Category Archives: Weapons of Mass Destruction

Obama, put down your Qur’an & come out

By Douglas J. Hagmann

Sunday, 13 October 2013: Barack Hussein Obama provides a welcome mat and police protection for thousands of illegals aliens, Nancy Pelosi and others, while sending the same police to manhandle and strike at U.S. veterans. This country, the White House - the house of the people - and our hallowed halls of congress - have been captured from within.  Watch the video…

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The Age Of The Machine

“Think about this for a moment: there are tens of millions of 50+ year old workers out of work today who would be willing to go to work tomorrow for 1/2 of what they use to earn before the Great Bank Robbery of 2008.  That means any business could get all that knowledge and experience for half-off.” - Dick Lane

By Dick Lane, guest contributor, author

21 September 2013:  In the 1970′s, there was a psychological movement known as ‘est’.  It was a four day 15 hour a day seminar of sensory deprivation where you went in nutty and came out nuttier; different, but nuttier.  But there were some interesting things in the program.  One was simply choose.  Chocolate or vanilla?  Chocolate.  Why, because I chose chocolate.  May sound stupid reading that moment of time today, may be incomprehensible to some, but the point was showing the individual to simply choose, don’t analyze why you like chocolate or vanilla, don’t think what you ought to choose, just choose.  Just think and make a decision. Read the rest: here.

The Hagmann and Hagmann Report on Sickness and Corexit in the Gulf

By the Producer of The Hagmann and Hagmann Report.

Tuesday - July 9, 2013 was a special show as Hagmann and Hagmann Interviewed Susanne Posel about what is happening with the Gulf of Mexico and illness.  A “Bateria Eating Fungus” that attacked and killed a elderly man who was splashed with sea water during a fishing trip.
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Is Russia setting the stage for a nuclear apocalypse?

“I can’t say anything about the roots of this story and I don’t plan to dig further… I need to think about my own skin too. Understand that as you will.” -Mikhail Voitenko, editor of the Russian maritime Bulletin Sovfrakht., speaking about the “hijacking” of the Arctic Sea

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director, & Sean Osborne, Military Affairs Specialist

24 August 2009: While it might seem like an unusual morphing of the movies Inside Man and The Hunt for Red October, the account of the cargo ship Arctic Sea is far stranger than either fictional account. Based on information developed through our extensive investigation, we can authoritatively state, without hyperbole, that the mysteries surrounding the MV Arctic Sea are as deep as the Atlantic waters where it navigated and its “alleged” secret cargo as potentially dangerous to an unsuspecting, distracted populace as the coastal rip tides produced by a late summer hurricane. Continue reading

Ship & crew reportedly recovered but questions remain

18 August 2009: Three weeks after it “went missing,” the cargo vessel Arctic Sea, pictured above, was reportedly recovered and its 15-man crew safe. The Maltese-owned ship was found yesterday about 300 miles from the Cape Verde islands. The ship’s cargo reportedly consists of about $1 million in lumber that was bound for Algeria, but never made it to that destination. Instead, the vessel was reportedly boarded by a dozen men on or about 24 July, just one day after leaving a port in Finland.

For the next 3 weeks, the ship supposedly managed to elude radar and satellite tracking. Reports of piracy, ransom demands, and other mysteries captured overseas’ headlines during the ship’s disappearance, but the only thing that is certain is that nothing about this incident is certain.

The Northeast Intelligence Network is investigating reports that the ship held “unofficial” cargo - something perhaps of a very deadly nature. Additional information concerning this matter of will be published as it is verified by international intelligence sources.

Syria: A Strategic Assessment

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs
and Aharon Etengoff of WeaponSurvey.com

14 April 2008: An observer of recent articles emanating from or about the strategic situation in the Middle East might come away with the impression that the Islamic Republic of Iran poses the most immediate and formidable regional threat to peace, or that HAMAS in Gaza and the West Bank and Hezbollah in Lebanon, acting as proxy forces of Iranian designs, might constitute another facet of this same threat. That impression is correct to a certain degree. However, the current center of gravity for the prospect of an imminent eruption of regional warfare lies in Syria.

