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Philly DA: Teen Bomb-Maker Was 'Grave Danger to Everyone'

17-year-old nabbed in Philadelphia was allegedly testing devices, communicating with terrorists

(Newser) - A 17-year-old "aspiring terrorist" is facing multiple state felony charges in Pennsylvania after he was found to be communicating with a foreign terrorist group while building a weapon of mass destruction, officials said Monday. At a press conference, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said the unnamed teen "was...

Pentagon, DHS Thinking of Naming New WMD

'Because of its strength, it's like nothing else that we've seen'

(Newser) - Fentanyl is already killing a staggering number of Americans—30,000 in 2017 alone, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse—and authorities say it would be "disturbingly easy" to use the synthetic opioid in a terrorist attack. Pentagon and Homeland Security officials are considering designating the drug...

Extreme Weather Seen as Major 2018 Risk

World Economic Forum ranks them ahead of global forum

(Newser) - Humans are "pushing systems to the brink, from extinction-level rates of biodiversity loss to mounting concerns about the possibility of new wars," according to the World Economic Forum . On the upside, a stronger economic outlook means global leaders will have "a golden opportunity" to address some of...

Air Traffic Controller Accused of Having Weapon of Mass Destruction

North Carolina man faces multiple charges

(Newser) - An air traffic controller accused of possessing a weapon of mass destruction has lost his airport access and could lose his freedom as well. George Dandan, who worked at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, was arrested Friday and charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring...

Iraqi Who Pushed Bogus WMD Intel Is Dead

Ahmad Chalabi helped persuade US to topple Saddam

(Newser) - Ahmad Chalabi was once a US darling who was supposed to lead Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. But with his death of a heart attack Tuesday at the age of 71, Chalabi's legacy is a much different one: He's now known mostly as the Iraqi figure...

Secret Underground Nazi WMD Factory Found: Report
Secret Underground Nazi WMD Factory Found: Report

Secret Underground Nazi WMD Factory Found: Report

Third Reich may have been building nuclear bomb in Austrian bunker

(Newser) - Suspiciously high radiation levels around the Austrian town of St. Georgen an der Gusen had long fueled theories that there was a buried bunker nearby where Nazis had tested nuclear weapons during WWII. Those suspicions came one step closer to being confirmed last week after the opening of a 75-acre...

Iraq to UN: ISIS Swiped Chemical and Nuke Materials

Militants grabbed 88 pounds of uranium from Mosul University

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Iraq confirmed to the UN that ISIS militants had control of Saddam Hussein’s former chemical-weapons stronghold. Now Iraq is saying that the Sunni insurgents also overran the University of Mosul last month on their way to Baghdad and pilfered nuclear materials used for scientific research, Reuters reports....

Penn State Student Arrested Over WMD

'Off the wall' Russian teen had bomb-making materials

(Newser) - A Penn State freshman from Moscow was arrested on charges including possessing weapons of mass destruction and risking a catastrophe after cops found a bomb and explosives-related materials in his apartment. Police say they found the bomb-making materials while investigating a suspected marijuana grow-op at the home of 18-year-old Vladislav...

Like Saddam's WMDs, We Still Manufacture 'Mainstream'

Paul Krugman thinks we haven't learned to examine 'mainstream' consensus

(Newser) - It's the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war, a disastrous war fought on false pretenses. "So did our political elite and our news media learn from this experience? It sure doesn’t look like it," Paul Krugman writes in the New York Times . The real trick of...

US, UK Knew Iraq Had No WMDs: Report

New report alleges that MI6, CIA ignored vital intel

(Newser) - Days before the September 2002 dossier on Iraqi weapons that Tony Blair used to justify sending British troops to join the US in Iraq, an MI6 officer met with Iraq's head of intelligence and was told that Saddam Hussein had no active weapons of mass destruction, according to an...

