Pakistan went nuclear in 1990.
Dr. A.Q. Khan, the father of the Pakistani nuclear program, has openly confessed on television to selling Pakistan’s nuclear technology to the highest bidders.
Some of his best customers were Libya and Iran. The huge gas centrifuge for enriching uranium at Natanz, Iran was obtained on the black market from Dr. Khan.
Kahn, who was an expert on centrifuges, used to steal them from the Dutch company Urenco in 1974.
China helped Khan smuggle out the nuclear materials, and then gave Pakistan the blueprints on how to build a nuclear weapon.
Khan openly orchestrated a major worldwide black market operation of selling nuclear secrets and equipment. He was a master smuggler. He even had a brochure which advertised “nuclear related products” for building nuclear weapons, including centrifuges for enriching uranium.
He made millions selling nuclear technology and equipment to Iran, North Korea, Libya, and others. Just to sweeten the deal, he threw in the blueprints for building a nuclear weapon that China gave to Pakistan. He even provided technical support if the customers needed help.
It is very likely that Khan even sold nuclear technology and equipment to terrorists. He was pardoned and patted on the back by the Pakistani government for his actions, and the people of Pakistan now regard him as a national hero. In fact, they call him “the father of the Islamic bomb.”
It is widely believed that Khan did not act alone.
The heavy security surrounding the nuclear installations makes it difficult to believe that he could have moved that equipment without the government’s awareness, or even their assistance. In fact, the Pakistani intelligence agency, ISI, was actually caught selling nuclear weapons technology to North Korea.
In December 2003, the US caught Pakistan selling nuclear materials, equipment, and blueprints to Libya.
If it wasn’t for Khan and the Pakistani government, Libya never would’ve gotten centrifuges for nuclear enrichment. If it wasn’t for Khan and the Pakistani government, Iran never would have gotten the nuclear program that they have today.
Pakistan’s Nuclear Stockpile
Pakistan has enough material to build over 100 nuclear weapons, but no delivery system. North Korea has an advanced missile system, but no nuclear weapon. North Korea recently sold their missile technology to Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
Many of the Pakistani nuclear officials have hardcore Islamic views, and at least two of them met with Osama bin Laden before his death and discussed nuclear weapons, according to Matthew Bunn of Managing the Atom Project, Harvard University.[Tweet “In a 2004 research poll, 65% Pakistanis said that they have a favorable view of Osama bin Laden.”]
- A staggering 97% of Pakistan’s population are Muslims. One does not have to keep up with current events to understand that hardcore Muslims hate America.
- In 1997, Pakistan detonated six nuclear weapons.
- Pakistan has approximately 15 other nuclear warheads, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
- Just before the 9/11 attacks, two Pakistani nuclear scientists discussed nuclear weapons with Osama bin Laden.
The stated objective of Al Qaeda is to “kill 4 million Americans, including 2 million children.” That is the number required to “balance the scales of justice” for all the bad things that America has done, according to Al Qaeda math.
They obviously cannot kill 4 million people by flying airplanes into buildings. The only way to accomplish their stated goal is to obtain and use nuclear weapons. That will likely be accomplished with the aid of Pakistan.
India’s nuclear weapons
Pakistan’s primary adversary, India, detonated its first nuclear weapon in 1974.
Not to be outdone by Pakistan’s six nuclear detonations in 1997, India detonated eight of their own in 1998. India has approximately 100 warheads and claims to have tested a hydrogen bomb.
Both Pakistan and India have more than enough ballistic missiles to carry those warheads, and probably start another world war in the process. This almost happened in the spring of 1990 when India and Pakistan had a major showdown which almost led to all-out nuclear war.
Syria has one of the largest surface-to-surface ballistic missile collections in the Middle East, and has the capacity to produce liquid-fueled Scud missiles, as well as solid-fuel missiles.
Terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda have access to nuclear bomb materials through a variety of terrorist-friendly sources including Iran and Pakistan. If they could gather about 60 pounds of enriched uranium to make one crude nuclear device, it would be relatively easy to sneak it across the porous borders of the United States.
That bomb would have about the same disastrous effects as the one dropped on Hiroshima. It would wipe out an area of nearly two miles across in a microsecond, and would begin dropping radioactive fallout almost immediately. If the terrorists chose New York City, for example, the bomb could easily kill a million people and turn the site into a radioactive wasteland.
It would be easy to smuggle highly enriched uranium (HEU) into the United States through these busy shipping ports.
If the HEU were hidden in a lead pipe with lead caps on each end, the radiation detectors at normal settings would have to be a couple of inches away to even detect it at all.
If the detectors were set to extremely high sensitivity, there are a variety of common goods which would continually cause them to give false alarms, including ceramics, ores, stones, biological materials, televisions, chemical products, kitty litter, and many others.
It doesn’t take much HEU to make a nuclear weapon- 25 grams, about the size of a grapefruit. So all a terrorist would have to do is place 25 grams of HEU in a lead pipe and hide it in a shipping container full of kitty litter. It may very well be that simple.