Skip to comments.US expert sketches nightmare nuclear terrorist attack on major city
Posted on 09/22/2004 10:06:51 AM PDT by Area Freeper
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This is just exaggerated BS. Unless the terrorist got a hold of a megaton-sized city-buster (I highly doubt they could build a thermnuclear fission weapon), the numbers would be far less than this. It would be awful, but not millions.
Still, it is my firm belief that if John Forbes Kerry is elected president, a nuclear device will be detonated in a Western City (most likely NY) within the next decade.
Regardless of who is elected, that scenario is almost guaranteed for a Russian City (Volgograd?).
Holgate might have also mentioned the "lack of acceptance" within our own government and institutions that have been importing chicoms and middle easterners for decades as exchange scientists and workers at our national labs and universities in the spirit of "globalism" and "new world orderism". The "pinheads" and "bee bee brains" in whom we have entrusted the security of what should have been highly classified technology have been passing it out like halloween candy for decades. When compounded with eight years of the "failed" clinton presidency total lack of national security measures and I'd estimate we're in a lot of trouble.
I'm not. I don't think a 10 kiloton bomb would produce wide-spread stampeding. It would gut the center of the city (where few people usually actually live), and irradiate a minor area around that. Not to sure about the lethality of a smoke plume from a small yield weapon (i.e. the weather-blown "footprint"). It would be a gigantic problem, no doubt.
I think you are right. This is about the size of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki weapons, and note that they were *air bursts*, about 500m above the ground IIRC, for max blast effect. The effects of a ground burst would be less.
Seven million people commute into Manhattan each day. Almost two million live on the island. Few of the residents commute out of the city to work. This means that on the average work day there are at least 8mm people on an island that is 13 miles long and 8 miles wide at its widest point. A groundburst anywhere in midtown would almost certainly kill a million people.
Correction: The widest point of Manhattan is 2 miles.
I beg to differ, if that were detonated in NYC there would indeed be panic to make 911 look like a parade.
It would gut the center of the city (where few people usually actually live), and irradiate a minor area around that.
Where millions of people work, this thing would go off mid-morning, mid week. Thousands, if not millions would be dead in the initial blast and thousands more would die due to radiation in the following couple weeks.
It would be a gigantic problem, no doubt.
Understatement of the year!
Why exactly Volgograd?.
Is Richard Marcinko a Republican? I loved his book.
Yes, I agree, thousands dead. In the hear of Manhattan, perhaps tens of thousands. That's NOT millions. That's my only point.
The effects would be somewhat contained by the concrete jungle itself, but look at the economic and psychological impact from the loss of just two buildings in 2001. It could be hundreds of buildings even with a small nuke, and the loss of life and economic trauma would be devastating.
Let's pray we never have to find out.
Thank god there is no way these terrorists can penetrate our borders!
I would say yes, but I don't know for sure; from reading his books during the clintoon years, Marcinko verbally bitch slaps him quite a bit.
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