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By Jim Rarey
October 31, 2001

As Americans wait for another terrorist shoe to drop based on the recent (vague) warning by the FBI; talking head "experts" are assuring us that we needn’t fear nuclear weapons. While, they say, it is known that Osama bin Laden has made attempts to get nuclear materials, it is almost certain he has not been able to put a weapon together.

Are memories so short or our officials so timid that they are afraid to tell the truth. Almost two years ago to the day Representative Curt Weldon gave America a wake up call but we went back to sleep. The situation has not changed since then. But let the following article tell the story. It is a reissue of an article this writer published the day after Weldon made his speech on the floor of the House of Representatives.

October 29, 1999

Are Suitcase Nukes Included?

On the floor of the House of Representatives last night, Representative Curt Weldon (Rep., Penn.) dropped a bombshell. He presented "chapter and verse" on underground caches of weapons and other implements of war the Soviet KGB secreted in underground storage locations across the United States and in western European Countries. The caches are still there today.

Weldon gave the names of several Russian sources for the information. Since this writer has not seen the names in print, no attempt will be made to use them in this article. The spelling would indubitably be wrong. However, the positions the sources held make their stories more than credible.

The main source of the information is a mountain of copies of documents spirited out of the Kremlin archives by a Russian defector, which were furnished to British intelligence in 1992. The documents spell out the general location of some of the caches in the U.S. but the information is not specific enough to lead to the actual locations. However, the defector was able to furnish specific locations of caches in Switzerland and Belgium.

Officials in those two countries found the underground sites (which, by the way, were booby trapped) and verified the storage of a range of weaponry, ammunition, and electronic communications equipment.

An open hearing was held in a House sub-committee about ten days ago at which several sources testified to the accuracy of the documents from the Kremlin archives. One was the highest ranked Russian defector to date, a former KGB station chief in London. Weldon stated his purpose in disclosing the information on the House floor was motivated by the fact that there had been no media coverage of that hearing.

Weldon expressed a concern that weapons hidden in the United States might include suitcase size nuclear devices in the one to ten kiloton ranges. (Ten kilotons is the size of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.) Several years ago, a story appeared in the media that Russia had "lost" a number of these nuclear devices and some speculated they might have been sold or transferred to "rogue" nations. Two years ago Yeltsin’s administration denied that such weapons even existed. A Pentagon spokesman, at the time, said the Defense Department has no reason to doubt that denial.

The Pennsylvania Congressman related private conversations he has had with a Soviet scientist, the former National Security advisor to Boris Yeltsin and a Russian general who is a former head of Yeltsin’s Defense Department. All three verified the existence of the "suitcase" bombs. The National Security Advisor admitted that he had been tasked (by Yeltsin) to locate the one hundred thirty two such devices known to exist and was only able to find forty -eight of them.

The former Defense Minister assured Weldon that Russia intended to destroy all of the "suitcase" weapons by the year 2000. The conversation took place over two years ago. The CIA told Weldon the U.S. Government has no idea whether or not that promise has been kept.

The Soviet scientist told Weldon that he understood that some of those nuclear devices were ticketed for delivery to the KGB for unknown use. That might account for the missing devices.

Representative Weldon said he has recently asked both the FBI and the Defense Department if they are aware of the KGB weapons caches. Both said they are aware of the information so far available but do not have the specific locations of the sites. Weldon asked the FBI and a reporter queried the Defense Department as to whether our government has asked the Russian government to furnish the specific locations. Both the FBI and Defense Department said no, Russia has not been asked to provide the specific locations of the sites.

Weldon (properly) considers it an outrage that the Clinton administration, which has provably known of the caches for at least three years, and probably for six or seven years, has not shown enough concern to even ask the Russians for the information. Particularly in view of the possibility that the caches might contain nuclear devices.

He opined that the reason might be they do not want to embarrass Russian officials who have worked closely with President Clinton and Vice-President Gore. (Wouldn’t it also embarrass Clinton and Gore?) This writer believes that is the most charitable construction that can be put on this obvious lack of concern for America’s national security.

Curt Weldon is no rabid "right wing extremist." While a hawk on national security matters, Weldon has been assessed by one conservative organization’s ratings at an overall fifty-eight percent on his voting record, which places him squarely in the "moderate" camp. One of the things this issue proves is that the "kept" media refuses to cover critical issues if they will reflect unfavorably on their leftist comrades in government, regardless of the source.

Weldon and Representative Jim Oberstar have sent a letter to Secretary of State Allbright demanding to know whether or not the specific site information has been requested of the Russian government, if so when and what was the response; and, if not, why not? Congressman Oberstar (Dem. of Minnesota) represents a district, which includes Brainerd, Minnesota, one of the "general" locations mentioned as an underground site of weapons and technology secreted during the cold war by the KGB.

The full text of the letter to Secretary Allbright, as well as Representative Weldon’s "Special Order" speech should be available (on the internet) in the House Journal for Thursday, October 28th. His speech was the last order of business just prior to adjournment for the day.

It is difficult to imagine that such extensive hiding of large quantities of weapons and other military technology could have been accomplished without the complicity of Americans, either inside or outside of the government. That may be the reason there appears to be such a reluctance to ask the obvious and critical question of the Russians.

We know, from sworn testimony of credible witnesses, that the KGB archives contain information on the specific location of these weapons caches. The archives might also contain the actual names of American collaborators. There is likely a "bipartisan" wish to prevent any such information from reaching the public.

Stay tuned.

Permission is granted to reproduce this article in its entirety.The author is a free lance writer based in Romulus, Michigan. He is a former newspaper editor and investigative reporter, a retired customs administrator and accountant, and a student of history and the U.S. Constitution.

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