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Tackling the risks of nuclear terrorism

Author: Charles D. Ferguson, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Science and Technology
April 26, 2006
The Seattle Times

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“Using fake licenses and bills of lading, these investigators entered the United States from Canada with radioactive materials. While these particular materials would not have powered potent ‘dirty bombs,’ the ease of entry is disturbing.

More alarmingly, if the materials had been highly enriched uranium, for a nuclear bomb, radiation monitors at border checkpoints would likely not have detected it. Unlike a dirty bomb, a nuclear bomb can wreak massive destruction.”

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