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Ukraine Arrests Lawmaker, Businessmen For Trying To Sell Plutonium

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posted on Apr, 14 2009 @ 06:41 PM
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Ukraine Arrests Lawmaker, Businessmen For Trying To Sell Plutonium


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Ukrainian security agents have arrested a regional lawmaker and two companions for trying to sell a radioactive substance that could be used in making a dirty bomb, officials said Tuesday.

The legislator in the western Ternopyl region and two local businessmen were detained last week for trying to sell 8.2 pounds (3.7 kilograms) of radioactive material to an undercover agent of the security service, said Marina Ostapenko, a spokeswoman for the service.

The suspects tried to peddle the substance as plutonium-239, a highly radioactive material that can be used to build nuclear weapons, and demanded $10 million, Ostapenko said.

But security experts later determined that the material was likely americium, a widely used radioactive material. Ostapenko said it could be used in a dirty bomb, but not nuclear weapons.

The service said in a statement it believes the material was produced in Russia during the Soviet era and smuggled into Ukraine through a neighboring country.
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posted on Apr, 14 2009 @ 06:41 PM
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The potentially greatest disaster resulting from the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent decade of social decline is the fact that it's nuclear products went unsecured.

Still 9 years after Yeltsin stepped down too much of that stuff is unaccounted for and still kicking around.

It is good that not only were these people were caught by undercover agents but that the material was not what they claimed but still...

In all reality it is not if groups like Al Qaeda gets their hands on nuclear materials...

Its when.

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posted on Apr, 14 2009 @ 06:47 PM
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The potentially greatest disaster resulting from the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent decade of social decline is the fact that it's nuclear products went unsecured.


Far from it.

After the Soviet Union fell, an estimated $300-600 billion dollars in weaponry from Russia, and it's Socialist Republics in Central Asia and Eastern Europe was either stolen or sold on the black market by the Russian Mafia or corrupt Officers.
The Russians have absolutely no idea where it ended up.

Weaponry meaning anything from a Tokarev Pistol to a Russian T-80 tank, Hind Gunship and entire battalions of advanced hardware like SAMs.

A good proportion of it was sold to 3rd world warlords and dictators by the infamous Russian arms dealer, Viktor Bout.

That fact haunts the entire world today.

From Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Somalia, Palestine, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan... those weapons have been responsible for about as many deaths a few nuclear bombs combined.

And they're still most assuredly killing people all across the globe.

[edit on 14/4/09 by The Godfather of Conspira]



posted on Apr, 14 2009 @ 06:55 PM
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All the way across the board the cold war was a disaster for the world in general... so much bloodshed and destruction for absolutely nothing.

The situation with Iran is directly connected with the cold war...

The situation with Cuba is directly connected with the cold war...

The situation in Afghanistan is directly connected with the cold war...

The situation in North Korea is directly connected with the cold war...

Cambodia still suffers from the cold war...

Al Qeada came out of the cold war...

Lost weapons... people still losing limbs from cold war mines...

The list is almost endless.



posted on Apr, 14 2009 @ 07:11 PM
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Goes without saying mate.

Every war fought since WW2 has been about furthering one country's selfish interests.

Even the World Wars were not exempt from this, why do you think the Axis Powers and Allied Powers squabbled so much over the tactically insignificant Middle Eastern theatre of battle back then?

The same reasons they're doing it today.



posted on Apr, 14 2009 @ 09:04 PM
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Its incredible isnt it?
I often sit down and ponder this over a scotch on ice on my balcony.

all conflict, all agression, all worldly issues stem from the past.


WW1 brought WW2, WW2 brought the ColdWar, the ColdWar brought Vietnam, Korea, Alqaeda..


Its like we are still yet to defeat the real enemy..



posted on Apr, 14 2009 @ 09:15 PM
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I suspect you are more right than you know.

I am beginning to believe it never strays far from the tag-line ---- businessman/lawmaker....

How convenient? To be a lawmaker AND a businessman. That much rings true.



posted on Apr, 14 2009 @ 09:36 PM
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There is that old line from Walt Kelly's classic comic strip Pogo...

We have met the enemy and he is us



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