A brief of Syrian strategic WMD programs, weapons and delivery systems follows to illustrate the immediate threat, as well as in support of the conclusion of this assessment.

Nuclear:

Syria maintains a small 30kW neutron research reactor at Dayr Al Hajar, (under IAEA safeguards), and operates a uranium recovery micro-pilot plant at Homs. Syria has also begun construction of a radioactive waste processing facility to manage waste resulting from the production and application of radioisotopes.

In July 1998, Syria and Russia signed a memorandum regarding the construction of a 25-MW light water nuclear research center. In January 2000, Moscow approved a draft program with Damascus that included cooperation on civil nuclear power. In May 2001, Russian and Syrian officials discussed construction of a $500 million tri-superphosphate factory near the city of Palmyra – which would be part of an overall agreement to develop a nitric fertilizer production facility in Deyr ez-Zor and a phosphate fertilizer plant in Homs. In January 2003, Russia and Syria reportedly began negotiations over the construction of a $2 billion nuclear facility that would include a nuclear power plant as well as a nuclear desalination plant. However, the Russian Foreign Ministry denied that such discussions had occurred.

Phosphatic Rock & Uranium:

Syria has an abundance of phosphatic deposits and produces approximately one-fifth of the phosphate rock mined throughout the entire Middle East. Indeed, the Homs uranium recovery plant was designed as a precursor to a pilot and industrial scale plant. Potential operations included refining, conversion, enrichment, and fuel fabrication. However, industrial-scale uranium extraction was deemed financially unfeasible. Nevertheless, Damascus signed a tripartite contract with the IAEA and an unknown entity in 1996 to ameliorate the recovery of uranium from triple superphosphate .

In January 2005, Israeli Mossad Chief Meir Dagan noted that “there must always be an intelligence effort to check the recent information on the start of nuclear programs in Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.”

Missiles:

Arsenal

The current Syrian missile arsenal includes hundreds of liquid-fueled Scud-type missiles, as well as solid-fueled SS-21 and FROG missiles. Syria has also begun indigenous production of Scud-type missiles, but is still dependent on foreign assistance for the production of solid-propellant and liquid-propellant rocket motors.

Missile Development

Syria continues to work toward achieving a solid-propellant rocket motor development and production capability. Syria is also developing a liquid-propellant missile program with Russian and North Korean aid. In addition, Syria has attempted to assemble liquid-fueled Scud C missiles, and is developing longer-range missile programs such as the Scud D as well as other variants, also with assistance from Moscow and Pyongyang. Media reports indicate that Syria has discussed procurement of the No-Dong intermediate-range missile with North Korea.

SSRC & Procurement

Damascus has established an intricate network of agencies, headed by the Ministry of National Defense and coordinated via its Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), to advance its missile program. In addition, the Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology (HIAST) has been linked by Japan and the UK to Syrian missile, chemical and biological weapons programs. It should be noted that HISAT participates in scientific cooperation and exchanges with the European Community, United Nations organizations, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as British, Canadian, and German universities.

Iskander-E missile

In January 2005, media reports indicated that Syria was attempting to negotiate the purchase of Russia’s Iskander-E missile (range of 280 km and a 480 kg-payload). Negotiations were ultimately unsuccessful; however, the Iskander-E would have provided Syria with an accurate projectile.

Syrian Scud Test Flight

In May 2005, Israeli officials reported a Syrian test launch of one Scud-B and two Scud-D missiles, the latter capable of a 435 mile range. One of the missiles apparently disintegrated over Turkish territory. According to Israeli officials, the missiles utilized North Korean technology and were designed to deliver air-burst chemical weapons.

Other Methods of Delivery

Syria maintains 10 squadrons of fighter-ground attack aircraft (Su-24, Su-22 and MiG-23 BN), 16 squadrons of fighter aircraft (MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-25 and MiG-29A, and Su-27).

Chemical & Biological Weapons:

Syria currently possesses a stockpile of 100- 200 Scud missiles fitted with sarin warheads. A number of these missiles may be fitted with V-agent warheads. In addition, Syria is believed to have stockpiled several hundred tons of sarin and mustard agents loaded onto artillery shells and air-dropped munitions.

