Islamic State is believed to have seized enough radioactive material to build a large “dirty” bomb, according to Australian intelligence reports. NATO has expressed concerned about the supplies, according to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
According to Australian intelligence reports cited by The Independent, ISIS militants possess radioactive material, mostly stolen from government facilities, enough to build a large and devastating dirty bomb – a conventional explosive that is meant to disperse radioactive material over a large area.
In an interview with The Australian, Bishop also said that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) extremists “did not just clear out the cash from local banks” when they swept across large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
Bishop said that her statements stemmed from reports filed by the Australian Department of Defense, as well as the Foreign Office.
She added that NATO has expressed concern about the materials, which were reportedly seized from hospitals and research centers and would typically only be available to governments.
In addition to concern from NATO, Bishop also noted that the Australia Group – a 40-nation bloc dedicated to ending chemical weapons – held a session on the situation during a summit in Perth last week.
“This is really worrying them,” she said.
At the Australia Group meeting, Bishop spoke about fears that ISIS is weaponizing poisonous gases such as chlorine.
"The use of chlorine by Daesh [the Arabic term for IS], and its recruitment of highly technically trained professionals, including from the west, have revealed far more serious efforts in chemical weapons development," she said at the time.
"Daesh is likely to have amongst its tens of thousands of recruits the technical expertise necessary to further refine precursor materials and build chemical weapons,”Bishop added, stating that the rise of militant groups such as ISIS is “one of the gravest security threats we face today.”
Bishop’s warning was backed by the former commander of the British army’s chemical weapons unit Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, The Australian reported.
De Bretton-Gordon said that Bishop was the “first senior politician from a major Western government”to speak on the issue.
The comments came just three months after the Kurdish Regional Government said that its Peshmerga fighters came under attack from an IS suicide bomber driving a truck with toxic chlorine gas.
Australia is not the only country to publicly express concern about ISIS developing weapons of mass destruction. India also warned last month that the extremists could obtain a weapon from Pakistan.
In May, ISIS announced in its propaganda magazine Dabiq that the group was aiming to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD). It suggested that it was expanding at such a rapid pace that it could buy its first WMD within a year.
Friday Vote: Congress Rushing the TPP Through Even Though They Know Americans Will Lose Jobs | The Daily Sheeple
There’s nothing free about free trade.
The only reason Congress is holding out until Friday to vote on the TPP according to Politico is “They’re trying to resolve a last-minute hangup over aid for workers who lose their jobs to free trade”:
This means Congress is WELL AWARE a lot of people are about to lose their jobs once the TPP that none of us have even gotten to read goes through.
They should be; secret negotiations for this thing have only been underway now for SIX YEARS.
NAFTA on steroids doesn’t even really begin to cover what we do know of the TPP. It’s not like any previous trade agreement we’ve ever seen. Where should we begin? The fact that it’s going to make Obamacare look like a happy fun time stroll down a sunny lane, or the fact that it’s basically facilitating the U.S. merger with China? (Bye bye national sovereignty, hello TPP!)
For starters, here are ten reasons why you should oppose it straight out of the gate.
Trade is the talk of the town in Washington right now because the House is due to vote any day on the Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA, bill. It would give President Obama the power to negotiate massive trade deals with other countries, cut Congress out of the negotiations and limit lawmakers’ participation to a simple yes or no vote when such treaties are concluded.
TPA has passed in the Senate. If it passes in the House, TPP, a far-reaching trade deal between the U.S. and Pacific Rim nations, is considered certain to pass.
“If a foreign company that makes the toxic chemical opposes the law, it would normally have to challenge it in a U.S. court. But with ISDS, the company could skip the U.S. courts and go before an international panel of arbitrators. If the company won, the ruling couldn’t be challenged in U.S. courts, and the arbitration panel could require American taxpayers to cough up millions — and even billions — of dollars in damages.”
Saying, “This isn’t a partisan issue,” Warren explicitly called upon right-leaning politicians to oppose the deal.
Why is the Army hiring people to provide “emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US”? – Intellihub
Does the Army expect that there will soon be “disaster stricken” areas all over the country? As you will see in this article, a job advertisement has been posted on a federal website seeking workers that “will provide emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US“.
This was originally reported by Shepard Ambellas of Intellihub, but it is not receiving nearly as much attention as it perhaps should. What parts of the nation does the U.S. Army believe will soon be “disaster stricken”? By itself, this job ad wouldn’t be raising that many eyebrows, but when you combine this with the unusual number of “military training exercises” that are taking place all around the country and with the very strange movements of military equipment that have been reported recently, it gives the appearance that the U.S. military is feverishly making preparations for something big.
You can find the job advertisement that I mentioned above right here. The following is an excerpt from that job posting…
Yes, holding military exercises in U.S. cities is certainly nothing new. But in 2015 it appears that we are witnessing an unprecedented amount of activity. It is almost as if preparations are being made for some really big event. A recent Intellihub articlesummarized some of the things that we have been witnessing lately…
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