....LMB: "Tube-Fearing Man"....

September 09, 2002

Just read a transcript of Sunday's Meet the Press interview with Dick Cheney. Cheney laid out damning new evidence about Iraq's efforts to acquire The Bomb:

"...Aluminum tubes... the kinds of tubes that are necessary to build a centrifuge. And the centrifuge is required to take low-grade uranium and enhance it into highly enriched uranium, which is what you have to have in order to build a bomb."

Quake and shudder, ladies and gentlemen. Iraq is trying to acquire aluminum tubes.

Well, let's try to be as accurate as we can. Cheney references a Sunday morning NY Times article on the subject. According to the article:

"Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officials said that in the past 14 months, Iraq had attempted to purchase thousands of special aluminum tubes they believe were to be used in devices to enrich uranium."

Okay, so according to an unnamed government official, Iraq is trying to acquire "thousands" of "special" aluminum tubes. Tubes that some government officials think could be used to build a centrifuge. Which could be used to enrich uranium. Which could be used to build a nuclear bomb.

Did a little Yahoo search for "aluminum tubes." Apparently they can be used to construct gliders, telescopes, mynah bird aviaries, windchimes, cigar cases, car radiators, camping furniture, and bicycle frames.

Aluminum tubes- our no-longer-misunderstood friends!

Posted by Jake at 01:45 AM
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They need another incubator story, not an aluminum tube story.

Or, how about a Mohammed Atta story? Richard Pearle says "they have proof" Atta met with Saddam in Baghdad. Why don't they roll with that one?

Posted by: dack at September 9, 2002 10:11 AM

I agree Dack. Let's Roll.

You're one step ahead of me with the Perle story. I wrote about that in a slightly later entry.

Posted by: Jake at September 9, 2002 10:29 AM

What? This is so easily understood without any political agenda. Iraq already has gas cenrifuges that are busy 24 hours a day separating Uranium isotopes. You have nothing to worry about as long a you keep your head in the sand or up your arse! He is manufactoring nuclear weapons people, and he should have one or two soon. The intention of creating a nuclear weapon is to use it. He will. Punks!

Posted by: Joe at September 17, 2002 04:26 PM
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Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

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The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

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