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 
priorities?

"In case the link goes dead..."

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  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
UN report
"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:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/americas/3254828.stm

Published: 2003/12/02 00:00:33 GMT

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