Thursday, July 7, 2016

Growing Fears That A Dirty Bomb May Pass Through A U.S. Port

Maritime Executive: U.S. Ports Want More Action on Dirty Bomb Prevention

The threat of terrorist smuggling at U.S. ports appears to be increasing, says the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), who wants mechanisms to prevent cyber terrorism and illegal nuclear materials from being trafficked through ports intensified.

Nuclear smuggling can involve small quantities of highly enriched uranium or plutonium that could be used to build an improvised nuclear device. Additionally, radiological materials, such as cesium-137, cobalt-60, and strontium-90, can be combined with conventional explosives to build a radiological dispersal device, often referred to as a dirty bomb.

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WNU Editor: These fears are justified. U.S. border security .... correction .... having open borders is an open invitation for people to take advantage of .... including terrorists who want a WMD event on U.S. soil. Unfortunately ... this talk of U.S. ports being vulnerable to a dirty bomb attack and/or to be used to transport a dirty bomb have been around for a long time .... House to weigh US port dirty-bomb vulnerability (The Hill).

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