September 4, 2013
Wal-Mart, Walgreens and other large U.S. retailers have been found selling a chemical that can be used to manufacture deadly nerve gas weapons. The chemical is found in numerous products sold by Wal-Mart and Walgreens, and it is the same chemical that raised alarm when it was discovered that UK companies had been granted licenses to sell the chemical to Syria, where it is now believed the chemical was turned into a deadly nerve gas weapon of mass destruction.
The ingredients for making sarin, a super-powerful deadly nerve agent, are well known across the chemical industry (and widely documented on the internet, including at ScientificAmerican.com, as you’ll see below). They are:
• dimethyl methylphosphonate
• phosphorus trichloride
• sodium fluoride
All these ingredients can be readily ordered from a chemical supply house. Two of the four ingredients can be purchased at Wal-Mart or Walgreens (sodium fluoride and alcohol).
In fact, as part of an experiment in determining the ease of manufacturing such chemical weapons, a writer for Scientific American actually ordered these ingredients online for a grand total of $130.20 and acquired enough materials to manufacture 280 grams of deadly nerve gas.
As published at ScientificAmerican.com:
James M. Tour, a well-known organic chemist at Rice University and sometime Scientific American author, began to ring the alarm bells about chemical terrorism. While serving on a U.S. Defense Department panel to study the possibility, Tour concluded that nothing stood in the way of someone trying to acquire the ingredients of a chemical weapon.
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