[ RadSafe ] Port gets dirty-bomb detectors

Maury Siskel maurysis at peoplepc.com
Wed May 9 16:22:56 CDT 2007

And with a 1.6% false alarm rate among all those containers and 
locations, don't overlook the employment opportunities.

Steven Dapra wrote:

>  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 overseas.
>         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
>> 518-402-7578

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