Right under Bush's troops nose. Oh, but they protected the Oil...
The United Nations documented hundreds of sources of radioactivity in Iraq before the war. Nobody knows where they are now
There used to be a whole lot of radioactive material at Tuwaitha. United Nations inspectors identified it, stored it, sealed it. There were roughly 500 tons of uranium, of which about 1.8 tons was low-enriched stuff. There was also cobalt 60 and strontium 90. All in all, the inspectors found some 228 sources of radioactivity.
Then the United States came along. During the war, U.S. troops on the ground didn’t know quite what they were supposed to do at the facility and much of the radioactive material was looted. No one outside the United States government is sure how much—and those inside probably don’t know the precise amount either.
In the annals of a war ostensibly fought to contain the threat from weapons of mass destruction, this is a very strange turn of events.
On the Yahoo Soars board I have been ranting on it for a long time!
Dirty bomb material looted
by: law_n_order_here (100/F/Jurassic) 06/16/03 08:02 pm
Msg: 291889 of 686564
Cat's out of the bag... I wasn't going to say anything, because I did not want to do a 'dirty bomb how-to' but MSNBC just published it on the article I referred on my previous post.
Just this week, the Department of Homeland Security ran a five-day exercise called Topoff 2 that started with the explosion in Seattle of a simulated "
The MSNBC article tells the Goiania cesium-137 accident story too:
... Spencer Abraham cited, as almost everyone who talks about this subject inevitably does, the accidental (my italics) dispersal of cesium 137 in Goiania, Brazil, in 1987. It came from an abandoned medical-therapy machine picked up for scrap metal.
Only four people died, but 110,000 had to be monitored for radiation exposure, scores of buildings were evacuated and some were demolished. It was the worst nuclear accident in the history of the Western Hemisphere. “I can only imagine how much worse the situation would have been had terrorists dispersed the toxic material rather than innocent, uninformed people,” said Abraham.
You would think that Rumsfeld would LISTEN to Bush's own Secretary of Energy cautionary tales. After all, Abraham is responsible for regulating and supervising all our nuke facilities and is very active on Homeland Security...
In Goiania, according to a 1999 report by the Dallas Morning News, a few children and adults rubbed it on themselves for amusement. Some days later the radiation had burned a hole through one resident’s thigh, ate the skin off another’s hand, and did much worse damage to a man who thought it would stimulate his virility.
(Cesium powder looks like pixie dust. Kids just love the way it glows brilliant blue-green in the dark, or even in the shade. Superstitious grown-ups find it magical)
Not on the article is what happened to the poor little girl who ate a little bit of it, just because she held her food with her hands having some granules of Cesium... The worse rays of those low radioactive elements can't penetrate the skin but can be devastating if injected