April 21, 2006

Updated: Nuclear Iran, A Q Khan, & a Canadian Connection?

Note: The best article I've seen lately on daycare is in this morning's Globe and Mail by Margaret Wente, "The Baby and the Bathwater" on A17 -- information from a Quebec doctor -- excellent.

Security update: Note "disabling the Global Positioning System"

CNEWS: Atlanta-area men plotted terror attack in Toronto: FBI agent -- "In March 2006, Ahmed then told agents they had met with extremists and plotted how to disrupt military and commercial communications and traffic by disabling the Global Positioning System, the affidavit said. He was arrested March 23."

ATLANTA (AP) - A 21-year-old Georgia Tech student and another man travelled to Toronto to meet with Islamic extremists to discuss "strategic locations in the United States suitable for a terrorist strike," an affidavit made public Friday said.

Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, both U.S. citizens who grew up in the Atlanta area, met with at least three other targets of FBI terrorism investigations during a trip to Toronto in March 2005, an FBI agent's affidavit said. [. . . . ]

Nuclear Jihad -- several webpages CBC

CTV: Chinese ambassador rejects espionage claims -- Ambassador Lu Shumin declared: "There is no Chinese espionage in Canada." Apr. 20 2006

[....] CSIS intelligence

Intelligence files reportedly suggest that an estimated 1,000 Chinese agents and informants operate in Canada. Many of them are visiting students, scientists and business people, told to steal cutting-edge technology.

One example MacKay pointed out was China's Redberry -- an imitation of the BlackBerry portable e-mail device -- created by Waterloo, Ont.-based Research in Motion Ltd.

According to a 2003-2004 CSIS report to Parliament, foreign spies are trying to uncover "Canada's scientific and technological developments, critical economic and information infrastructure, military and other classified information, putting at risk Canada's national security."

Several articles -- e.g. Further details revealed about Hong Kong `scam'

May we rest easy now?

End of update

Do you suppose Canada will get honourable mention in this whole thing?

Iran Completes Secret Uranium Plant Kenneth R. Timmerman, NewsMax.com, Friday, April 21, 2006

[....] A large agricultural center was constructed overhead to disguise the existence of the buried plant, the sources said. A similar disguise was initially used to hide the existence of the Natanz uranium enrichment plant to the southwest of Tehran, before a foreign government revealed its existence to the IAEA.

[....] The IAEA has verified previously clandestine production in Iran of the P1 centrifuge, an older design copied by Pakistan from plans acquired in Europe in the late 1970s by Dr. A.Q. Khan.

Search: military analyst Homayoun Moghaddam , Shahid Moradian center , Belarus and Ukraine [. . . . ]

Canadian Connection for Dr. A. Q. Khan

Canada-trained Pakistani nuclear scientists 'defecting' Asia Pacific Post, January 16 2003 -- or here

From a search: Dr. A. Q. Khan, Pakistan, nuclear, Canada

[. . . . ] At least five of nine Pakistani nuclear scientists who have 'secretly' left their country to seek more money and better working conditions were trained in Canada, The Asian Pacific Post has learned.

Another top scientist, Dr. A.Q. Khan, the man who made Pakistan's nuclear bomb and who has been linked to assisting Iran, Iraq and North Korea weapons programs, was also hosted by the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, (AECL). [. . . . ]

Search: Chinese-assisted CHASNUPP reactor , In December 1987, a Canadian of Pakistan origin , hard steel , Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood and Chaudhry Abdul Majeed , a French-Canadian nuclear engineer who was working on Canadian Candu reactors in South Korea , A second unidentified Canadian, who was working on the Candu reactors in South Korea

This is lengthy with more information worth reading.


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