It appears several barrels of Iraqi radioactive materials have gone walkies from a nuclear facility. Click Here (usatoday.com) to read all about it!
"Eighty percent of the barrels are where they were before," said Col. Tim Madere, a specialist in unconventional weapons for the U.S. Army's V Corps.
It was unclear how many barrels were missing. About 100 barrels had been previously catalogued and sealed by international arms inspectors.
While the sprawling complex was considered one of the top sites where evidence of weapons of mass destruction might be found, it was left unguarded for days during the war. By the time weapons teams showed up to inspect the facility, so much had been destroyed that it was impossible to know what was missing.
Before U.S. troops began guarding the entrance to the facility, reporters saw villagers removing storage barrels and dumping out contents matching the description of uranium oxide. They filled the barrels with drinking water, and some have since reported health problems.
Uranium, if enriched, is a key ingredient in nuclear weapons. The IAEA was monitoring 2 tons of enriched uranium and several tons of natural and depleted uranium stored at Tuwaitha.
Oh man. The Americans and the Brits won the war brilliantly. But they are fumbling the peace just as brilliantly. I wonder how many barrels of the stuff would be needed to make a crude dirty bomb?
Any man who hates small dogs and children can't be all bad.
Not to mention the -DOZENS OF NUCLEAR BOMBS- that have been smuggled out of the former Soviet Union since '91. Whatcha think the chances are that Bin Laden's boys got their hands on at least one since then? If I was a betting man I'd bet even money on that one........
It's a great day to be from Maryland. At noon, Bob Ehrlich takes office as governor, ending 34 years of Democratic rule and succeding the worst governor in the history of the planet. It is a glorious day; I think I'll do a dance.