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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:43 PM
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Ukrainian Police Seize Two Containers With Radioactive Material
May 6, 2004

Ukrainian Police Seize Two Containers With Radioactive Material

By Aleksandar Vasovic
Associated Press Writer

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian security forces seized nearly 375 pounds of a radioactive material seen as a likely ingredient for a "dirty bomb" and arrested three people, authorities said Thursday.

In a joint action, Ukraine's police and state security agents seized two containers of cesium-137 and arrested three men from the southern city of Simferopol on the Crimean peninsula, police spokesman Yuriy Kondratyev told The Associated Press. An unspecified number of people were detained throughout Ukraine.

Cesium-137 is considered a likely ingredient for a so-called "dirty bomb," in which conventional explosives are combined with radioactive material.

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http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAGJRU8XTD.html
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:44 PM
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1. Isn't Cesium 137 what was contained
in oh... the Iraqi facilites we have yet to fully guard?

Just asking
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 03:09 PM
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2. Where's my Stephanie?
She can tell you about it.
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 03:15 PM
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3. Yes, there used to be lots of Cesium 137 at Tuwaitha
Now, not so much:

(from 2003)
http://www.enn.com/news/2003-05-20/s_4507.asp

The IAEA chief asked the United States on April 10 to secure nuclear material stored under U.N. seal at Iraq's Tuwaitha nuclear research center and was promised by the United States that its military would keep the site secure.

One of the sources stored at Tuwaitha is cesium 137, a highly radioactive powder that would be especially dangerous in a dirty bomb. In 1987, a canister of cesium powder found in a Brazil junkyard exposed 249 people to radiation, killing four.

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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 03:30 PM
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4. Thanks isn't this one of the worst case
scenarios we were all talking about?

OH GOD....

I want Wolfie and Rummy for LACK of PLANNING
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