My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, October 06, 2006

Dirty Bomb Fears...

This is very scary stuff....
Seizures of smuggled radioactive material capable of making a terrorist “dirty bomb” have doubled in the past four years, according to official figures seen by The Times.

Smugglers have been caught trying to traffick dangerous radioactive material more than 300 times since 2002, statistics from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) show. Most of the incidents are understood to have occurred in Europe.

The disclosures come as al-Qaeda is known to be intensfiying its efforts to obtain a radoactive device. Last year, Western security services, including MI5 and MI6, thwarted 16 attempts to smuggle plutonium or uranium. On two occasions small quantities of highly enriched uranium were reported missing. All were feared to have been destined for terror groups.

Scientists responsible for analysing the seizures have given warning that traffickers are turning to hospital X-ray equipment and laboratory supplies as an illicit source of radioactive material.

Investigators believe that the smugglers, who come mainly from the former Eastern bloc, are interested only in making a swift fortune and believe that they may have no compunction in selling to jihadist groups. Most undercover operations and recent seizures have been kept secret to protect the activities of Western security services.


Blogger PGP said...

Yes and still the dhimwits of the left and our MSM refuse to acknowledge that we are at war with religious fanatics across the world.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Suricou Raven said...

Dont get too excited about this. The increased number of incidents is more likely due to increased paranoid and security than any increase in smuggling operations.

The power of nuclear weapons is over-hyper. The city-destroying fission and fusion bombs are really beyond the level of any terrorist organisation. They require huge projects, many expert scientists and engineers, specialised components... no jihad group is going to be able to do that, and certinly not without being noticed. It would need a governmental program - Iran could use enriched uranium to speed up its program though. Some other countries would want it too.

Dirty bombs are more of a threat - but again, exagerated. They are very effective terror weapons, but thats all they are really good for - they dont kill that many people, and the contamination isn't that hard to disperse if everything in the area is just given a good hose-down.

Defending against movie-plots is a great way to win votes, but doesn't help much with security.

6:53 AM  

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