In December 2001, the U.S. National Intelligence Council reported that Syria “has developed CW warheads for its Scuds and has an offensive BW program.” During an interview published in 2004, Syrian President Bashar Assad admitted that Damascus had developed chemical and biological weapons as a last resort defense against Israel.

Conclusion:

The regime of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus lies between Iraq and a very hard place – nuclear-armed Israel. From the recent renewed forward deployment of Russian naval power once again being based at the Syrian port of Tartus, to multiple political assassinations in Lebanon linked to Syria, to the July 2007 explosion of a VX chemical warhead mounted on a ballistic missile at a secret weapons plant near Aleppo, to the highly secretive September 2007 Israeli ground/air assault on what was identified as an under-construction North Korean nuclear weapons facility in northern Syria, to the intermittent threats of war over the Golan Heights, to the assassination of master terrorist Imad Fayez Mughniyeh in Damascus (directly under the noses of Syrian al-Mukhabarat) last February, and the promised retaliatory strike, to the most recent reports concerning the status of Syrian military intelligence chief Assef Shawqat all serve to underscore that the regime in Damascus has many forces tearing at it from multiple axes.

The potential threat of the Syrian regime to lash out against Israel, in concert with the aforementioned terrorist proxies and consistent with the agenda of its Iranian ally, cannot be understated nor underestimated. A massive Syrian preemptive missile-borne chemical warfare assault against Israel is the most significant near-term impetus for a regional war. This would clearly be a war of unimaginable consequences. Such a scenario was the apparent driving force behind the probability versus risk assessment which subsequently determined the urgency for the Israeli government to complete the recent “Turning Point 2” exercise.

Link to this assessment in .pdf

The Threat of Nuclear Attack

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

19 March 2008: Given the nature of how international leaders and their official spokespersons will habitually speak with calm reassurance on the subject of the threat posed by rogue states proliferating or obtaining nuclear weapons technology or of the oft repeated threat issued by Al Qaeda concerning nuclear weapons attacks being the solution to destroying western nations or civilization, it was nevertheless quite incredible to see in just the past 24 hours multiple reports referencing the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, speaking so directly to this very real threat. What is the impetus for such commentary being made while officially neither offered any hint of actual intelligence data confirming the threat. We in the United States should recall the “gut feeling” talked about by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff last July, to say nothing about similarly toned statements issued by the Vice President or former DIRCIA Tenet. Without any real specifics being referenced, do we now have the leaders of the UK and Germany confirming that they have also experienced similar gut feelings? Or is there something more, some real-world impetus for these comments? And I wonder, why now?

The common thread in all of these statements resolves to the nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran and by extension to their terrorist proxies, primarily Al Qaeda and Hezbollah. We saw reports within the past week referencing 50kg (110 lbs) of uranium valued at $2.5 million dollars in the hands of FARC communist rebels along the periphery of Colombia’s borders and of Hugo Chavez bankrolling these rebels to the tune of $300 million. Don’t think for a minute that FARC plans to dirty bomb Bogota or any other Colombian city they hope to govern one day. That uranium has another purpose and destiny located elsewhere. At the time of these OSINT revelations I noted privately that the close proximity of the FARC, Chavez and Hezbollah in Venezuela probably does not bode well at all because Hezbollah was imported to Venezuela directly from Iran and Lebanon. Again, Iran and its nuclear weapons program appear to be the nexus of the current threat and the proliferation of this threat if not its executor are the terrorist proxies.

I also note that the most recent references to the Iranian nuclear threat were made virtually on the eve of the end of the 40-day mourning period following the killing in Damascus of master-terrorist and Hezbollah military commander Imad Fayez Mughniyeh, as well as the severe case of jitters still present in Washington, D.C. when it is over flown by a wayward small private aircraft. None of this is by accident nor is it unrelated in my opinion. Western leaders seem to know something is coming and generally where it is coming from, but offer no clue with respect to timing. If there was ever a time for increased and incessant vigilance on the part of the public there is no time like the present.

By the way, has any body seen Adnan el-Shukrijumah?

RICIN FOUND AT LAS VEGAS HOTEL

UPDATE/EXCLUSIVE: Law Enforcement Source close to investigation:

“The ONLY purpose for this ricin found here was to produce a deadly toxin… to kill a lot if people”

Vegas mayor pushing hard to downplay incident.

