Will a Suitcase Nuclear Bomb Explosion
Be The Next Preventable Event
For the United States?

The same culture that made 9/11 and other preventable terrorist attacks upon the United States may also play enabling roles in suitcase nuclear bombs exploding in U.S. cities. Information provided to former federal agent Rodney Stich several years ago by insiders with contacts in Europe described the theft of suitcase nuclear devices from Soviet era arsenals. These nuclear devices were smuggled through Lithuania for sale to terrorists. Details of this information are shown in the book, Defrauding America, by Captain Rodney Stich.

Rather than cooperate with the person acquiring this information, FBI-DOJ personnel, as in many other cases, DO:J personnel filed false charges against him, preventing the details about the stolen suitcase nuclear bombs from becoming known. Details of this matter are in the book, Defrauding America, by Rodney Stich.

Suitcase Nuclear Bombs

In his book,, Defrauding America, Captain Rodney Stich, wrote about suitcase nuclear devices that were missing from the breakup of the Soviet Union. His primary source of this information was from a former U.S. military Green Beret member, Keith Idema, who was providing military training to Lithuanian and Russian police and military personnel.

The Soviet Union and the United States are two nations that are known to have suitcase nuclear bombs, also called suitcase nukes. The Soviet Union/Russian Federation and the United States are known to possess these types of nuclear weapons, as well as Israel. It is unknown whether such nuclear powers as Pakistan, India, or North Korea have any.

A Sixty Minutes broadcast on September 7, 1997, had former Russian National Security Adviser Aleksandr Lebed as a guest, revealing that the Russian military had lost track of over 100 suitcase-sized nuclear bombs. He stated that any one of  them had the capacity to kill up to 100,000 people. During the interview, Lebed stated,

"I'm saying that more than a hundred weapons out of the supposed number of 250 are not under the control of the armed forces of Russia. I don't know their location. I don't know whether they have been destroyed or whether they are stored or whether they've been sold or stolen, I don't know."

Earlier, in May 1997, Lebed stated to a delegation of U.S. congressmen at a private briefing that he believed 84 of the one-kiloton bombs were unaccounted for. In the interview with 60 Minutes, conducted in late August, Lebed said he now believed the figure to be more than 100.

Lebed, a national security adviser to President Boris Yeltsin, commissioned a study to report on the whereabouts of the small devices. He stated that the  suitcase nuclear  devices measured about 24 by 16 by 8 inches, and had been distributed to Special Soviet military intelligence units belonging to the GRU.

The Reaction

The U. S. September 5, 1997 response to Lebed's statements was that the Russian government had assured the United States that Russia retains adequate command and control of its nuclear arsenal. Lebed has been warning of poor security over nuclear weapons in Russia since at least late 1996, when he met with Republican Sen. Richard Lugar on November 28, 1996.

He said US officials have often raised the matter of nuclear security with their Russian counterparts and that "we've been assured by the Russian authorities that there's no cause for concern."

Subsequent Reports

Corroborating Lebed's claim that such devices had been manufactured, testimony by Russian scientist Alexei Yablokov, on October 3, 1997. He had been an environmental advisor to President Yeltsin while serving on the Russian National Security Council .

A press release by Rep. Curt Weldon's office (R-Pa), available at www.house.gov/curtweldon/pr_100397.htm, stated:

Yablokov stated that he personally knows individuals who produced these suitcase-size nuclear devices under orders from the KGB in the 1970s specifically for terrorist purposes. As a result of their being produced for the KGB, Yablokov has stated that they may not have been taken into account in the Soviet general nuclear arsenal and may not be under the control of the Russian Defense Ministry.

Weldon had further said that the Russian government eventually acknowledged that such weapons had been produced.

The statements made by Yablokov on the suitcase nuclear devices, as well as those of Lebed, were broadcast on WGBH/Frontline. (See http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/russia/suitcase/comments.html.)

In a later floor speech on October 28, 1999, on Security Issues Relating to Russia, Weldon stated that a total of 132 suitcase nuclear devices had been built that had yields from 1 to 10 kilotons, and that 48 were unaccounted for.

The highest-ranking GRU intelligence defector, Stanislav Lunev, revealed that Russian-made nuclear devices existed, weighing 50 to 60 pounds. He identified them as model RA-115s (or RA-115-01s for submersible weapons). He stated that a number of them were missing. General Lebed had also reported an "almost identical to the number of strategic targets upon which those bombs would be used." He stated that "it is surprisingly easy to smuggle nuclear weapons into the US," either across the Mexican border or using a small transport missile that can slip undetected when launched from a Russian airplane.

The Burton-Lunev Hearing

More substance was presented during a Congressional hearing relating to Russian espionage on January 24, 2000. The hearing was conducted by Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana and Rep. Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania. The star witness was former Soviet colonel and GRU operative, Stanislav Lunev.  The hearing was before the Military Research and Development Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania. At the hearing there was a mock-up of a suitcase nuclear bomb. Representative Weldon stated in his opening comments:

The model is based on unclassified data on the components in an atomic artillery shell, to see if such a system could be reassembled in a suitcase. Indeed, as it turns out, the physics package, neutron generators, batteries, arming mechanism and other essentials of a small atomic weapon can fit, just barely, in an attache case. The result is a plutonium-fueled gun-type atomic weapon having a yield of one-to-ten kilotons, the same yield range attributed by General Lebed to the Russian "nuclear suitcase" weapon.

Weldon summarized Lunev's claims:

Lunev defected to the United States in 1992 after working for more than a decade in the U.S. as a GRU operative. Lunev participated in a GRU program collecting information on the President and senior U.S. political and military leaders so they may be targeted for assassination in the event of war. According to Lunev, small man-portable nuclear weapons "that could be disguised to look like a suitcase" would be employed in a decapitating Russian attack against U.S. leaders and key communications and military facilities. Colonel Lunev claimed that the Russian military and intelligence services still regard the United States as the enemy and consider war with the U.S. as "inevitable."

Colonel Lunev stated that man-portable nuclear weapons may already be located in the United States. Lunev's claim is based on his understanding of GRU doctrine for employing these weapons, which calls for pre-positioning nuclear weapons in the United States during peacetime, before a crisis or war makes penetration of the U.S. more difficult. Lunev testified that he actively supported the GRU program to pre-position man-portable nuclear weapons in the United States by identifying in the U.S. potential hiding places where such weapons could be stored and concealed until needed. Lunev was specially trained to disguise and camouflage such weapons.

Rep. Curt Weldon later suggested that the suitcase-sized nuclear weapons could produce a 10-kiloton blast. Russian officials confirmed their arsenal includes such devices. 

Major Trojan Horse Problems
For U.S. Security

Virtually every major group in government, and several outside of government, have a major self-interest in preventing the American public from learning of these matters. And without a major exposure of the tentacles sprouting from the endemic corruption rooted in key segments of government, the same scenario of the last half century will continue.

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List of Documentary Books
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All of the books are available at amazon.com, in print and on the Kindle, and at many other Internet sites. They bring together the various pieces of the puzzle to better understand the overall picture, and why the same conditions continue year after year. Information on the books by former government agent Rodney Stich

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Sampling of complimentary letters/faxes to author/activist Rodney Stich.

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