Pakistan – “The Ally From Hell” – moves nuclear warheads in unmarked vans, exposes them to jihadi highjack (Atlantic Monthly article)

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The Altantic Monthly publishes a terrifyingly insightful article about Pakistan’s nuclear shell game. According to it,  what keeps the Pakistani leaders up at night  is a highly unlikely US air strike, not a predictable (by past incidents) Jihadi suicide rush on the Pakistani nuclear capabilities. To avoid the remote possibility of a US attack, Pakistanis keep moving their warheads around the country. To make triple sure that the US spies never know when and how this is happening, transportation is done by unmarked, ordinary vans with light protection. In doing so, the Pakistani leadership ignores the very real possibility that one of the many fundamentalist organizations that plague the largest and only Muslim nuclear power might get wind of such a foolish move and seize the opportunity and the quarry. In other words words:

[T]he Pakistani government is willing to make its nuclear weapons more vulnerable to theft by jihadists simply to hide them from the United States, the country that funds much of its military budget.


NPR nterview with Jeffrey Goldberg about Pakistan’s nuclear shell game

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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