In 2004, this warning came from cracked reporter Stewart Stogel, from NewsMax. 20 nuclear suitcase bombs smuggled into the United States are set to go off at any moment!!!
Well, maybe it could happen any minute now, Stogel acknowledged, but maybe Al Quaeda would wait… but not long. He quoted Paul Williams, an “investigative journalist” as saying that “I expect such an attack would come between now and the end of 2005.” Between 20 and 50 portable former Soviet nuclear bombs were ready to off in major American cities at any time, we were warned.
Paul Williams spent 2005 talking to any AM radio talk show host that would listen to him that nuclear annihilation was just around the corner. Republican politicians like Tom Tancredo insisted that radical changes would be necessary to save us all from certain death.
In late October, a blogger humbly calling himself “American Patriot” predicted that, unless 300 million Americans went out to search the streets for the nuclear weapons themselves, “we are doomed!” American Patriot went on to propose the following course of action in order to prevent the imminent nuclear attack:
“- We can bomb and destroy the headquarters of the ruling regimes such as Iran and Syria that sponsor terror.
- We can go into Pakistan and get Osama bin Laden.
- We can build a 50-foot wall, if need be, across the Mexican border to prevent terrorist illegals from coming in.
- We can provide funding to make available the radiation sickness medicine, Neumune, that cuts the death rate of people exposed to radiation from 50% to 10%.
- We can send in 150,000 more troops into Iraq and win the war in Iraq.
- We can cut off all funding to the Palestinian Authority until they stop all terror attacks on Israel
- And we can deport every Wahhabi cleric that spouts violence against the U. S.
Only then can we possibly live in safety. If we fight, we will survive. If we do not fight, we will die.
No reasoning could defeat the certainty of many Republicans that nuclear annihilation was just around the corner. In late December, a writer for the right wing blog Hard Astarboard wrote, “While various former Soviet officials deny that such nukes were ever produced by the U.S.S.R., others point out that such denials are to be expected.”
Then, 2005 ended. The deadline for armageddon came and went. There were no attacks, nuclear or otherwise. No nuclear suitcase bombs went off. Paul Williams stopped appearing on cheesy radio shows with his atomic Paul Revere routine.
NewsMax has stopped reporting on the story. Stewart Stogel never wrote an article letting readers know that all the hype he gave them about an imminent nuclear attack from Al Quaeda never came to fruition.
There are still a few right wing blogs claiming every now and then that Paul Williams’s claims were based on accurate information, and that the legendary nuclear suitcases will go off at any moment now – but almost all these posts merely repost articles written about the scare back in 2005.
If all the right wing bloggers that repeated the outlandish claims of Paul Williams would go back and reflect on what really happened, they might learn a lesson about the real function of Homeland Security. So far, none of these blogs have taken up that challenge. It appears that learning from the past is not a part of their agenda.