posted on Feb, 12 2004 @ 01:20 PM
A Dubai company called SMB computers along with another firm called Gulf Tecnical Industries have been identified as the hub for black market
proliferation of nuclear componets and technology.
The public confession on Feb. 4 by Khan – the "father" of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program – in which he admitted to facilitating the network,
has shocked the world and prompted new warnings that terrorists could gain access to weapons of mass destruction.
The company was said to have processed orders for such goods as uranium hexafluoride – used for the centrifuge process that can produce enriched
uranium for nuclear bombs – as well as components and complete centrifuges.
SMB was operated by a deputy of Khan. Officials said the deputy, identified as Bukhari Sayed Abu Tahir, a Sri Lankan native, employed his Dubai
company as the front for the nuclear network that sought to provide up to 1,000 centrifuges to Libya.
The nuclear network, which was said to have been penetrated by the CIA, contained companies and people from both Western and Third World countries,
officials said. They included Belgium, China, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, the
UAE and the United Arab Emirates.
Reports that the US had warned Pakistan for years about Khans blackmarket dealings along with a sophisticated network of distribution should concern
us all when wondering how far this proliferation has spread.