March 31, 2005
Al Qaeda was Close to Developing WMD
The full story is here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,152034,00.html The discovery of Al Qaeda's work came only after the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, the report says. "Al Qaeda's biological program was further along, particularly with regard to Agent X, than pre-war intelligence indicated," the report says. "The program was extensive, well-organized, and operated for two years before September 11, but intelligence insights into the program were limited." Here is something even more frightening: Al Qaeda was studying nuclear weapons and contacted Pakistani scientists to discuss nuclear weapons, it notes. Had this new information not been acquired, and had Al Qaeda been allowed to continue weapons development, a future intelligence failure could have been in the offing." No kidding.