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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 28, 2013 WHO calls Middle Eastern virus, MERS, ‘threat to the entire world’ as death toll rises: The SARS-like virus has so far killed 24 people, more than half of those diagnosed.
QUOTE: ...the WHO says that more than half of the people who have been diagnosed with MERS have died. The organization said that 24 of 44 confirmed MERS cases have ended in death. In a move that might complicate finding a vaccine, Dutch scientists have taken the unusual step of patenting the killer virus.
New York Daily News Dec 26, 2011 Debate Persists on Deadly Flu Made Airborne
QUOTE: The discovery has led advisers to the United States government, which paid for the research, to urge that the details be kept secret and not published in scientific journals to prevent the work from being replicated by terrorists, hostile governments or rogue scientists. Journal editors are taking the recommendation seriously, even though they normally resist any form of censorship.
New York Times Nov 09, 2011 Iran's nuclear program alarms world powers
QUOTE: no evidence that Iran has decided to actually build a bomb. But its nuclear program is more ambitious and structured, and more progress has been made than previously known....Iranian officials slammed the nuclear watchdog agency's report as a fabrication aimed at satisfying U.S. allegations about Iran's nuclear program.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 15, 2011 Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay
QUOTE: [experts say that Israel at its Dimona facility] tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms.... Mr. Langner is among the experts who expressed fear that the attack had legitimized a new form of industrial warfare, one to which the United States is also highly vulnerable.
New York Times Aug 03, 2009 Did China's Nuclear Tests Kill Thousands and Doom Future Generations?
QUOTE: Three decades on, [Enver] Tohti, now a medical doctor, is launching an investigation into the toll still being taken—and one that the Chinese government steadfastly refuses to acknowledge. A few hundred thousand people may have died as a result of radiation from at least 40 nuclear explosions carried out between 1964 and 1996 at the Lop Nur site in Xinjiang...
Scientific American Jun 03, 2009 List of U.S. Nuclear Sites Inadvertently Posted Online
QUOTE: The document contained descriptions of sensitive civilian sites, including the locations of facilities that store enriched uranium and other materials used in nuclear weapons....Nuclear experts said it was theoretically possible that the document could benefit terrorists contemplating an attack on one of the facilities.
Washington Post Nov 20, 2008 'Idealist' tried to halt Saddam's Kurdish slaughter
QUOTE: Tens of thousands of Kurds had fled to Turkey. Survivors described blinding, burning clouds of poison gas that dropped people in their tracks....In the end, the House of Representatives killed Galbraith's sanctions bill with backing from the Reagan administration. Politics had trumped principle.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 10, 2008 Mystery of lost US nuclear bomb
QUOTE: The United States abandoned a nuclear weapon beneath the ice in northern Greenland following a crash in 1968....the carrying of nuclear weapons over Danish territory was kept secret.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Nov 01, 2008 Nuclear Deterrence in the Age of Nuclear Terrorism An attack on one of the great cities of the world is almost inevitable. But with better detection technologies, a new international alliance could st
QUOTE: Given current policies and practices, a nuclear terrorist attack that devastates one of the great cities of the world is inevitable. In my judgment, if governments do no more and no less than they are doing today, the odds of such an event within a decade are more than 50 percent.
Technology Review Oct 23, 2007 White House may stop plan for anti-radiation pills
QUOTE: The White House is considering whether to invoke a legal loophole allowing the government to scrap the distribution requirement if there is a better way to prevent thyroid cancer. In July, President Bush instructed his science adviser to make that determination.
USA TODAY Oct 05, 2007 Tough Stance Is Urged On Nuclear Pact With India
QUOTE: Key lawmakers have written a bipartisan House resolution that urges a group of nations engaged in nuclear trade to place toughly worded constraints on future nuclear dealings with India.
Washington Post Sep 03, 2007 On Two Fronts, One Nuclear, Iran Is Defiant
QUOTE: There have been reports that the Bush administration is considering declaring the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, opening the way to further economic sanctions against Iran because the Guards are involved in nearly every aspect of the state-controlled economy.
New York Times Aug 22, 2007 America's Hackable Backbone
QUOTE: But because SCADA systems are largely owned by the private sector, critical infrastructure like power plants and water systems may remain vulnerable until the problem affects profits--or leads to disaster. Christy argues that we can't wait that long: His unofficial opinion is that SCADA needs government regulation.
Forbes Aug 01, 2007 The Politics of Blackmail
QUOTE: The cosmopolitan son of Libyan leader Muammar Kaddafi is surprisingly frank about the Middle East and his former pariah state’s nukes-for-prisoners deal with France.
Newsweek Jul 20, 2007 Radiation Detector Program Delayed: DHS May Have Misled Congress, GAO Audit Finds
QUOTE: [Michael Chertoff] said [new radiation monitors] would improve radiation scans at borders and ports, while sharply reducing the number of false alarms .... But the department's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office did not know whether the detectors would work effectively, according to documents and interviews.
Washington Post Jul 12, 2007 Sting Reveals Security Gap at Nuclear Agency
QUOTE: Undercover congressional investigators posing as West Virginia businessmen obtained a license with almost no scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that enabled them to buy enough radioactive material from U.S. suppliers to build a "dirty bomb," a new government report says.
