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Exclusive: ‘Dirty’ Nuke Attack in New Delhi?
Family Security Matters ^ | April 15, 2010 | Paul Williams, PhD

Posted on 04/15/2010 5:34:29 PM PDT by Candor7

While the White House was engaged in hosting a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C., a major nuclear incident occurred in India that escaped the attention of the international press.

Five people suffering from serious radiological burns were hospitalized in West New Delhi this week from contact with nuclear material in a Delhi scrap market.

The material has been identified as Cobalt-60 which may be used for making a dirty bomb.

Indian police sectioned off the 200 market stores in the thickly populated city of 14 million and sealed nearby establishments within a one-kilometer radius.

Scrap dealer Deepak Jain and his helpers lost consciousness when they came into contact with an irradiated piece of scrap metal. A white fluid oozed out, causing the burns. Jain's hair fell out and within minutes his skin turned black. His workers immediately manifested signs of radiological poisoning, including severe nausea and discoloration of the skin.

With the opening of the summit on Monday came word that Mr. Jain had died and the chance of recovery for the four workers remained slim.

Nuclear scientists from the Baba Atomic Research Center and Narora Atomic Power Plant identified the material and have been working around the clock to locate its source.

German chancellor Angela Merkel asked to talk with President Obama about the dirty bomb terrorist threat when they met on Tuesday.

Cobalt-60 is used in radiotherapy for treating cancer and welding steel.

A 2009 U.S. report recommended monitoring this material along with Caesium-137, Strontium-90 and Plutonium to effectively counter nuclear terrorism.

Unlike a nuclear bomb, a dirty bomb does not involve nuclear fission and can be used like a conventional weapon.

Ahead of the Washington conference, U.S. president Barack Obama called nuclear terror "the single biggest threat to U.S. security, short term, medium and long-term."

FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Paul L. Williams is the author of The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World, The Al Qaeda Connection, and other best-selling books. He is a frequent guest on such national news networks as ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR. Visit his website at http://thelastcrusade.org.

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Again, where is the major media? Coverage of events such as these should supercede the bombast and hot air that came from President Obama at his nuclear disarmament summit.

posted by : pat hopkins Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM

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If true, this story is huge. It certainly demonstrates the extraodinary danger of loose nuclear material. There needs to be mainstream media all over this story for further investigation. Steven Emerson Executive Director The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

posted by : Steven Emerson Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 07:49 PM



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KEYWORDS: burns; cobalt; cobalt60; dirtynuke; ied; junk; newdelhi
Thanks LucyT for the heads up on this
1 posted on 04/15/2010 5:34:30 PM PDT by Candor7
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To: LucyT

Ping


2 posted on 04/15/2010 5:34:59 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: Candor7

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3 posted on 04/15/2010 5:37:13 PM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (1.416785(71) x 10^32)
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To: Candor7; Admin Moderator

Misleading headline. Junk yard workers find radioactive junk. Not an attack.


4 posted on 04/15/2010 5:39:29 PM PDT by FReepaholic (I'm in my head and can't get out.)
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To: Candor7

I recall a similar incident a few years ago in one of the former Soviet republics. Someone found a device abandoned beside a road, and it turned out to be a highly radioactive heater of some sort that was hot enough to kill. I don’t think we ever got an accounting of where that came from either.

But this was not a “Dirty nuke attack” as the headline claims. Speculating what the material might have been used for is just that, speculation; and inflammatory speculation at that. While this is news worthy, it is not a terrorist incident.


5 posted on 04/15/2010 5:40:29 PM PDT by Bean Counter (My name is Obammymandius, King of kings: look upon my works ye mighty, and despair...)
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To: Candor7

I think its a little overdone to call this an attack. This sort of thing has happened before. There was a similar case in Brazil some years ago. Highly radioactive metal has turned up in Europe with shipments from China. We’ve also had a couple of incidents of radioactive medical waste coming into Michigan from Canada.


6 posted on 04/15/2010 5:40:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Candor7

Don’t quite know what to make of this. Is this a case of someone inside India’s nuke infrastructure trying to make a quick buck by selling material? Epic fail on someone trying to make a bomb? An actual dirty nuke attack?


7 posted on 04/15/2010 5:40:56 PM PDT by Shaun_MD (Goldwater Conservative)
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To: Candor7
Applications Car scanning using Co60 γ-ray device. The β-decay energy is low and easily shielded. Both strong γ-lines are of same magnitude therefore 60Co is used as a γ-ray source with an energy around 1.3 MeV. This is a container that contains a small amount of cobalt-60. Main uses for 60Co: * As a tracer for cobalt in chemical reactions, * Sterilization of medical equipment, * Radiation source for medical radiotherapy, * Radiation source for industrial radiography, * Radioactive source for leveling devices and thickness gauges, * As a radioactive source for food irradiation and blood irradiation, and * As a radioactive source for laboratory use. Probably medical scrap. But hey, why waste a chance for hyteria.
8 posted on 04/15/2010 5:42:12 PM PDT by dljordan (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his office. ")
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To: Bean Counter

A far worse incident in Brazil back in 86.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi%C3%A2nia_accident


9 posted on 04/15/2010 5:43:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Candor7

article from India:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_police-in-dark-over-origin-of-cobalt-60-in-delhi_1370189


10 posted on 04/15/2010 5:45:42 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Candor7

This may have been an accident. Somebody was careless about disposing nuclear materials, or someone stole it and abandoned it. But this is certainly more than the usual story of something mildly radioactive. And I’m surprised that the media haven’t picked it up, since if it’s an accident it’s certainly an accident that shouldn’t have happened.


11 posted on 04/15/2010 5:47:22 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: cripplecreek

yep...and that wasn’t a “dirty nuke” either...


