to topple the government and gain control of its nuclear arsenal. Singling out nuclear workers, even though they were miles outside the weapons lab, military analysts say, carries heavy symbolism in a nation that believes its ultimate strength lies in its nuclear capability. It also suggested a worrisome level of sophistication.

“It showed that their intelligence is current,” said Talat Masood, a retired general and a military analyst. “It was a deliberate strike. They are trying to give a hint that they can strike the personnel who are working for the nuclear facilities.”

The attack killed the suicide bomber, who rammed the bus with his motorcycle, and wounded 30 workers, the Rawalpindi police said. Military analysts said the workers were from the Kahuta Research Laboratories, where weapons-grade uranium is produced. No high-level official or scientist was on board.

The lab was once run by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program and one of the most successful nuclear proliferators in history.

The United States has spent almost $100 million in training Pakistani security personnel how to make the country’s nuclear warheads safe and how to store them separately from the missiles and trigger devices. But in the last year, officials in Washington have expressed growing alarm about the nation’s nuclear laboratories.

Immediately after the attack, the police said the bus, which was idling at a busy intersection when it was struck, was carrying workers returning home from the nuclear lab. But since then, government officials have said that the bus belonged to a military engineering lab in Taxila.

An official at the complex, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, denied that. And, in another indication that the wounded were employees of the nuclear program, officials at the scene had said some of them would be treated at a hospital run by the nuclear labs.

On Saturday, The Nation — a conservative English-language daily newspaper — expressed fears about the government’s ability to handle its increasing security challenges.

“The militants have now started attacking the very basis of the country’s conventional as well as nuclear defense,” the newspaper’s editorial stated. “The fact that the employees of one of the major nuclear facilities are not provided proper security is a serious comment on the working of our law enforcement apparatus.”

Police officials speaking soon after the attack said it did not necessarily suggest a serious security breach because a bus moving through congested city streets made an easy target.
And  the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, 
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 25:40