June 14, 2003

Al-Qaeda Hunt College friend Desmond

Al-Qaeda Hunt

College friend Desmond Butler of the NYT (yes, I have friends there!) on the hunt for a particularly elusive al-Qaeda operative. Also in the NYT: another reason to remain keenly aware of the potential for major terror attacks going forward. No one should be deluded that, given no apocalpytic terror attack since 9/11, we can now rest easy:

"The experts said they were startled by reports of the amount of cesium found in Thailand.

"Pounds? Most studies of dirty bombs start off describing weapons with an ounce of cesium," said Joseph Cirincione, director of the nonproliferation project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. "Cesium-137 is serious stuff, highly radioactive. You put it alongside 10 pounds or more of dynamite, and you've got a really dangerous terror weapon. It might not kill many people, but it would terrify a city."

Charles D. Ferguson, a physicist at the Monterey Institute's Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said the investigation in Thailand was "very significant cesium-137 has been high up in my list of radioactive isolates to be concerned about for dirty bombs."

Posted by Gregory at June 14, 2003 09:44 AM
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