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March 29, 1997
RIGHT OUT IN PUBLIC, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms are celebrating an extraordinary friendship that may produce its first payoff in Senate ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention before an April 29 deadline. If this proves to be the case, it will be a $$ courtly gesture on the part of the Republican that, in the Washington way of things, requires more of a payback that a kiss and a hug from the nation's top diplomat.High on the Helms agenda: (1)
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By Barbara Wasserman and Martin Wasserman | September 26, 2011
The monkey in the video spasms violently. He's just been injected with a massive dose of physostigmine — more than 30 times the maximum limit recommended by the Food and Drug Administration — causing vomiting, breathing difficulty, seizures and even death. The video in question was obtained from the United States Army through the Freedom of Information Act by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. It's a military chemical casualty training video, and it depicts what will happen in an upcoming course at Aberdeen Proving Ground here in Maryland.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 10, 2003
ANNISTON, Ala. - With the push of a button and a spurt of steam yesterday, the Army began burning the millions of pounds of chemical weapons stored here, after years of legal wrangling and despite outcries from worried residents. The first M-55 rocket, after it was drained of the deadly nerve agent sarin, was chopped into eight pieces and roasted in a 1,100-degree furnace, turning a Cold War relic into a pile of ash. "This is absolutely a gorgeous day," said Michael B. Abrams, a spokesman for the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,Moscow Bureau | March 19, 1993
MOSCOW -- The ambitious chemical weapons program of the Soviet Union -- now in the hands of the Russian government and no longer a closely held secret in any sense -- seems to have become an issue that won't go away.It is troubling in several ways, touching on the legal rights of Russian citizens, environmental concerns, even the future of the economy. But most of all, it raises the question of just what responsibility Russia has for its often-lethal Soviet inheritance.Since becoming a sovereign nation, Russia has held talks with the United States on mutual destruction of chemical weapons.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 11, 1996
WASHINGTON -- After years of Pentagon denials, a group of veterans of the Persian Gulf war is offering the first compelling evidence that U.S. troops were exposed to Iraqi chemical weapons. The veterans say that nerve gas and other chemical agents have begun to ravage their bodies.The soldiers and former soldiers were members of the Army's 37th Engineer Battalion. Unlike thousands of other Americans who have complained that they suffer from the ailments collectively described as gulf war syndrome, the men of the 37th can pinpoint the time and place that they believe they were exposed to chemical weapons: 2: 05 p.m. March 4, 1991, when the battalion blew up 33 Iraqi bunkers in the southern Iraqi desert.
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By Tim Collie and Tim Collie,Tampa Tribune | February 22, 1991
WITH U.S. TROOPS, SAUDI ARABIA -- With a major ground war seemingly imminent, U.S. commanders say they are certain that Iraq will use chemical weapons against U.S. soldiers.That will leave the first U.S. troops entering Kuwait fighting in gas masks and bulky chemical protective suits, cutting down their effectiveness and slowing the pace of battle.In reaching their conclusion, the commanders are depending on a flurry of recent intelligence gathered from captured Iraqi troops and other sources:* Iraq distributed different types of chemical rounds to division commanders, apparently giving these leaders the authority to use them in ground combat, military intelligence sources say.* The Iraqis may be putting cyanide in rocket-propelled grenades and other types of rounds, one officer said, giving them the ability to kill a tank crew and take over the vehicle.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 19, 2002
WASHINGTON - As the Pentagon prepares for a possible invasion of Iraq, military planners say the most complicated problem they face is the chance that President Saddam Hussein might use chemical or biological weapons against American forces and their allies. That prospect has colored planning for almost every aspect of a possible invasion, from training and supplies to the best location and time of year for an assault, military officials said. The chance of Hussein's firing missiles tipped with chemical or biological warheads at Israel and other U.S. allies has also prompted discussion of destroying his stockpiles or limiting his ability to use them.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | August 16, 1998
South Baltimore's heavily industrial Fairfield peninsula has always seen plenty of out-of-town visitors: ship captains bringing in cars, truck drivers carrying oil, railroad engineers taking out chemicals.And now, the Central Intelligence Agency.In the past 18 months, CIA operatives - along with intelligence analysts from the Defense Department, the armed services and the National Security Agency - have become quiet, regular visitors to the FMC Corp. chemical plant here. Their mission is to learn more about chemical plants and how facilities designed to produce agricultural pesticides might be converted to make chemical and biological weapons by countries such as Iraq and India.
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March 16, 1999
WITHIN FIVE years, the lethal stockpile of 50-year-old chemical weapons stored at Aberdeen Proving Ground will be dissolved -- with a strong dose of hot water and sewage sludge. This month the federal Environmental Protection Agency approved plans to build a $306 million complex of buildings on the sprawling Army installation in Harford County, where 1,800 steel canisters of blistering mustard agent would be neutralized by 2004. EPA approval was essential to proceed with this method of disposing of the chemical warfare elements.
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By MARK MATTHEWS | April 23, 1997
The Senate begins debate today on a treaty that would ban the development, production and stockpiling of chemical weapons. But it has been a long time coming: Treaty negotiations began under President Ronald Reagan in 1984, and the agreement was signed by 130 countries (including the United States) at the end of the Bush administration, in 1993.Members of the Senate must decide whether to ratify the agreement, formally guaranteeing that the United States will abide by its terms.The Senate is expected to vote tomorrow night, but the outcome is too close to call.
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