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

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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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