Are nuclear weapons safe in Pakistan? by Seymour M. Hersh

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November 10, 2009

Hersh on US team to secure Pakistan nuclear arms – 11 Nov 09

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says the US has a rapid response unit ready to secure Pakistan’s nuclear weapons in the event of a mutiny or “any nuclear incident”, a claim the US and Pakistani governments have denied.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Hersh discussed his report which appeared in The New Yorker magazine and said a team was scrambled recently to respond to what was thought to be a nuclear emergency in Pakistan, which turned out to be a false alarm.

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Are nuclear weapons safe in Pakistan?

by Seymour M. Hersh
The New Yorker
November 16, 2009

In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe?

In the tumultuous days leading up to the Pakistan Army’s ground offensive in the tribal area of South Waziristan, which began on October 17th, the Pakistani Taliban attacked what should have been some of the country’s best-guarded targets. In the most brazen strike, ten gunmen penetrated the Army’s main headquarters, in Rawalpindi, instigating a twenty-two-hour standoff that left twenty-three dead and the military thoroughly embarrassed. The terrorists had been dressed in Army uniforms. There were also attacks on police installations in Peshawar and Lahore, and, once the offensive began, an Army general was shot dead by gunmen on motorcycles on the streets of Islamabad, the capital. The assassins clearly had advance knowledge of the general’s route, indicating that they had contacts and allies inside the security forces.


via Are nuclear weapons safe in Pakistan? : The New Yorker


Updated: Aug. 13, 2014

U.S. plan would halt inside job to divert Pakistani warheads

Worldfocus on Nov 10, 2009

Pakistan has 80-100 nuclear warheads, making it the world’s 6th or 7th leading nuclear power. In this week’s New Yorker, Seymour Hersh writes about a secret plan by the Obama administration to use American troops to protect Pakistan’s nuclear assets. Daljit Dhaliwal talks to Hersh about why the Taliban overrunning Islamabad is not the greatest concern.

2 thoughts on “Are nuclear weapons safe in Pakistan? by Seymour M. Hersh

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  2. What is left out of Hersh’s analysis is that the US supplied the technology to Pakistan, India and Israel. Of the three, by far and away, the most dangerous is Israel. Israel does not allow inspections, has attacked the US, and is a belligerent to its neighbors, having repeatedly attacked them.

    The US needs to stop arming the world and covetting other countries natural resources. It only bodes ill for the world.

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