Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Rate of Nuclear Thefts

Mohamed ElBaradei, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in a speech on Monday that the number of reports of nuclear or radioactive material stolen around the world last year was “disturbingly high.”

Just when one thought things were stabilizing some, this comes along. What the hell is disturbingly high? This is nuclear material. Stolen. Who got it? Who had it?

nearly 250 such thefts were reported in the year ending in June.

Members of Dr. ElBaradei’s staff and outside experts cautioned that the amount of missing material remained relatively small. If all the stolen material were lumped together, it would not be enough to build even one nuclear device, they said.

Maybe not one conventional nuclear device, but what if the thiefs, or those who bought the stuff from the thiefs, put it to use other ways?

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