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The Expected Results

posted at 7:42 am on September 4, 2009 by

These are the switches once used to wiretap terrorists living in the Middle East who called into America.

These are the politicians that turned the pursuit of international terrorists into a partisan issue in order to increase their own political power.

This is the terrorist who received the call in Newark, New Jersey from a handler in Damascus.

These are the home-made explosives that were manufactured by the New Jersey terrorist cell using instructions found on a Syrian website.

This is the cell phone, wired for use as an igniter.

This is a cancer therapy machine, which uses a radioactive source called Cesium-137.

This is some of the Cesium-137 stolen from a facility that houses cancer therapy machines.

This is the van that carried the dirty bomb built using home-made explosives and Cesium-137.

This is the van parked on Wall Street several blocks away from the New York Stock Exchange.

This is the van after it detonated, scattering radioactive material over several square miles during a windy day.

This is one of the innocents killed by the explosion, who happened to be standing nearby.

This is one of the Hazmat teams, decontaminating after hours of cleanup.

These are Manhattan workers, leaving the city after being told to evacuate by emergency personnel.

This is a portion of Manhattan rendered uninhabitable for two to four years by the dirty bomb.

These are the politicians that turned the pursuit of international terrorists into a partisan issue in order to increase their own political power.

Related: Peter D. Zimmerman, New York Times: Seize the Cesium. Cross-posted at: Doug Ross @ Journal.

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thebrokenrattle on September 4, 2009 at 8:19 AM

pshaw…You are talking in apocalyptic tones of something that MIGHT happen in the future.

What follows has already happened perhaps repeatedly.

I presume none of you have ever driven an 18 wheeler loaded with crushed aluminum cans being delivered to an aluminum smelter where the scrap will be turned into new metal. When you first arrive, your truck is scaled (weighed). You scale in and out; loaded weight less empty weight equals weight of scrap metal. As you drive onto the scale platform, there are radiation detectors along side the platform, and your truck is scanned for radiological emissions.

Why? You might ask. Because unscrupulous or indifferent ‘recyclers’ a.k.a. junk yards, dealers in scrap might have buried radioactive waste, or medical waste in the shipment. This has already happened, and the radiation scanners are necessary to prevent it from happening again.

Of course, if you are one of the unscrupulous or indifferent recyclers, you need to know which processing facilities have these radiation scanners, and which ones do not.

I have seen truck loads of recycled aluminum cans rejected by the processing facility because medical waste was found in the load during the unloading process. Where that load went, I do not know. It went somewhere else. Medical waste, of course, won’t ‘survive’ the high temperatures to which the scrap aluminum will be subjected to during the recycling process. It is, however, a hazard to the employees at the facility, and a violation of hazardous waste regulations. But who cares about the regulations, anyway.

Skandia Recluse on September 4, 2009 at 8:42 AM

Nicely done, directorblue. This would be great as a Flash video.

HowardPortnoy on September 4, 2009 at 10:33 AM