“Federal authorities are ‘watching and waiting’ for symptoms to manifest themselves before notifying public. ‘They don’t want to see panic, and are keeping a tight lid on this until people begin to flood hospitals, die, or the investigation results successfully in finding those behind this.”

29 February 2008 “It’s 100 percent ricin,” according to Capt. Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. That much they know. They don’t know who brought it to a room at the Extended Stay America hotel in Las Vegas, however.

The Northeast Intelligence Network is currently talking with a Nevada law enforcement source and expects to have more information later this morning.

RICIN is 6,000 times more toxic than cyanide and has is no known antidote. One milligram of RICIN - a dose the size of the head of a pin, can kill an adult.

If inhaled, RICIN can cause death in 36 to 48 hours by attacking the respiratory and circulatory systems.

If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting and bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by collapse of the circulatory system.

Click here for CDC facts about RICIN.

UPDATE 1:

SOURCE: Castor beans, acetone, and RICIN powder found; presumptive and subsequent tests POSITIVE for manufactured RICIN…

Federal authorities contacted - looking for “additional quantity of RICIN in powdered form…”

Law enforcement source calls this a “deliberate act” to manufacture RICIN… Cites “two people of interest.”

Stepping back in time:

Ricin found in a Senate office building mail room - February 2004

Al-Zarqawi believed to be behind ricin plot - January 27 2003

…Developing

The 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iranian Nuclear Weapons

Assessment B of the November 2007 NIE clearly states (capitalization added for emphasis): “WE CANNOT RULE OUT that IRAN HAS ACQUIRED FROM ABROAD - or will acquire in the future - A NUCLEAR WEAPON or enough fissile material for a weapon.”

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

5 December 2007 After careful analysis most recent unclassified version of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iranian Nuclear Weapons (NIE)submitted to the administration in November, titled “Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities,” I have made the following assessments:

I can only estimate that this NEI had within its estimation process certain political motivations which garnered more weight than real-world collected intelligence.

This NIE’s “Key Judgements” are a gift to the 2008 Democrat presidential candidates in that they repudiate the continuing intelligence estimates on Iranian nuclear weapons ambitions during the Bush Administration.

This NIE had significant problems well before it went to the government printing office and it will now be assailed mercilessly as a result of those problems.

Let’s look at what places meat on the bare bones assessments I made yesterday.

Political Motivations

The Wall Street Journal printed a editorial which corroborates my first assessment above. Specifically the editorial stated:

-the NIE’s main authors include three former State Department officials with previous reputations as “hyper-partisan anti-Bush officials,” according to an intelligence source. They are Tom Fingar, formerly of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research; Vann Van Diepen, the National Intelligence Officer for WMD; and Kenneth Brill, the former U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”

Political motivations - check.

Repudiating Previous NIEs on Iranian nuclear weapons

The WeeklyStandard also references the above WSJ OpEd and also makes a very strong point in quoting Thomas Fingar’s statement of July 11, 2007:

Iran and North Korea are the states of most concern to us. The United States’ concerns about Iran are shared by many nations, including many of Iran’s neighbors. Iran is continuing to pursue uranium enrichment and has shown more interest in protracting negotiations and working to delay and diminish the impact of UNSC sanctions than in reaching an acceptable diplomatic solution. We assess that Tehran is determined to develop nuclear weapons–despite its international obligations and international pressure. This is a grave concern to the other countries in the region whose security would be threatened should Iran acquire nuclear weapons.

Besides the obvious mother of all acrobatic flip-flops by Thomas Fingar, there is one other item I assess to be crucial with respect to any potential temporary Iranian cessation of its nuclear weapons program in 2003.

North Korea.

Iran was a participant and funding partner in North Korean nuclear weapons and delivery systems development. Whatever nuclear weapons projects went on hiatus in Iran during 2003, there were other certainly active weapons research projects occurring in North Korea during this same time period. Additionally there were several reports that Iranian delegations were in the DPRK during the limited-yield nuclear test conducted on October 9, 2006. Nothing like seeing first-hand what yield your investments have earned.

