[ RadSafe ] Panel wants tighter radiation security
sandyfl at cox.net
Tue Oct 9 19:08:39 CDT 2007
Ridiculous or WHAT!!!
Panel wants tighter radiation security
WASHINGTON (AP) Oct 9 - The U.S. government should replace more than
1,000 irradiation machines used in hospitals and research facilities
because terrorists could use the radioactive materials inside to make
a "dirty" bomb, a government advisory panel has concluded.
"Any one of these 1,000-plus sources could shut down 25 square
kilometers, anywhere in the United States, for 40-plus years,"
according to panel documents obtained by The Associated Press.
The machines are in relatively unprotected locations such as
hospitals and research facilities all over the country, and may be a
tempting source of radioactive materials for terrorists who want
bombs that explode and disperse radioactive debris over a large area,
rendering it uninhabitable, the board found.
The irradiators contain Cesium-137, one of the most dangerous and
long-lasting radioactive materials. They are used for radiation
therapy and to sterilize blood and food.
Swapping the Cesium irradiators for X-ray machines or irradiators
that use other materials would cost about $200 million over five
years, but it would take the most accessible source of dangerous
radioactive material inside the United States "off the table" for
terrorists, the panel says.
The recommendation is part of an as-yet-unreleased report that
describes how unfriendly nations or terrorist groups could undermine
the computers and satellites the U.S. military relies on and attack
the United States with radiological or biological weapons or
blackmail the U.S. government with a threat of a nuclear detonation,
all while manipulating world opinion against the United States in the
media and on the Internet.
The report comes from the Defense Science Board, a panel of retired
military and CIA officials and defense industry experts who offer the
Pentagon possible solutions to actual and potential national security
problems. It is expected to be released late this year.
The board wants the Pentagon to create a joint military force able to
locate and seize illicit nuclear materials and weapons when they are
still in transit, and to safely destroy nuclear weapons captured from
terrorists or defeated states.
It says U.S. intelligence has failed to determine what countries or
groups are developing or trying to obtain nuclear, radiological and
biological weapons and how and when they are likely to use them.
"No adversary can exercise all options; but we don't know which
options they can exercise," the documents state.
The report recommends creating "unfettered X-treme intelligence
teams" to improve the "poor intelligence community posture." Exactly
what the teams would do is classified.
The board advocates diplomacy and trying to influence world opinion
so the United States is less likely to be attacked or lured into a
foreign war it might not win.
"We are unprepared," state the documents. "At best we will be
deterred. Worse, we will enter the fray and then quit when we
appreciate the cost of success. Instruments of national power other
than the military, such as strategic communication, will assume
The U.S government should be promoting universally accepted values
like human dignity, economic well-being, health care and education
rather than "democracy" and "freedom," the panel states.
"What we say is often not what others may hear __ concepts such as
'democracy,' 'rule of law' and 'freedom' have different meanings in
different cultures and at different stages of their development," the
documents state. "It is about them, not only about us."
It recommends that the State Department spend $250 million over five
years to create an independent "Center for Global Engagement" to
conduct opinion research and analyses on media and culture that the
government can use to design projects and messages that will advance
It also recommends deploying more hospital ships for medical and
humanitarian relief; releasing spy imagery to help other countries in
crop management, weather forecasting, and environmental studies; and
adopting policies that will help create jobs in key strategic nations
such as Lebanon, Pakistan and Iraq.
Sander C. Perle
Global Dosimetry Solutions, Inc.
2652 McGaw Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614
Tel: (949) 296-2306 / (888) 437-1714 Extension 2306
E-Mail: sperle at dosimetry.com
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