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01-25-2008, 10:57 PM
The man who knew too much

He was the CIA's expert on Pakistan's nuclear secrets, but Rich Barlow was thrown out and disgraced when he blew the whistle on a US cover-up. Now he's to have his day in court. Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark report

Saturday October 13, 2007
The Guardian

Rich Barlow idles outside his silver trailer on a remote campsite in Montana - itinerant and unemployed, with only his hunting dogs and a borrowed computer for company. He dips into a pouch of American Spirit tobacco to roll another cigarette. It is hard to imagine that he was once a covert operative at the CIA, the recognised, much lauded expert in the trade in Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

He prepared briefs for Dick Cheney, when Cheney was at the Pentagon, for the upper echelons of the CIA and even for the Oval Office. But when he uncovered a political scandal - a conspiracy to enable a rogue nation to get the nuclear bomb - he found himself a marked man.

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In the late 80s, in the course of tracking down smugglers of WMD components, Barlow uncovered reams of material that related to Pakistan. It was known the Islamic Republic had been covertly striving to acquire nuclear weapons since India's explosion of a device in 1974 and the prospect terrified the west - especially given the instability of a nation that had had three military coups in less than 30 years . Straddling deep ethnic, religious and political fault-lines, it was also a country regularly rocked by inter-communal violence. "Pakistan was the kind of place where technology could slip out of control," Barlow says.

He soon discovered, however, that senior officials in government were taking quite the opposite view: they were breaking US and international non-proliferation protocols to shelter Pakistan's ambitions and even sell it banned WMD technology. In the closing years of the cold war, Pakistan was considered to have great strategic importance. It provided Washington with a springboard into neighbouring Afghanistan - a route for passing US weapons and cash to the mujahideen, who were battling to oust the Soviet army that had invaded in 1979. Barlow says, "We had to buddy-up to regimes we didn't see eye-to-eye with, but I could not believe we would actually give Pakistan the bomb.

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Gayle in MD
01-26-2008, 09:30 AM
The list of CIA operatives who have resigned, or have been axed for questioning terrorist actions by the United States, is much longer than we know, IMO. Phillip Agee, is another person who was slandered, and forced out. Then there was the FBI guy, who was painted as being mentally off the beam, (O'Neil) because he was so sure about the impending 9/11 attack, and after he was pused out, he took the job of Director of Security in the WTC.

IMO, there is much more to the story about O'Neil, and this link provides a good deal of information about why, although I don't believe for a moment that this administration was involved in the actual attack, but their plans were definately easier to impliment, due to 9/11, enough so, for the president to go off fishing after ignoring all the urgent warnings.


Notice a change in our foreign policies, over to these violent supremacy philosophies trace back to Reagan, and his people, who are those same idiots who promoted the invasion of Iraq.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_state_terrorism_committed_by_the_Un ited_States

Then there is the right wing press, and media, which is definitely a tool for these supremacy nuts, the owners of which were given opportunities to become a massive influence on the public, through actions taken by Reagan, which removed fair and balanced reporting, and also ownership regulations... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Americans have been led down the path of ignorance, fomented by such absurd ideologies as ...

To be critical of our government while Americans are involved in combat in another country, makes one anti American...

Being critical of a War President, will earn one the same ridiculous accusations...

Print Media is obligated to assist any administration involved in such illegal actions, or be accused of being antiamerican.

All such heroic actions are conveniently labeled as liberal, a word that now has been redefined as being a communist, or socialist trader...

I can tell you that I have a very hard time coming up with any thing resembling a list of liberal cable commentators. They seem to all be right wing, hence the many vast right wing conspiracies which we hear about all the time. They have surely been working overtime during this election. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

02-14-2008, 01:22 AM
This is pretty funny coming from you Q.
A.Q. Khan was able to steal the nuclear secrets, that led to the Pakistani bomb, while working at a nuclear lab in the Netherlands. He was allowed access to the most critical secret nuclear enrichment, and weaponizing technologies with NO background check. Shall I repeat that?
NO background check!
He later sold these technologies on the open market.
Do you see the irony of your post?

02-14-2008, 01:55 AM
Ex-PM says Dutch let Pakistani nuclear scientist go at CIA's request

THE HAGUE (AFP) Aug 09, 2005 - At the request of the CIA, the Netherlands let go the father of Pakistan's nuclear program Abdul Qadeer Khan who worked in the country between 1975 and 1986, former Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers told Dutch public radio on Tuesday. Khan, who admitted in 2004 that he had leaked nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya, worked as an engineer in the Netherlands at Urenco, an uranium enrichment plant.

In 1975, Lubbers the then minister of economy, received information that Khan was stealing nuclear secrets about the enrichment of uranium. He was never indicted for his activities because the CIA had asked the Netherlands to let him go, Lubbers told VPRO radio.

"The American intelligence services preferred not to arrest the man but to let him go. They thought: 'give us all the information but do not hold that man. Let him go, we will follow him and get more information'," Lubbers said.

That same year Khan probably felt his cover was blown because he never returned from a holiday to Pakistan. Finally the Dutch authorities did open an investigation in 1979 that led to Khan being sentenced in absentia in 1983 to four years in prison. His conviction was overturned on appeal because of procedural mistakes. At that time there were still possibilities to continue with the proceedings against Khan but the authorities again backed off at the request of the CIA, according to Lubbers, who had by then become prime minister.

"We were in the middle of the Cold War, debating placement of medium range missiles here. At that time I thought the final word about (Khan's prosecution) was not in The Hague but in Washington," he said.
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02-14-2008, 11:13 AM
So you do not dispute the fact that Khan was given access to this secret data with NO background check.
BTW, what did the CIA have to do with this? The Dutch are in charge of their country, aren't you? Your lax security allowed the theft.

02-14-2008, 11:30 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote bamadog:</font><hr> So you do not dispute the fact that Khan was given access to this secret data with NO background check.
BTW, what did the CIA have to do with this? The Dutch are in charge of their country, aren't you? Your lax security allowed the theft. <hr /></blockquote>
I've got to stick up for Q there Dawg ... his country has existed for 90 years only because of the US.