I think a dirty bomb would certainly be effective in it's own right but I also think it's too unreliable. Not so much in and of itself but using
people as transport systems. Too much room for error, and even simple bad luck. As I understand it from what I'm reading there are enough people here
that have a better understanding of nuclear energy and how its incorporated into bombs. So I can definitely see how devices similar to the ones
dropped in World War 2 would have many of the limitations suggested. Between then and now however; how much has technology changed?
Would a specially designed nuclear device fabricated in the year 2014 or beyond have the same size, and need for maintenance? Even with my admittedly
infantile understanding of nuclear energy and delivery systems, it doesn't seem like a stretch to get maybe even twice the power of Hiroshima out of a
device half the size. If that is ridiculous I stand corrected of course.
I definitely agree that it would be challenging to get so many components into the right places, especially if we're talking about say, 10 - 15
detonations strategically placed throughout the United States. It sounds so difficult to achieve, but if you had asked the general populace in the 80s
and 90s what the odds would be that 911 could have taken place the way it did, and that we actually had warnings.. they'd probably have laughed. The
thing that kind of bothers me about it is that while they were heavily funded, their country of origin is still arguably a backwards 3rd world
Just imagine what a country like China or Russia could do, or even North Korea, as much of a big bucket of 'wtf' Kim Jong is. In addition to this, we
are currently plagued with internal strife; financially, politically, socially, and academically and it just so happens to be one of the toughest
times to stop and observe an individual's activities when they appear suspicious.
In any event, I would agree about there being detectable radiation in certain places, but it's not like we have radiation detectors set up at random,
at least not to my knowledge. One argument someone mentioned that I think is a very good point are getting the materials here. This is a long shot,
but a country with as much military wealth as any of our hypothetical adversaries could buy up just enough of the infrastructure to be able to
transport radioactive materials, and if not; why not the extremely sophisticated means of housing and disguising those materials? A powerful
government with the financial means should in theory be able to pull it off I would imagine. As confident as many of us might feel in the daily
functions of American society, it sure seems like we are missing every ball thrown at us in the last two decades.
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