US: Syria Mobilizing Chemical Weapons

It's unclear why, but intelligence says part of its stockpile is on the move

(Newser) - Syria is pulling many of its chemical weapons out of storage facilities, for reasons that aren't entirely clear, US officials tell the Wall Street Journal . Some believe Assad is simply moving the weapons to a safer location, or attempting to spook rebel-friendly Sunnis. But others believe he intends to...

Snag to Syria Intervention: Assad's Chemical Weapons

US, Jordan working on plans to secure them: Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - As the world community considers what to do about Syria, one serious complication keeps coming up: Bashar al-Assad's huge stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. In fact, the US and Jordan militaries have begun working together on a plan to secure the dozen or so sites where they are...

US, Israel Real Threats to Middle East Peace
US, Israel Real Threats
to Middle East Peace
noam chomsky

US, Israel Real Threats to Middle East Peace

Iran's pursuit of nuclear power doesn't seem to bother MIT prof

(Newser) - President Obama isn't the only one worried about the drumbeat toward war with Iran. So is MIT professor Noam Chomsky, who argues that Iran's pursuit of nuclear power—and perhaps weapons—is a defensive posture against the region's two main aggressors, the US and Israel. "Concerns...

2 Iraqis Living in Kentucky Charged With Terror Plotting

Men accused of trying to send weapons, money to al-Qaeda

(Newser) - Two Iraqis living in Kentucky have been arrested on charges that they tried to send sniper rifles, stinger missiles, and money to al-Qaeda operatives in their home country, according to court documents unsealed today. Thirty-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and 23-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, who both have lived in Bowling Green...

Iraqi Defector Admits Lying About WMDs

'Curveball' proud to have started war

(Newser) - When Colin Powell gave his speech at the UN in February 2003 insisting that Iraq had biological weapons of mass destruction, he relied heavily on intelligence from a source codenamed “Curveball.” Well now Curveball, aka Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, tells the Guardian that he flat out made all...

Rumsfeld on Iraq's WMDs: OK, So We 'Misstated'

Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq were only 'suspected,' he concedes

(Newser) - You know those weapons of mass destruction that triggered the US war on Iraq? Their existence, which turned out to be nonexistent, was only "suspected," Donald Rumsfeld has finally admitted in his new book, Known and Unknown . OK, so "I made a misstatement," he says. At...

UN Finally Lifts Saddam-Era Sanctions Against Iraq

Control of oil revenue returned to government

(Newser) - The United Nations has finally lifted sanctions to prevent Saddam Hussein's regime from gaining weapons of mass destruction—4 years after his execution. The Security Council voted unanimously to lift sanctions on weapons and civilian nuclear power and return control of Iraq's oil and gas revenue to its government, AP...

War With Iran 'Inconceivable'

 Let's Not Forget 
 the Cost of War 

Let's Not Forget the Cost of War

Roger Cohen asks: have we not learned 'the lessons of Iraq'?

(Newser) - A Washington Post journalist suggested that a “showdown” with Iran could help the US economy; now a key GOP senator wants to “go beyond sanctions” and “neuter that regime.” Seeing a blinded, one-legged veteran makes Roger Cohen wonder: Have we forgotten the cost of war? It’...

Bush Didn't Lie About Iraq
 Bush Didn't Lie About Iraq 
Karl Rove

Bush Didn't Lie About Iraq

Rove says he should have told president to fight

(Newser) - When Democrats accused George W. Bush of falsifying evidence to start the war in Iraq, Karl Rove advised him not to re-litigate the past—and now he thinks it was his biggest mistake in the White House. The Democrats’ assault “was a monument to hypocrisy and cynicism,” Rove...

Karl Rove: Poor Handling of Iraq War Was My Fault
 Karl Rove: Poor Handling 
 of Iraq War Was My Fault  

Karl Rove: Poor Handling of Iraq War Was My Fault

In memoir, Bush aide regrets not defending war to public harder

(Newser) - Karl Rove says in a new memoir that the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq badly damaged the Bush administration's credibility and led to dwindling public support for the war. The former White House political adviser blames himself for not pushing back against claims that President Bush...

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