- Note - After the Bali explosion, a number of people
sent in copies of a story by conspiracy writer Joe Vialls who
guaranteed the world that a so-called 'mini-nuke' was used in
the Bali car/truck bombing.
- Vialls supported his Bali nuclear bomb story with
his personal assurance that car bombs cannot leave large craters,
which is simply absurd. Here is a direct quote from Mr. Vialls'
Bali 'mini-nuke' story:
- "Photographic evidence proving the use of
an unconventional weapon was edited out almost immediately by
the major media, though not from the amateur video camera which
provided the picture at top center above. It alone shows the deep
crater being probed by Indonesian police and military with a [very
long] pole. The very presence of the crater itself proves the
weapon was detonated sub-surface, while the crater's depth in
combination with its diameter, prove the depth at which the weapon
- * Huh?: "The very presence of the crater
itself proves the weapon was detonated sub-surface..." A
crater mandates an explosion occurs sub-surface? Ridiculous. And
- "Anyone doubting the nuclear identity of
this weapon should take a look at the biggest car bombs detonated
in Northern Ireland during the thirty years of trouble, which
ranged in size up to 1,000 pounds of conventional explosive. None
of them left craters in the road, because simple physics dictate
that shock waves always takes the line of least resistance - largely
outwards and upwards to atmosphere. Nor am I aware of any 1,000
pound IRA car bomb trashing 47 buildings and 100 vehicles."
- * Huh? "None of them (car bombs) left craters
in the road." None of them? Tell that to the Government and
citizens in Chechnya, or to any trained military ordnance expert.
- Now here is a direct quote from UPI on the Chechnya
- "In a telephone call to the Chechen news
agency Kavkaz, a spokesman for the militants said "martyrs"
drove the two vehicles, packed with an estimated 1 ton of explosives,
and rammed them through the building's three-ring defense perimeter
to its entrance...The blasts tore off the front of the building,
turned it into a burning frame and left a crater more than 10
meters (30 feet) wide and nearly 6 meters (20 feet) deep in front."
- Let's hope these simple facts finally put the
Bali 'mini-nuclear bomb' story out to pasture.
- Death Toll In Chechnya Now At Least 61
By Andrei Shukshin
- MOSCOW (Reuters) - As the death toll rose to 61,
officials investigating Friday's devastating suicide attack on
the pro-Russian government headquarters in Chechnya said on Sunday
security around the building had been criminally lax.
- Two vehicles packed with explosives smashed through
protective barriers, exploding outside the office's main entrance
and burying dozens of people under concrete slabs as the roof
and floors of the four-story building collapsed.
- The Chechen government headquarters in the capital
Grozny was believed to have been the best-guarded building in
the war-ravaged republic.
- But as rescue teams worked at the blast site in
the city center, officials began dishing out blame, saying the
office block had not been as well protected as many had thought.
- "Unfortunately, it was nothing but an ingrained
illusion that the site was particularly well guarded and fortified,"
Mikhail Babich, Chechnya's Kremlin-appointed prime minister, told
- Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Sergei Fridinsky,
in charge of the official inquiry, told television channels he
was seeking the dismissal of senior officers responsible for protection
of the government compound and the city as a whole.
- "We can say with certainty that the investigation
has established that the law on guarding and defending the government
compound was violated," he said.
- DEATH TOLL MAY RISE
- There were no immediate claims of responsibility
for the explosions but officials blamed Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov,
ousted when Russian troops poured back into Chechnya in 1999.
- But Maskhadov, in a statement of condolences to
relatives posted on rebel Web sites on Saturday, condemned the
- The rebels are fighting for independence for the
mostly Muslim southern province and want Russian troops out. Moscow
has faced international criticism of its military campaign but
it insists that it is part of a global "war on terror."
- Babich said that after the rescue operation so
far, the death toll, put at 55 on Saturday, now stood at 61. But
it was likely to rise as more victims were accounted for.
- Eighty-six people injured in the attack remained
in hospital and some of them had been flown to Moscow, he said.
- He said confusion over the death toll stemmed
from the fact that in the aftermath of the blast some relatives
had carried away bodies for immediate burial, according to Muslim
- Coming two months after a three-day rebel siege
of a Moscow theater, in which 129 hostages died, Friday's raid
also raised questions about Russia's ability to defend itself
against guerrilla attacks.
- Officials have said, however, that the latest
setbacks would not undermine the Kremlin's determination to hold
a constitutional referendum in Chechnya in March, part of President
Vladimir Putin's plan to restore civilian rule.
- Moscow officials who visited the building, first
restored from ruin after Russian troops seized Grozny in 2000
after a three-year absence, said it would be rebuilt yet again.
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Ed Ward, MD
- Re: Massive Crater In Chechnya Car Blast - No 'Bali Mini-Nuke'
"Unless you have a vehicle that you can drive around with
MORE than 6 TONS of high grade military explosive – BLU
82 – used to make instant helicopter clearings in Viet Nam
– 1/4 inch steel casing and 6.3 tons of military explosive
– NO CRATER." http://edwardmd.wordpress.com/tag/blu-82-daisy-cutter-no-crater/