[ RadSafe ] RE: Tonight's NCIS 'dirty bomb' episode

Strickert, Rick rstrickert at signaturescience.com
Wed Feb 3 16:12:17 CST 2010

Some other observations from last night's NCIS show (Spoiler Alert!):

At the scene where a car exploded and burned during a police chase the night before, while having a problem using his cell phone near the burnt wreckage, an NCIS agent observed, "I know something that could cause local RF interference."    

The old CDV-700 was brought to detect what later another NCIS agent determined was "a minute trace of radiation" from Co-60.

Later another NCIS agent took the CDV-700 and was playfully spinning the GM detector around by the HV cable just before entering another location to check for more Co-60.  
And where did the Co-60 come from?  Later the agents are told by a dentist that his 15 Co-60 units, used for dental x-rays, were recently stolen.  The worried NCIS agents mutter, "That's enough for five dirty bombs when powderized."

[So now do-it-yourself terrorist know that all they have to do is grind up three stolen dental x-ray machines to make a 'dirty bomb'.  ;-)]

The rest of the show and the plot ending were pretty much downhill from there.

Rick Strickert
Austin, TX

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