Make Mine Dirty!

I wish I was talking about a martini….but something a bit more potentate……..

I am always looking at the news from around the world trying to see what could be the next ‘big’ attack from a group of deranged terrorists… me I believe it is going to be a dirty bomb of some fashion….

A few of my posts on the subject of a dirty bomb….

Over the weekend when I was reading my correspondence I found another piece about the subject of a dirty bomb this time in Southeast Asia….

In August 2018, Malaysian authorities reported the disappearance of an industrial device containing radioactive material. The device was lost while being transported from Negri Sembilan to Selangor by two technicians employed at a company that provides testing, calibration and inspection services to heavy industries. There are concerns that the unknown amount of radioactive iridium contained in the device could cause radiation exposure or be used as a weapon, otherwise known as a ‘dirty bomb’. The incident was a reminder that nuclear security demands attention in Southeast Asia.

While nuclear security is often understood to be about securing nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons, it is also very much about the security of radioactive materials that are under the state’s regulatory, export and licensing control. As defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), nuclear security is ‘the prevention and detection of, and response to, theft, sabotage, unauthorized access, illegal transfer or other malicious acts involving nuclear material, other radioactive substances or their associated facilities’. Although there are no nuclear power plants in Southeast Asia, radioactive sources are widely used for civilian application in medical, industrial, agricultural and scientific research fields. For instance, radioactive sources are present in 17 hospitals in Thailand and seven hospitals in the Philippines.

These types of devices are a poor man’s nuke…..Hell one can make a dirty bomb out of smoke detectors…..we need to be ever vigil for it is only a matter of time before some knuckle-head gives this a try.

10 thoughts on “Make Mine Dirty!

  1. Nuclear materials can be a terrorist problem, but there are other hazardous materials terrorists could use. To protect ourselves from terrorists and just plain foolishness, we need as rigorous a system for the regulation of and the disposal of hazardous materials as we can manage.

    In a way, terrorists pose the easier problem. We can find them, and we can either kill them or lock them up.

    Foolish people? Because that includes everyone, foolish people are much more difficult to get rid of.

  2. There has been talk of ‘dirty bombs’ for decades now.Perhaps they haven’t been used as they would also kill a lot of the terrorist’s own family and friends? We may never know.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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