Washington Post Jul 12, 2007 A Nuclear Ruse Uncovers Holes in U.S. Security
QUOTE: Undercover Congressional investigators set up a bogus company and obtained a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in March that would have allowed them to buy the radioactive materials needed for a so-called dirty bomb.
New York Times Jun 13, 2007 Setback for Ill Workers at Nuclear Bomb Plant
QUOTE: A federal advisory panel recommended Tuesday that thousands of former workers at a nuclear weapons plant be denied immediate government compensation for illnesses that they say result from years of radiation exposure there.
New York Times Apr 18, 2007 Memo From Paris: U.S. Missile Deals Bypass, and Annoy, European Union
QUOTE: The European Union is upset because Washington is negotiating bilaterally with Poland and the Czech Republic about something that affects Europe as a whole. The union has been trying for years to patch together a coherent European security and defense policy independent of NATO, and it doesn’t help when member states start cutting deals with Washington on their own.
New York Times Feb 07, 2007 Legacy of Radiation Illness Stirs Objection to Nevada Bomb Test: Blast Won't Be Nuclear, but Many Fear Contaminated Dust
QUOTE: At a series of emotional meetings last month in Las Vegas, St. George, Salt Lake City and the Idaho capital of Boise, people who live downwind of the Nevada Test Site expressed fear that if the government goes ahead with its code-named Divine Strake test, radioactive dust from previous tests will blow their way.
Washington Post Dec 14, 2006 Why Israel maintains nuclear ambiguity: Ehud Olmert's apparent admission that Israel has nukes calls into question the country's longtime vow of silence.
QUOTE: fragility of one of Israel's most finely tuned defense policies, a doctrine of nuclear ambiguity that has enabled Israel to deter foes for decades in a region with only one alleged nuclear power.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 21, 2006 Iranian Leader Defends Controversial Stands
QUOTE: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defiantly stuck to his hard-line positions on issues including Iran's nuclear program and a need for further study to confirm the Holocaust.
Washington Post Sep 15, 2006 Chemical-plant security vexes Congress: A compromise emerged this summer, but now House leaders seek to limit DHS authority to regulate such security.
QUOTE: At issue is whether the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should have the authority to require chemical plants to implement specific security measures, such as switching to safer chemicals or using armed guards. The chemical industry and House Republican leaders believe it should not.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 07, 2006 Why Iran sees no rush for a nuke deal: As UN sanctions loom, a previously postponed meeting between Iranian and European negotiators may occur Friday.
QUOTE: That view is bolstered in Iran by a belief that it is being singled out for censure - even though as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran is allowed under safeguard to have the complete nuclear fuel cycle.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 27, 2006 Morality in Iraq, Then and Now
QUOTE: In a long history of U.S. involvement in Iraq stained by official mistakes, betrayals and misunderstandings, the initial coverup of Hussein's Anfal [poison gas--Ed.] campaign is among its darkest moments.
Washington Post Aug 09, 2006 Russian Physicist Given Suspended Prison Term
QUOTE: A Russian scientist was given a six-year suspended sentence Tuesday for the export to South Korea of technology that prosecutors contended could be used to manufacture missiles...Scientists and human rights activists argue that the evidence in these cases...is weak or nonexistent.
Washington Post Feb 10, 2006 Ex-CIA Official Faults Use of Data on Iraq: Intelligence 'Misused' to Justify War, He Says
QUOTE: The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
Washington Post Feb 05, 2006 Iran To Face Security Council: Iran To Face Security Council
QUOTE: As a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has the right to develop nuclear technology and to enrich uranium. But it became enmeshed in controversy in 2002 when Iranian dissidents disclosed that the country had concealed its nuclear programs for almost two decades. Iran suspended the most controversial parts of its activities, and European diplomats agreed not to pursue Security Council action while they conducted intensive negotiations to ensure that Iran's program was and would remain peaceful.
Washington Post Feb 01, 2006 Iran on IAEA Agenda, but Next Step Concerns U.S.
QUOTE: [International Atomic Energy Agency--Ed.] board members will consider a new assessment from the IAEA's investigation of Iran. The two-page report depicts a country that remains under suspicion and continues to conceal information from inspectors, and it says Iran is preparing to begin pilot-scale enrichment.
Washington Post Jan 10, 2006 Iran Delays Threatened Resumption of Nuclear Work
QUOTE: France, Britain and Germany have negotiated with Iran over the last three years, seeking a deal by which it would permanently shut down parts of its nuclear program in return for diplomatic and trade incentives. Iran has tentatively shuttered certain nuclear operations, such as the enrichment facility, but has also repeatedly broken or altered various interim agreements.
Washington Post Dec 24, 2005 U.S. Monitored Radiation at Muslim Sites Across Nation
QUOTE: Officials said the monitoring, which intensified after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, did not require warrants or court orders because it took place from publicly accessible areas or from parking lots or driveways....government teams were sent to more than 100 Muslim sites...
