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LeighAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-10-07 01:35 AM
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Feds urged to get rid of possible 'dirty' bomb tools
Source: Houston Chronicle

The U.S. government should replace more than 1,000 irradiation machines used in hospitals and research facilities because terrorists could use the radioactive materials inside to make a "dirty" bomb, a government advisory panel has concluded.

"Any one of these 1,000-plus sources could shut down 25 square kilometers, anywhere in the United States, for 40-plus years," according to panel documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The machines are in relatively unprotected locations such as hospitals and research facilities throughout the country, and may be a tempting source of radioactive materials for terrorists who want bombs that explode and disperse radioactive debris over a large area, rendering it uninhabitable, the board found.

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Switching to X-ray machines or irradiators that use other materials would cost about $200 million over five years, but would take the most accessible source of dangerous radioactive material inside the U.S. "off the table" for terrorists, the panel says.



Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/5201505.html
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-10-07 01:46 AM
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1. how about depleted uranium?
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-10-07 01:54 AM
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2. This has to be the single stupidest idea...
they've come up with yet.



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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-10-07 02:10 AM
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3. On the surface, this looks like a good idea, to me. I'd like to know more about the health effects
on patients when using the alternative irradiators.
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DRoseDARs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-10-07 02:16 AM
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4. And I'd like to see a cost analysis versus just increasing existing hospital security...
I imagine it would be cheaper and would help bolster existing protection against any disturbances in the hospital and theft of supplies.
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-10-07 07:26 AM
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5. Who ever came up with this idea must have been
Edited on Wed Oct-10-07 07:27 AM by RC
chewing on some of his kids lead painted toys.

Be afraid, be very afraid. Then shop till you drop. Come on people, get with the program already!
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-10-07 07:57 AM
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6. Like some gomer is going to fish a bit of Cobalt-60 out of a machine
put it in their pocket and walk out of the facility undetected.

Gimme a break.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-10-07 09:07 AM
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7. Question is: who is making the money on this switch over? nt
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-10-07 10:41 AM
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8. Spend the money, fix the problem.
Unfortunately, bushco is the kiind of administration that will wait for the first batch of radioactive stuff to be stolen before making any kind of change.
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NorthernSpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-10-07 01:09 PM
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9. a damn good idea -- we don't want another Goiania
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