We are all going to die…..

For a depressing read look at this article in the New Yorker on whether the US can be made safe from nuclear terrorism. The answer is no.

That answer will surprise no one of course, but I was surprised to learn that a load of bananas were easier to detect with radiation detectors then Uranium. There were a lot of other nasty surprises like that in the article. Well worth the time it took to read.

Ezra Klein’s reaction to the article was to complain about the Bush Administration’s failure to do more to lock down lose radioactive material. But my reaction to the information presented in article was that it is impossible to effectively lock down radioactive materials. I mean, we spent a lot of money during the Clinton years locking down radioactive materials in Russia while unbeknownst to us Pakistan was selling stuff to everyone with money. And the New Yorker article makes it clear that it is easy to get the stuff needed to make a dirty bomb commercially.

Personally, I think it would make more sense to research ways of cleaning up after a dirty bomb. The best deterrent to a dirty bomb would be the ability to clean up the mess it makes with relatively low cost.

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