Is this the smoking gun that could lead to revelation of those pesky, elusive WMDs?
The Wall Street Journal reported April 29 that Jordanian authorities say the death toll from a bomb and poison-gas attack they foiled could have reached 80,000.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda’s man in Iraq before Saddam’s fall, was believed to be behind the plot — al Qaeda’s first ever attempt to use chemical weapons. The targets included the U.S. Embassy in Amman.
Jordan’s King Abdullah called it a “major, major operation” that would have “decapitated” his government. “Anyone who doubts the terrorists’ desire to obtain and use these weapons only needs to look at this example,” said Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.
More details of the plot emerged Monday night with the dramatic broadcast on Jordanian television of confessions from the terror cell’s leader and associates. The idea apparently was to crash trucks–fitted with special battering rams and filled with some 20 tons of explosives–through the gates of targets that included the U.S. Embassy, the Jordanian Prime Minister’s office and the national intelligence headquarters. The explosions notwithstanding, the real damage was reportedly to come from dispersing a toxic cloud of chemicals, which included nerve and blister agents.
Little has been reported on the foiled attack since, most of the western media having long ago decided WMDs were non-existent. Besides, the media had the jailhouse “torture” story to overkill.
But no one is disputing that the terrorists possessed nerve and blister agents to use in bombs.
Could the Bush admin be sitting on a totally unexpected discovery they plan to reveal closer to the election?
There’s a lot more curiouser and curiouser stuff here:
Jordan recently seized 20 tons of chemicals trucked in by confessed al Qaeda members who brought the stuff in from Syria. The chemicals included VX, Sarin and 70 others. But the media seems curiously incurious about whether one could reasonably trace this stuff back to Iraq. Had the terrorists released a “toxic cloud,” Jordanian officials say 80,000 would have died!
So, I interviewed terrorism expert John Loftus, who once held some of the highest security clearances in the world. Loftus, a former Army officer, served as a Justice Department prosecutor. He investigated CIA cases of Nazi war criminals for the U.S. attorney general. Author of several books, Loftus once received a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
John Loftus: There’s a lot of reason to think (the source of the chemicals) might be Iraq. We captured Iraqi members of al Qaeda, who’ve been trained in Iraq, planned for the mission in Iraq, and now they’re in Jordan with nerve gas. That’s not the kind of thing you buy in a grocery store. You have to have obtained it from someplace.