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NEWS: Government Unsure How Many Shoulder-Fired Missiles Are Missing

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posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 05:19 PM
The Government is worried that thousands of missing shoulder fired missiles could be in the hands of terrorists. Of the roughly 1 million missiles made since the 1950's, thousands could possibly be in the hands of Al-Qaeda and other rogue groups. Today Russia and the U.S. signed an agreement to destroy surplus SA-7's and anti aircraft missiles. The U.S. is also actively working with other countries to provide technical and financial assistance to destroy anti aircraft missiles.
The State Department estimates that about 1 million shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles have been produced worldwide since the 1950s. The number believed to be in the hands of "nonstate actors," such as terrorist groups, is "in the thousands," the department says.

"What's driving this is concern about the threat to commercial aviation," said Wade Boese, research director at the private Arms Control Association. A single successful missile attack on a passenger plane could paralyze the airline industry, at enormous economic loss, he said.

There has been only one known attempt against a commercial airliner outside of a war zone. In November 2002, two surface-to-air missiles barely missed an Israeli charter airliner taking off from the airport in Mombasa, Kenya, with tourists returning to Israel. Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network claimed responsibility for the attempt.

The U.S.-Russian agreement signed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov calls for sharing information about exports of these missiles to third countries.

Of note, Boese said, is the absence of a commitment by either Washington or Moscow to halt the exports.

The United States began selling its Stinger shoulder-fired missile to foreign countries in 1982. The CIA secretly transferred an estimated 2,000 to Afghanistan mujahedeen rebels in the mid-1980s, and they were used to down hundreds of Soviet helicopters and transport aircraft.

When the war against the Soviets ended in 1989, the CIA began offering to buy back the Stingers for as much as $150,000 apiece. In his book "Ghost Wars," author Steve Coll wrote that as recently as 1996 the CIA estimated there were about 600 Stingers still unaccounted for in Afghanistan.

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This could be scary if it wasn't for the fact that there is even more dangerous things such as nukes and their components which are also missing. In this era we rush to build better and more efficient weapons, yet we are unable to account for all the old ones. The US and the rest of the world should be actively involved in hunting down and destroying all these stashes of these outdated weapons.

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 05:38 PM
The threat of these falling into terrorists' hands is just now becoming realized. I don't think anyone ever thought that terrorist groups would become so widespread or well-funded.

This makes me think of the enormous profits that are being made by weapons manufacturers, gun-runners, and all the rest. The dollar value involved must be staggering.

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 09:22 PM

Originally posted by jsobecky
This makes me think of the enormous profits that are being made by weapons manufacturers, gun-runners, and all the rest. The dollar value involved must be staggering.

Yup. If you throw terrorists into the mix, weapons become like drugs...everyone wants them, and the prices skyrocket.

Makes you wonder if they weapons manufacturers are funding the terrorists. Hey, if there isn't a war, make one.

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 09:29 PM
They can make sure everybody pays their taxes on time but they can't keep track of shoulder fired missles when they spend most of the budget on the military?

more money hungry then concerned for the safety of this country...

Conspiracy to cover of the could be fact of the CIA knowing where they are, working with these people so they can further their devious agenda? when your at the top of the food chain there are many things commoner's will never know.

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 11:20 PM
In the 1980s missiles were very well tracked, and distributed. Since then knock offs and copies have been proliferated. People keep saying this whole war on terror looks more and more like Nam, well it's been spiced up with a heavy dose of Iran & Contra too. Scare tactics at there best, or history repeating it's self, again.

The Bush Family Saga seems to be going back to a familar chapter

Or maybe this will provide a better grasp;
Coping With Iran-Contra

Before I forget, when those "stingers" first were sold, the value was more like $35,000. The price didn't reach the $100,000 mark until the 90s on the black market.

[edit on 24-2-2005 by ADVISOR]

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 11:45 PM
The governement is unsure how many missiles are missing, right! They are more unsure how to cover up who has them. Misinfo is the tool of the future. Long before the threat level in the US was an issue the government was tracking who had these missiles. Now that we live in a media world of fear, these missiles have gone missing and its our duty to safegaurd the world from them. Still, would they tell us where they are, no. That would lessen the fear and we can't have that.

posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 03:01 AM
Here is a nice bumpersticker for fans of the national rifle association:

"Shoulder fired missiles and rogue nukes don't kill people, people kill people"

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