HOW Easy is it for a phony firm to get a licence from the NRC to buy dirty bomb materials? VerySomervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


HOW Easy is it for a phony firm to get a licence from the NRC to buy dirty bomb materials? Very

12 July 2007 at 1:51:32 PM

At the same time that we find out, in spades, that the Bush administration really hasn't done too much to keep our country safe from terrorists, here's a very real example.

Undercover investigators posing as corporate bosses got a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license to buy radiological material that could be used in a so-called dirty bomb, according to a government report released Wednesday.

Senators and Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigators say their nine-month probe of NRC licensing practices revealed loopholes that could give terrorists easy access to cesium-137 and other dangerous materials that could be used to make radioactive bombs.

Since the 9/11 attacks, intelligence and security officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, have warned that terrorists could set off "dirty bombs" in U.S. cities. Although a radiological bomb would not kill many people, officials say it could threaten long-term health, wreak psychological havoc and cost millions in cleanup of contaminated neighborhoods.

"The sad reality is if al-Qaeda had simply set up a phony corporation, it could have gone to the NRC and gotten all the radiological material they needed," said Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., the top Republican on the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. For government investigators, "it was as easy to get these licenses as it is to get a DVD at Netflix."

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