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.
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.
Thank god there is no way these terrorists can penetrate our borders!
A nuclear attack on an American city will cause a world wide economic crash. This will lead to ethnic warfare in Europe. Muslims will be persecuted on a scale not seen since Hitler tried to exterminate the Jews.
The UN will cease to exist.
Israel will conquer the mideast.
Japan will become allied with South Korea and conquer the north. China will be defeated by Taiwan with US and Russian help.
The world will be completely changed, but not in the way Islam prays for.
If you like Tom Clancy books, The Sum of all Fears is a great book about jihadistan getting thier hands on a nuke and bringing it to the US. I refused to watch the movie due to the major plot change from arab terrorists to white supremists (or whatever non-arab group hollywierd changed it to.)
Oh? Proliferating something for sure.
Or would he finally start leveling mosques-full of Moo terrorists, without worrying about bad PR?
I think tracking nuclear material is possible and we have technologies that make it very difficult to move those materials.
What concerns me is that "device" which the North Koreans exploded last week which left a 2.5 mile mushroom cloud and no nuclear signiture!
I read the tin foil sites because in the pre-911 Rumsfeld's Rules, there was one that said "Hire Paranoids - They have a high rate of failure, but the uncover almost all conspiracies" . They are calling that device a Plasma bomb - a new level of destruction and portablilty. Perhaps it was something akin to the Red Mercury device that the Soviets produced.
"A nuclear device going off in any large city around the globe is going to kill millions of people," she said.
A truck sized-bomb would most likely be a 10 KT bomb, similar to what we unleashed on Hiroshima and Nakasaki. Many of those structures in those cities were made of wood. The fireball killed many times more people then the center where everything vaporized for 200 yards.
Most of the buildings in any major metros of the USA are steel and concrete. The likely death rate probably would be about the same because of population density at the time of blast. However, I would think the cancer casualties caused by radiation over a decade would be very high, possibly into a million, but I am no expert.
The combined death rate and psychological effects would certainly throw our country into a major economic depression. It's not pretty and this event is now highly likely.
My biggest concern is that besides FEMA, we have no civilian defense plans. I had an idea for a private sector civilian-defense network called Patriot Alert. If the goverment collapsed for such a reason or any reason for that matter, it is up to "we the people" to rebuild and defend ourselves. Feel free to email me if any of you Freepers had similar ideas. Casualties in this war have to be expected. Not preparing at all for the worst is just foolish. I like the saying "better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it".
I don't think so. There's no point in loading up a truck with large masses of lower-enriched materials. There is a practical upper limit to the physical size of a fission weapon. Beyond a certain size, you simply can't assemble the reacting mass fast enough to achieve a high yield explosion. You get pre-detonation, and a fizzle. The reacting mass blows itself apart before you can assemble it into a highly supercritical assembly. The bigger the assembly, the worse the problem of pre-detonation is. Oppenheimer's group struggled mightily with this problem. Parasitic neutron absorption by 238U really kills the chance of making anything useful out of stuff below about 90% enrichment.
The things that really made compact warheads possible for this and other advanced countries was the availability of plutonium in quantity and the development of reflected, levitated cores. So now you need two things that are hard to come by, plutonium and highly efficient neutron reflectors (e.g., weapons-grade beryllium), and have to know how to do something that is hard to do (build a levitated core weapon using plutonium as the fuel and beryllium reflectors). While I know how to do it in principle (most people who understand nuclear physics and engineering do), I don't think I could be successful doing it even if I had the materials, at least not the first time out.