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Dear list, Not a good news. Is this a new smear campaign of scare-mongering? http://www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/63977.htm SADDAM GROWING $B!F(BSUPER SMALLPOX' By NILES LATHEM ------------------------------------------------------ December 8, 2002 -- WASHINGTON - Iraq is developing a vaccine-resistant smallpox virus, a nerve gas that can penetrate protective gear and may be just months away from becoming a nuclear power. Those are the disturbing highlights of numerous dossiers compiled over the last decade by the CIA, British intelligence services, former U.N. arms inspectors and prominent arms-control think tanks that will be used in the coming weeks to counter Iraq's defiant claim that it no longer has weapons of mass destruction. Yesterday's Iraqi declaration of its weapons programs, mandated by the U.N. Security Council, will be analyzed over the next few weeks. But U.S. intelligence officials and other experts say there is a mountain of evidence that Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has ordered the secret development of massive amounts of super-lethal poisons and bacterial agents and has hidden them away in secret laboratories underneath hospitals, mosques, ordinary homes and even mobile vehicles disguised as milk trucks - most probably in Iraq's Sunni heartland. "There is absolutely no doubt that Iraq has a significant weapons of mass destruction program," said David Kay, a former chief weapons inspector. "If Iraq concludes in its declaration that it has no weapons of mass destruction, that is the least credible position it could take, and I don't think there is any one of the permanent members of the Security Council that will believe that." Before Saddam expelled them in 1998, U.N. weapons inspectors found evidence that Iraq was bulk-producing and weaponizing huge amounts of biological agents. U.S. intelligence officials say there is ample evidence developed in the four years since the expulsion of the weapons inspectors to support the conclusion that Saddam has continued and even expanded his mass-destruction weapons development. Earlier this year, the CIA also discovered that Iraq has tried to purchase one million doses of atropine from Turkey, a drug used to counter the effects of VX nerve gas - a development that led analysts to conclude that Iraq could be preparing to protect its troops from "blowback," during possible upcoming battles with U.S. troops. __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! BB is Broadband by Yahoo! http://bb.yahoo.co.jp/ _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk