Massive Crater In Chechnya
Car Blast - No 'Bali Mini-Nuke'


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 was initially
* 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 further:
"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 blast:
"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 TVS television.
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.
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 attack.
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 tradition.
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."
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