Is There A Dirty Bomb In America`s Future?

The investigative journalist Edward
Jay Epstein has taken up the Litvinenko case. [The
Specter That Haunts the Death of Litvinenko
New York Sun, March 19,

The media used the Litvinenko case

sensational propaganda against Russian President Putin
and then tossed it aside. For those whose memories
of the case have faded, Alexander Litvinenko was a
former KGB officer living in England who died in 2006,
apparently from the radioactive isotope Polonium-210.

The British government encouraged
the tale that Russian President Putin had sent Andrei
Lugovoi to poison Litvinenko`s tea at a meeting on
November 1, 2006. The story appealed to people brought
up on James Bond thrillers, but the story never made any
sense. Polonium 2-10 is a rare and tightly controlled
substance as likely to contaminate the assassin as the
victim. There are far easier and more effective ways of
killing someone.

Moreover, there is no evidence to
connect Russia to Litvinenko`s death. But this didn`t
stop the British government from grandstanding, sending
an extradition request for Lugovoi in July 2007. The
British government sent the request despite the facts
that there is no extradition treaty between Britain and
Russia and the Russian constitution prohibits the
extradition of Russian citizens. Epstein suggests that
the purpose of the extradition request was to block the
Russian government from investigating Litvinenko`s death
in London. Litvinenko had a false passport provided by
the British government. A real investigation might have
opened up the shadowy world of security consultants in
which Litvinenko rubbed shoulders with former British
police and intelligence officials.

The Russians asked to see the
evidence. The case file delivered by the British
contained nothing of substance. Not even the autopsy
report was provided to the Russians. Epstein managed to
convince the Russians to let him see the file and to
question them about the case. In brief, if the British
have a case, they are withholding the evidence.

The charge that Putin was behind
Litvinenko`s death seems to have originated with

Boris Berezovsky
, one of the Russian Jewish
oligarchs who had grabbed the lion`s share of privatized
Soviet assets during Yeltsin`s presidency.  Epstein
reports that Berezovsky`s protector in Russia was
Litvinenko, the deputy head of the organized crime unit
of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the
successor to the KGB. When Berezovsky fled Russia to
escape fraud charges, Litvinenko followed. Epstein
reports that Berezovsky has declared an agenda of
"overthrowing the regime of his archenemy, Mr. Putin."

According to Epstein, "Alex Goldfarb, the executive
director of Mr. Berezovsky`s foundation, prepared for
Litvinenko`s end by writing out his `deathbed`
statement, which, according to Mr. Goldfarb, was drawn
from statements Litvinenko had dictated to him."

Epstein writes: "A few hours
after Litvinenko died on November 23, 2006, Mr. Goldfarb
arranged a press conference and released the sensational
deathbed statement accusing Mr. Putin of the poisoning."
Web sites supported by Berezovsky spread the story
that Litvinenko was murdered by the FSB.

The effort to link Putin and the
FSB to Litvinenko`s death might be a tale designed to
cover-up a more serious crime in the making.
Polonium-210 is an indication that someone is trying to
build a nuclear weapon. Epstein finds reasons to suspect
that Litvinenko had, and perhaps Berezovsky has,
connections to a Polonium smuggling scheme, and
Litvinenko`s death resulted from accidental or careless
exposure to Polonium-210.

Who would be trying to build a
secret nuclear weapon or perhaps only a "dirty bomb"
that would serve to spread some radiation and massive
amounts of fear and hysteria? The public has been
carefully prepared to suspect Iran. If such a device
were exploded somewhere in the United States, Bush,
Cheney, and the

Nazis would have their second new Pearl
Harbor to justify their planned attack on Iran.

We know that the Bush regime wants

attack Iran
. Despite the NIE report that Iran
abandoned its nuclear weapons program several years ago
and despite no signs of a weapons program having been
uncovered by IAEA inspectors, Bush, Cheney, and the
neocon Nazis continue to agitate for striking Iran
"before it is too late."
Their politicized military
commander in Iraq, Gen. Petraeus, keeps insisting that
Iran is training Iraqi insurgents and supplying weapons
that are killing US troops. Bush and Cheney themselves
have made trips to Europe and the Middle East trying to
marshall support for an attack on Iran. Anyone who is
not deaf, blind and stupid knows that the Bush regime is
doing everything it can to create circumstances that
will permit a US attack on Iran.

We know for a fact that the Bush
regime created false evidence, lied, and deceived in
order to attack Iraq. All the reasons given for the US
invasion have proven to be false. The real agenda has
never been declared. Yet, five years later the traitors
in high office who deceived Americans into a war in
behalf of a hidden agenda have not been held
accountable. As Agatha Christie said, getting away with
one murder makes it easy to commit another.

There is so much that Americans do
not know about secret schemes serving undeclared
agendas. Those who have attempted to clue in fellow
citizens are invariably frustrated, because Americans
have been trained to dismiss the messenger who brings
news of "false flag" events as a "conspiracy

Best-selling author Steve Alten in
his recently published book, The Shell Game,
attempts to reach Americans with a thriller that mixes
fiction with fact. Alten describes a conspiracy,
beginning in 2007 and ending in 2012, by a Black Op
group in a Republican administration to set off nuclear
weapons in two American cities, with planted evidence
pointing to Iran. It is a historical thriller predictive
of our immediate future by an author who has no
illusions about the US Government or the interest groups
that control it.

Alten`s book is a first-class
thriller set in the real world of today. It is a perfect
read for Americans who need their dose of reality to be
watered down with fiction and delivered as

Paul Craig Roberts [email
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.