Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Al Qaeda was developing a bio weapon 
So says at least one source:

An al Qaeda affiliate in Algeria closed a base earlier this month after an experiment with unconventional weapons went awry, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Monday.

The official, who spoke on the condition he not be named because of the sensitive nature of the issue, said he could not confirm press reports that the accident killed at least 40 al Qaeda operatives, but he said the mishap led the militant group to shut down a base in the mountains of Tizi Ouzou province in eastern Algeria.

He said authorities in the first week of January intercepted an urgent communication between the leadership of al Qaeda in the Land of the Maghreb (AQIM) and al Qaeda's leadership in the tribal region of Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan. The communication suggested that an area sealed to prevent leakage of a biological or chemical substance had been breached, according to the official.

That's the Washington Times.

I haven't seen anything in the mainstream media sources on it yet - probably because the mainstream media can't bring itself to admit that anyone whose not a neocon or anyone whose name isn't Rupert Murdoch could possibly be up to anything bad.

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google news lists 23 stories on the subject. The British MSM has picked it up, as has the Indian. In our country, only Rupert Murdoch's outlets seem to be aware.

The Telegraph is more specific and reports the specific disease as the plague (actually 'black death').


I think it was Tigerhawk who linked to the story (likely that Telegraph one) about Bubonic plague that I saw in the last day or so...
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