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“Conversion of Russia” Update:

Who’s Got the Russian Uranium?

by Christopher A. Ferrara

As the “conversion of Russia” entered its nineteenth year with no sign of any conversion, Reuters news agency reported that “international researchers have compiled what they say is the world’s most complete database of lost, stolen and misplaced nuclear material — depicting a world awash in weapons-grade uranium and plutonium that nobody can account for.” (March 6, 2002)

Reuters quotes Lyudmila Zaitseva, a fellow at Sanford University, as declaring that “It truly is frightening. I think this is the tip of the iceberg.” Reuters notes that “the facts, even on cursory examination, are chilling.” According to Reuters, Zaitseva says that “over the past ten years, at least 88 pounds of weapons-usable uranium and plutonium have been stolen from poorly protected nuclear facilities in the former Soviet Union. While most of this material subsequently was retrieved, at least 4.4 pounds of highly enriched uranium stolen from a reactor in Georgia remains missing.”

Other thefts have included “several fuel rods that disappeared from a research reactor in the Congo in the mid 1990s.” One of the rods was later found in the possession of the Mafia in Italy, but the others have never been recovered.

Combine this information with the arrest on May 8, 2002 of suspected al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla. According to CNN (June 10, 2002) “Padilla, 31 — who also goes by the name Abdullah Al Muhajir — was captured May 8 as he flew into O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, from Pakistan. … Officials said that when Padilla arrived in Chicago, he declared having $8,000 but was found to have more than $10,000 in his possession.” Padilla was apparently in the early stages of planning an attack that would involved the detonation of a “dirty bomb” — a conventional bomb coated with radioactive material — in a major American city. Padilla had been tracked before his arrest as he flew between “Pakistan, Egypt and Switzerland in the weeks before he arrived in Chicago.”

Clearly, whoever is bankrolling Padilla’s globetrotting knows where radioactive material for a dirty bomb can be obtained. Why else spend the money on all the apparent planning?

So the question arises: Who’s got the Russian uranium? And where are those fuel rods? And how much other stolen radioactive material do we have to worry about?

As the American government sets up radiation detectors in every major American port and city, and as the forces gather for the annihilation of nations, we can only hope and pray that those who have consigned the Message of Fatima “to the past” will give way to Churchmen who are not afraid to unleash the best defense the world has against terrorism: the promises of the Virgin, delivered to mankind 85 years ago in a humble field in Portugal.