The inherent problems of this NIE are being duly assailed. And it almost goes without mention in the spinning out-of-control MSM that this fatally-flawed NIE states categorically that Iran did and probably still does have a clandestine nuclear weapons program.

Again, this unclassified version of the NIE is one thing. The key judgments which are within the classified version might tell a different story entirely.

Discuss this on the NEIN BLOG

Revealed: The origin of the dirty bomb threat to New York

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

14 August 2007: Proper analysis and assessment of Islamic terrorist postings is one element of a larger and more complex puzzle in the field of threat assessment, but it is by no means the sole element. Such is the case of the dirty bomb threat to New York City last Friday, a threat said to have originated primarily from the reports of Internet postings made public by the Internet web site Debka. According to media reports, the massive response to the alleged threat to New York City was a result of the information provided by that web site in the days leading up to the August 10, 2007 threat. In a statement published on their web site yesterday, Debka explained their purported role in the New York City threat, describing their findings of threats made by al Qaeda “mentioning New York, Los Angeles and Miami as targets of attacks by means of trucks loaded with radioactive material.”

The truth is, however, that Debka had little, if anything to do with the ramping of security in New York City last Friday night relative to the dirty bomb threat. In fact, very similar if not more specific information was posted on this web site in an article dated 18 May 2007 outlining threats published on Arabic language forums against New York, Los Angeles, Miami and other cities. (As you read further, it is important that you keep in mind that it was the analysis of Randy Taylor that the threats outlined in that report appear to have been initially written in English, translated into Arabic, and then posted on Arabic language web sites). Subsequent to that article, the Northeast Intelligence Network published other reports concerning the use of radiological bombs in the weeks and months that followed, a legitimate and very real concern admitted by federal authorities. What then, was the reason for such a strong and tailored response last weekend?

A federal investigator speaking on condition of anonymity to the Northeast Intelligence Network provided the “story behind the story” about the massive response to the New York City “dirty bomb” threat. He explains: “We know that there is a very real threat of terrorists detonating a dirty bomb inside the U.S. In all probability, it will be more than one and will happen in more than one city. This has been a concern of ours for some time and remains a concern,” he added.

“But, the specific threat to New York on Friday came from an informant,” stated this official.

“This informant has proven reliable in the past,” he added, and “we’ve had progress in the investigations related to the information he provided. The information he has given to us was not exactly “low level,” stated this investigator, who described the informant as a U.S. citizen of Middle Eastern origin and a former active member of a mosque known for its ties to “extremists.”

As authorities set out to gain more information about the active investigation from this informant through additional interviews last week, he began talking about a planned dirty bomb attack using vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) laced with radioactive material against New York City and other locations. “All information he gave us to that point checked out, so we had to take him seriously,” stated this federal official. We mobilized the appropriate agencies and assets to respond to the information he gave us based on the timetable he outlined, which was pretty specific. When nothing was found to substantiate any portion of the information he gave us about the New York City threat, we revisited this matter with him. It was at that time we discovered that he was ‘playing us,’ possibly for his own entertainment or possibly to assess our responses to the threat, perhaps in conjunction with others.”

The federal official described the claims that the multi-agency response was generated because of general threats published on an Internet forum and then published by a web site as ludicrous. He stated that many people are missing the bigger picture of the asymmetrical war we are fighting. “We have foreign enemies on our own soil who are constantly trying to launch attacks against us, both big and small [attacks]. They are also seeding the intelligence that we collect for a variety of reasons. And they are also sticking together more than most people realize, while pretending to assist us in weeding out the terrorists,” he added.

“There is a lesson to be leaned here, one that I have been trying to get others to understand and a lesson that we have seen play out in numerous cases in the past. There is a strong loyalty among terrorists to see that their common goals are achieved. Their loyalty is to their ideology, and they will use every method of deception just to keep us interested and bogged down in busywork. Even in the best cases when informants are given opportunities to lessen their [legal] troubles, they can never be trusted. Their behavior is rooted in their ideology. They don’t think like we do in the West,” stated this official. “For the most part, we cannot rely on their cooperation, and any perceived cooperation must be treated with suspicion, from the top down.”