Friday, March 06, 2009

Homeland Security?

Remember the next time the government or the media go on and on about the possiblity of terrorists thousands of miles away could get a hold of nuclear material and attack us with a dirty bomb or suitcase nuke they are really serious about protecting Americans. That's why they have done such a great job at securing our borders (not). They also have done a tremendous job keeping track of extraneous nuclear material within our borders right? Not so much it appears.

Energy Department Missing Nuclear Material
February 26, 2009 – 15:54

The U.S. Department of Energy cannot account for the quantities and locations of nuclear material at 15 out of 40, or 37 percent, of facilities reviewed by auditors, according to a report released on Monday by Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman. The missing materials included 20,580 grams of enriched uranium, 45 grams of plutonium, 5,001 kilograms of normal uranium and 189,139 kilograms of depleted uranium.

“The department cannot properly account for and effectively manage its nuclear materials maintained by domestic licensees and may be unable to detect lost or stolen material,” the report stated. “Considering the potential health risks associated with these materials and the potential for misuse should they fall into the wrong hands, the quantities written off were significant.”

”Key commitments made by the department were not completed nearly eight years after our earlier audit,” Friedman stated.

Let me get this straight-material from 15 out of 40 facilities is missing and rather than follow up on this they just right it off.

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