[ RadSafe ] Port gets dirty-bomb detectors

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Wed May 9 16:10:47 CDT 2007

  May 9

         Perhaps somewhat more to the point, what would be the purpose of 
putting a dirty bomb in a shipping container, and (presumably) rigging it 
to explode in the port area?  To be effective at spreading chaos, doesn't a 
dirty bomb have to be exploded in an area occupied every day by thousands 
of members of the general public?  The whole purpose is to make an oft-used 
area un-inhabitable for as many people as possible, and for as long as 
possible.  My guess would be that dirty bombs are going to be made by 
domestic crazies for use near where they are made, not shipped in from 

         Nevertheless, Clayton, you make a good point about the 
impracticality of scanning all those shipping containers.

Steven Dapra
sjd at swcp.com

At 09:14 AM 5/9/07 -0400, Clayton J Bradt wrote:

>Let's see...8 detectors scanning 1.8 million containers per year... that's
>2.3 minutes per container - assuming they scan 24/7.  I suppose they could
>just scan the ones with dirty bombs in them to save time.
>Clayton J. Bradt, CHP
>Assistant Bureau Director
>NYS Dept. of Health

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