12 posted on 04/15/2010 5:51:10 PM PDT by Bean Counter (My name is Obammymandius, King of kings: look upon my works ye mighty, and despair...)
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To: Cicero

Thats the point. If its in junk yards, how many terrorists have it in a bomb which is now on its way to Washington DC?


13 posted on 04/15/2010 5:51:55 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: dljordan

Pretty drastic and rapid physical effects. THey didn’t tell all either. SOme of its Obalt 60, the other was called “the substance”, maybe a white liquid.The other material remains unreported but identified y scientists. What do you think it is?

Whatever it was put a man down within a few minutes.

This is not “hysteria.” It is accurate and needed reporting.


14 posted on 04/15/2010 5:52:14 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: FReepaholic; Admin Moderator

The headline is exactly as appears in the original article.

And how do you know it was not an attack? Know much about terrorism?

Lookin to get a mod job eh? LOL.


15 posted on 04/15/2010 5:56:40 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: Bean Counter
While this is news worthy, it is not a terrorist incident.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

You don't know that. It should be treated as such. Its the ultimate terrorist weapo. Just get a lead lined trung and dunp items in various places and see who gets it.

Lovely . Made for terrorists, no explosion, no big hoopla, just devastating rapid death.

16 posted on 04/15/2010 6:00:04 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: FReepaholic

How do you know it wasn’t an attack? Your logic as we wage war in international terror is mind boggling .

The perfect terrorist attack is one that does not even look like one. You are a perfect terrorist foil.


17 posted on 04/15/2010 6:03:06 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: Candor7

What an awful way to go : (


18 posted on 04/15/2010 6:16:56 PM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (1.416785(71) x 10^32)
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To: Candor7

If Steve Emerson thinks this is important then i take it seriously. He knows the subject.


19 posted on 04/15/2010 6:26:20 PM PDT by xkaydet65 (Never compromise with evil! Even in the face of Armageddon!! Rorshach)
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To: Candor7

It is a safe bet that Mother Theresa or her nuns had nothing to do with this.


20 posted on 04/15/2010 6:34:49 PM PDT by 353FMG (What can Islam possibly contribute to America other than its destruction?)
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To: Candor7; Cindy

Co60 is penetrating.
An effect in minutes would be at the >2000 cgy level
and would yield CNS effects possibly consistent with
what they say.
The skin effect of blackness (could that be erythema?)
would be consistent or suggest much high delivered dose,
or that additional second material.


21 posted on 04/15/2010 6:44:31 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Candor7
Scrap dealer Deepak Jain and his helpers lost consciousness when they came into contact with an irradiated piece of scrap metal

Test

22 posted on 04/15/2010 6:57:33 PM PDT by Hardraade
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To: Candor7
...You are a perfect terrorist foil...

Drat, you found me out. Hey, at least I'm perfect at something.

23 posted on 04/15/2010 7:08:36 PM PDT by FReepaholic (I'm in my head and can't get out.)
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To: Candor7

Probably a medical or gamma radiography source. Misplaced or tossed by people who should know better. Based upon the write up the other folks involved are dead ducks. Sad Co60 has a high energy gamma ray.


24 posted on 04/15/2010 7:23:06 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: Candor7

I think the point is it doesn’t appear to be someone building a dirty bomb. Further we don’t know with certainty that it was a cobalt source. Rapid blackenbing of skin would require a very intense source. Thousands perhaps tens of thousands of curies. Unless they played around with it for some time...I suspect there is more to this than we have been told.


25 posted on 04/15/2010 7:37:21 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: Hardraade

TEst exacfly, on a bunch of low aste junk yard workers.
There us every possibility this was no accident. The “passive” nature of the irradiation makes everyone assume it was it an attack. It should be an assumed attack until proven otherwise.


26 posted on 04/16/2010 1:29:39 AM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: Nuc1
Unless they played around with it for some time...>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

This was said to be a one off incident. Taking only a matter of minutes.

27 posted on 04/16/2010 1:32:09 AM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: FReepaholic

To keep people safe, the response should be assumed attack until provenm otherwise. A guy like you in the right admin position with these devices or irradiated materials could get thousands killed in short order.I guess there is sommething that sepeartes the men from the boys. LOL.

Look,learn, and remember.


28 posted on 04/16/2010 1:36:14 AM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: Candor7
...I guess there is sommething that sepeartes the men from the boys...

Yeah, like spelling.

29 posted on 04/16/2010 4:21:36 AM PDT by FReepaholic (I'm in my head and can't get out.)
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To: FReepaholic

I do my best on the typong, I cam spell fine. But as a double amputee, I have to type with my toes.


30 posted on 04/16/2010 8:19:22 AM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: Candor7
Blackened skin in minutes? Something is going on here. Even at 2000 Rem per hour, such as a pipe inspection source, a five minute exposure would only yield 166.7 Rem. At ten minutes, twice that. While that exposure would not be good for you, unless you were sickly you would easily survive. The folks in the plant at Chernobyl only got tanned skin and they were standing on a floor covered with burned fuel pellets. Perhaps an industrial sterilization source? Say 50,000 Rem/hr? That would do it but how many sources at that activity level exist in the world in private hands? An inadvertent critically could do this but I think that unlikely. Maybe I am wrong about that inadvertent criticality. People w/o education and proper instrumentation could easily, with the right material, assemble critical mass. It was done in Japan some time ago at a fuel plant. Something more is going on here than this article suggests.
31 posted on 04/17/2010 8:13:16 AM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: Nuc1

I agree, There was metion of a substance that the scientists had identified but would not report what it was toi the news media in India. It must have been very powerful stuff, maybe a little bit of raw plutonium casing or something.


32 posted on 04/17/2010 5:48:30 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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