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Smuggling Nuclear Materials Into The US

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Apparently, we’ve done it recently to test our own security and we got them into the country. That’s right, we got them through our borders.

So why does anybody think “they” can’t?

From CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Two teams of government investigators using fake documents were able to enter the United States with enough radioactive sources to make two dirty bombs, according to a federal report made available Monday.

The investigators purchased a “small quantity” of radioactive materials from a commercial source, according to a Government Accountability Office report prepared for Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Chairman Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican.

The investigators posed as employees of a fictitious company and brought the materials into the United States through checkpoints on the northern and southern borders, the report stated.

This is a miserable failure by DHS, and only speaks to how significant secure borders are to this country’s future.

Hey DHS! Wake up! You’ve got the money to patrol these borders, to scan each vehicle coming in for radioactive materials. So would you do it already before we got a dirty bomb attack in one or more of our cities?

Jeezus…

UPDATE:

I was wrong about the US scanning for nuclear materials. We do. But we STILL let them through. That’s even more alarming.

NY Times has more.

Plus, Interpol has said that Al Qaeda is looking to biological warfare as their next gambit of attack.

Ronald Noble, secretary-general of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), told a conference in Singapore that captured terrorist suspects have admitted that their groups are plotting potential biological attacks.

There is enough evidence to show that Al Qaeda is preparing to engage in biological warfare, Noble said.

“It can’t be that we as a world community have to wait for a September 11 type of attack in bio-terrorism before we prepare,� Noble told government officials, police and health experts attending the Asian Terrorism Workshop.

Agreed…but what to do? The only thing I can think of right now is secure the borders, secure the borders, secure the borders.

Any thoughts?