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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Dirty Bombs & Netflix

Posted by: Hammer / 7:36 AM

Smilin' Norm Coleman requested a sting to test the vulnerability of nuclear material for potential dirty bomb makers. The results weren't good:

Federal officials said that they did not think terrorists had the technical ability to make a bomb that spreads dangerous nuclear radiation. “It would be a tragic mistake to under estimate the capability of the enemy,” Coleman warned.

The accountability office ran a sting and found its agents could obtain a federal license allowing them buy enough nuclear material. The sting came at Coleman’s request.

“It was as easy to get this material as a DVD at Netflix,” Coleman told the Washington Post. “If al-Qaeda had set up a phony corporation in the U.S., they could have gathered enough material to make a dirty bomb.”

Our government should be vigilant. To the extent that Smilin' Norm is contributing to that vigilance, I tip my cap for a good day's work.

On the other hand, you don't actually have to set up a phony corporation to rent movies from Netflix, so I'm guessing that Netflix is still easier.

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