Washington Post Nov 14, 2005 Secrecy Is Infectious: Bill Would Shield Biomedical Research
QUOTE: ...legislation to create the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency...would get something no other agency has: a full exemption from the Freedom of Information Act.
Washington Post Nov 12, 2005 Asterisks Dot White House's Iraq Argument
QUOTE: President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence. Neither assertion is wholly accurate.
Washington Post Jul 29, 2005 Court Reinstates Anthrax Defamation Suit Against N.Y. Times
QUOTE: A federal appeals court yesterday reinstated a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Army scientist against the New York Times Co., saying articles by Nicholas D. Kristof that it published could be read as blaming him for the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Washington Post Jul 29, 2005 Uranium Provision to Alter U.S. Policy: Easing of Export Curbs Concerns Nonproliferation Advocates
QUOTE: ...the 1,724-page energy bill that Congress is poised to enact today would ease export restrictions on bomb-grade uranium, a lucrative victory for a Canadian medical manufacturer and its well-wired Washington lobbyists.
Washington Post Jun 06, 2005 Devise and Dissent: The patriotic, but unpopular, career of J. Robert Oppenheimer.
QUOTE: As a chapter in the continuing history of opposition to dissent, Oppenheimer's fate is especially worth re-exploring now. Whether in the closed halls of the intelligence services or in the open sessions of Congress, we need the hard impact of contestation; we need recalcitrant voices ready to challenge the established terms of discussion.
Slate Mar 28, 2005 Saving Nonproliferation
QUOTE: While claiming to be protecting the world from proliferation threats in Iraq, Libya, Iran and North Korea, American leaders not only have abandoned existing treaty restraints but also have asserted plans to test and develop new weapons...abandoned past pledges and now threaten first use of nuclear weapons against nonnuclear states.
Washington Post Mar 26, 2005 Toxic Indifference to North Korea
QUOTE: Since 2002, defectors among the flood of refugees from North Korea have detailed firsthand accounts of systematic starvation, torture and murder. Enemies of the state are used in experiments to develop new generations of chemical and biological weapons that threaten the world.
Washington Post Nov 13, 2004 V.A. to Study Toxins' Effects From 1991 Gulf War
QUOTE: ...Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, broke with earlier study groups by pointing to chemical exposures during the war, not the effects of combat stress, as the primary cause of what has sometimes been called Gulf War Syndrome...That conclusion has heartened veterans, who resented earlier studies suggesting a psychiatric cause for their problems...
New York Times Sep 05, 2004 Suffering Effects of 50's A-Bomb Tests
QUOTE: Even as sick residents of other Western states received compensation from the government, the question of how Idahoans may have been affected by the nuclear tests received little attention. But now a furor has erupted here and elsewhere in Idaho, set off by one Emmett native, who survived thyroid cancer but is dying of breast cancer...
New York Times Jul 10, 2003 White House 'lied about Saddam threat'
QUOTE: "This administration has had a faith-based intelligence attitude ... 'We know the answers - give us the intelligence to support those answers'."
Guardian Unlimited Feb 24, 2003 Russia's Irksome Bioweapons Stock
QUOTE: The former Soviet Union had the most successful bioweapons program in the world -- and those in charge of what remains of the program would like to keep it that way.
Wired Feb 16, 2003 Journals to Consider U.S. Security in Publishing
QUOTE: More than 20 leading scientific journals have made a pact to censor articles that they believe could compromise national security, regardless of their scientific merit... Some prominent scientists called the policy a significant step in the wrong direction.
New York Times Feb 14, 2003 The fuzzy ethics of nonlethal weapons
QUOTE: As the world waits to hear more from UN weapons inspectors about Iraq's potential for producing chemical weapons, the US itself is pondering the use of chemicals in any conflict there.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 02, 2003 Who Has the Hot Rods?
QUOTE: Mr. Powell has all the evidence he needs...we are justified in making a pre-emptive strike on North Korea. Only one hitch: President Bush doesn't want to attack North Korea...
New York Times Nov 08, 2002 Bush Considers Smallpox Vaccine for Troops
QUOTE: The question of whether to immunize U.S. forces is part of a larger dilemma that includes whether to vaccinate civilian health care workers and, eventually, the general public.
Washington Post Oct 08, 2002 Doctors Urge Caution on Smallpox Vaccinations
QUOTE: Their concerns stem from the risks of the vaccine, which is significantly more likely than any other vaccine to cause serious side effects.
New York Times Sep 30, 2002 Non-Lethal Weapons Shoot to Hurt
QUOTE: ...the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD), established by Congress in 1997 under Marine Corps command, is obsessed with developing a high-tech arsenal that contravenes U.S. and international law.
Wired Sep 09, 2002 Bush Officials Say the Time Has Come for Action on Iraq
QUOTE: "(President Bush) said that Iraq was sparing no effort to revive its nuclear weapon program and that in light of the terror attacks of last Sept. 11, its history with nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs directly threatened the United States."
New York Times Sep 04, 2002 Bush to Put Case for Action in Iraq to Key Lawmakers
QUOTE: ...senators said that Mr. Bush would make a grave mistake if he did not seek a full debate and some kind of Congressional authorization for military action.
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