Is Fort Drum vulnerable to a nuclear terrorist strike using “suitcase” devices smuggled across northern borders?

While New York Congresswoman Claudia Tenney continues to hold news conferences attacking the president for his neglect of migrant crossings in her district, she fails to address the more ominous threat of nuclear terrorism targeting Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division, also in her district. In doing so, she is proving herself to be just as irresponsible.

Long forgotten on this vital issue are the 80-pound suitcase devices capable of delivering a 10-kiloton blast at virtually any location. According to media reports, until 1997, U.S. Intelligence did not even know that the Russian-made version even existed. In the carry-on luggage of a team of commercial jet passengers, these devices could have delivered a far greater devastation on 9-11

It is well known that rogue dictators had gained access to the Soviet nuclear arsenal long before a joint effort by the United States and Russia to remove it from separating Soviet republics. Nearby terrorists in the Middle East were among the looters exploiting the vulnerability of nuclear oversight during the unexpected break-up of the former super-power.

Concealed in a tungsten shaft, such a device might avoid detection before delivering a holocaust in Times Square as many experts have feared. But when combined with the daily volatility of the current Ukraine war on Russia’s border, is anyone concerned about the potential use of such devices on our own border with Canada, a vast country that also borders Russia?

During an earlier term in her former district, Congresswoman Tenney attracted national attention with an observation that mass shootings were being committed by Democrats. In her new district, shouldn’t she now be mindful of the more logical observation that a weapon of mass destruction could easily be employed by a terrorist at Fort Drum?

Yet despite my news releases on the subject, neither the media nor the relevant representative is giving it the slightest interest. After tracking the congresswoman’s recent tour on the migrant issue among communities in her district, I decided to accentuate this threat with a hand-delivered copy of my 2014 novel, Voyage to Armageddon, to her Oswego office. Still no interest.

This novel relates my relevant experience as a lake mariner only nine months after 9-11. I accomplish it through the adventures of a group of career women who cross our border repeatedly without any customs check. In the hull of their new motor yacht is a nuclear device affixed to a 150-gallon gas tank. The goal is to achieve a detonation at a Manhattan pier.

However, a similar plot in rural upstate would be so much easier to complete and perhaps effective in unleashing a nuclear exchange as Vladimir Putin has already risked. There are endless opportunities to transport a nuclear device among the Thousand Islands archipelago on our northern border. That is a central theme of my novel and one that should command top priority in domestic security.

Northern border skeptics of nuclear terrorism continue to ignore whistleblower Leon Koziol and his novel, Voyage to Armageddon, featuring suitcase devices capable of detonating in Times Square

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.                                                                                 

March 6, 2023

Former litigation attorney

Director, Parenting Rights Institute

President, Citizen Commission Against Corruption, Inc.

As promised in yesterday’s post here at Leon, I hand-delivered a free autographed copy of my 2014 novel, Voyage to Armageddon, to the Oswego, New York office of Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. As stated in that post, Claudia attended my 2010 news conference when I announced my precedent-seeking challenge to the corruption occurring in our divorce and family courts.

At the time, attorney Claudia Tenney had lost a number of campaigns for judicial office but overcame it with successful runs for state assembly and then congress. In the 2022 election she demonstrated the political savvy to counter redistricting by moving her lifelong residence from central New York where she served as my representative to western New York’s 24th district as far as 200 miles away where she won election by a convincing margin due to voter demographics.

Here along New York’s northern borders, she faces new challenges while continuing to send me robotic e-mail updates. However, this post was made necessary not by politics but a front-page story in the upstate Sunday edition of the Utica Observer Dispatch. It focused on the heretofore ignored crisis regarding illegal migrant crossings from Canada (the Homeland Security Swanton District).

Ominously Claudia’s concerns regarding the crime and cost implications of this exponential increase in border traffic paled in comparison to the threat of nuclear terrorism along these same borders. Today, she was featured on the front page of the Watertown (New York) Daily Times regarding her district tour on this vital issue, but once again no mention was made of any nuclear threat.

In my novel, the reality of this threat is demonstrated through the adventures of four lake mariners, women suffering a midlife crisis. At the time of writing, few Americans and upstate targets were aware of Russian-invented nuclear suitcase devices discovered by our national security in 1997 capable of detonating in Times Square.

