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Bipartisan Panel Warns that U.S. Has Failed to Adopt Counter Measure to Extremist WMD

Report released by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Important points …
Al-Qaeda’s efforts to develop biological and nuclear weapons were not “empty rhetoric” and that the group’s leaders appeared to have ruled out smaller-scale attacks with simpler devices.

Anthrax was apparently never successfully placed in a weapon and scientists working at a lab in Afghanistan had to flee when US-led forces invaded after the 9/11 attacks.

In 2003, US officials feared that Al-Qaeda was on the verge of obtaining atomic weapons after intercepting a message from a Saudi operative referring to plans to secure Russian nuclear devices.

The findings came as a former CIA officer, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, wrote in a report that Al-Qaeda’s leaders have been working methodically since the 1990s to secure weapons that could inflict massive bloodshed.

Wikipedia: Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism | Harvard Kennedy School of Government | Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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BREITBART Al-Qaeda seeks WMD, US unprepared: reports