Waitasec? Al Qaeda? But I thought they wuz dead!
jbone at place.org
jbone at place.org
Mon Dec 1 21:48:49 PST 2003
Um, hold on a sec. Could it be that --- gasp --- this whole "Saddam"
personal Bush Inc. obsession bullshit was a case of *mistaken
"In case the link goes dead..."
UN urges more action on al-Qaeda
Only a lack of technical expertise is stopping al-Qaeda from carrying
out a chemical or biological attack, a United Nations report has warned.
The report said al-Qaeda ideology had continued to spread, raising the
spectre of further attacks.
Sanctions against al-Qaeda were proving difficult to fully implement,
the UN panel of experts said.
And they warned that United Nations member states were not doing enough
to crack down on terror groups.
"Many of al-Qaeda's sources of funding have not yet been uncovered or
blocked," the report said.
The risk of al-Qaeda acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction...
continues to grow
"Al-Qaeda continues to have access to funds through charities,
deep-pocket donors and from business and criminal activities, including
the drug trade."
Michael Chandler, who chairs the UN monitoring group, said he did not
think a biological attack was necessarily imminent. But he told the
BBC's World Today programme the signs were there that al-Qaeda wanted
to use such tactics.
"It is probably the fact that they are looking for some technical means
of dispersion rather than actually the stuff itself," he said. "The
ingredients are available if they want to get hold of them."
Call for tougher rules
Until now the monitoring committee has relied on UN member states to
volunteer information about how they are limiting the activities of
al-Qaeda and associated groups.
But fewer than half of all member states are co-operating and even the
quality of the information provided by those states is being
questioned, the UN report said.
It called on the UN Security Council to pass a resolution that would
compel nations to co-operate more fully.
"Without a much tougher and more comprehensive resolution... little or
no progress will be achieved with regard to the sanctions regime
imposed on Osama Bin Laden, al-Qaeda, the Taleban, their associates and
associated entities," the report said.
The report said that while great importance had been attached to
limiting the movement of al-Qaeda operatives between countries, so far
not a single UN member state had presented any evidence of the arrest
or detention of such people at border crossings.
Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2003/12/02 00:00:33 GMT
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