Three mystery ships are tracked over suspected ‘weapons’ cargo
By Michael Harrison
19 February 2003
Three giant cargo ships are being tracked by US and British intelligence on suspicion that they might be carrying Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
Each with a deadweight of 35,000 to 40,000 tonnes, the ships have been sailing around the world’s oceans for the past three months while maintaining radio silence in clear violation of international maritime law, say authoritative shipping industry sources.
The vessels left port in late November, just a few days after UN weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix began their search for the alleged Iraqi arsenal on their return to the country.
Uncovering such a deadly cargo on board would give George Bush and Tony Blair the much sought-after “smoking gun” needed to justify an attack on Saddam Hussein’s regime, in the face of massive public opposition to war.
The ships were chartered by a shipping agent based in Egypt and are flying under the flags of three different countries. The continued radio silence since they left port, in addition to the captains’ failure to provide information on their cargoes or their destinations, is a clear breach of international maritime laws.
Via The Rev. Chapin.
They must be pulling into ports for refueling, mustn’t they? If not, then refueling must be done by some other ship. One wonders why they’ve not been stopped/searched under some kind of maritime law.
Verrrrrrrry interesting, indeed.