Defrauded by a prior publisher, I was forced to bring legal action in 2006 resulting in a successful outcome. Such con-artists are everywhere these days due to a lack of accountability, but with media coverage I managed to put that publisher, a subsidiary of Amazon, out of business. I then resumed the literary challenge with the 2014 edition. And to my shock, the warnings were ignored once again.

Now, like so many other issues tackled, I have been vindicated by threats of nuclear retaliation in Ukraine and the migrant crossings plaguing New York state. According to the New York Post this past week, the influx of asylum-seekers in the city has cost taxpayers $4.6 million per day. And, unreported is a new breed of terrorists now emerging with superior sophistication (another theme of my novel).

To be sure, the crossings here are leading to far greater dangers than free luxury hotels in Manhattan. They are opening the “Western Door” to invasion by terrorists exploiting open waterways. That door is a metaphor depicting the Seneca Indians as the protector of the Iroquois confederacy from invasion by western tribes.

As a nation we remain unprepared as we were on 9-11. My book focuses upon that vulnerability, motivated by highly unexpected events as a lake mariner who was able to cross northern borders repeatedly without inspection by any border agent only nine months after the destruction of our twin towers. This occurred during a maiden voyage in my pleasure vessel, Defense Rests. It concerned me enough to seek corrective action to no avail.

So, like my 2021 memoir, Whistleblower in Paris, I resorted to a publication. But this one is spiced with intrigue, adventure, humor and romance. Four women invest in a new motor yacht which they must transport by water route from its purchase site on the Niagara River to their summer destination in Lake George near the border with Vermont.

This voyage takes them (like mine did) through diverse weather conditions of the Great Lakes, off-season resorts along the magnificent Thousand Islands, St. Lawrence River port of Montreal and Lake Champlain. But unbeknownst to these sailors, their prize vessel has been sabotaged by a nuclear device affixed to their engine compartment to be detonated at a Manhattan pier.

That summation is more than enough to pique your patriotic interest with a purchase of my literary project at any Barnes and Nobles store, Amazon on-line and other major book sellers. What a sensational read for these dreary, depressing and overcast winter months. With my book now in her possession, the question becomes, will Claudia take this issue seriously or is she merely trolling for political favor in her new congressional district.

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Parenting Rights Institute: Bringing Accountability to a Court Near You

This 2008 television clip depicts some of the David and Goliath battles of Dr. Leon Koziol as a trial attorney before retributions the same year which led to his creation of the Parenting Rights Institute. After taking on so many giants, he is now taking on the divorce and family court industry. Learn all about it at


Well there’s Judicial Watch, Human Rights Watch, ACLU, NAACP, NOW and so many other watchdog groups which keep our government in check. But what about our parents? What group or professional truly advocates for them? Welcome to the Parenting Rights Institute, founded by Dr. Leon Koziol in 2010 to do exactly that, provide accountability and recourse for victims of our nation’s divorce and family courts.

At the Parenting Rights Institute there are no divided loyalties. We are beholden to no bar association or government agency for funding. We rely on your donations and patronage of the many professional services we provide. From investigation documentaries to book publishing services and reports to authorities, we promote accountability for moms, dads and families exploited by a court system that is harming parent-child relations worse than ever before.

Make no mistake. We are confronting an epidemic which is harming our families, health, moral fiber and productivity in the workforce. We are professionals and fellow parents intricately familiar with a full range of issues which may be causing you sleepless nights. We also retain or refer you to trustworthy lawyers if needed. But we prefer to keep you out of these courts altogether. That’s our mission, to bankrupt lawyers and predators instead of parents and children. You can even arrange a speaking engagement in your home town. So why not join us? Call our office at (315) 380-3420.

You don’t know it when you first consider a lawyer or court filing to promote your rights. But all too often, once you are in the system, you may never get out, or you may lose so much along the way. We are here to chart a saving course of action no matter how large or small your ordeal. As parental advocates, our aim is to stop abuses even if it means coming into your court and monitoring proceedings. No one else in America is doing this. Despite the censorship of our activities, we let our achievements do the talking.

Please pass this message on to those who may need our professional services.

Dr. Leon Koziol with 60 Minutes host Morley Safer in Leon’s office when courageous stories were aired worldwide. Will a documentary crew return ?