[ RadSafe ] Secure the Cities Article
sjd at swcp.com
Sun Feb 3 11:12:31 CST 2008
Thank you, Clayton, for posting the link to the informative article.
From the article:
"Michael A. Levi, a Council on Foreign Relations scholar and the author of
the recently published book "On Nuclear Terrorism," said the Securing the
Cities program may be useful but that its backers should be more open about
its goals and limits. He also worries that too much is being spent on
technology and not enough on coordination.
"Supporters say that however slight the odds, the risks of a
nuclear-related attack on New York or another U.S. city are not zero. And
such an attack's consequences on the nation's economy, society and psyche
would be too extreme to neglect a goal-line defense, they say."
What are the odds? Of course there is no way of knowing. How
much time, money, and etc. is Homeland "Security" going to be able to get
away with throwing at an event whose likelihood may be infinitesimally small?
"To New York leaders, the dirty bomb threat is real. Before New Year's Day
in 2004, the U.S. government dispatched scores of nuclear scientists with
covert detection gear to scour five major cities including New York for
radiation, based on intelligence intercepts of al-Qaeda operatives
discussing an unspecified new attack. On Aug. 10, New York authorities
briefly increased their detection efforts after a Web site that monitors
jihadist Internet sites reported a dirty-bomb threat, which was
I wonder if these "operatives" were discussing a proposed attack;
or if they were bluffing; or blowing smoke in each other's faces, or the
listeners' faces; or doing some verbal swaggering. Perhaps they figure
they are being monitored anyway, so they see how gullible the snoopers
are. Bluffing has some useful consequences --- the perpetrators can test
the capacity to monitor, and the response of the hypothetical victim. How
easy is it to verify the authenticity of these intercepted
discussions? Note that one dirty-bomb threat was "subsequently discredited."
In 2002, President Bush claimed that a plot to fly a plane into a
building in Los Angeles had been foiled. It seems likely that this alleged
scheme never progressed beyond the stage of loose talk. See a short
article reporting on this published in the New York Review of Books, March
23, 2006; p. 43.
At 03:44 PM 2/3/08 +0000, Clayton Bradt wrote:
>Pretty good piece in the WaPo this
>morning on the problems inherent in
>detecting a "dirty bomb" in NYC.
>Clayton J. Bradt
>Clayton J. Bradt
>dutchbradt at hughes.net
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