Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney, Joe Wilson, Valerie Plame, Lord Butler, the media…all names central to the recent controversy over the criminalization of politics in Washington. Well, let’s add Fortunat Lumu’s name to the list….for this. An excerpt:
The International Atomic Energy Agency and foreign governments have
expressed concern about lax security at the plant, which the US has
tried to get closed for a number of years. Two years ago the Congolese
government denied reports that uranium was shipped to Iran.
2000, Newsweek reported that a Kenyan middleman attempted to sell
Congolese uranium to Saddam Hussein but the Iraqi leader was under too
much international scrutiny to buy it.
The IAEA has criticised
standards at the site, which is often left unguarded and is protected
only by a low fence and rickety gate. Although the reactor has been on
standby for nine years, there are 98 bars of enriched uranium stored at
the site, submerged in a pool underneath a padlocked metal grate or in
Two uranium rods disappeared from the facility in
the late 1970s, one of which is believed to have been found in 1998 on
its way to the Middle East via the mafia. The other was never recovered.