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Nuclear Watchdog Chief Warns of Nukes Falling Into the Wrong Hands
Fox News ^ | January 27, 2011 | Amy Kellogg

Posted on 01/30/2011 7:28:26 AM PST by The Comedian

While the mood here at Davos has been optimistic about recovery from the global credit crisis, the consensus is that the world is far from out of the woods.

Austerity and cutbacks are the buzzwords in this exclusive ski resort for this week, at least.

Among those worried about funding his project in this tight environment is Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA.

He is here at the World Economic Forum making the case for his agency. “We are aware of the difficulties of countries (who fund the IAEA). I need to strike a good balance of the needs of the agency and the capacity of countries to contribute.”

Amano is also here to make sure political leaders at this global meeting are fully aware of some of the risks we all face in the area of nuclear proliferation. He does not just mean North Korea and Iran. “Another risk is nuclear material falling into the hands of terrorists. Some people do not believe this is a real risk. But the IAEA has a database and, on average, every two days we receive information about the illicit trafficking of nuclear materials or radioactive materials and this may only be the tip of the iceberg.”

Amano would not specify where the “loose nukes” threat lies, only saying that terrorists target the weakest link in the network. There have been cases of arrests in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, through which people have attempted to smuggle small amounts of highly enriched uranium. Georgia has an active task force that is vigorously following the trade in illicit materials, with effect.

Amano told Fox News, “Nowadays, with the current level of world technology, terrorists can make nuclear weapons -- well, dirty bombs, at least.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: davos; iaea; nuclear
What me worry?


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

1 posted on 01/30/2011 7:28:31 AM PST by The Comedian
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To: The Comedian

Can the idiot tell us something we do not already know and have long, long known or talked about? =.=


2 posted on 01/30/2011 7:29:54 AM PST by cranked
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To: Quix; Whenifhow; houeto; null and void; Squantos; xrmusn; bronxville; Screaming_Gerbil; ...
Muzzie-mushrooms ping.

"Nuclear Terror" ping.

Ping list covering atomic/nuclear/thermonuclear terrifying events and discussions.

FReepmail me if you want on or off The Comedian's "Nuclear Terror" ping list...


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

3 posted on 01/30/2011 7:30:16 AM PST by The Comedian (It's 3am all over the planet.)
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To: The Comedian

“What me worry?”
With these fools in charge,my best advice is to panic now and avoid the rush.


4 posted on 01/30/2011 7:31:12 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: The Comedian

Well duh....


5 posted on 01/30/2011 7:31:18 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: cranked
They don't want high yield nuclear weapons. They want dirty bombs.

The maximum misery keeps on giving. A like counterstrike is not possible, leaving the terrorist state unlikely to get a a measured response. The media won't be able to give footage of an actual high yield strike for months. A dirty bomb triggered will make every cell phone and laptop an extension of their terrorist dogma.

6 posted on 01/30/2011 7:36:00 AM PST by blackdog
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To: blackdog

A dirty bomb triggered will make every cell phone and laptop an extension of their terrorist dogma.

As long as their cellphones don’t get any premature spam...


7 posted on 01/30/2011 7:38:43 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: Farmer Dean

Probably time to start eating all the chocolate and stuff I can.


8 posted on 01/30/2011 7:41:29 AM PST by brytlea
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To: The Comedian

Such sweet incidental info these days!


9 posted on 01/30/2011 7:47:13 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: The Comedian

The IAEA has pushed nukes onto Iran and the rest of Islamic
states for decades under ElBaradei.

This sounds like a futile attempt at plausible deniability.


10 posted on 01/30/2011 7:55:33 AM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: The Comedian

I realize he has fallen from grace among many former fans, but Tom Clancy’s latest novel “Dead or Alive” uses a plot that involves an improvised nuclear device, made from material literally scrounged from different sources in the former Soviet Union.

The point is that terrorists don’t need a sophisticated and difficult to build thermonuclear weapon. Even a fizzle would be horribly destructive, and there are a number of ways to accomplish just that without using an extremely well engineered multi-stage thermonuclear device.


11 posted on 01/30/2011 8:04:29 AM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: Diogenesis

“The IAEA has pushed nukes onto Iran and the rest of Islamic
states for decades under ElBaradei.”

Bingo! And now we have El Baradei riding in to get his reward for his complicity in Iran,Pakistan and North Korea getting the bomb and his constant undermining of US interests for decades...he will now be given Eqypt!


12 posted on 01/30/2011 8:29:48 AM PST by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: The Comedian

Please add me to your nuclear ping list. Thanks!


13 posted on 01/30/2011 8:32:42 AM PST by creeping death
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To: brytlea

I just made some low-carb, rum-raisin ice cream with real rum in it. Time to finish it off.

I guess I’ll never get around to making the butterscotch, the strawberry, or the blueberry.

At least the chocolate/vodka one came out well... Sigh...


14 posted on 01/30/2011 8:41:38 AM PST by TheOldLady ("...Communists in Congress, and Islamics everywhere, are showing who they truly are." - Lazamataz)
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To: TheOldLady

Sounds quite awesome!


15 posted on 01/30/2011 8:57:03 AM PST by brytlea
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To: The Comedian

Pakistan’s nukes could easily fall into the hands of Islamic terrorists.


16 posted on 01/30/2011 9:20:18 AM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: brytlea

Yes. Hubby bought me an ice cream maker for Christmas, and it has been fun.

Too bad we’re all gonna die. ;-)


17 posted on 01/30/2011 10:09:38 AM PST by TheOldLady ("...Communists in Congress, and Islamics everywhere, are showing who they truly are." - Lazamataz)
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To: The Great RJ
Pakistan’s nukes could easily fall into the hands of Islamic terrorists.

One could argue they already have, they just haven't used them yet.


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

18 posted on 01/30/2011 10:35:33 AM PST by The Comedian (It's 3am all over the planet.)
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