[ RadSafe ] Trustworthiness and Reliability requirements, was: Open HP Po...

Clayton J Bradt CJB01 at health.state.ny.us
Wed Jul 21 14:42:20 CDT 2010

Since I seem to be pretty much just talking to myself on this topic, and 
boring the rest of you to death, let me conclude with this little bit of 
food for thought.
Does anyone believe that the T&R/fingerprinting requirements mandated by 
NRC would have prevented this guy from getting unescorted access to RAM?

Times Square Bomber Intentionally Used Poor Explosives, NYPD Says

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The man who attempted to detonate explosives in New York City's Times 
Square deliberately sought out poor bomb-making materials to evade notice 
by authorities, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said yesterday 
(see GSN, June 22).

Faisal Shahzad "tried to lessen the explosive nature of the fertilizer 
that was used because he thought he would get a higher profile as he went 
to buy it,'' the Wall Street Journal quoted Kelly as saying. Shahzad "sort 
of dumbed that down," the official said during an event in Washington.

The M-88 fireworks used in the unsuccessful effort were also not as 
powerful as other materials, Kelly added.

Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, pleaded guilty last 
month to all charges related to the attempted May 1 bombing. The bomb he 
constructed was found to contain gasoline, propane, fireworks and a 
nonexplosive fertilizer (Devlin Barrett, Wall Street Journal, July 21).

The FBI test-detonated a replica of the weapon and determined it "would 
have been extremely deadly" had it been built and set off proficiently, 
the Associated Press quoted Kelly as saying. The test explosion took place 
in June, about 30 miles from State College, Pa., according to two other 
government sources (Tom Hays, Associated Press/Google News, July 20).

Shahzad's decision to purchase poor materials for the weapon represented a 
degree of success in efforts by the FBI and other agencies to solicit 
reports of suspicious purchases from retailers, Kelly said. Still, the 
incident drew attention to the failure of investigators to single out the 
man ahead of the bombing attempt.

"Shahzad is particularly of concern, that type of individual. He is 
striving to be middle-class, he becomes a U.S. citizen," Kelly said.

"If you look back, he did some radical things, said some very radical 
things," he added. "But nobody was looking at Shahzad" (Barrett, Wall 
Street Journal).

Clayton J. Bradt
Principal Radiophysicist
Laboratory for Inorganic & Nuclear Chemistry
NYS Dept. of Health
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