[ RadSafe ] U.S. Plays Down Colombia Uranium Threat
GEOelectronics at netscape.com
Mon Mar 31 08:43:42 CDT 2008
Not that we should or would provide details on any public forum, but one
could imagine any number of scenarios where 66 pounds of DU could be
fashioned into a device that would *easily* cost the economy 500-1000
million dollars. No "bomb" would need be involved at all. Dispersion is the
key word in RDD, not "bomb".
New London Nucleonics Lab
----- Original Message -----
From: "Clayton J Bradt" <cjb01 at health.state.ny.us>
To: <radsafe at radlab.nl>
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 8:23 AM
Subject: [ RadSafe ] U.S. Plays Down Colombia Uranium Threat
> U.S. Plays Down Colombia Uranium Threat
> There is little chance that uranium recovered in Colombia could have been
> used to produce a radiological “dirty bomb,” U.S. officials said in a Los
> Angeles Times article published today (see GSN, March 27).
> Colombia’s vice president said earlier this month that laptop computers
> recovered following a strike on a rebel site in Ecuador indicated the
> Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was seeking material that
> could be used in a radiological weapon. The nation’s Defense Ministry
> announced this week that a 66-pound stash of uranium had been found near
> Colombian officials have indicated that the material was depleted uranium,
> said State Department spokeswoman Heidi Bronke.
> Depleted uranium would not possess the radioactivity needed for a dirty
> bomb, which would use conventional explosives to disperse dangerous
> material, said Charles Ferguson, a nuclear weapons analyst at the Council
> on Foreign Relations.
> A depleted uranium weapon could “have panicked people for a little while,
> but the alarm wouldn’t have lasted,” he said.
> The information on the computers has not yet been independently verified
> and could be part of a disinformation campaign against the rebel group,
> analysts said. The U.S. intelligence community believes that at least some
> of the information is probably true, a senior official said.
> However, since the recovered material was “depleted, not enriched … what’s
> the use of that other than irritating people?” the official said.
> The rebel group might have been scammed into buying a form of uranium that
> is cheap and easily found, said another U.S. official.
> “The real story is the very fact that FARC is looking for uranium, even if
> they got scammed this time,” the official said. “The very fact that they
> are out there looking for it is troubling” (Los Angeles Times, March 28).
> What is the basis for the assertion that a depleted uranium weapon could
> “have panicked people for a little while, but the alarm wouldn’t have
> lasted”? The ALI for U-238 is nearly four orders of magnitude lower than
> for Cs-137 and the panic generated by a Cs-137 RDD is assumed, for planing
> purposes, to create sufficient disruption to close down Wall Street and
> wreck the national economy. Why won’t people be just as panicked by DU as
> As I have stated previously, what we know of the physics of dirty bombs
> comes from the national labs, but what we know of the psychology comes
> Dr. Phil.
> Clayton J. Bradt
> dutchbradt at hughes.net
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