The US still doesn't enjoy access to Dr AQ Khan
, allegedly responsible for the supply of miscellaneous nuclear technology, including bomb blueprints, to America's 'Axis of Evil' enemies, historic enemies, and known unknown enemies.
Following media reports suggesting that Egypt had imported nuclear technology from Pakistan's nuclear scientist Dr AQ Khan, the US has restated its confidence in the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) looking into the matter. Link
Pakistan said in December 2004 it would not allow any foreign country or agency directly or indirectly to question Dr Khan Link
Fans of TVs Jack Bauer will be anticipating the new series of '24' , which returns to the screen soon. With Jacks Logic, Dr Khan, evil
scientist or hero
of Pakistan, whatever, would long ago have been kidnapped and rendered.
Scriptwriters at '24' would not inflict on viewers a scenario where Jack is not allowed to talk to, let alone render, the evil hero Dr Khan, even though he is detained by one of the US's premier 'War of Terror' partners. Written questions only Jack, and maybe you will get an answer. No discreet phone calls to Washington "Tell the President it's Jack Bauer" and no welcome "leave it to me Jack". This President is not taking calls from Jack.
When Dr Kahn confessed to Mr Musharraf of his crimes - "I take full responsibility for my actions and seek your pardon" - his confession raised more questions than it answered. In a 12-page signed statement, the disgraced father of Pakistan's nuclear programme has confessed to transferring nuclear technology and hardware to Iran, Libya and North Korea. He claimed it was all due to ideological reasons and not for money, as he wanted to strengthen the defence capabilities of Islamic countries.Link
Mr Musharraf's reluctance to encourage the US to interview Dr Khan is easy enough to understand, given that the Pakistani military elite is likely to be implicated in the Khan 'ring', but a more interesting question is who else benefits from Dr Khans silence? Is the 'hands off' policy purely on account of the hero status of Dr Khan and the 'stability' issue that arises in handing him over to the 'devil'?. Is it the not wanting to damage the long running and unsuccessful US-Pakistani 'hunt' for bin Laden
As the New York Times put it in December 2004 "Nearly a year after Dr. Khan's arrest, secrets of his nuclear black market continue to uncoil, revealing a vast global enterprise. But the inquiry has been hampered by discord between the Bush administration and the nuclear watchdog, and by Washington's concern that if it pushes too hard for access to Dr. Khan, a national hero in Pakistan, it could destabilize an ally. As a result, much of the urgency has been sapped from the investigation, helping keep hidden the full dimensions of the activities of Dr. Khan and his associates." Link
The real truth behind Dr Khan's activities remains obscured, conclusions are not possible regarding the reality of a lot of the claims being made about him. The lack of outrage in the US concerning its inability to question Khan is curious, especially whilst simultaneously, across the skies of the world, Air America continues to transport its victims for torture, to countries that have less respect for Human Rights than Jack Bauer, on evidence too threadbare to withstand scrutiny....Pakistani nuclear secrets for sale was ' tip of iceberg
' The Independent Feb 2004 2004What's All the Fuss About A.Q. Khan?
'ANTIWAR.com December 25, 2004
"CIA Allowed Terrorist Doctor to Sell Nuclear Weapons to Terrorists
December 27th 2004
"Still time for diplomacy?
" BBC Hard Talk 30 September 2004 with video