- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 23, 2005

From a Nov. 16 Frontpagemag.com interview with Bill Tierney, a former weapons inspector for the U.N. Special Commission (UNSCOM) for overseeing the elimination of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq:

“During the Presidential Site inspections in Spring of 1998, inspectors found an under-mountain storage area at Jabal Makhul. When the inspectors arrived, it was filled with drums of water. The Iraqis claimed that they used the storage area to store rainwater. Jabal Makhul had the Tigris River flowing by at the bottom of the mountain, and a massive pump to send water to the top of the mountain, where it would cascade down in fountains and waterfalls in Saddam’s own little Shangri-la, but the Iraqis [said that they] had to go to the effort of digging out an underground bunker akin to our Cheyenne Mountain headquarters, just so they could store rainwater.”

Note: In the uranium-enrichment process, light-water reactors use ordinary water to transfer heat energy from the reactor to the turbine. Other reactors also use water as a coolant.

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