posted on Nov, 19 2006 @ 02:42 PM
I read this story on CNN earlier today, and thought then that something didn't sound right.
With Tin-foil hat firmly in place and a handful of paranoia pills at the ready, here goes.
The article mentions "a metal object", at first thought to be a pipe bomb, but later determined to be "a container used to transport cessium, a
radioactive element". One presumes the author(s) to mean cessium 137, a Highly radioactive, and very dangerous material indeed.
The article then goes on to state that "some cessium (again, cessium 137?)" was found at the scene.
But then the article procedes to expound upon the Other material found at the site, Cobalt-57. The story goes to far greater lengths to explain
how the Cobalt-57 was far past its useful life and posed no danger to the public.
Where Is the Rest of The Cessium?
If you've found "a container used to transport cessium", but have only found "some" cessium, it stands to reason that you have likely not found
All of the cessium! So where did it go? And with who did it go? And, most importantly, What are their intentions?
As I recall, cessium-137 is a fine powdery sustance, which can be easily dispersed by prevailing winds. As previously stated, it is highly
radioactive, and was for a time, if memory serves, used as a thermogenic power source in some old Soviet "nuclear battery" devices.
It has been conjectured that terrorists could easily deploy an extremely effective "dirty bomb", if they could get their hands on even a relatively
small amount of this material; it's powdery consistancy making it ideal for wide-spread dispersal by an explosive device. Or even as an air-born
aerosol (spray can).
Now, it would appear that some one has at least some of this scarey-stuff in their "hot" little hands.