Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Indian Proliferation

Yet another Indian is caught illegally proliferating nuclear material for the Indian nuclear program through the notorious Dubai-Highway/via UAE. And for some conspicuous reason Bush Administration insists India is a responsible state with impeccable proliferation record? But then neo-cons of the Bush Administration also insisted Iraq had WMDs and still thinks Iraqi disaster to be a success storey where Iraqis shower the American soldiers with roses, even though, Bush doesn’t believe the American soldiers have to abide by Geneva rules, so who cares if some psychopath US soldiers cold-bloodedly murder few Iraqi women and children here and there? After all, American occupiers know what is best for the Iraqis.

Similarly, so what if India will be able stockpile additional 50 nukes per year - courtesy of Indo-US nuclear deal? Uncle Bush always knows what is best for the world.


Desi charged with conspiracy

WASHINGTON: An Indian engineer has been charged by federal prosecutors in the US state of Pennsylvania with conspiring to ship graphite products to the UAE that possibly could be used for nuclear or military purposes. According to federal authorities, Manoj Bhayana, 39, worked with another person and three companies - all unnamed to conceal the origin of the graphite products sent to a trading company in the Emirates.

The engineer is accused of falsifying shipping documents indicating the graphite products were provided by a particular company when he knew they had not been. "Had these documents not been falsified, the graphite could not have been shipped from the US," American Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan was quoted as saying by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review . Some graphite materials are used in nuclear reactors.

Military uses for graphite include blocking electromagnetic waves used by the enemy to detect troops. The investigation was headed by the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement, which looks into crimes involving the export of "commodities that can be used for commercial purposes as well as for military purposes by adversaries or potential adversaries of the United States. Bhayana, who is not in custody, faces upto five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, if convicted.



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